What an exciting month April was! And May could be even more exciting! Let’s see…
The first and best thing that happened – Never Too Much Food has been shortlisted for the Brilliance in Blogging Awards for 2016 (#BiBs2016)!!! Together with 9 food bloggers, Never Too Much Food has been nominated and is close to be the finalist. I’m so happy and delighted and would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU ALL who nominated me! It feels amazing to know that the work and passion I put into cooking, baking and documenting it, someone else enjoys as well. The competition is huge, out of us bloggers in the Food category, I follow many and they are huge in the blogging world, never thought I would come even close!
Gluten-free, egg-free, oil-free or fat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free… Lately almost all recipe titles online contain at least one of these, and it makes me think “Is this still food?” Then when you actually read the recipe, usually it’s full of substitutes, ‘wannabe’ healthy alternatives, trendy ingredients… There is no wheat flour, but there is almond flour, rice flour, hazelnut milk, soya milk, coconut oil…all these things have become mainstream in the last few years. But who knows, if they are really the healthier options?
Well, I’ve missed the Breakfast Week, but breakfast is an all year round topic for me and so, maybe a little bit on purpose, I’m coming up with post a week after 🙂
Breakfast is my absolutely favourite meal of the day. Unfortunately, during the week, there is no time left for me to have sit down and have a quiet breakfast. I could get up half an hour earlier, but even though I love food, I enjoy sleeping too 🙂
Christmas is knocking on the door again! I can’t believe it’s another year coming to an end, time passes so so fast and it’s probably the only thing I find hard to accept… I just wish the life stopped for a moment…
Anyway, it’s just about time to start planning my “Christmas shopping”. No, not for Christmas gifts, but for Christmas baking! I haven’t bought one single present yet, but there’s still time for it…ehm…isn’t it… 🙂
In the Czech Republic we bake traditional Christmas biscuits, vanilla rolls, cream filled walnut-shaped biscuits, sandwich biscuits filled with jam,…3 weeks before Christmas my mums kitchen always smells of vanilla, nuts, cinammon, cloves… This year we are staying in the UK for Christmas, but I will stick to the tradition and bake all these biscuits as well. But next week, I’m starting with my very first Christmas cake!
When do you usually start planning for Christmas? Are you baking your own Christmas cake or do you buy one?
When I came to the UK for the first time, I loved the fluffy toast breads and the “crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside” Farmhouse breads. But I was here just for a year, knowing I will have to go back to finish my studies and when you are abroad, realising the “new & different” is only for a limited time, you enjoy it more.
I was excited about everything, everything seemed to be better. But now I’ve been here 2 more years, not sure if I’ll ever get a chance to move back home to the Czech Republic…and I’ve started missing all the old good stuff I was used to all my life.
In Czech we have a saying “Everywhere’s good, home’s the best” and first now I really get what’s meant with that. Sometimes I miss home so much I tend to dismiss everything here in the UK…but when it comes to bread, is it me or is the bread really kind of…..politely said…..poor!
I’m a bread lover. I don’t care that white bread is not healthy, I can’t give up on it. Quality olive oil, pinch of salt, fresh basil…or garlic….a bread…one of the best foods in the world.
But….you go to Italy, amazing bread, France, amazing bread, Germany, amazing bread, Czech, amazing bread…wonderful little bakeries, bakery shops, with all kind of bread you can imagine. The unforgettable smell of sourdough, you know the unique yeasty smell…
And then you are in the UK.
The supermarket-bought toast bread literally stinks to me… The fluffy buns is like eating cotton – dry and hard to swallow. Then you go to this little bakery in our village who has Hovis sign all over the house, hoping you get a nice fresh bread with crust and firm structure inside…but NO. It’s the same old foam that rips every time you try to spread proper butter on it!
But it just makes me wonder why is it like this? Would Britons eat a different bread? Do they really prefer this fluffy thing? Let me know what you think!
* I’ll be adding some bread recipes soon, you can look forward to no-knead bread or a proper sourdough with my own starter (that is sleeping in the fridge at the moment).