Can I bake bread for a living? Yes you can!

Can I bake bread for a living? Yes you can!

Many people love to bake, and they dream of setting up a baking business.  It's hard, sometimes, to turn your dreams into reality.  There are doubts to overcome such as, "will my bread be good enough?", "I know nothing about business.", or "How on earth do I find customers?"  Everyone has at least one of […]

Posted on 19. Jan, 2017 by .

Build on strengths this year for a wonderful 2017

Build on strengths this year for a wonderful 2017

It's that time of year again!  The time we at the global HQ of Virtuous Bread think deeply about virtue and the upcoming year.  What is so interesting about virtue is that just 5 or 6 years ago, nobody wanted to talk about it. The word made people uncomfortable:  they sensed judgement and a certain […]

Posted on 10. Jan, 2017 by .

Why bread really is, “for love”

Why bread really is, “for love”

Problem solving tools are not meant to help people collaborate, care for each other, or engage productively with their families, communities, or organisations.  They are meant for situations in which generating hypotheses, gathering data and undertaking rigorous analysis are required - all of which need us to look backward to where the problem began and […]

Posted on 16. Dec, 2016 by .

Small Food Awards – Viennoiserie winners!

Small Food Awards – Viennoiserie winners!

This was a tough category in the Small Food Awards.  Viennoiserie includes all the delicious things like croissants, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, etc. The main event is butter and the big deal about it is called "lamination."  Viennoiserie is made with "laminated dough".  Puff pastry, if you will.  The dough is made up […]

Posted on 12. Dec, 2016 by .

Small Food Awards – Charcuterie Winners!

Small Food Awards – Charcuterie Winners!

At the Small Food Awards 2016 we had several entries in the charcuterie category and they included smoked, air dried and fermented products.  In the process of judging it became apparent how difficult it is to make good charcuterie.  If you are smoking something you need to enable the taster to taste the smoke as […]

Posted on 09. Dec, 2016 by .

Small Food Awards Chocolate Category Winners

Small Food Awards Chocolate Category Winners

I understand now how complicated it is to make chocolate.  There are those who make CHOCOCOLATE and there are those who make CHOCOLATES and there are those who make both. There are a handful of big chocolate makers, one of which is Valhrona.  They take cacao beans and turn them into chocolate that we can […]

Posted on 07. Dec, 2016 by .

Small Food Awards cheese category winners!

Small Food Awards cheese category winners!

This year's Small Food Awards had some great cheeses entered into it.  With expert judges looking for how cheese "breaks" and "layers" and "flakes" and how it tastes at the start, middle, and end, what it looks and smells and feels like - we all learned a huge amount about cheese.  We had three fantastic […]

Posted on 06. Dec, 2016 by .

Did I mention the winner of the bread category in the Small Food Awards?!?!?

Did I mention the winner of the bread category in the Small Food Awards?!?!?

Here he is!  Well done, Patrick Bowden from Indigo Bakes for winning first prize in the bread category of the Small Food Awards, for the white sourdough!

Posted on 06. Dec, 2016 by .

Small Food Awards – Bread Category Winners!

Small Food Awards – Bread Category Winners!

The Bread Category of the Small Food Awards was incredibly well populated!  Boxes and boxes of bread piled up on the day of the judging.  Wayne Caddy - one of the bread tutors at SAF - sniffed, squeezed, cut and tasted his way through many, many loaves!  In the end, three stood out. In third […]

Posted on 05. Dec, 2016 by .

Small food award winners

Small food award winners

Judging for the Small Food Awards was a few weeks ago.  Our panel of experts included the manager of the farm shop at Welbeck, the man behind Stichelton cheese, Wayne Caddy, the tutor of most of the bread courses at the School of Artisan Foods, a head chef, a food consultant, and enthusiastic gluttons!  With […]

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Posted on 05. Dec, 2016 by .