Time for a change

I may have only started this blog in recent months, but my love for baking and desserts started as a young child.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“A chef.”

That’s how I would often answer. Then, at 16/17, when deciding on university choices, the alternative of culinary school did seriously cross my mind. But a) it was somewhat discouraged by my school and b) I had this whole exciting image of university that I did not want to miss out on. I am very happy that I went to university, and the friends I made and experiences I had are something I will treasure for the rest of my life. But now, I am left treading water in the big bad world of finance, not knowing whether to swim ahead or call for the coast guard to get me out of here.

My head (i.e. wallet) says swim. But my heart says f*#k it – time for a change!

But what is the best way of making this change? Do I start my own baking company? Do I go to culinary school? Do I try my luck at internships? Luckily my parents have not quite disowned me yet, so I can move back to London and figure it out as I go. I am ready for failures and setbacks in my new career, but regardless, I hope it will be all worth it in the end.

So watch this space! And in the meantime, I’m sure to keep baking for shiggles too.

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Baking bread isn’t so bad

It’s been a WHILE since my last post. (Partly because I’ve been on holiday, partly because I’ve been lazy, and partly because I was struck down with glandular fever.) But I’m back, and I’ve been busy trying my hand at breads…

I am most confident when baking cakes and pastries, then become a little less confident when it comes to cookies and biscuits, but am totally out of my comfort zone when I have to bake bread. So I decided to put an end to my love/hate affair with bread (love to eat it, hate to bake it) this month and tried my hand at BAGELS and HOT CROSS BUNS! Continue reading

Pancake Day

Wahey! It’s Pancake Day!

As I have always understood it, Pancake Day aka. Shrove Tuesday, was the last chance to use up all the ingredients in their larder before fasting during Lent. So flour, butter and eggs could all get flung together and cooked up over the stove to make the humble pancake. (Those of you out there interested in history can read the full story at www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day). Continue reading