Experiements in Cakeland

This week has been all about cakey experiments!

It’s just over 2 weeks until i leave for my 460km charity bike ride from London to Paris, raising money for the British Legion as i go. I have been busy baking in order to make the final push on fundraising. So there have been lots of poppy themed buttercream cupcakes have been coming out of the kitchen at Cake Towers.

I have also been practising cakes that can last for longer than a few days so that i can send them to my brother when he goes to Afghanistan that same week. A test batch made the journey this week to a friend who is out there at the moment and i am pleased to say that they made it OK! They travelled without buttercream, packed tightly with popcorn to keep them still in transit and by all accounts were well received and still yummy when they arrived! Yayyyy!

I have also had some updates from a friend in Melbourne today which is looking like it will be my first stop on my adventures.  It’s all go and it’s still all cakey!

This weekend sees some not so exciting paperwork and planning but these little things have really brightened my day. One step further on the journey to living my dreams in 2014 onwards!

Back to it! Cakey Adventures…

So i abandoned this blog some time ago as i got sucked into the humdrum of the corporate world, and a little bit scared if i’m honest. But fear not my fellow foodies i am back on it! After a few months of soul searching i have finally made the decision that i am going, i am leaving my job, packing up and leaving to eat my way around the world in January 2014.

My journey will take a slightly different twist though…

I have been a baker for as long as i can remember, i was always “helping” my grandma in the kitchen when i was small or asking my Mum if i could bake of a weekend. I even had my own cake business for a while, but the demands of the corporate world didn’t allow the time for it remain enjoyable. Already demanding hours just made that extra responsibility stressful and unbelievably took the fun out of baking.

I would like to take this opportunity to learn about and taste as many types of cakes & bakes as i can on my travels and extend my cakey knowledge. So for all my fellow foodies out there, is there anywhere you have visited with a sublime cheesecake, pastry, cake or bread that i just have to sample, or specialities close to home that you are proud of and think i should try and learn about? I would like to be able to learn how to bake all these delectible treats as i try them so any ideas for teachers that might be good to speak to would great too!

A Very Excited Cake Lady x x x

La Dolce Vita… the serious planning commences!

So i have talked about this for some years now, but never actually had the bottle to do it. Today i am finally committing to  make a milestone decision start living my travel dreams!

I am going to celebrate turning 30 by eating my way round the world big food voyage! I am fascinated by food, culture and language and want to explore and experience as many of them as i can en route to finding somewhere to settle.

I have lived in Milton Keynes (City of Dreams) for my whole life, and while i have travelled a fair amount and spent quite a lot of time working outside of the delights of roundabout town i have an inkling that there are other places that may just be a little more inspiring to spend some time.

Having dreamt about doing this for a long time i have oodles of ideas about places i want to go, snippets from magazines and books etc. So step one is to try and pull all of those together and formulate some kind of route to follow and book the first section of the trip! I’m in the early stages of planning (and blogging come to think of it!) so bear with me while i try and filter some of this down to a manageable plan! I’m going to start with the bucket list of places i want to go:

1. Go to the Jazz festival in New Orleans

2. Go to Rio Carnival

3. Eat steak in Buenos Aires

4. Go to carnival in the Caribbean

5. Sip a Mojito in Cuba

6. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley

7. Go wine tasting in Piemonte

8. Go wine tasting in France (there is a theme developing!)

9. Go Port tasting in Portugal

10. Eat local fish in every seaside location i visit

11. Stay on a ranch in Texas

12. Stay at a Souk in Marrakech

13. Take the train from London to Hong Kong

14. Relax on a beach in Africa

15. Go to Fiji

16. Go to a music festival in the sun

17. Go to a music festival in the snow!

18. Drive the whole way round Italy in my Fiat 500

19. Island hop round Greece

20. Gamble in Las Vegas

21. Party in Miami

22. Aloha in Hawaii

23. Have a cocktail at the Raffles in Singapore

24. Go on a spritual retreat

25. Detox in Thailand

26. Go on Safari in Africa

27. Learn a language well enough to work in it comfortably

28. Learn a language well enough that i can teach it to my children (when i have some!)

28. Teach English in another country

29. Try the local cake every where i go

30. Meet another foodie everywhere i go

31. Work in a food establishment everywhere i go

32. See what the locals see

This clearly needs some direct and some refinement, but it’s helped to just formalise it from a bunch of post it notes onto a proper list. Now it’s time for me to go back to the map and the travel books to see how i can start to get a plan together!

The Cake Lady x