There are many benefits to becoming a microbaker…

There are many benefits to becoming a microbaker…

...and in the end, they are all personal. Recently, Gaye taught the microbakery course to three lovely people.  This means that there are three new microbakers in the UK delivering excellent bread to people and businesses in their local communities.  Three new Bread Angels. People do the microbakery course for lots of different reasons:  to teach, […]

Posted on 17. Apr, 2014 by .

Easter faux-caccia (or no knead hot cross “buns”)

Easter faux-caccia (or no knead hot cross “buns”)

Home made hot cross buns are absolutely delicious but they are, I confess, a little fiddly and not for everyone.  To that end, I have been experimenting with baking the simplest EVER hot cross buns that require almost no work and are, yet, completely lush.  And here they are the no knead easter faux-caccia hot […]

Posted on 12. Apr, 2014 by .

Francesca Barker – The Barker Baker talks drug addiction, crime, and baking

Francesca Barker – The Barker Baker talks drug addiction, crime, and baking

"Soda bread is my specialty...it sounds geeky but I just love the feel of dough." Bread really can change lives.  Francesca Barker took a micro bakery course last year and it changed her life.  Listen to her story here. You can read more about Francesca here and if you are inspired to become a micro […]

Posted on 09. Apr, 2014 by .

Bread plus Meditation equals Breaditation!

Bread plus Meditation equals Breaditation!

Many people find that kneading bread is rather meditative, and meditating (you can call it thinking in a relaxed and focused way if that is easier for you) can change your mind.  And changing your mind means changing your world. For years now, VB has been doing executive team building and leadership development sessions that […]

Posted on 28. Mar, 2014 by .

How can a change of diet change my health?

How can a change of diet change my health?

Now, that is a VERY BIG question and I am not a nutritionist so I certainly cannot provide a scientific answer.  However, given that science is based on observation coupled with data, I can provide observations. During my time as a baker I have met countless people who say that they feel better when they […]

Posted on 25. Mar, 2014 by .

The growth of the micro bakery in the UK

The growth of the micro bakery in the UK

Micro businesses are an important segment of the business population in the UK.  They are technically defined as businesses with fewer than 10 employees and less than 2 million euros of turnover.  2 million euros?  I'll take that (or half that or a tenth of that) and be running a business on whose profits I […]

Posted on 22. Mar, 2014 by .

Sharing bread at the Women on the Move awards ceremony

Sharing bread at the Women on the Move awards ceremony

A couple of weeks ago saw a celebration of Women on the Move in London.  Women on the Move is an organisation that champions refugee and immigrant women and the awards ceremony is an important event in their calender.  Liz, from Just Bread,  contacted them to see if the women on the Just Bread baking […]

Posted on 15. Mar, 2014 by .

What can I do with stale bread?

What can I do with stale bread?

There are many recipes for using up stale bread.  From Apple charlotte to stuffing to bread pudding to bread and butter pudding to bread sauce and soup to summer pudding - the list is endless.  Even bread crumbs and croutons are made of stale bread.  One of the best things, however, to do with stale […]

Posted on 12. Mar, 2014 by .

Baking with Refugee Women – more from the Just Bread project

Baking with Refugee Women – more from the Just Bread project

The Just Bread project goes from strength to strength.  The women are growing in confidence, today they are going to sell the bread they make and next week they are catering an event!  WOW!  For the event we actually need to move from Myatt's Fields because the oven is not big enough for us to […]

Posted on 27. Feb, 2014 by .

Change the world through bread whichever way you look at it

Change the world through bread whichever way you look at it

"I am a human being, but on the strength of my imagination - tied as it is - I can be a bridge" Hannah Hoch wrote this in her diaries.  She was a German artist who was born at the end of the 19th century and who died at the end of the twentieth.  Her […]

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