Why I Don’t Bake As Often As I Used To. A Confession.
And why this blog is now more travel than cake!
I feel it’s about time I confessed to the reasons why I don’t bake anywhere near as much as I used to.
It’s not – I assure you – that I no longer love baking, far from it.
I’ve been blogging here on Vagabond Baker for over three and a half years, and those early first couple of years were all about cake.
I had been living in a van for a year before that and been urged by a few of my friends to blog about the stuff I was baking – both in the van and when I house sat.
Those early posts were floured with details of my nomadic life but the main emphasis was the baking.
I found those posts to be getting too long and out of hand so I separated the travel from the recipe posts.
And I discovered that I absolutely loved writing the travel stuff!
I was baking almost every day, but not baking stuff I loved or wanted to eat. I was baking stuff that I thought the blogging world wanted: chocolate-drenched confections and obscenely decadent cupcakes.
The more I tried to ‘fit’ into the baking blog world, the more I realised it wasn’t me. And it was costing me a lot of money that I just didn’t have: butter, sugar, chocolate are all expensive ingredients. Money that I’d rather be spending on incredible experiences around the world.
Because that’s where my true passion lies: I’m a nomad, I love to travel.
My love of baking is a nostalgic joy, the pleasure of baking yummy stuff for my friends, something I do to relax.
Baking for my blog had become a bit of a chore, I had lost the joy of it to be perfectly honest.
When I took a break from it in 2013, to spend nine months backpacking overland from the UK to South East Asia I blogged almost exclusively about my travels and from there on the blog became more and more travel based.
I was able to take a good hard look at my blog and see what I wanted it to be. I realised that I wanted to write about the sort of baking that I loved, and I wanted to tie the baking to the travel.
Travelling introduces me to different recipes, new flavours and food traditions. This is the stuff I want to be baking and writing about.
When I came back to the UK, back to house sitting, I set to baking some of the stuff I discovered on my trip. The (Inspired by Hong Kong) Coconut Tarts were a winner: I loved creating that recipe.
The Korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls) I ate in Finland have become one of my favourite and – more recently – popular posts.
I have rediscovered my love of baking and I don’t want to lose it again!
I bake when I’m inspired to bake, I don’t bake new recipes every week – I often bake old recipes (I’m obsessed with baking rye bread at the moment!) because I want too, not because I need a blog post.
My body likes it this way too.
I’m going to be brutally honest now, I’m going to tell you that I put on over half a stone (3kg) in the first year and a half of blogging about cake.
All that intensive baking took its toll – and for a year of that I was doing the 5:2, so it potentially could have been more!
The nine month break made me see that the high quantities of sugar I was consuming in the name of blogging was not healthy.
I am very happy with the balance I have now here on Vagabond Baking, I hope you don’t mind that there is far less cake.
When you read a new baking post on here you can be assured I baked it happy, because I wanted to and that I genuinely love it!
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(Inspired by Hong Kong) Coconut Tarts so delicious, I love baking these!
Easy Rye Bread (it’s a little bit Finnish) this loaf is amazing!
KorvapuustitI knew I had to bake these Cinnamon Rolls the moment I tried one!