This was imported from my old blog and this was published on 24 September 2010. Funnily enough, it’s that time of year again. Series 3 of the Great British Bake Off starts tomorrow night at 8PM!
I am inspired to bake again. And it’s all the Great British Bake Off’s fault.
The final show was a few days ago and am now itching to try a new set of recipes. It probably wasn’t a good idea to watch Julie and Julia during the weekend because I am now inspired to do a Julie Powell–meaning I could try 1 recipe for every day of the year. That would be expensive and very exhausting. While I applaud Julie Powell for doing the amazing (and getting her writing kicked off after the blog), I don’t think I have the stamina and I want to remain friends with my finances.
I do have a book in mind, should I decide to do a Julie. If she (Julie Powell) has Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (which I also have but have only managed to leaf through twice since I received it as a gift on Christmas), I have Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course, which is a very scary, very thick book. I may just put off Delia’s book for a while. I like being able to convince myself that I have the capability to accomplish my goals and I think that setting myself to do every recipe in Delia’s book is setting myself up for a fall. It is achievable but not right now. Now isn’t a great time for me! And somehow, I feel better after admitting that!
I also aim to try all the recipes in the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. Realistically, I think the HBC would be a better bet since I’ve managed to try 6 out of the 60 recipes in the book (which always turn out perfectly! if you dabble in baking, this is, seriously, a book that you should have in your cookbook arsenal!).
Shall we put it to a vote? To bake or not to bake?