Welcome to my world of home baking – a small world, but it is nonetheless a significant world in which the day-to-day challenges of the outside world are left firmly at the kitchen door!
Exciting and always relaxing, I find baking the best way to lift one’s spirits at any time, not least when the weather is at its most miserable! That buzz of anticipation when the oven door is about to open to reveal the latest bake…always a thrilling sensation
Baking for me is also a way of life; I haven’t bought bread and pastry for many years, much preferring to make my own, and I will also make most things that can be bought - in addition to the flavour, cost and satisfaction benefits I can have complete control over what goes into my food. And my baking does fit in well with a busy life.
Having so many scribblings on bits of paper and on various files on the computer with no particular sense of organisation, I felt it time to put my ideas and my favourite recipes – most of which I have either created myself or have tweaked – into one central place. Hence this website, which is pretty much a static embellishment of my blog and is very much a work in progress.
I have a particular penchant towards sourdoughs and macarons but I have long been fascinated with laminated doughs; freshly baked croissants with good coffee for an occasional breakfast are never less than a treat! And I’m very much an admirer of Afternoon Tea – although it is an occasional treat rather than a frequent affair, Afternoon Tea (the full works!) is, and rightly so, an event in its own right.
I also love making and decorating cakes – perhaps nothing that would be able to stand up against those amazing creations in patisseries, but I am happy enough to serve them when entertaining.
My ramblings and my recipes also flirt with other areas of cooking that appeal to me. Preserving, for example: great bread and fine cheese are lifted to new heights with the addition of a home-made chutney and mouth-wateringly crunchy pickled shallots. And I would not be without a dollop or two of home-made strawberry jam with just-warmed croissants!