I used to bake a great deal but over the years this has slowly decreased and I have even found myself, shock horror, purchasing cakes from the supermarkets. The rocky road to perdition and what has finally stopped me is The Great British Bake Off on BBC2. Mary Berry is a wonderful cook and I used to have many of her books on my shelves and, along with the Blessed Delia, she became one of my inspirations when it came to cooking. I am totally addicted to this programme though I freely admit that a great deal of this has to do with the Divine Paul Hollywood who really is rather dishy, if formidable. The look of apprehension and terror on the contestant's faces as they await his verdict shows just how much it means to them and a 'good bake' sends them sky high with joy.
I have started over the last few months to bake again and have rediscovered my Inner Baker and remember how much I used to enjoy it. I have been chatting on Facebook about my baking and have shared pics and photos and when I mentioned in passing that I was thinking of spending the winter trying out new and old recipes and getting my baking mojo back I was inundated with requests to write about my efforts. I have therefore decided to set up another blog (I must be mad...) which I have called Random and the Great Colchester Bake Off (nothing like setting the bar high thinks I). You can find the blog at:
and there is also a link on the top left hand column of Random Jottings. I would love it if you would drop by and let me know what you think my disasters and, hopefully, triumphs.