What are the benefits of having a micro bakery

What are the benefits of having a micro bakery

Why did I set up Virtuous Bread? I love baking bread - CHECK I am good at making bread, teaching baking, and running a business (by dint of the fact that I have customers and a business that is profitable) - CHECK I can get paid for baking bread and teaching others to bake bread […]

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

Virtuous Bread arrives in Mexico City!

Virtuous Bread arrives in Mexico City!

In the heart of Colonia Roma Norte, Virtuous Bread has teamed up with La Puerta Abierta bakery to offer a range of gorgeous cooking and baking classes, along side pizza evenings, mezcal tastings and much more!  Come in and sample the bread.  Come upstairs and see inside this unique, old house to view the wonderful […]

Posted on 23. May, 2014 by .

The true meaning of success

The true meaning of success

This past week end I went to my high school reunion.  It was a BIG year and yet at the drinks reception there were only about 6 of us (maybe 10% of everyone who could have come) and at the lunch on Saturday I was the only one from my class.  People at the reunion […]

Posted on 09. May, 2014 by .

The keys to living a long and healthy life

The keys to living a long and healthy life

Baking and sharing bread are two of the keys to living a long and healthy life... 10 years ago, National Geographic magazine, Dan Buettner, and a group of demographers began a search for the keys to a long and healthy life.  They identified five "blue zones" - places in the world where people live to 100 years of […]

Posted on 23. Apr, 2014 by .

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 […]

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