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Band of Bakers’ 1st Birthday Party

Last Thursday I finally got round to attending my first Band of Bakers meet up. Band of Bakers is a baking group based in South East London, run by Gemma and Naomi who meet roughly every month to share their baking skills and eat a lot of cake. I’ve known Gemma for a few years now and ever since she launched Band of Bakers I’ve been meaning to go, but South East London seems so far away! When I got the email a few weeks ago to announce their 1st birthday party I knew I had to pull my finger out and get involved.

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Every event has a different theme that all of the attendees have to bake something to and as this was a birthday party the theme was ‘celebration’. What’s great about a loose theme like this is that everyone interpreted it so differently! There was an incredible range of bakes, from magnificent layer cakes, tarts & macaroons to mini sausage rolls & celebration breads and of course it wouldn’t be a birthday party without some good old-fashioned chocolate cake.

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Luckily, I had been warned of the inevitable over-indulgence of the evening so had a light lunch, but I was still totally overwhelmed by the amount on offer. I probably didn’t even manage to try a quarter of it, which is a little sad, though I did take some extras home for brunch the next day, which made me rather happy.

The event had a special guest for the evening in the form of baker, Dan Lepard. Now you don’t have to read many posts on this blog to notice that Dan’s recipes crop up rather a lot and I am a bit of a fan. I know that Gemma is also a fan, you only have to check out her Short & Sweet In South East London blog to see that, but had no idea she had invited him along. Now you’d think I would take this rare opportunity to introduce myself to my favourite baker, who’s books I refer to first when looking up anything, who’s sourdough book is almost permanently in my hand, but no. I turned into a total fan-girl and avoided him all evening. A couple of times I turned round to find him stood right by me talking to someone else and I nearly jumped out of my skin. I am such a loser sometimes.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my bake for the evening. But I used the party to test run a recipe for another event last week, so I’ll tell you all about it in my next post.

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Instagram Eats : April 2013

I have so much blogging to catch up on it’s ridiculous. There are cakes, breads, Band of Bakers, wedding bake offs and some glorious dinners to tell you about, but I’ll start with a belated round up of all the food & drink I documented on my Instagram in April. Follow me here if you so wish.

Last night's late night pizza at Soho Joe's. #pizza #london #pepperoni

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More homemade sourdough pizza. #pizza #baking #sourdough

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Puddle of golden syrup in a bowl of porridge. #breakfast #sugar #porridge #oatmeal

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The Boy brought this back from Texas. Bring on the meat. #bbq #meat #dinner

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#lunch #sourdough #bread #eggs

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White, spelt & wholemeal sourdough pre-bake. #baking #bread #sourdough #readbread

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White, spelt & wholemeal sourdough post-bake. #bread #readbread #sourdough #baking

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Loaf no.2 ready for the oven. #baking #bread #readbread #sourdough

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I have no problem with The Boy travelling more with work. #chocolate

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Bring it on. #meat #dinner

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White chocolate, orange & cream cheese layer cake in the oven... #baking #cake #chocolate

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Celebrating summer.

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Late lunch/early dinner. #lunch #dinner #burger #meat

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We're going to have some good sandwiches this week. #bread #baking #realbread #sourdough

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Loaf #2 ready to go. #baking #bread #realbread #sourdough

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A Weekend In Paris

I was lucky enough to spend last weekend in Paris. This wasn’t a normal weekend in Paris though, this was for my Grandmother’s 80th birthday and that entire side of my family went. In total there were 14 of us, which made choosing what to do and where to go almost impossible! So The Boy and I decided that the best option was to not make any plans, and to just go with the flow, which turned out to be a wise decision.

We covered all the visiting Paris basics. We drank lots of coffee and ate lots of pastry. In fact we drank and ate a lot of everything really. We walked for miles and miles. Went to beautiful shops and markets and gazed at many beautiful buildings. I got to practice my French and cringe at my family speaking English to everyone. C’est la vie. Can’t wait to go back.

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Highlights included the food market Marché des Enfants Rouges, lunch at Café Le Brebant, browsing around Merci boutique, the whole family going on the carousel in Le Jardin des Tuileries, the Sunday foodmarket on Rue Montmartre, Notre Dame and the fascinating bird market on the Ile de la Cité.

Instagram Eats : January & February 2013

I don't really do cupcakes but check these fuckers out!

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I wasn't sure what these were going to be like but they are YUM.

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We cooker veal for the first time for tonight's dinner.

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Back in the habit of refreshing my sourdough*. *just remembered before I got into bed.

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Prepping Spag Bol for the slow cooker.

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Guess where I am.

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Post-run refuels like this make mid-week 7 milers worth it.

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Chicken postu at my desk.

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The moment has come. #vietnamesecoffee

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Pie.

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Cocoa meringues drying out in the oven. #meringues #baking

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Broccoli, cream cheese & cheddar. Nutella, peanut butter & banana. Lemon & sugar. #pancakes #dinner

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Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Coco Meringues. #baking #meringues http://wp.me/p2SVlr-3J

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Elevenses. #tea #baking #tart #pastry

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Soup with homemade sourdough pita bread for lunch. #bread #baking #soup #lunch

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I cheated and bought a leaving cake for @amyellen25... #cake #chocolate

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Cakes 1, 2, 3 & 4. It's going to be a cake heavy day. #cake

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Afternoon tea at @SketchLondon. Mind blowing. #cake #tea #london

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The best thing about days off is proper homemade lunch. #lunch #eggs

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Instagram Eats : November 2012

Improv cold cure. Tea, whiskey & honey. It's delicious whether it helps or not!

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This porridge doesn't quite make up for the lack of MacDonalds but its still pretty good.

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Homemade milk loaf with butter and raspberry jam. #breakfastofchampions

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Last night's sirloin & crushed new potatoes at Gaucho. #meat #meltinthemouth

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Chimp's Tea cocktail with shortbread at Bourne & Hollingsworth.

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Bramley Apple Smash cocktail in a jam jar at London Cocktail Club.

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A couple of dodgy sourdough loaves. #firstattempt #nofilter

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