I want to call Tokyo a superlative city, but what I really mean is that Tokyo is a city of superlatives. It is the most populous, loudest, most vertical, most miniaturised, most queue loving, weirdest, architecturally surprisingest city I have ever been to. It provided some of my best food experiences (of my entire life, … Continue reading Tokyo


Well. This has certainly taken a turn. When I strayed from my strict rules and did the yeastless Matzah who could have predicted that we would end up here? For clarity, here is a place where instead of detailing a bread endeavour for the week I will instead write about the trip I’m on in … Continue reading Kyoto

Task 15: Pretzels

Full disclosure: this one is kind of boring. It’s boring because it was straight forward and it turned out fine and I didn’t lose my phone or wrangle family into helping or add twice the amount of flour or any of my usual melodramas. The closest I came to a misstep was trying to twist … Continue reading Task 15: Pretzels

Task 14: Monkey Bread

A good friend of mine (Tali) proposed this as a joint venture. Diehard fans may remember Tali from my European blogging days. She and I have an extremely dubious co-baking track record, but my strong sense of oblogation (a word I have invented meaning feelings of duty to this specific blog, obviously) meant those historic … Continue reading Task 14: Monkey Bread

Task 13: Matzah

I don’t even know where to begin with this one, there are so many sidebars and back stories I can distract myself with. I guess I’ll just ramble through them all and get to the baking when it suits me, this is MY blog after all. Before anything I need to set the scene. Matzah, … Continue reading Task 13: Matzah

Task 12: Hot Cross Lumps

Last week, during the doughnut extravaganza, some people may have noticed an orange boiling away on the stove in preparation for some hot cross bunning. The orange was not my only do-ahead – I had also soaked sultanas, raisins and currants overnight and made an extremely fragrant sugar syrup (complete with star anise, cinnamon and … Continue reading Task 12: Hot Cross Lumps