For those of you with school age children, you may have come across Herman and he’s happily arrived at Lingfield Point.
Lingfield Point represents office space in Darlington but we’re so much more than than that! We think of Lingfield Point as a neighbourhood of friends and colleagues rather than offices and Herman has settled right in helping to bond teams, create conversations and even swop tips on how to nurture this fine fella and bring him alive with different recipe tales!
Herman, is in fact, a weird concoction handed out in the school playground or around friends to celebrate friendship. A perfect home here at Lingfield Point. Unable to be purchased, it’s the equivalent of a chain letter – but – it’s far easier and he provides you with very tasty results!
So how did Herman arrive? Did he come by the new bus service? Car share with friends or walk in? Nope, he came in a tub … with a very traditional and old time instruction sheet telling me to talk to him (for those that know me… they know that this is far from difficult!)….. stir and nurture every day for 10 days before breaking up into 4 sections and then giving away 3 and cooking the rest…… So instead of chain letter.. think chain cake!
It’s a great way of nurturing the long lost art of working with yeast and more importantly providing something of substance for the younger ones to enjoy – developing patience and an understanding the art of cooking with real ingredients. In fact, there’s been so much chatting in our house, Herman’s become part of the family – with a delicious contribution back!
The name Herman is taken from the Amish – sweet, cinnamon-flavoured bread – taken from the early American pioneers. The current Herman revival is gathering momentum and with the help of online mums groups; and the rise of a wide range of online networks we think its great to help and encourage people to are being encouraged to waste less and share more.
In summary, Herman has bought great fun into our world, its taught us to look at real ingredients and do something we don’t do very often… watch our waste and share surplus food! In these times of stupidly over-packaged products… its a great way of getting back to making and sharing!
I think we’ll continue to watch our waste and sadly, given the results of this tasty cake, we’ll be watching our waistline too!
Let us know if you fancy meeting and making Herman…..
We can certainly provide you with a tub of this sticky stuff!
- Herman – the friendship cake – http://www.hermanthegermanfriendshipcake.com/
- Herman blog – the guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2011/nov/30/a-friendship-cake-called-herman
- Spring into Summer with our new event calendar – now available (lingfieldpoint.co.uk)