Apprentice for hire - free of charge!

@p1kef1sh (45638)
December 1, 2012 12:41pm CST
When I was a boy I spent a great deal of time with two aunts. They were both of the view that boys should learn to cook. I studied hard with them but I never got the hang of pastry or cakes. Really I need to be adopted by a nice lady who can make first class pastry and taught how to produce first class cakes, pies and puddings. Any offers.........
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@dawnald (84071)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Dec 12
My mother-in-law has a limited repertoire,but her cheesecake, pound cake, apple cake, cherry cake, plum cake and buttercream cakes are all awesome. I'll see if she wants an apprentice! :D
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 Dec 12
Sounds good Dawn. I'd better slim down as I shall have to taste them all too!
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@Hatley (164264)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Dec 12
hi hi pikey slim down you do not want to stick in that tub in the avatar.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
1 Dec 12
You could always cheat and buy some Filo..just roll it and away you go. No-one would ever know.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 Dec 12
But I would know Janey. I can't cheat myself!
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
1 Dec 12
Awww! I do make my own shortcrust pastry but not the puff version, as it's a bit harder to do. I believe the Hairy Bikers did a fat free pastry when they lost all that weight but I never saw them actually MAKE it, just saw the end result..and the pie was mightily impressive I have to say!
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 Dec 12
I must look out or that Hairy Bikers recipe. When I lost all my weight people said that I should write a book about how I did it. But they wrote it instead! Perhaps I should sue them for nicking my diets! Somehow I don't think that I would be successful.
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@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
1 Dec 12
Kind of reticent to reply here (as it seems like I am blowing my own horn (whistle)...but I could guide you thru the process of lovely, flakey pastry and adapt it to many fine creations...and seeings you have a Food processor, I can simplify the proceedure for you! BUT I cannot, post a recipe here, so am sending you a friend request..and then I will walk you thru a simple process of a No-Fail Pastry..light and flaky! Otherwise I would suggest a visit, but I think (if I remember correctly) you life in the U.K.? Cheers!
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
1 Dec 12
I am in the UK, you have a good memory. I'll go and accept the request and look forward to reading the recipe. Thank you very much.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
2 Dec 12
Hi p1key! I would love to adopt you! Don't know anything about making first class pastry or any pastry, but I sure do make a mean cake mix and canned frosting! Never quite got the hang of "baking from scratch". And by the way, I also love eating the batter. I had a girlfriend who when we were in our teens we would whip up the cake mix and eat the whole thing without ever baking the cake! Damn was that ever the best!
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Dec 12
When we had finished baking we used to have 'lickpots" which was our opportunity to clean the batter from the bowls. Adopt me please.....I'm clean and good about the house. LOL.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
2 Dec 12
Oh my dear p1key! You're hired! Except you can just stay and keep me company and see the "sites" of NY! I haven't been the "Big Apple" in years and it would give me a great excuse to be a "tourist"! When should I be expecting you? You do like cats right?
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Dec 12
Cats! So long as they are bald because I am allergic to cat hair!
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@jerzgirl (8114)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
4 Dec 12
My mother LOVED to make cakes. I don't bake. She loved to cook. I don't cook (at least I don't like to.) She could reproduce something she ate somewhere else. Yeah - me either. So, I'd have to say it won't be me making that offer to you, I'm afraid! I love eating good food. I just don't like creating it.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
4 Dec 12
Well I'll just have to come eat with you then Jerz! LOL.
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@jerzgirl (8114)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
5 Dec 12
Yay!!!
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
2 Dec 12
Hey, p1ke.....I was raised by an aunt but she wouldn't let me in the kitchen to learn to do the cooking. So I taught myself when I got out on my own. Subsequently I've become a whiz in the kitchen. I make everything from 'scratch'. So, sure, come on over to Kentucky and I'll gladly teach you all I know. But that means you'll have to be here for an extended stay. However an alternate solution would be for you to get a few good cookbooks and teach yourself. It isn't difficult.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Dec 12
I spent 6 months living in an Australian myLotters hen house.......got a shed out back? LOL.
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@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
3 Dec 12
As a matter of fact, I do. It's one of those little sheds that people store unused articles for which they have no room in the apartments. My area is rather bare and you could fix it up as it's large enough for a single bed or cot, bedside table, a small eating table and a couple of chairs. Has overhead storage space as well. At least you wouldn't be homeless.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
2 Dec 12
Why not raise your standards P1kef!sh? A chap like you could surely manage an adoption where a nice lady just FEEDS you first class pastry, cakes, pies and puddings?
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Dec 12
When can I move in? You'll not notice another male in the house..........!
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@GreenMoo (11837)
2 Dec 12
You're probably quite right, but I must warn you that there are no nice pastry making ladies about :) Don't forget to pack a rug.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
2 Dec 12
I don't know cooking. I seldom go to kitchen. My wife do this. I only know to make omelet. I like boiled and smashed potato mixed with green chili,onion and mustard oil. It is so delicious.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Dec 12
Sounds good.
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@Hatley (164264)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Dec 12
hi pikey oh my its been over four years I have been stuck in this tiresome retirement center. I used to bake pretty darned good cakes myself , but pies were just so so.Puddings I was always good at but too old to give lessons now he he,.but why not try some of the recipes on the web as there are some good ones that anyone can make really good stuff with them.Pastry is tricky and my mom tried to show me but it did not really take but cakes I made the best lol loll.I made one for my mo ms birthday in February way back when I was ten and tinted it lilac. it rose. It really was delicious b t my dad just looked at that lilac colored cake and laughed then he tasted it and raved. wow was I proud. I must admit now as an adult a lilac colored cake might give me pause yet that is my favorite color too.My moms birth stone was amethyst.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Dec 12
Aww... I bet that you had a smile as wide as the pacific ocean when your dad raved about that cake. Like you I am better at cakes than I am at pastry. But I would love to learn how to make better baked goods all round.
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@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
3 Dec 12
I am still waiting for that FR...so that I can have you baking those wonderful mince tarts, butter tarts, pecan pies..et al, for the festive season! Each morning I diligently check the requests!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
3 Dec 12
Oh dear. I thought that you were sending me one! I'll do it now.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
3 Dec 12
Er...just looked and we are friends already!
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