5.2.2020 – Orange Chiffon Cake

Owing to neither a sponge nor a genoese, but little does that mean our Chiffon doesn’t please. With more air to it than one could ever enhale, it stands tall, proud and elegantly, every time, without fail. With just one bite, you’ll be gasping for more, what do you do, Orange Chiffon, that causes such…

4.1.20 – Crazy for (Ottolenghi) Canapés

My love for the canapés that we create at Ottolenghi is growing so much that I just had to dedicate a post to it. A canapé, is a type of hors d’œuvr, which is a very small dish served as an appetiser before dinner. Canapés are traditionally a small piece of bread (sometimes toasted), puff…

2.1.2020 – Louise Cake

This weekend has been one of very few weekends off since starting at Ottolenghi and I have loved every minute of it. It’s funny how much goes unnoticed until it’s taken away, and then when you get it back, you appreciate it so much. Like waking up in bed on a Sunday, and not having…

1.2.2020 – My first customer

  I am delighted to announce that on the the first day of the month I have received my first cake request! Not that I have been doing anything about putting this kind of service out there, so I should count myself lucky. In fact, it’s my mum who puts all the effort in, in…

31.01.2020 – How to be a healthy pastry chef

Seeing as I seem to be pouring my heart out a little bit in this blog, today I want to write about a contradiction I’ve had in my head ever since my passion for baking began. How do I become a pastry chef and be healthy at the same time? I have always been an…

29.01.2020 – Exhaustion

Exhaustion. Something that definitely goes hand in hand with this job. It’s a different kind of exhaustion that I’ve ever experienced before. My body hit the pillow after a 12 hour non stop day and asked to never get back up again. My brain resembles play dough after a continuum of multi tasking, communicating, quick…

26.01.2020 – Shifts

I’m sat on the District Line on my way to yoga, after what felt like quite a long day, especially on a Sunday. On Sundays we get all the decorating and baking done as quickly as possible so we can spend the afternoon deep cleaning the kitchen. Not the most joyous of Sunday activities but…

25.01.2020 – Morale

There’s nothing more important than high morale in the kitchen. Showing up this morning at 8am, I wasn’t sure if I would actually make it through the 10 hour shift looming over me, having only had 3 hours sleep. It absolutely flew by and I can only thank my dear colleagues for being such great…

24.01.2020 – Introduction

Admittedly I have been a part time, flaky blogger pretty much since blogging became a thing. As I sit here in my favourite coffee chop in Clapham Junction, creating blog number 49589329, I come across many of my old blogs from over the years, and I’ve found myself utterly amazed at how my life has…