We like to cook up a delicious serving of thought and insight and this week, you get a triple helping!

Oh, and the reference to the title of the show this week will become obvious but if you can’t wait, one guest talks about baking cakes and another guest talks about CJ Dennis who wrote a fun poem for kids called, The Baker.

Now, to our aural menu this week:

Firstly, in the SA Drink Of The Week, we taste Varci tonics. Some delicious aromatic drinks that go well with gin and/or soda.

Secondly, Caroline Rowe introduces us to her philosophy and tips for cooking for one and for finding our kitchen mojo.

Thirdly, in the Musical Pilgrimage, Lisa Harper Campbell and Steven Oppes take us into the poetry zone, as they join us to talk about CJ Dennis ahead of their premier of the play, Of Auburn, at the Auburn French Festival this weekend.

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Running Sheet: I wouldn’t be a baker if I couldn’t eat the cakes

00:00:00 Intro

Introduction to the show.

00:03:09 SA Drink Of The Week

The SA Drink Of The Week is the range of tonics aka boutique handcrafted beverages by Varci.

00:14:13 Caroline Rowe

Caroline Rowe is an author, researcher, presenter, and cook, who champions the notion of cooking just 4 me. This is because, as she rightly points out, nearly 25% of Australian households are single person households and yet most recipes cater for a minimum of two people but mostly 4+. She joins us to continue spreading her message about finding out your natural cooking preferances so you can cook for yourself with confidence and ease.

Caroline’s book: The Power Of Baking With Mindful Intent

Caroline’s TV Show: Cooking Just4Me: My taste, no waste

Caroline’s recipes: Recipes online

Caroline’s workshops: Workshops for discovering your cooking personality

01:00:37 Musical Pilgrimage

In the musical pilgrimage, we go a little different as we prepare for a play, Of Auburn, which premieres this weekend at the Auburn Frenchfest, September 11 and 12, 2021. We speak with the director, Lisa Harper Campbell, and writer, Steven Oppes about this play which mines the life and poetry of CJ Dennis, who was born in Auburn, and interweaves that with the life of a lesser-known local, Madge Yeatman (volunteer nurse in the Great War).

We also hear a short excerpt of audio from the play, featuring some original music by the band, Minnie Little, some words written by CJ Dennis, and some aural landscape from the production.

Oh, and here’s the full poem, The Baker, by CJ Dennis, to wrap things up:

I’d like to be a baker, and come when morning breaks,
Calling out, “Beeay-ko!” (that’s the sound he makes) —
Riding in a rattle-cart that jogs and jolts and shakes,
Selling all the sweetest things a baker ever bakes,
Currant-buns and brandy-snaps, pastry all in flakes;
But I wouldn’t be a baker if . . . .
I couldn’t eat the cakes.

Would you?

Here’s this week’s preview video

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free SFX from freesfx.co.uk for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal SFX, the wine pouring and cork pulling SFX, and the swooshes around Siri.