I’m back! Some of you more regular readers may have noticed my 2 month absense (and if you didn’t, just humour me and just pretend you noticed I was gone). Things went a bit…. well…. cray-cray. Upside down. Stuff happened. All at once. I can tell you think I am being a right drama queen. First off, I changed jobs as you know. Hurrah! I am now officially at Lily Vanilli Bakery, spending my days making tasty pastries and delectable morsels of cake, #livingthedream. At the same time I moved house, and cities, into London. I’m crashing with some lovely friends of mine who have allowed me to rock up with my entire kitchen contents (and there is a lot… Working for Le Creuset def had its benefits) for a few months whilst I find my feet. And all of this happened as me and the BF broke up. Hmm. I spent most of December holed up listening to Adele (jokes!). Breaking up during Xmas is just the suckiest time (is there ever a good time?) but I must have been the only person to lose weight over Christmas (I wouldn’t recommend the heartbreak diet to anyone but its very effective. I’m now wearing jeans I haven’t worn since I was 22!). I didn’t really want to do much of anything including blogging and baking. Now though, I feel its time to get my identity back a little and get into the kitchen. There are good days and bad days, but if there is cake around, it makes those bad days a little brighter.
How does one follow on from possibly one of the most exciting weeks you have ever experienced?! With a works Christmas party of course! I’m not normally a fan of Christmas goings on in November (I’m no scrooge but after 10 years of working in retail where Xmas starts in September, you’d understand) but this year feels…. Different. Maybe it’s the effects of last weeks big win? Has it put me in a premature celebratory mood? Probs. So I threw on my vintage 1970’s gold and black frilly frock, slipped into my dancing heels and trotted over to the Le Creuset crimbo shin dig in Winchester. I had been bleating on all week that in no way was I getting drunk. It’s just not professional is it? I don’t want my boss or my big big boss to see me loose control and embarrass myself. No, that would be hideous!
It is 8.30pm on a Friday night and I am already tucked up in bed as I type. Yes, I know it is just not cool but work this week has been so full on that I am exhausted, pooped, absolutely shattered! It has been super exciting week with Le Creuset, me and my team set up new concessions in London plus had a big meeting with John Lewis in their buying offices (which were so amazing, decorated with their old 1950’s adverts, so so stylish). I have some more store set ups next week and then, the day I have been waiting for, the Le Creuset cookery course! I get paid to spend the day cooking and baking with the most amazing cook wear and I will be posting all about it on here, obvs. As much as I have loved the past few weeks, I have been so busy and away from home so much that I have hardly been able to bake (boo). The longer I go without baking, the longer the list of my ‘must bake’ gets! Sometimes I will be out and get inspired at a local café of new ingredient combination or I will see a great Instagram picture of a new decorating idea and feel a buzz of excitement and the feeling of ‘OMG-must-get-home-right-now-to-bake-before-I-forget-this-life-changing-idea’. Due to this I often end up baking mid-week aswell as a couple of weekend bakes but not so much any more. I guess you might like to know what is next on my must bake list? Well, as much I would like to tell you, I’d rather you come back next week to find out!
After what felt like an eternity of waiting, this week I finally started my brand spanking new super shiny shamazing job! I spent a vast majority of my working week discussing cooking, baking and Le Creuset. It was just heavenly and finished the week brimming with new baking ideas (I now have a list of bakes I want to do as long as my arm). There was lots of listening and learning too which involved copious cups of tea. There is nothing like a cup of tea to start a bit of bonding, if you offer to make someone a cuppa and you execute it properly (tea please, no milk, no sugar, ta), chances are you have made a friend for life. Everyone was just lovely too, even though I was thoroughly annoying by asking for directions every time I left the room (but then I did once get lost trying to get out of a car park and had to ring my friend for directions to get out) and not remembering anyone’s name (I just called everyone babe/hun/doll instead). It is a nice feeling to actually be looking forward to going back to work rather than having the dreaded Sunday evening blues!
This week, I leave my job! Super duper exciting stuff as now I am in touching distance of working for Le Creuset (every time I think about it I scream a little inside). It is going to be such a joy to spend everyday working with a product I love and use myself so expect some Le Creuset popping up in future cake shoots! I now have a few spare days this week so what to do… Bake would be the obvs answer. However, I’m struggling for people to off load my baking bounty to. My mum can only eat so much and two days a week she won’t touch cake as she is following the 5:2 diet constantly, I don’t work in an office so there are no work colleagues to snaffle my sugary treats and the BF lives 150 miles away. I can’t take it to my fitness classes, this would be pretty counter productive and don’t want to be the cause for everyone regaining the weight they have just spent an hour burning off. So what do I do? Eat it all myself (I have been known to consume industrial portion sizes of cake but a whole one? Not yet…)? Track down long-lost relatives who hopefully have a sweet tooth?! Bake or not to bake, that is the question…