On the first day back we number seven. Yes, 7. During the week one or two more turn up - China boy had trouble with flights out of Hunan province; sadly, mother of three's own mother died over the holidays and she is having trouble getting it together; not sure about the others. By the end of the week we are nine, but I am pretty sure we'll settle at eleven for the rest of the course, which means 60% of our starting group will finish. I am not sure about the drop out rate in the other three groups.
Chocolate Brownies, on the other hand, were created to celebrate the love match between women and chocolate, and subsequently cardiologists and their consulting fees.
If you need reminding about the gym workout involved in making a Genoese sponge, review Week 16: Sure to rise. We make the sponges on Monday then use them as the layers in our gateaux on Tuesday. Stage one, even up the cake and slice into layers. Stage two, smother layers with butter cream, sandwich together and drown entire cake in butter cream.
Stage three, decorate as artistically, or not, as you like. The best part is making the chocolate shards I have to say. Now, I do not eat this creation, however the banker and the accountant assure me it is delicious and enjoyed by them and the wider family.
No assessment this week but we finally get our assignments back - see Weeks 19&20: Menu planning and more nutrition. In the PC way of New Zealand modern education we are marked "competent" or "not yet competent". However my tutor's feedback is that my assignments are excellent and it was hard to mark others after mine because of the contrast effect, so that was good to hear. Not that I am competitive.....