I think lots of people are still baking - and lots of people have started baking in the last year or so - with Trademe a contributor to that because of this messageboard.
Sep 12, 9:32am
Today I made a coconut & banana loaf & a dozen blackcurrant muffins for the school lunches tomorrow.Back to school after the earthquake!If it rains tomorrow I want to make some peanut cookies.;)
Sep 12, 11:38am
I think you are riight. I have been baking for my family today and thanks to people posting, im still baking this evening for friends
Sep 12, 9:28pm
There is something very soothing about baking (and cooking!) and "providing" those full tins for the kids and hubby's lunches!
Sep 12, 11:17pm
lindylambchops, your coconut and banana loaf - would you care to share the recipe - it sounds lovely.TIA
Sep 12, 11:33pm
I love baking!!! I've made a loaf of bread today, a double batch of apricot cake and there is a raisin bread loaf rising on top of my warm oven :)
Sep 13, 2:39am
I think its good too - I got sick of buying bars for kids lunches that didnt fill them up and were expensive. The kids enjoy it too especially when they come home with a recipe they have made at school and want to cook it again
Sep 13, 3:47am
I baked with my nana from the time I was knee high, she's gone now but I still love baking and those memories.
Sep 13, 7:15am
I specially bake when stressed.Earthquake has prompted lots of cakes which have been distributed far and wide.Made the big chocolate cake that hooksie60 posted recently as a welcome back cake for work when we were allowed back today and that whole giant cake vanished amongst a small staff.It's a real "comfort activity' that seems to bring pleasure to the recipients too so everyone's happy.Mind you I think there's quite a bit of comfort eating going on in the earthquake aftermath - except for those people who seem to visibly fading away!
Sep 13, 7:29am
It's funny greerg - I completely lost my baking 'mojo' in the past week - post earthquake - and yet while I was living at Mum's (who is a great cook), I totally took over meal prep. Here too - I kept reading threads - but wasn't remotely moved to help or post ... other than 'talking' about the quake & it's aftermath. Thankfully my inner chef is awake again! I think I was conscious of not letting the stressful time lead to comfort eating ... which has been an issue in the past. Now, I'm enjoying baking again - and have homemade gingernuts in the tin if anyone comes for a cuppa :)
Sep 13, 8:22am
I am not comfort eating - I'm self medicating with chocolate.
Sep 13, 8:28am
I baked all the time when the kids were still at home but gradually got out of the habit as they left.As they returned to Wellington from their OE's I have got back into it and since my grandson was born and DIL is at home with him I make something most weeks for them.They love everything and are really appreciative,and I enjoy it.I have always found cooking very relaxing but have never been as confident as a baker because it's easier to make mistakes,well it is for me as I'm a freestyle cook and baking is a bit more precise.My DIL is keen to upskill and learn more so I'm doing that as best I can.It won't be long before she is better than me as she seems to have a real flair and is keen to tackle quite complicated recipes.
The last thing I made was the Chocolate Caramel slice from this blog: