Do Small Things with Great Love

I have enjoyed baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. As a child, I helped my grandmother in the kitchen as I watched her bake cookies and cakes, preserve fruit, make marmalade, and cook the vegetables she grew in her own garden. This passion for good, home-made food forms part of our bond and has become a way to bridge the generational gap. She may be older and frailer now, but still takes a keen interest in my kitchen adventures.

It was also my grandmother who taught me how to crochet as a child. I remember engaging in it for a few years, but then school, friends, and other hobbies took up my time. I only returned to crocheting again a few years ago when my mother gave me some wool, a few hooks, and a book on how to crochet potholders for Christmas. I spent the entire holidays crocheting—and I haven’t stopped since. Over the years, I have learnt new techniques, new types of stitches, and how to craft more complex patterns and projects. These days, wherever I go, I always carry some wool and a hook with me.

While I was writing my PhD, cooking, baking, and crocheting became my creative outlets and my way to deal with the stress and the pressure. Compared to the complexities of academic work, baking seemed more straightforward. The recipes weren’t asking me to deconstruct their meaning or to read between the lines for a hidden message—when the recipe called for, let’s say, three eggs, that really meant “three eggs” and nothing else. Cooking, baking, and crocheting grounded me and reminded me that there was more to life than work.

I have been toying with the idea of writing a blog for a while now and finally feel that this is the right moment to try my hand at it. I am done with my PhD and I have left academia behind for good, so I have more time and energy to dedicate to this. Also, and quite possibly more importantly, I finally fulfilled a long wish of mine and bought myself a KitchenAid! I have dreamt about owning one of these magical machines for decades and now that I finally adopted one (it does feel like a member of the family, not a mere kitchen appliance), I have become more daring in trying out more complex recipes and developing my own.

Thus, my objective for this blog is to share with you my passion for baking, cooking, and crocheting (in no particular order) in the hopes that some of the joy that I feel whenever I do one of those things transmits itself to you. If I can give you some tips or inspire you to take up the spoon or the hook yourself, so much the better! In that spirit I want to welcome you to my page—I hope you enjoy my blog and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.