Today I will be taking you all on a trip down memory lane, to a little slice of my childhood that I love and adore. Exploring the origins of my love of baking.
My grandma's kitchen was a small L shaped kitchen. That had a sink in the bottom left hand corner of the L with a little window above it overlooking the back garden. The back garden was a triangle shaped concrete garden that had bird feeders hanging on the washing line at the top point of the garden. I would stand on a chair at that sink many a time as a child watching the blue tits coming and going, pecking at the peanuts.
The bottom right hand of the L was where the baking cupboards were and on the work surfaces where we would mix our ingredients were cake tins. There was two cake tins on a regular basis, one containing a plain sponge loaf cake and the other containing a mixed dried fruit sponge loaf. These were my Grandma's staple bakes that I would always help her mix and cook. I would always have a slice of the plain loaf, either spread with butter or strawberry jam.
I adored the smells that poured out of that kitchen on a regular basis. I loved the process of baking, the measuring, the weighing, cracking the eggs. The best bit was, and still is, licking the spoon and mixing bowl clean, if you don't do that, we just can't be friends. I lost my way a little on the journey and became someone whom I was not for a short period, but since getting out of that situation, I have rediscovered many old loves and hobbies, of which one of them was baking.
I love experimenting and trying my hand at new recipes or flavour combinations. I try my best to make the majority of my recipes easy to follow and with minimal prep, mainly focusing on the busy mum factor. As it's always lovely to have freshly baked goods readily available for the children, but understandably we as mum's are always super busy. Hence forth having a simple, quick, easy to follow recipe is like gold dust to us.
I'm sure this year the majority of us are in the same boat financially right? In that a large amount of us have been made redundant or have had to temporarily close our businesses to abide with government rule. And unfortunately there are those of us who's businesses simply haven't survived the pandemic. Those of us whom are self employed have had to rely on savings to get by or a reduction in income.
Times have not been easy of late have they? So with this in mind, all my recipes posted on the blog throughout the month of November, are going to be ideal as Christmas gifts. What better way is there to express your love for a friend or relative (except paying a bill! haha) than to give them a lovely box of goodies, home baked with love? Keep your eye out for recipes such as festive Oreo's, ginger breadmen, iced shortbread stars, various flavours of truffles, minced pie bars, and traditional fudge amongst others.
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I have a massive sweet tooth, I'm usually the girl checking out the dessert menu in the restaurants first and fock it lifes to short!! Anyone who knows me knows I love to cook/bake so on here I'll be sharing my recipes with you guys. My staple bakes are....