From the moment I became a mom, I was determined to make the best chocolate-chip cookies. A cookie so delicious it would lure little Hansels and Gretels into my home, thus acquainting me with the children my girls play with. These children would leave spellbound, unconsciously driven to keep my girls safe so they were assured access to my freshly baked cookie-scented kitchen.
Having hunted down the best recipe (my friend Shevaun’s Auntie Joanie’s — I will not disclose her location), and having put in my 10,000 hours of baking, I have perfected the chocolate-chip cookie. To prove it, I am entering these examples of culinary perfection into the Chocolate Chip Cookies class in the Domestic Science category at this year’s Cowichan Exhibition.
To my surprise, when I mentioned this to my friends, instead of kind words of encouragement and acknowledgment of my inevitable win, I was met with contention. “Oh, you are on!” my friend Leanne said, competitive juices making her hop from foot to foot like Rocky Balboa before a fight. Heather was more subtle but just as cunning in her attempt to rattle my confidence, “I might enter more than one class.” Especially cocky given she is due to give birth around the time of the competition.
Hearing our hysteria, our misters were curious what all the commotion was about. Glancing through the competition catalogue, one of them noticed “Cake, made by a man”, a class so politically incorrect it’s charming.
The men brainstormed a few ideas: steak cake; anything cooked on a carburetor (if the mister can identify a carburetor I’ll give him the $5 prize money); and phallic-shaped cakes, thus reminding us why they have a category of their own.
The CowEx is a massive event and has something for everyone: ducttape (professionals may not enter), carving for children 5 and under (who let them at the knives?!), a tractor pull (our favourite last year) and miniature horse competition. It is antiquated, old-fashioned family fun that is more entertaining than ever thanks to our farm-less lifestyles.
Think you’ve got a chocolate-chip cookie to beat all? Bring it!
When: September 9 – 11
Entry forms due: September 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Cookies (and other baked goods) due: September 8 at 5:30 p.m.
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