Day 170 – Fruit Pie

So as I mentioned the other day, I've started a pastry course run by Puff the Bakery. Week one is custard week, and I have already made a trifle from scratch learning how to make a Genoese sponge and creme Diplomat. The next class is creme Anglaise and fruit pie. Or, in my case, just… Continue reading Day 170 – Fruit Pie

Day 169 – Examining hidden biases

I have done a few online volunteering projects lately, from proofreading books, to transcribing letters and military records - it's been fascinating and a big opportunity to learn. As a white woman, it's high time for me to actively use my privilege to support People of Colour in whatever way I can, I'm sorry it's… Continue reading Day 169 – Examining hidden biases

Day 168 – Ninjutsu

Every year in Frankfurt there is a fantastic Japanese film festival called the Nippon Connection. As well as showing interesting films from Japan, the programme is always jam-packed with various exhibitions, classes, and concerts all on different aspects of Japanese culture. This year, the festival was entirely online, and although I didn't catch any films,… Continue reading Day 168 – Ninjutsu

Day 167 – Baguettes

I'm back doing my favourite thing, making bread, and today I wanted to follow along with another Bread Ahead tutorial and make baguettes. I've made a lot of Italian bread, but rarely ventured into French bread, so why not start with one of the classics. The crusty French sticks are so soft and springy inside,… Continue reading Day 167 – Baguettes

Day 165 – Taskmaster Challenge

For the past few weeks, a YouTube channel called Taskmaster has been popping up on my home screen. I gathered the videos were of people doing weird things, but I never actually clicked on a video until today. It turns out that each week during the UK's lockdown, a different fun challenge was set for… Continue reading Day 165 – Taskmaster Challenge

Day 164 – Home schooling help

My sister was all ready to send her four-year-old back to pre-school this week, until she found out the day before that it was remaining closed, possibly until after the summer break. As with many families, the stress of having to provide some homeschooling (yes, even for pre-school) was taking its toll, so I thought… Continue reading Day 164 – Home schooling help

Day 163 – Made Gnocchi

It's probably clear from looking through my new things list that I love food. I love eating it, but I really love making it. In my eyes, Italian food is the most pleasurable food to make, the way they make such beautiful, mouth-watering flavours come together in such a simple way really appeals to my… Continue reading Day 163 – Made Gnocchi

Day 162 – Pickled radishes

Sometimes I buy vegetables and only use them once or twice. Even though I mostly meal plan and make shopping lists, I sometimes shop with my stomach. Last week I picked up some radishes to use in salads, and now I find myself with a bunch left and no meals to put in them. I… Continue reading Day 162 – Pickled radishes

Day 161 – African American Civil War Soldiers Database

That's a wordy title, I know, but I wasn't sure how else to sum up today's new thing: I contributed to a project to collate details of African American soldiers in the American Civil War. The African American Civil War Museum has started this project in order to build a searchable database of just over… Continue reading Day 161 – African American Civil War Soldiers Database

Day 160 – Proofreading

Buoyed by my online volunteering success last week, I decided to look for further volunteering work. I found a whole host of different opportunities, some I've bookmarked for the future, but today Project Gutenberg caught my eye. Project Gutenberg is an initiative where volunteers digitise old books where the copyright has expired and turned them… Continue reading Day 160 – Proofreading