Diary, day one

There as this phase I went through on the blog where I was trying to make everything I created dairy-free, sugar-free & vegan… on top of already being gluten-free.

I was aiming too high.

Of course I know it’s important to make recipes readily available to all dietary restrictions. My problem however was that I was trying to run before I could walk. There were so many things I had yet to master in the world of gluten-free baking, & before I even got to a level I dreamed fit, I was trying to tackle more than I could handle. I had to learn to make my first perfect loaf of gluten-free bread with the correct consistency, texture & taste, before I could start adding on additional handicaps such as VEGAN. SUGAR FREE. DAIRY FREE.

Case in point. I revisited an old recipe today. More specifically, I pulled up my recipe for my blueberry & oat loaf. I sat there looking at the ingredients list thinking that it was looking rather complicated. My latest thing is that I’m always trying to simplify my life, & in turn, simplify my recipes. I often find that when I look back at my original work, there’s a whole lot of fuss going on. Who knows, maybe it was a reflection of what was going on with me at the time.

Alright, back to the point. So I’m sitting there, looking at this recipe. Noticing that on top of everything I’d made it vegan, & I started to ask myself… was it any good? I remember being very pleased with it at the time. But I also had this faint memory where the end result was a little more cake-ey than chewy. I’m all for cakes, but I don’t want my bread to resemble a savoury cake. I decided it was time to go back to the drawing board. I looked at the recipe in all it’s complication & all it’s beauty & made some serious decisions. It was time to take the basic outline & apply the knowledge I’d gained in the last two years. I stripped it apart, & put it back together taking only what I thought was necessary.

The result?

It was gorgeous. The beautiful, softy, chewy, crunchy on the outside loaf that I just couldn’t get enough of.

This is it. This is the direction I want to be going in. This is why I want to much to assemble my cookbook. So that I can go back to the original ideas & make them better. So that I can share what I’ve learnt over the years & bring as much joy to your savoury endeavours as I’ve experienced.

This is where it all begins.

On that note, it would be pertinent to say that I met with my videographer yesterday. We outlined the basics of what I wanted to convey in my new video for kickstarter. We talked about my shortcomings in the first attempt. We discussed how we would get my message across. It’s all happening. I’m positive. I may fail again, but it certainly won’t be because I didn’t try. I just hope you all join me on my journey.

Good night, readers. I hope you’re feeling as excited as I am.

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