27 April 2020

Speckled Bread – My Simple Lockdown Pleasures

Delicious and foolproof To call this desert BREAD is in my opinion a massive understatement. It’s so much more than that – it’s rich, fruity, moist and fragrant, yet incredibly easy to make. What goes by the name of bara brith in Wales and barm brack in Ireland, by most is simply known as speckled bread or tea fruit loaf. Dry fruit is soaked overnight in tea giving the bread […]
16 April 2020

Zingy Lemon Loaf

Hello Lovely Bakers, I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. We’re into the third week of lockdown and I’m beginning to feel like a human again. My happy place is always anywhere near two things: oven and nature. Since the latter is limited to our garden at the moment (lucky us we have one!), I started baking again and catching up with my well-overdue admin work, recipes […]
22 January 2020

What a Year It Was!

I’m not quite sure how we‘re already half-way through January. Through the after Christmas slump as my friend cynically calls this time of the year. We’re all daylight, vitamin D and cash deficient… Possibly a couple of pounds heavier. Nevertheless, every year I stubbornly refuse to give in to two things in the dreaded January: winter blues and new year’s resolutions. Are you thinking it’s a bit too late for […]
25 September 2019

Not a Piece of Cake

And so it has begun, Rise and Shine has launched. After three months of full-on preparations my website is live and so are my social media accounts. I’ve met many new amazing people and made contacts with new fantastic organisations. Oh, and, wait a minute, I’ve started teaching baking! Hip, hip, hooray! The question I’ve been asked a lot lately is “how does it feel to be running a new […]