about me….

10th October 2013

We’re currently travelling from Europe, via Russia, Mongolia and China to Vietnam by train. Little Juan the Van is in storage. My baking posts will be pretty few as I’m not going to have much in the way of kitchens but there will be stacks of travel lusting posts, filled with pictures!

We live in a camper van, Mr VB and I. We travel about, living a nomadic life. Our freedom means we get asked to housesit, a lot! This takes us all over the place, and into many different kitchens. I love baking and all these different kitchens keep me entertained with different equipment, ovens, ingredients and recipe books. I don’t profess to be a baking expert, or even a baking goddess but I enjoy trying out recipes, mastering techniques and devising my own.

The Vagabond Baker

I did have a proper job and a life full of routine once, but we sold up and quit our jobs in 2007 and backpacked around the world for 15 months. What an incredible experience, and one that is not to easy to come down from, so we haven’t!

You can see my little kitchen below, hand built (can’t you tell?) and rather rustic but perfectly workable. We probably spend quite a lot of our time living in our van, so I have made many a meal and baked many a treat in it, often looking out over a wonderful view. Flipping pancakes next to a loch, baking muffins in the forest, rolling out pastry overlooking the ocean……

Me and my Van

Having some banter with Al

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108 responses to “about me….

  1. Living in a stinky city trying to pursue a dream job, giving it all up ad travelling round the world is still VERY tempting! More pics of the places and wonderful kitchen van views :)

  2. Wow, traveling around the world must have been great! You have some amazing looking recipes on here, great photos, and it’s inspiring to see your creations are made while living such a modest lifestyle. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Oh my goodness, I think I just fell in love with this blog! What an amazing concept. As someone who loves to bake AND loves to camp, you are an inspiration to me. I would love to hit the road full-time. Keep on being your adventurous self, and thanks for sharing along the way!

  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog – had to take a look at yours and so glad I did! Fabulous baking ideas and so impressed with the limited resources! Look forward to reading more posts (think I’m going to try out the blue meringues in the meantime, since blue is my favourite colour).!

  5. …love what you are up to… looking forward to sharing your adventures!!!! …thanks for visiting my blog… if you ever get that van of yours down under, make sure you swing by Byron Bay!!!! g*

  6. You know I love it here (your vagabond blog, I mean) so I recommended you (of course!) in a blogger-awarded blog award. Feel free to put it on, or quietly accept my honest appreciation :)!

  7. In love with your blog! An avid baker and photographer I can totally relate to you. I have to admit that I’m a little jealous of your lifestyle! Leaving my homeland in Scotland and now living in a very crowded London makes me want to pack it all up and travel the world!

    My blog is about my miserable commute, but I’ve tried to inject a bit of humour to keep me from going insane!

    http://www.theeighttwentyfour.blogspot.com

    xx

    • Thank you Koko, I’m going to have a nosey at your blog in a mo!
      Go for it, just pack them bags!
      Commuting is the evil of all evils! Most of my jobs, pre the nomadic life, were within walking distance from my home, that is the key to a sane and relaxed life I reckon. I did have a 12 minute bus journey over the river Tay for a while when working in Dundee but that didn’t really count!
      London has so much going for it though to make up for the commute maybe? There is always something to see/do/experience and you can get on a plane to anywhere or the train to Europe in a stones throw.
      Baking keeps me sane, I can just shut myself in the kitchen forget everything, even vagabonding has its stresses sometimes! xxxxx

  8. You have a very cool blog & I love your tasty recipes a lot! ;)
    That’s so cool for you travelling the world & cooking & baking even more! You rock!
    Sunny greetings from a foodie from Belgium! :)

    • Thank you! Not everything is baked in my little kitchen as we house sit a lot but I love baking in it when I can. Some houses I wish I was baking in my van as my oven is very reliable and I know it, if you know what I mean! I’ve had to invest in an oven thermometer to get to grips with a few of them!

  9. I nominated you for an award! If you don’t feel like passing along or posting it on your page (no pressure! LOL) just letting you know you can “accept” it by commenting and/or posting 7 things about yourself! :) It’s the One Lovely Blog Award because you and your blog are so lovely! :) I really do love your blog and your life seems so awesome! :) Enjoy!

  10. How great that you cook in a campervan! Do you ever think you would prefer to settle down?I certainly dream of your lifestyle sometimes. I thought I would miss my kitchen though, but you seem to manage perfectly! When you housesit, do you leave baked goodies at the end?! Maybe that is why you get asked so much!

    • Hello! Yes, I do bake in my camper van but not all the time. We have been so busy housesitting this summer much of my baking has been done in proper kitchens. The great thing about having the van though is that I have all by baking equipment with me so I don’t have to rely on well equipped kitchens {unless we’re abroad and without the van!}.
      I do often leave baked treats when we leave, yes it probably has a lot to do with the repeat house sit requests! oh, and the fact that they come back to happy, well adored pets. I especially like to do it if I’ve used some of their produce, such as rhubarb from the garden.
      I’d like a little base of our own at some point, somewhere to keep all of our stuff rather than in boxes in attics across the UK! But never proper settle!
      Thank you for visiting Lucy xxx

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  14. Hi! Me again! Just stopping by to say I really enjoyed following you in 2012 and have nominated you for a Super Sweet Blogging Award (I see you already have a nomination, but it doesn’t surprise me!). If you’re interested in accepting, pop by http://missmarzipan.com/2012/12/31/100th-post-today-with-belated-yet-grateful-responses-to-18-award-nominations/ for more details. If not, no worries :)- I gave you a nice shout-out in any case… and I wish you a very happy 2013! xx

  15. Thanks for finding us on the Twitter chat yesterday. Love your blog. I’ve noted a couple of the recipes. Although too many of those and I’d end up weighing a 100kg!

  16. Your blog is amazing! And the goodies came from this tiny kitchen is unbelievable. Looking forward to hear stories from the road and more baking goods.

  17. Love, love, love what you’re doing. A true baker at heart can create anywhere, and it looks like you do! One of my favorite parts of housesitting is cooking in a kitchen that is always nicer than my own. I’ve had more than a few disasters in a boat kitchen, tho. Hehe. <3

    • Thank you! We’re housesitting today! I baked some cookies in a lovely kitchen, overlooked by a sweet, old dog and a couple of gorgeous kitties. The kitchens and the pets are my favourite parts of housesitting. Thank you for having a look round my blog xxx

  18. Hey. I just got round to checking out your site. I’ll have to show it to my girlfriend as she loves her baking. I’m sure she’ll get some great ideas from you. Keep up the great work :)

  19. I’m so amazed by seeing the way u live n bake… thou I have not tasted any but I can smell it and see it melting in my mouth… hmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O woman u are so amazing …

    • Yippee! Yes, wish I’d booked a couple more nights in Vilnius, it was so lovely and we could have spent more time together. So glad we did that tour with Elvira and met you and Lindsay :)

  20. Your pictures are awesome! When reading your last posts I was wondering if you guys were doing some kind of RTW trip. I’d love to go to Peking on the Transib one day. Living in a van is a little too extreme for me ;) I am very happy I found your guys blog and can’t wait for more adventures to come! Greetings!

    • Hello again! Well, we aren’t on an exact RTW, no circumnavigating this this, more of a loop round Asia to escape the British winter!
      The Transib is a must do, I want to do it over and over again! The world needs more trains like this!
      I’m missing my little van but having a fab time xx

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