Only a quick post! The coral was inspired by doing lots of diving in Koh Tao, and the Frangipani flowers are EVERYWHERE here in Asia, a very robust little flower-great to make out of sugar paste to top your cakes. … Continue reading
Hoi An, Vietnam. Yesterday was episode 2 in my ‘learning how to cook global takeover’. And it was AWESOME. It was with the Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Tour. It started, as many asian cookery classes do; in the local market. … Continue reading
These little stalls lace the streets of Vietnam, and in Hoi An they are freshly preparing types of donuts. One is a coconut cake, a ball bun filled with strips of coconut-the type you’d find in a ‘London Cheesecake‘ (if you don’t know what that is, then you are seriously missing out!)
Another delight, is a type of sliced banana fritter, with a few strips of coconut thrown in for good measure. The banana is dipped lightly in a pancake batter and then deep fried to create a thin, banana crisp.
There are a few other things on these stalls, even the bog standard ringed donuts. They are all fried and sprinkled with sesame seeds (i need to use more sesame seeds in my food as it transforms normal to WOW with one pinch!)
Both of these cost me 10,000 vnd (£35p)
The smell reminded me instantly of theme parks back in the UK. Pretty cool as its a grey, muggy day here in Hoi An, a sleepy town of hanging lanterns and boutique tailors.
Yesterday, in Dalat (the valley of eternal Springtime, it’s gorgeous!) we went to a cricket farm – the garden shed of a guy’s house. Then, lucky me got to try them. I was determined NOT to, but then my squeamish … Continue reading
I know I said this was a Cambodia post, but there is two things I need to blog about from Thailand first. My travel brain is getting the better of me I’m afraid! Bangkok, Asiatique. MK Suki restaurant. These were pork … Continue reading
I’m writing this as we are on a bus to Phnom Penh, hopefully I won’t feel woozy half way through. We have been in Siem Reap for four days-previously we were in Bangkok for a few days (that was our … Continue reading
@lornas_cakery ooh! Do you fancy letting me see your bread making skills? I’m desperate to get better! I could pay you in cake? X @blackbirdbread Sounds like a fair deal! Let’s get something sorted out!
And it was as simple as that. We met up the following friday at Mark’s house – Mr and Mrs Blackbird run a micro-bakery from home. This is where they bake bread for their local residents up and down the street (well, actually now its a fair few streets as the word has spread of the wonderfully light, fluffy, crusty warm homemade bread!)
Is it time for a bigger oven yet Mark?
When I arrived, at the leisurely 10am, Mark had already been baking for 5 hours. He bakes 3 times a week and gets orders via text message from his neighbours, it sounds so simple and it really works. So anyway, I walked in and was allowed to get stuck in straight away! I was so excited to have a day of messy hands and floury clothes whilst learning a real trade from a true home baker. It was the best day. We made so many loaves…
- a White Loaf,
- Hippy Loaf,
- Spelt Loaf,
- Hippy Loaf
and a Wholemeal Loaf
I was truley spoilt and all I paid Mr and Mrs Blackbird was a Fudge cake, I am in debt to them as I learnt tonnes and they were so generous with thier time and patience. They even put up with my stupid jokes and sense of humour – for instance, when I arrived the first thing I said to break the ice was; “Well this is weird isn’t it!” (I was referring to meeting on twitter and then turning up at thier home to bake bread a week later) anyway…
All this info and more tips can be found on BlackBird Bread’s blog – Please check it out and give it a go, it’s really fun! (or, if you are local to Twickenham, text the nest and get Mark to bake you some!)
In the meantime, if you want to get into bread, Mark recommends checking out (@danielscookhous) Daniel Stevens, a fine bread master as well as the amazing (@dan_lepard) Daniel Lepard, baking guide for the Guardian.co.uk and judge on the Aussie Bake Off.
So, signing out for now, THANK YOU MR AND MRS BLACKBIRD, TRUE BREAD MASTERS!! x
A few days ago I was rushing around, balancing display cakes, white drapes and business cards on my head. Well it felt like that anyway. Not knowing what to expect at my first wedding fair I prepared myself in a … Continue reading
With the round the world trip booked, we have started to pack up our home at an albeit very sluggish pace, However, I suddenly realised that a christmas present, that I requested, from my brother was still in its original packaging, my … Continue reading