If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you will have noticed that most of my recipes are for baked goods. There are a number of reasons why. Being a time poor and busy mum (and aren’t we all in that boat?), I don’t get as much time as I’d like to cook. So I cook in batches. For me, baking is the most logical, easy way to cook a batch of something. Also, because I cook in batches, I need to freeze things. Again, I find it easier to freeze baked goods. And because I focus on lunchbox food, it’s got to be no-fuss, quick to pack and easily managed by the kids once they’re at school. So often, baked goods tick all of these boxes. I also like the comfort of knowing what’s in my kids’ food and that preservatives, colourings and other nasties are minimised because I’ve baked.
But I’m also aware that baking is not everyone’s cup of tea and that may be the case for various reasons – lack of time, energy, skills, knowledge, confidence … Even though I try to keep my recipes fairly simple (and, truth be told, I’m not really capable of coming up with anything too complex!), my recipes may not resonate with many because they usually involve baking.
If you’re a bit uncertain about baking, you may want to spend a couple of minutes to read this article from the fabulous Good Food website. It features Anneka Manning, who has written some great cookbooks. I’ve been a fan of hers for many years. I hope you find it useful!