Tales from the Meadow
A Giant Meadow Cake
On Wednesday the 22nd July, Londoners were surprised and amazed to see a HUGE four metre long cake in front of Liverpool Street station! Weighing a staggering half a tonne, this giant cake depicted a typical scene from an Irish meadow, complete with cows, hay bales, a pond, trees and even a farm-house and a cottage! This stunning creation was part of a collaboration made in cake heaven with Kerrygold, that most wonderful of Irish butter producers, and renown sugar artist, Michelle Wibowo. The cake was laid out like a piece of rolling Irish countryside outside the station and all the passers-by were offered a slice of this buttery edible Irish meadow! The cake served up OVER 3,000 slices, now that’s what I call a REAL show stopper cake, as Mary Berry would say!
The cake took over 160 hours to make, I’m not surprised and was certainly the talking point of the day with all the commuters. If you have a burning desire to see how the cake was made, as I do, then you can pop over to YouTube here to see how it was constructed: Surprising Londoners with Kerrygold’s Meadow Cake. The cake was made with 30 kilos of golden Kerrygold unsalted butter, and everything was edible, event the hay bales and the cows! So why did Kerrygold decide to make this giant cake, well, following research it was revealed that nearly half of all the British public have never been to a country meadow, so Kerrygold decided to bring a slice of the meadow to the city, complete with Kerrygold grass-fed cows, whom I’ve met on a recent trip to Ireland.
Other staggering facts that were revealed in a poll of 2,000 British adults were:
– More than one in 10 Brits (11%) even admit they’ve never heard a cow ‘moo’ in real life.
– Almost 22% of the UK has never made daisy chains in a country field, according to the research. Among those who have, 60% haven’t made a daisy chain in the countryside for more than 10 years.
Research even revealed that six per cent of the 2,000 adults we polled thought the National Trust was either a bank, a video game or a boy band.
Almost 3 in 10 Brits (29%) don’t know what Pooh Sticks are. And, 43% have never played Pooh Sticks in a countryside stream.
A further 12% of Brits believe that a Kissing Gate is either a special garage door, a celebrity scandal, the way that people walk when they’re with their lover or an album by an American rock band.
This big city disconnect from the UK countryside means nationwide knowledge of British nature is diminishing at a worrying pace too. For example, the Kerrygold study reveals that 10% of the UK believes that cows produce Mcnuggets, Mutton and eggs.
Funny though some of those facts are, they are terribly sad, and if this giant meadow cake managed to revive memories of idyllic countryside days, or the desire to visit the countryside again, than that was all to the good. Kerrygold marketing manager, the lovely Gemma Singh whom I met when I was in Ireland recently said: “We firmly believe that wonderful countryside is a huge asset for the nation and it is also really important that we make every effort to enjoy it”, I totally agree with her and if a product such as butter made with grass-fed cows, as Kerrygold butter is, ignites a wish to visit the countryside with their families, then as I said before, it all has to be to the good. And, I think this idea of bringing a little bit of the countryside to the city was a brilliant idea, even if I missed out on enjoying a slice!
As well as this giant meadow cake, Kerrygold have also published a book as part of their Tales from the Meadow campaign; the book called The Tale of City Sue, by renown children’s author Jeanne Willis and Irish illustrator Dermot Flyn, will enchant all readers, both young and old. It’s a tale about a city cow, Sue, who goes to live with the free-range country cows and discovers a whole new way of life. At first she’s a bit scared of some of the weird things they do – like eat grass – but she soon realises it’s actually a pretty cool way to be……I have read the book and I LOVE it! With some really wonderful illustrations, the book is allegoric, with the underlying tale of factory farming versus fee-range farming as one of its prime messages.
Kerrygold have very kindly offered all Lavender and Lovage readers the chance to win one of THIRTY copies of this charming book, and all you have to do is leave a comment below, in answer to the question, “Which is your favourite farmyard animal and why?” So do enter, there are lots of chances of winning a book for your son or daughter, or grandchildren and it’s one of those books which is great fun to read together as a family. That’s all for today, if you were one of the lucky people who had a slice of that giant meadow cake, so leave me a comment below, I’d love to know what you thought of the cake when you saw it and tasted it! Karen
30 x The Tale of City Sue Children’s Books
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