News From The Baking Lab
Where to Buy Bread in London? June 08 2016
Getting to know Bella June 06 2016
Bella is the P.R. and Marketing manager at Bake with Maria. She is a super keen cook but not an excellent baker. She loves eating baked goods though!
How did you come to work at Bake with Maria?
I had a background in food PR and had taken time out to have my baby boy. I was just looking to get back into work again when I saw a request on the Maida Vale Parents to Parents Facebook Group. The rest is history!
What is the best thing about working at Bake with Maria?
Besides all the food? The people. Maria and her team are so warm and enthusiastic, the attitude is contagious. It is why all our students have the best time and come back again and again.
What is your favourite Bake with Maria recipe?
I love the Overnight Rye Buns which are taught in the Healthy Bread Baking Class and in the brilliant Family Baking Class they are so simple when you know how and they meanI can give my son freshly baked bread in the morning. That makes me feel like a domestic goddess!
Tell us something we didn’t know about you
I am a little bit obsessed with juices and smoothies. I am convinced they will help me live forever! I usually start the day with a green smoothie:
1 frozen Banana
2 handfuls of spinach
1 tablespoon of peanut butter ( or any nut butter)
300 mls of brown rice milk
Whizz it all together in the blender, I promise that even though it is green it tastes great!
Loco for Cocoa May 27 2016
We always love discovering new brands. In the treasure trove that is the Liberty chocolate department we found Cocoa Loco. This British chocolate maker is based in West Sussex in what they call The Chocolate Barn ( we are desperate to visit). A quick look at their website suggest the are our sort of people!
The produce award winning, ethically produced organic chocolate in small batches and it is delicious! They also have a "Baked Range" that include brownies and cookies, and better still for all you home bakers they have a “In the Kitchen range”. Why not book a place on one of our Chocolate Dessert Classes to learn how to create some wonderful chocolate puds to make with their product?
A Summer Salad Idea May 23 2016
Those of you lucky enough to have had lunch at The Baking Lab will have tried some of Benny's awesome salads. Given that it is a Monday, and Mondays can be tough, we thought we would be kind and give you a little summer salad inspiration:
Avocado and Goats Cheese Salad:
Whole avocado (chopped and marinated in lemon juice and pepper)
Goats Cheese (cubed)
Green leaves (lettuce & Spinach)
Toasted Sesame, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
Equal amounts of:
Pinch of salt and pepper
(Lemon juice can be replaced with white wine vinegar for a stronger taste.)
Did you know that if you book an all day private class you get lunch included? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. What a fabulous way to celebrate something awesome...
Tea and Cake May 17 2016
We know that tea is the logical accompaniment to cake here in England but in the Baking Lab we are major coffee fans so imagine our surprise when at The London Coffee Festival this year the stand out company for us sold tea!
We loved visiting the Brew Tea Co stand and sampling their product. Man do those folks know and love their tea. We were totally sold on the ritual of tea brewing and drinking and we are not going back to the household brands (who shall remain nameless).
For all things tea related (loose tea, ‘proper’ tea bags and tea pots) see their website and then you had best book yourself into one of our Cake and Pastry classes to learn how to make the perfect accompaniment
Our Blogging Buddies May 13 2016
We are super lucky to have met some really excellent food bloggers and we thought we would share with you their fabulous labours of love!
We really love Got to Be Gourmet, in fact we are pretty jealous of her life, she gets to sample pretty much all of the best of what London has in offer in terms of food.In terms of life envy we are also pretty keen on the things Bec at Right Up My Street gets up to. For tips on being a mummy in London we read The London Mummy Blog and for advice on what to do with leftovers we go to Lisa Loves Leftovers
We really love working with foodie bloggers so if you have a blog and you have any creative ideas about things we can do together the do let Bella know.
We thought we would share.... May 13 2016
It has been nearly five years since the creation of Bake With Maria and we have established ourselves as very much part of a number of communities; the local community, the foodie community and the growing community of mumpreneurs.
We have met so many brilliant people, learnt and discovered so many things and all the time supported by you, our brilliant budding bakers. We thought the best way to say thank you is to share so we have started a blog!
In this blog we will tell you about food companies we discover, recipes and tips for buying baked goods along with a whole lot more.
we really hope you enjoy.