My friends think I’m strange because I love food and I love to bake, but they complain that they never see me eating my creations. I’ve found over the years that I have a true appreciation for the process of baking and trying new things in the kitchen. I do eat what I bake. Sometimes too much! But most of the time I share it with friends or coworkers. I like to see the happiness on their faces or polite disappoint (they can’t all be winners!)
I can say with confidence that I’m much more comfortable with baking than I am with cooking. I’m trying to branch out by adding more savory recipes. Since I have to cook every night for my son Miles, I’ll take a pic of our dinner if it turns out well. This, of course doesn’t make him happy because he has to wait while I photograph our food and sometimes we have to reheat it before we can eat. Oh, how we suffer for art!
One thing that I’ve learned about myself is that I’m a more of a recipe tester, than a creator. While I have been known to create my own recipes from time to time, I find it more interesting trying other people’s recipes. I’ve given into the food porn craze, I love cookbooks and the dishes out there look too mouth-watering not to try. Recipes for me are something to test, try out and make your own. Sometimes I may see a recipe that sparks inspiration and then the creation begins!
I also like to eat out. Anywhere really. I love a good hole in the wall as much as I love a 5-star restaurant. My cousin and I started another little food blog a few months ago where we eat out, take crude pics of our food and pretend to be armchair food critics called Temps de Manger, so watch out, you may see a few posts crop up on this blog!
Here are a few little tidbits about me:
I’m a full-time assistant at a major newspaper and a part-time blogger.
I’m the proud holder of a certificate in Baking & Pastry from Kendal College. (Was in a program just long enough to give you a lay of the land, but not long enough to be called a pastry chef.)
I’m the owner of an online cookie business called edith + ethel. I really only sell cookies to corporate clients at Christmas (I should probably expand!).
I enjoy getting nerdy about baking. Not Alton Brown nerdy, but enough to bore my friends getting into the minutia of let’s say, making biscuits.
They’re least 2 dozen eggs, 4 pounds of butter and a container of buttermilk in the fridge at all times.
A person who often second guesses cooking and baking decisions, and hopes it all works out in the end.
A collector of vintage and Lomo cameras and a slightly less than amateur photographer.
This is where it started. I baked a cake every year for my parents’ anniversary. I was still happy with the cake even though the San Andreas Fault was running through it. One year I ran out of confectioners’ sugar for the frosting and used granulated instead. You can imagine the outcome.