A packet of beans that will make you roar with laughter!

Firstly, thank you to everyone who filled in my survey, it is now closed.

So I was making a Minestrone soup the other day, and decided to use dried beans instead of from a can.  I had never done this before so checked on the packet if they needed soaking.
Did you spot it??

Funniest packaging I have ever encountered! They must have found a recipe on-line or something, not even checked it and printed it on the side of their packet of DRIED BEANS!

Well I didn’t have time to soak them so I boiled them for an hour and added them to my soup. They were perfect. Which also proves that unlike chick peas they didn’t actually need over-night soaking.

Hopefully this will make you smile and laugh like it did for me!


Peace and loaf

Bakery Market Research

It is getting into the last few months of my course. This causes my emotions to change almost daily. I am excited, happy, scared, proud and many more.

I am finishing the last of my assignments, and need some market research for one.
I made a questionnaire on-line and it really doesn’t take longer than a few minutes to complete.

I would be so grateful if you could fill in the questionnaire for me.

You can answer by clicking the link below:



Thanks again!!

Peace and loaf 🙂

Blog Awards

Firstly I would like to say thank you to all my current and recent followers. It means a lot to me that my blog is read and appreciated by so many of you. Secondly I would like to thank all of you that have nominated me for a blog award.

I am currently in the last few months of my degree, and will try to blog when I have free time. I can’t do the full blog award questions at this time but would like to give recognition to all those showing me support and appreciation.

Thank you to alternative eating, Pure and simple bakes, and nocturnefirefay for all nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you to eatnowtalklater, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog award.

A special thanks to nocturnefirefay for continual support and blog friendship. She nominated me for the 7×7 Link Award.

hank you to dogkisses for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

And finally thank you to brush, needle and whisk for nominating me for The Sunshine Award.

Peace and loaf.


Food Fashion – Edible Clothes Anyone?

One of the Facebook groups I’m a member of is UK students and trainee bakers (ABST). People often post information about competitions, job opportunities or programs related to our industry. This week someone posted a photo of a model wearing an outfit entirely made of bread. I thought it was pretty awesome and took to Google to look up more items of edible clothing and these are the best of what I’ve found:

Photographer Ted Sabarese with designer Ami Goodheart of SOTU Productions

I love it. Being made of bread I took an instant liking to it. I don’t know that I could pull it off but the model wears it well.

Ukrainian pastry chef Valentyn Shtefano

This was made by the Ukrainian pastry chef Valentyn Shtefano for his bride’s wedding dress. This is taking the croquembouche to the next level!

Made by the German bakery group Lambertz

Well I think it looks really good, however the second it got warm, your outfit would start to melt on you, not a good look.

Photographer Ted Sabarese with designers Daniel Feld and Wesley Nault

I think this dress is beautiful and could be recreated and sold as a dress made of – dare I say it, a material such as silk.

South Korean artist Sung Yeonju

This beautiful dress created by the artist Sung Yeonju is made of egg-plant (aubergine) as part of her “wearable food” collection.

South Korean artist Sung Yeonju

Another stunning dress by Sung Yeonju made of chives.

Enjoy 🙂
Peace and loaf

I do not own any of these images. They have been sourced from http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/edible-dresses-2420301.html and http://www.delish.com/food-fun/food-fashion.

Pre-made Cake Mix

The other day in the supermarket I was in the baking aisle. Needless to say, I can spend hours just looking at what’s available. Suddenly, I saw the enormous section of pre-made cake mix. They have brownies mix, chocolate cake, victoria sponge cake, lemon cake, marble cake, carrot cake, cookies, scones, muffins and so much more! All you have to do is add an egg, some butter or water and that’s it really.

The array is quite astounding; you can pretty much get anything you want. Then, of course, there’s also all the cupcakes mixes for children with different cute toppers. I couldn’t help but be intrigued and while my initial reaction was some what of a snobbery baker, I found myself compelled to buy the Tesco brand and do a taste test. (Watch this space!) I was pretty gob smacked by the price too as they are all well under £1.

There are many other brands such as Betty Crocker, Mcdougalls, Dr Oetker and celebrity chefs own brands. As I continued shopping I was wondering why people buy pre-made mixes and came up with a number of suggestions. Maybe they don’t enjoy baking? Maybe they think it produces a good product? Or maybe its just so much quicker?

Tell me what you think and take my poll!

Versatile Blogger Award

I am so honoured to have been nominated this week for the versatile blogger award.

 Thank you so much to http://nocturnefirefay.wordpress.com/for nominating me. I am so touched. I really enjoy blogging and its great to know that other people enjoy reading my blog too.

The rules for the award are:
1) Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them in my post.

2) Share 7 things about myself

3) Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that I enjoy

4) Contact the bloggers I have chosen to let them know that they have been selected!

Okay so seven things about myself
1, My father is half English half Italian and my mother is Indian. I was brought up in a house with the most delicious food from these countries and it probably started my love affair and passion for food.

2, I left school at 16 to study at catering college, after a year on a professional chefs diploma course I did business studies (with the intention of opening my own eating establishment) and then onto university to study Baking technology management Bsc. I am in my third and final year now.

3, My favourite colour is red. To the point I’m a bit obsessed with anything red 🙂

4, I love travelling. I want to travel around the world. I love trying new and interesting foods and exploring a countries culture.

5, I started reading the hobbit and Lord of the rings with my dad when I was about 9 and didn’t finish till I was about 14. My favourite book and I think the films are pretty good too. Love it!

6, I am the youngest of 3 daughters and my sisters are my best friends in the world.

7, If I had to choose 5 desert island dish’s, that I would live on for the rest of my life i would have:
– Mums chicken soup, It’s full of veg, ginger and dumplings. Completely delicious.
– Nicoise salad, I love this salad, its perfectly filling and fresh but not too heavy.
– Egg and tomato, a lovely garlicy tomato sauce, the eggs are poached in the sauce and served runny on toast to soak up all the juices.
– Salt beef bagels, the stuffed to brim with salt beef kind, mustard and pickled ccumber.
– Crispy aromatic duck with pancakes. Crunchy, crispy and succulent duck with plum sauce cucumber and sweet pickles.

Now for the 15 more bloggers that I enjoy and think also deserve the reward!

1) http://recipeadaptors.wordpress.com/
A great blog with ideas of cheap alternatives to classic recipes with a twist.

2) http://jenniferamergott.com/about/
A cool blog about music, fashion, photography and food. There’s something for everyone here.

3) http://earthygurl.com/about/
Another great blog about food and fashion with lovely and pretty recipe ideas.

4) http://carosparro.wordpress.com/
A fellow Londoner with a passion for photography and food.

5) http://alternativeeating.wordpress.com/
A great blog for recipes to deal with a number of allergies and still have lovely food.

6) http://couturekrumbs.wordpress.com/
A great blog with lovely recipes written by two sisters all about fashion and baking.

7) http://eatnowtalklater.wordpress.com/
This is my sisters blog but that’s not why I’ve chosen her. She writes great recipes and takes stunning photos good enough to eat.

8 ) http://dalysbreadhomebaking.wordpress.com/
A lovely blog all about bread with recipes and advice on bread baking.

9) http://sundaydreamings.com/
Who doesn’t love Sundays and lie ins. Great recipes for a Sunday lie in breakfast/brunch.

10) http://monsieurwag.com/
A lovely food blog with great recipes from a passionate cook.

11) http://violetsandcardamom.com/
A wonderful blog with a bit of everything. Nice photographs, recipes and simply lovely posts.

12) http://threecleversisters.com/
Another charming blog with recipes and craft ideas written by three sisters.

13) http://nerdybaker.wordpress.com
A delightful blog from a lover of baking.

14) http://zestybeandog.wordpress.com/
A foodie blog with great recipes, a well rounded blog.

15) http://delgrossofoodblog.com/
A captivating food blog with an Italian influence and delicious recipes.

Enjoy 🙂

Picking oranges in Naples

This was taken in Naples, Italy. I was visiting for a family wedding and was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of beautiful, delicious fruit and vegetables growing in my Aunts garden. You can see the joy on my face at the mere fact, these oranges where the same size as my head! As well as these oranges they had stunning lemons, sharon fruit, chillies and more.

This is a small taste of more to come!

Happy eating!