Chilled out Christmas

Early one winter Saturday morning I found myself at Rhik Samadder’s flat in south London. We were waiting for the Bake Off sensation Selasi Gbormittah who was going to introduce us to a child way of making a Christmas cake. In comes Selasi, helmet in hand and a severely scraped up sports bag with all the goodies and tools he needs to make this Christmas treat a reality. He’s apologetic for his late arrival and then goes on to explain that his bag had fallen off his motorbike and been pulled along after him for a while, until he noticed. He took out the salvageable ingredients and a for whisk. We got some bowls out and lined up the ingredients but when it came down to getting the whisk to work then the knocks of having been dragged behind the motorbike had proven too much for any whisk to survive. Ok – what to do? The room was filled with photographers, journalist and baker/financial expert. No whisk expert to hand. Selasi asked for a screwdriver and the whisk surgery was on its way. Plug in socket, open whisk with all it’s electrical components in plain view and plenty of liquid near by – what could possibly go wrong? Just as well Selasi has short hair, as it would be less evident for the picture if an electric shock was to happen. Eventually he put the whisk together again, a few spare parts still left on the kitchen bench, and we were off! Selasi, a friendly charmer and Rhik, the enthusiastic quirky journalist proved to me a match made in heaven. This was a chilled baking session where Selasi calmly found his way around Rhik’s kitchen and Rhik tried to follow and learn every move. This is a team that would make any baking program exciting with a mix of danger (lack of health and safety rules), Knowledge of baking (Selasi) and messy contribution and enthusiasm (Rhik). And they both have a bucket full of charm.

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhick

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhick

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder fixing the mixer

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder fixing the mixer

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder fixing the mixer

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder fixing the mixer

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder with fresh gingerbread cookies

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder with fresh gingerbread cookies

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Improvising: Cake resting on a washing up rack

Improvising: Cake resting on a washing up rack

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder baking from Christmas

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder

Selasi Gbormittah and Rhik Samadder

Christmas cake Selasi style

Christmas cake Selasi style