Tuesday, 3 September 2013

TT: Why Baking?

So this hobby is really growing.

I'm buying special tools from cake stores, I'm constantly reading recipes and I'm finding myself baking almost everyday.

It is so soothing. Baking is to me, what writing was to Jane Austen. It takes me to a place I wish I could be more often - a place of complete solitude. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, I'm sure my enthusiasm for food has not gone astray and I'm most definitely certain that you, dear reader know that I would indeed make love to food if I could.

I wish I had more time and opportunity to cook savoury dishes, it's a whole different world to eggs, milk and sugar. I wish I could cook my dad's recipe, I wish I had the chance to learn from my grandparents. Sadly, setting that time to do so deems difficult. I hope I don't loose interest and I hope I only continue to grow, just I would hope for another aspects of my little life.

So for now I'm sticking to my baking guns and I'm learning each step of the way. I'm not shy admit that I have made my fair share of mistakes and experiments have often turned into a world far from perfect but in the end I enjoy doing it. Maybe baking is a potential profession? But then again, maybe it is just a hobby. I'm certainly not creative enough to think up my own ridiculous concoctions that actually work and taste good. So for now, let me be a home baker, let me spend my dough on dough attachments and let me continue to show love the only way I really know how.

I'm watching rather be-latedely The Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief - yes, that's correct, Bake off with English comedians! Ed Byrne said "Baking is the closest humans get to witchcraft" - I think he's absolutely right. Baking is magic, mix ingredients together and wake in heat and 15 minutes later you've got a deliciously edible being, it's pure delight.

This Friday is set aside for pure hour by hour slaving over cream, chocolate and layers. I'm baking two birthday cakes and I'm challenging everything I have in me to get them done in time. Don't worry, I've practiced, so fingers crossed I don't serve up a leaning tower of Pisa to my family.

See you in three sleeps.


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