Almost baked

LM baking

No waste in this house

She’s growing up fast. Not so long ago Little Missy was taking her first adventures into food, relishing an early taste of wild blackberries; now she’s getting stuck into baking and, as you can see, no bowl is safe from those helpful little hands.

She was my first long-term baking project and I nearly have another completed. It’s been a crazy, crazy year so far – getting a new business off the ground while moving out of the cottage in April (a fall down the stairs and an out-of-action wrist further complicating matters) and back to a newly renovated and extended living space earlier this month, which my mother and I are still painting. The perfect time, in other words, to add a new baby to the equation.

Some time next month Little Missy is looking forward to becoming a “big sister” while I’m just relieved that we managed to get back into our home before that became a reality. There’s sadness too: in the week before she died my beloved Granny kept asking if I had had the baby yet.

This time round there hasn’t been much time to do too much preparation but my new pantry is stocked up with flour in anticipation of plenty of breadmaking – far easier than getting in the car for a loaf – and I’ve stashed lots of chunks of protein in the freezer for slow cooker specials like Beef, Mushroom and Red Wine Pie and Sausage and Bean Hotpot.

Looks like September could be a lot of fun…now to get that darn painting finished!



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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8 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    You’re pictures are always beautiful Caroline. Best of luck with the new long-term baking project!

    • Caroline Caroline says:

      That was a real quick snap while Someone was otherwise occupied! She really enjoyed cleaning out the bowl for me.

      Lovely to catch up with you yesterday!

  2. Móna Wise says:

    You sound so happy Caroline and well and truly ready for your new arrival. Best of luck with your new bundle xx

    • Caroline Caroline says:

      I’m not sure about ready, Mona. There’s a lot to do in the house before I can actually look around and not see the next bit of painting or box to unpack. Just realised tonight that my camera cable has gone walkabout!

  3. The new place will be ready just in time for little Cottage Pie! 🙂 Wishing you all the best during this time and looking forward to catching up with you next week.

    • Caroline Caroline says:

      Someone asked me if time was dragging at this stage of the pregnancy: I wish! All a bit mad trying to get everything finished. Really looking forward to the workshop though.

  4. Catherine J says:

    Congratulations on your lovely news,a different type of bun in the oven! 🙂 I am very sorry for your recent loss, the way you write really conveys how much you loved your Granny. It’s nice that you have those lovely memories of her comfort and cooking. My Nana died 7 weeks before I had my daughter (now 4) and I still think about how much she would have loved her if they had met.

  5. Caroline Caroline says:

    We were very lucky to have Gran around for so long. She saw a lot in her 95 years. I did some recordings with her a few years ago – I remember that they were punctuated with her telling me to drink my tea up before it got cold!

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