I like to bake.
I like to use traditional recipes that other people have used for generations. It gives me a sense of connection to the rest of oven-equipped humanity. Some of these recipes are from my own family. It feels nice and warm mixing ingredients together and thinking of my grandmother, my aunt, my mother, my sister-in-law, their arms having mixed exactly the same things together at some time.
Cupcake baked using my maternal family's sugee cake recipe, 2010
Others, I get from recipe sites...
Banana bread, 2008: nothing but a sweet memory now
and until banana prices come down from over A$10/kg
... adapting them to suit what's in my kitchen, whether something more seasonal or a poor choice when grocery shopping.
Papaya bread, 2010
Others are from blogs.
Lemonless yoghurt cake from Orangette's lemon yoghurt cake recipe, 2009
I like to bake with friends.
Dual-flavour cupcakes, with Michelle, 2009
Frosted chocolate cupcakes, with Maggie and Bek, 2011
I like to bake for other people, to express my appreciation...
Improvised chocolate cake for my cousin who
braved my graduation ceremony despite a bad cold, 2010
... and my good wishes.
Chinese New Year cookie gift box, 2010 (year of the Tiger)
For a very short time, I thought baking would be a good way to earn some money. I did; but I also got myself another concussion and some colourful bruises. I think for now I'm back to baking for love.
Pineapple tarts and almond squares all packed up with pre-orders to fill, 2010
Finally, I like baking savoury things, too, meals that I hope are better for me than those processed things with scary numbers that I see in the shops.
Stuffed mushrooms, 2010
Mini pizzas on homemade wholemeal crust, 2010
I like to bake.