Busy Bea Baking…

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down...” (Carpenters song)

…but baking perks me up. This week I took a page from certain cooking shows and went for a marathon-bake of recipes I had been meaning to try for quite some time. On Thursday I made a record 5 dishes requiring much prep in only a few hours, Friday was a sweet success with 3 treats in a few hours (including baking time) while Saturday was slow with a measly one recipe (pita bread). These pictures are just a tiny sample of what went on in my kitchen these past few days. I ate the food too fast to take a picture of it all.

Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
Butternut squash and vanilla bean pancakes sizzling on the griddle. Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
Kiwi Lime Tartlets Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
Lentil Patties Photo by Kimberley (c)2014

I made:
*pie dough
*lentil patty filling
*quinoa and swiss chard salad
*spiced potatoes to serve with already prepared Indian bread
*prepared ingredients for vegan potato salad and baba ghanoush

I made:
*graham cracker crust and kiwi lime curd for the tartlet
*everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cookies
*butternut squash and vanilla bean pancakes
*rolled out the pie dough and filled with the lentil mix
*made baba ghanoush
*made a poolish for the pita bread

*just baked pita – no biggie



Food competition shows often feature cocky, neurotic and/or insecure chefs, both amateur and professional, running around the kitchen like chickens with their heads cut off trying to complete the appointed task. The pace is frantic, disaster usually ensues and there’s always a look of doom and gloom on someone’s face as the program cuts to commercial.

Real-life culinary adventures need not be so dramatic. For some it is a way to relax, a therapeutic tool or a creative outlet. So get your bake-on, enjoy the journey and relish in your creations.

*Except for the graham crackers which have honey, all recipes are vegan.


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