Strawberry Fields

Strawberries

Just a quick blog post today as I’m up to my elbows in flour at the moment testing out some new recipes.

Bake Off final

I saw on Twitter earlier that this weekend is the final of the Great British Bake Off 2015. It was today, a year ago, that my family all travelled down to Welford Park in Newbury to see the final of our series. It was a perfect summer day, complete with a brief rain shower where all the hardy picnickers just donned their cagoules, put up their umbrellas and carried on! I can wait for the new series to begin, presumably it’ll be in August. I know practically nothing about this year’s bakers – the crew have done a great job of keeping everything under wraps. This was the really weird part of last year – for 5 or 6 weeks between the end of filming and the first episode being broadcast life went completely back to normal and I almost forgot Bake Off had even happened. I was up in Scotland visiting Norman when the papers revealed who we all were and Twitter started going nuts. I went from about 30 followers to nearly 30,000 over the next few months. If any of this year’s bakers are reading this, enjoy the calm before the storm! And change the security settings on your social media accounts while there’s still time!

Chets and Marths

I’ve said it before but it’s totally true, the best thing about the Bake Off experience was the lifelong friends I met through the show. It was really good meeting up with Martha and Chetna in London this week. I was in town for a meeting with my publisher Quadrille about the launch activity for my book, B.I.Y. Bake It Yourself, which comes out at the end of August. I’m going to have a really busy September and October and I can’t wait! Apparently I might get a copy of my book as early as this week or next. The photographer for my book, Chris Terry, reckons he’s lost count of the number of people he’s worked with who go to bed cuddling their books when they first get a copy!

Strawberry picking

Yesterday, me and all my family went strawberry picking for my sister’s birthday. We went to Parkside Farm in Enfield and came away with four punnets of strawberries. It was a really fun day out for all of us and the kids loved it – I’d really recommend it. I’m currently working my way through them – strawberry cheesecake, strawberry tarts and strawberry jam on the agenda tonight. If you want to see what I do with them all, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, as I’m getting into the habit of posting pictures more often.

Peanut cereal bars

But in the meantime I’d better get back to work. I’m filming more videos for Scoff this week so I have to get all my recipes over to them tonight so they can get the ingredients sorted. This week’s recipes include these peanut butter and chocolate cereal bars, which are delish! Don’t forget to check out my video recipe page for all of the ones I’ve done so far and I’ll see you next week.

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