Jenny. May 14, 2012
Keeping Herman alive has become an obsession in the
food office this week.
Whether he just needs a stir or feeding, Herman dying just isn’t an option; it would mean the end of a long line of friendships.
Day 1: Sign of life
Herman is a friendship cake starter and came with a handwritten note and instructions for 10 days.
A bit like a sourdough starter, the Herman cake starter looks like a bowl of bubbly porridge (see above) and needs feeding with flour, sugar and milk and stirring before it grows. He’s only baked once he’s been split into four equal quantities and passed onto friends.
A bit like a chain letter or Craft It Forward,
propagating cakes has experienced a trend resurgence in the past few months.
Our 10 days with Herman ends with a recipe including apple, cinnamon and raisins being added to make a cake.
Food’s publishing manager, Tamsin, tells us her Herman tasted gorgeous straight out of the oven, just like warm apple strudel.
So far, Herman is happily bubbling away (in fact,
food writer Sarah’s Herman starter nearly grew to take over the office).
Follow below for our progress keeping Herman alive, and for details on how you can start your own Herman.
isten to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for a bit of history on Herman.
[<a href="http://storify.com/jennylwilliams/herman-watch" target="_blank">View the story "Herman Watch" on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Herman Watch</h1> <h2>Can the @food_mag team keep Herman alive for long enough to bake him?</h2> <p>Storified by Jenny Williams · Wed, May 16 2012 08:15:15</p> <div>IMAG0147favouritefoodmagazine</div> <div>IMAG0144favouritefoodmagazine</div> <div>DAY FOUR: It’s time to feed Herman. Cup of flour, sugar and milk added. And more stirring. </div> <div>IMAG0149favouritefoodmagazine</div> <div>DAY THREE: More stirring and bubbling. </div> <div>@Jen_foodmag @Welsh_PR @food_mag I’m actually going to spin mine a different way and try them as Herman Cupcakes with apple and raisins
By Charmaine</div> <div>@Jen_foodmag Like raising any animal for food; love him and treat him well while he’s alive – THEN EAT HIM. #HermanKathie Auton</div> <div>@Jen_foodmag Sorry to tell you but Herman never does smell "nice"! He gets smellier & smellier until finally he just had to be dumped – ughCook & Heat</div> <div>@Jen_foodmag Good luck! I can’t believe it kept so fresh once baked for 5 days it was awesome! have fun! #hermanEating Adventures</div> <div>@food_mag has a Herman! http://www.food-mag.co.uk/notes-from-food-herman-the-friendship-cake-part-one/ Anyone else nurturing a Herman cake at the mo?Jenny Williams</div> <div>IMAG0143favouritefoodmagazine</div> <div>DAY TWO: Herman is bubbling away. We’ve given him a stir and he seems happy.</div> <div>Oh my, Herman has grown since this morning: http://twitgoo.com/5v41l3Sarah Orme</div> <div>DAY ONE: The food team’s @sarah_orme and @jen_foodmag receive a Herman cake starter. After a little stir, Herman stinks out the office and has to be taken home and transferred to a large bowl covered with a teatowel. </div> <div>A friendship cake called Herman | Life and style | guardian.co.ukNov 30, 2011 … Herman is getting everywhere. Has the friendship cake revival come knocking on your kitchen door?</div>
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