Warm Loaf for a Chilly Autumn Day: Rich Honey and Ginger Sweet Potato Sandwich Bread

“My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.” Lenny Kravitz Scientists believe that sweet potato was domesticated thousands of years ago in Central America. After his first voyage to the Americas in 1492, Christopher Columbus took sweet potatoes to Europe. The crop was introduced into […]

Bread Sculpting with the Beauty of October in Mind

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With […]

A “Mini Meal”: Ham and Chili Pepper Twist Bread

“I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.” Paul Rudnick  A snack is a small portion of food generally eaten between meals. Snacks come in a wide variety of tastes, sizes and shapes.  Historically, snacks were prepared from ingredients either commonly available in all homes or […]

The Simple Lessons of Life: Foraging and Preparing Savoury Oven Baked Doughnuts with Very Young Children

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”  Margaret Mead One can never give a more worthwhile gift to children then the combination of love, knowledge and courage. The mixture, of course, involves a wide variety of tasks and curriculum elements: nurture, care, interest, enthusiasm, inquiry, confidence, flexibility, honesty and so on. The […]

Baking at Dark Dawn: Baguette Flavoured with Foraged Wild Mushroom Extract

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” Adam Smith A good baker,a  housewife,a forager or any worker will wake up early every morning to conduct hard work. A fresh loaf baked at dark dawn is the […]

Memory of my Grandmother’s Austrian Cookie Swap

There will be a lot of people who will dislike me for my coming statement, however, a girl’s got to do what a girl has got to do….It is 11 weeks until Christmas!!!! Baking with children today brought many sweet, aromatic and unforgettable memories to the surface of my mind…. “Memories warm you up from […]

Decorated Mini Cakes That Can Tell a Story

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Philip Pullman The Princess Fairy and The Robin Ruby Rose, the little princess fairy woke up one morning, lifting her beautiful head off  her orchid pillow covered flower bed and whilst stretching her sparkly wings…   …in the corner of her […]

Spicy Luxurious Apple Muffin

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.” Frank Herbert Cinnamon as a spice is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the Cinnamomum family, and is commonly used in both sweet and savoury dishes all over the world. Some say, for the best taste one needs to use “true cinnamon” from the […]

Twisted Braided Pesto Bread

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”  Edgar Allan Poe What does true beauty really mean?  Beauty means something different to almost each person.  The understanding and importance of beauty is motivated and formed by each individual’s own personal experiences.  When people think about beauty, they think about mainly the visual appearance of things and […]

On A (Not So) Rocky Road

Some hold onto the belief that the ‘Rocky Road’ crunch bar has its name originated from its “bumpy surface”-like appearance, however, the truth is that the christening history of these delicious treats came from their history. Rocky Road was invented in Australia in 1853, aiming to sell confectionery that was spoiled by the long journey […]