Its been a while since I last posted. To be more accurate its been a few days short of 2 months.
I’ve been busy during these two months. Not too busy to cook because I’m always cooking but I’ve just not had any time to shoot and write about any of it.
The reason for this lack of time? I’ve bought a coffee shop.
If you’ve followed my blog during 2014 you would have seen my posts about my love (& addiction) of coffee and cake so naturally the next step was to do what I love and buy my own coffee shop.
Let me be the first to say its not the biggest coffee shop in the world, it’s not even the biggest coffee shop on the street (and there’s 5 others on the same street) but what makes this coffee shop so special? it’s mine and I’m going to do what I love to do.
It would be a bold statement for me to say that my coffee shop is going to be the best on the road but this is my plan. Our coffee comes from Oxford. It’s wood roasted, fair trade & organic, our tea’s are loose leaf and produced in Cheltenham. Our cakes are not from a packet, they are made on site fresh everyday by whisking eggs, beating butter and folding in flour and our sandwiches are made fresh daily using artisan breads with chutneys from Stroud.
Unfortunately this means the time I have for Custard or Cream will be reduced but if you like what you’ve seen here follow me over on twitter at @bakeandbrewhq for all the latest news, views & recipes.
It wasn’t until I went to London that I tried Avocado Toast in a nice little café called Le Pain Quotidien (http://www.lepainquotidien.com/).
Avocado Toast isn’t ground breaking in anyway. It only has a few ingredients and its method is so simple that anyone could put it together. So why is Avocado Toast filling up your Twitter, Pintrest & Instigram timelines?
Because its healthy, quick and full of flavour.
Bread – Take your favourite unsliced bread, gluten free, sour dough, bloomer.
1 Avocado – Ripe and ready to eat
1 Red onion
1 Spring onion
8 Cherry tomatoes
Pinch of Coriander
1 Red chilli
Slice your favourite bread in to chunky slices and toast. You could se your toaster or grill to toast the bread but I prefer to use a chargrill pan. Whilst toasting half your avocado, remove the skin & the stone. Cut the avocado in to 1/4’s and smash a 1/4 avocado on to each piece of toast. Dice your tomatoes, red onion, chilli & spring onion and sprinkle over your toast. Chop your coriander and sprinkle over the top along with some salt & pepper.
When I had the idea of starting my blog back in April I planned to write 1 post a week, so by my calculation I worked out that I would have got to 50 posts somewhere in March 2015.
I’d given myself a target of one post a week not because I don’t have the recipes (I have 1000’s in a drawer waiting to be cooked) or the fact that I don’t get time to cook (I cook everyday. If I don’t cook at work I’m always cooking at home) but for the simple reason I just didn’t know what I was doing.
Along the way I’ve learnt a
little lot (At the begin I knew nothing so I’m in a better place) so post 51 is a look back at my favourites from the first 50 posts.
Halloween will soon be upon us there will be an abundance of different types of pumpkins and squash’s available to buy from your local farmers market, greengrocers and supermarket.
So if your panning on carving a pumpkin or want a way to use up the squash’s in your fridge try this amazingly simple soup packed full of Thai spices with hints of ginger, chilli & coriander.
Sugar is bad for you but cake is tasty and life is too short.
If you’re trying to cut out sugar and still want to eat cake you need to get creative.
Over the past few years I’ve entered on to a metaphorical (and real) tread mill. I like cake, I eat cake, I run to burn off the cake I’ve eaten, because I’ve been for a run, I can eat cake as a reward and so the cycle continues.
Unless you have been living in a cave or on the moon for the last 5 years you would have missed the breaking news from the World Health Organisation; “sugar is bad for you“.
You don’t have to be as intelligent as Einstein to have worked this out. People eating diets containing high levels of sugar are more prone to obesity and diabetes. People eating low sugar diets tend to live a healthy life. It’s as simple as that.
Science lesson over I’ll get back to the cooking. Continue reading