40 Random Acts of Kindness day. 22
Weds 6th March
Quite literally – The gift that keeps on giving!
This sourdough starter is a lovely gift – especially to a family with young children who love looking after Herman. the finished product is pretty awesome tasting too.
Herman friendship cake
Herman (or Hermann) is a friendship cake. You can’t buy him, but you can be given a gift of him…then you can give him away. He’s chock full of yeast so over 10 days he’ll grow slowly but surely…and then you can eat him!
He doesn’t need any swanky fridge style accommodation…the kitchen work surface will do. He doesn’t even need a lid…just a tea towel. Your granny’s tea towel will do – it doesn’t even have to be new. Just cover him and he’ll merrily grow at room temperature.
To spread a little friendship far and wide, just follow the instructions below and in 10 days you will have a Herman cake to eat and four mini Hermans to give to friends and bring a little Herman shaped smile to their faces.
If you wish to start a friendship chain from scratch follow the instructions below counting the day you begin as day zero.
Herman cake sour dough starter
2 cups flour
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup warm water
2 tbsp or 2 packets active dry yeast
Today is day 0. Record the date/day on calendar.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp of the sugar over the warm water. Sprinkle yeast over this and leave in a warm place for around 10 minutes so it doubles in size.
Mix the milk, remaining sugar, flour and yeast mixture in a large plastic or glass container and stir using only a wooden spoon.
Cover loosely or place plate over top of container so Herman can breathe and leave in a warm place.
The next day is Day 1 and you now proceed with the following instructions as if you’d been given a friendship cake mixture to grow. Try to stir at least once each day.
Instructions for the Herman cake
If you would like to spread a little friendship follow the instructions below and at end of 10 days you will have a cake to eat and four starter kits to pass on.
If you cannot wait to have your cake and eat it, go straight to day 10 but you will forego the opportunity to pass on the cake to friends.
Day 1: Today Herman is given to you. Put him in a big bowl (at least 4pt capacity). Cover Herman loosely so he can breathe – a tea towel or loose lid is ideal.
Days 2 & 3: Stir Herman 2-3 times a day with a wooden spoon (be lazy – stick to wooden so you can just leave it in the bowl without troublesome corrosion issues)
Day 4: Herman is hungry. Give him the following:
200g self-raising flour
Days 5, 6, 7 & 8: Stir Herman 2-3 times a day.
Day 9: Herman is hungry again. Give him the same ingredients you gave him on Day 4. Stir well then divide him into 5 equal parts. Give 4 baby Hermans away to friends or family with a copy of these instructions. Keep the 5th portion to bake, it’s yours for the eating.
Day 10: Herman is absolutely starving. He needs a holiday. He likes to go to a hot resort. The oven is his favourite. Pre-heat oven to 170ºC (150ºC fan-assisted oven) and grease a cake tin generously. Prepare him for his holiday using all of the following:
150g self-raising flour
100g finely chopped nuts/raisins/mixed fruit
100 mls oil
Half a teaspoon of baking powder to help him rise.
2 teaspoons cinnamon for extra spice.
2 grated apples to keep things moist
Mix everything together and pour into a very well greased loaf tin or 9” x 9“ cake tin. Bake for 1-1 ½ hours, depending on your tin. Cool in tin for 10 mins then turn out.
Random Acts of Kindness day 23
Thurs 7 th March
It’s world book day and for once we are well organised. The Boy leaves for school dressed as Alex Ryder complete with night vision goggles and a grappling iron (fashioned from a coat hanger). Another mum was not so smug, having slept in until 8.30 and then spending the rest of the day lurching from one misadventure to another and never managing to catch up with herself. Luckily I had a bar of chocolate in my bag… I hope she managed to put her feet up and enjoy it later that evening.
Random Acts of Kindness day 24
Friday 8th March
I saw Hannah Brencher’s TED talk….
… And I was totally inspired…..
It’s like I’m only just finding out about all this wonderful stuff and everyone else is already doing it 🙂
i signed up as a subscriber, and started to write my own letters too. There is a link to the TED talk on there as well.
Writing letters is a dying art, and writing these love letters is a wonderful, cathartic thing to do. Thinking of places to leave the letters is cool too.
A Self help book in the library
Tucked into the pocket of a coat in a charity shop.
Random Acts of Kindness day 25
Saturday 9th March
I donated some book shelves we no longer need to a community group in a nearby village who are setting up their own community library. What a fab idea, I hope it works well for them 🙂
Random Acts of Kindness day 26
Sunday 10th March
Spent the day with my partner’s Mum, we arrived bearing gifts of home made Austrian coffee and walnut cake, a jar of home preserved lemons, a manic 10 year old boy, and ingredients for a Sunday roast. Jo lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and no visit is complete without a walk… Even if it is freezing cold and blowing a gale. conscious that I hadn’t done a specific act of kindness for the challenge I collected, and recycled some discarded drinks cans. on the walk.
Random Acts of Kindness – day 27
Monday 11 th March
the day has cycled several times through brilliant sunshine and whiteout blizzard conditions. A colleague takes two buses to get to work, And seeing the weather turn to blizzard yet again as we prepared to leave for home, I offered her a lift. it’s actually not that far out of my way…..