I’m delighted to welcome you to Happy Baking Days, a brand new food blog which aims to provide simple and delicious recipes, as well as stories and curiosities from my British kitchen.
I’m Katy, otherwise known as the Starry-Eyed Girl – you can find out more about me here.
I have started Happy Baking Days for several reasons, but mainly because a wonderful group of bloggers – led by ‘head chef’ Family Foodie – have welcomed me into a group called Sunday Supper, which features a weekly twitter chat all about food. The kind comments I received about my recipes finally gave me the confidence to start this blog.
Happy Baking Days aims to be as light and lovely as it sounds, whilst dispelling the myths surrounding British food. I have an amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world – but at the heart of everything is a tradition of British baking.
Both my mum and I are coeliacs, which means we have a gluten-free diet. This has not stopped us baking; it has just meant we need a little more creativity in the kitchen. Many of the recipes featured on the site will be gluten-free. You can find more details here.
Despite being technologically advanced enough to blog about my kitchen adventures, I am something of an old-fashioned baker, tending to use imperial measures and I still mix a lot of things by hand (though that’s largely due to the astronomical costs of decent mixers). As I anticipate some of you reading this from elsewhere in the world, I have provided a link to conversion tables to grams and North American measures here.
If there is anything else you would like to know about Happy Baking Days, or have any suggestions for me, please do get in touch; I would be delighted to hear from you! I will respond to all inquiries and comments personally.