Following my Dreams – Learning from a Master Baker

Fresh Baked Bread

I cook often and love it.  I’ve grown up with freshly made meals and continue to make that a large part of my life. Cooking happens mostly daily and is a necessity. You must cook in order to eat.

Baking on other hand is not usually a necessity.  Baking for me is a passion and an indulgence. Its not essential to eat a perfectly light victoria sandwich cake, a pistachio cherry biscotti with the right amount of crunch or a gorgeously crusty loaf of bread. However, the end results are extremely enjoyable to eat and share with friends. Who doesn’t love to eat baked goods? Anyone?

Baking is not only an indulgence for eating, but an indulgent process.  It usually requires much time, patience and precision, which are not always in abundance.  An afternoon spent baking lifts my mood and makes me excited and animated (probably also from eating all the sugar).

For a long time now I have dreamed of owning my own bakery.  The movie “Stranger than Fiction” made me want it even more. If only I could be Maggie Gyllenhaal and give up everything to make people happy all day.  Maybe one day I will pursue a similar path.

Fresh Baked Bread

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Newborn Mary Jane Booties

baby mary jane bootiesI love knitting. It keeps my hands occupied while watching TV.  It makes me feel like I’ve created something out of nothing. Its a rather relaxing and gratifying little hobby. Yes, a little bit old lady-ish, I know. But I’m telling you, knitting is making a comeback! I kinda like the idea that all is not lost with new generations.  That something so simple and old like knitting will continue to be learnt and put to use.

These baby booties are the perfect gift for a newborn girl.  They’re super super easy to make and take only a day. So great for a last minute gift. Or just a quick project to test out your knitting skills.

Pattern here.

Nürburgring 24 Hours

nurburgring

In the spring of every year at the infamous Nürburgring, the 24 hour race takes place.  It is 24 hours of straight racing from 4pm on Saturday till 4pm on Sunday.  All the way through the evening, through the middle of the pitch black night, the early hours of the morning and all the way till the following afternoon.  Just think of what you do on a typical day and then remember, the whole time you are eating, at work, sleeping and probably eating again, 3-4 drivers are still running precise circles around this track at super fast speeds.   Its amazing to me that this type of event actually takes place.  The physical fitness, alertness, focus and tolerance this requires amazes me.  Especially through the complete darkness on an unlit track.

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