Baking Mania

You know you’re in the midst of baking mania when :

  • The woman at the check out counter takes one look at what you’re buying, and calls you “Martha”
  • You drag your family half way across town to pick up a deal on a 25kg sack of organic flour.
  • Your husband has to put a ceiling on how much flour you’re allowed to keep in the house at any given time.
  • You’re so excited about your first loaves of sourdough that you rush them out of the house to show a friend, and you’re in such a hurry that you forget to turn the oven off.
  • You take photos of all your masterpieces and post them on a dedicated website.
  • You start a dedicated website so that you and your friends can post photos of your masterpieces.
  • You wake up cold in the middle of the night, and your first thought is “At least my flour won’t get weevils”.
  • You start to bake more than you AND all your surrounding neighbours can eat, so you ring an acquaintance you met at a funeral, and say “hey, would you like some bagels ?” (yes, this really happened)
  • You give your sourdough starters names, and wax lyrical about their different “personalities”.
  • You sit in front of the oven and watch for “ovenspring”.
  • Your two year old runs excitedly into the kitchen every time the beeper goes off.
  • You buy a baker’s hat and wear it whenever you bake, even if you’re in your pyjamas.
  • You buy your parchment paper in 120m rolls.
  • You wake up at 3.53am to check on how your overnight sourdough is rising.
  • You get cranky if you don’t get enough time to bake during the week (we addicts need our fixes!).
  • You enjoy the process more than the eating, and get an unbelievable sense of satisfaction when other people eat your breads and baked goods with enthusiasm !

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