Baking and cooking have always been part of my life and it’s importance has dipped in and out depending on what’s been happening around me.
I’m half Lebanese and have lived in West Africa so food has been a huge part of my growing up. Smells and images really evoke all sorts of memories and emotions. Some good, some not so much but that’s part of life.
The baking bug bit when I started secondary school and I discovered a world of magic. That’s how I see baking, pure magic. You mix different ingredients together and voila, you get this beautiful result. Magic! I baked my way through secondary school and was called upon when neighbours were having dinner parties to provide dessert. Funny how at 14 years old a Lemon Souffle didn’t faze me but I would now quake at the prospect of it flopping miserably.
Once the kids became teenagers, baking was only an occasional treat. Too busy a schedule and very little time to while away a couple of hours in the kitchen when you have starving kids, tons of dirty sports gear to wash and homework and study to supervise so I concentrated on cooking healthy, filling and tasty meals which kept me happy for several years (and the hungry hoards too).
We had a sad and heart breaking few years after losing our daughter and that’s when I found baking again and it became the best therapy for me. I spent hours going through the reassuring motion of making pastry for pies and tarts. Lots of time whisking away the pain, mixing, sifting, rolling and the rest. It’s been four years of amazing benefits. Baking for my family and friends really helped me to regain the nurturing I desperately needed to provide and I’m so grateful for all the amazing social media pages set up by great bakers, the wonderful recipes from well loved and well known celebrity bakers and of course google!
This blog is not only about me repeating recipes; I’ve tried and tested each one in my kitchen and bog standard cooker and hopefully provided you with tips and helpful hints to create great results every time. I’ll let you know any pitfalls, what baking cases I use, tins if you’re interested, icing nozzles and anything else that I can help with.
So here’s to some successful baking for all of us. My belief is once you bake with love, you really can’t go wrong.