Cooking the Books

This week is National Baking Week, which is good timing as the final of The Great British Bake Off is tomorrow. Have you been captivated like us at Primary English HQ? Any spare time when we’re not teaching or training or reading fabulous books, you’ll find us in a hot kitchen somewhere dusting off our aprons and greasing a cake tin. You should try our macaroons!                                                                                                                            In homage to all things baked, we have taken the liberty of changing a favourite story…..

The Very Hungry Bookworm

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.

One Sunday morning, the warm sun came up and POP! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry book worm.

On Monday he ate a Wonka Bar, but he was still hungry.

On Tuesday he ate through two plates of Mrs Twit’s wormy spaghetti, but he was still hungry.

On Wednesday he ate through three gingerbread men (once he had caught them), but he was still hungry.

On Thursday he ate through four plates of  green eggs and ham, but he was still hungry.

On Friday he ate through five jars of rhubarb and ginger jam from Milly Molly Mandy’s mother, but he was still hungry.

On Saturday he ate through the Famous Five’s picnic of tomato sandwiches, lemonade, tinned sardines, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread, lettuces, radishes, Nestlé milk, tins of pineapple chunks, squares of chocolate and of course lashings of ginger beer. That night, he had a stomach ache.

The next day was Sunday again. The book worm ate through one nice enormous turnip, and after that he felt much better.

Looking back on your favourite books from childhood, how many of them revolved around food? Who didn’t dream of a Mallory Towers midnight feast or long for a sweet from Just William’s local sweet shop?  So treat yourself, celebrate National Baking Week the calorie-conscious way by reading one of your childhood favourites again. Or bake a batch of fairy cakes.  Whatever you do, enjoy!

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