Last night after a lot of heartache and agonising I finally made the decision.
The decision that had been praying on my mind for a long time.
I finally decided to take a leap of faith and to put my energy into writing a recipe book, spurred on by the lovely Mr M! If that book happens to be published then that would be amazing…if not then I will self-publish it.
What it means for you, my wonderful readers, is that you will see a rather drastic change to my blog.
From now I will be creating recipes for my book and will share less and less on here.
Instead I will write more about my experience of creating those recipes (along with some sneaky peeks to whet your appetite!) and I will, of course, continue to write about our little family adventures on our ongoing freefrom journey of discovery.
If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that I had planned to write a book so you may be wondering what is so different.
Spending time on the train up to London and back to judge the Free From Food Awards, and also have conversations with several of the other judges, made me re-evaluate what I had been doing.
I spend a lot of time in my day creating recipes, researching ingredients, writing blogs and guest posts and being ‘present’ on social media. What it means is that I spread myself too thinly and never feel that I achieve anything very well (story of my life!). If I continued down that path then you would never see that promised book!
It is going to be very tricky for me to do this. I love sharing my recipes with you the minute they are perfected. Nothing gives me more joy than hearing from you occasionally that you have made something and you have loved it; I love giving away my secrets and knowing that I am making a difference…even if that is for just one person who finds that they can create something in the kitchen to be proud of.
But, having given away so many recipes (and being so full of many more), I feel now is the time to stop. Now is the time to think about trying to make some money out of it so that this ‘project’ can continue forever! I would like nothing more than to be still creating recipes and inspiring other people to cook when I am in my 90’s!
Today was the first day of many where I went to the kitchen and set about testing out some of my ideas. I didn’t get too distracted by emails or social media. I was focussed with my goal in the forefront of my mind.
I managed to test out my ‘bread’ flour mix…making some apricot and ginger welsh cakes, some flatbreads and some wraps (much to the delight of the family!). It all went remarkably well but that is down to the fact that I am on to my 15th iteration of the flour blend!
And, staying true to form, I am attempting to create a blend that you can re-create using flours that you can get hold of, either on prescription, in the supermarket, or at a local healthfood shop.
I hate recipes that call for millions of ingredients that you can only buy online. Perhaps that is just me, but whatever I do, I always try to create recipes that use ingredients that can be bought without an online order. I have too many ‘freefrom’ recipe books that sit gathering dust because I can’t be bothered to obtain all of the ingredients required to make a simple loaf of bread!
And, of course, the blend does not include rice flour for the reasons I have outlined lots of times before…but if you don’t know, then read about arsenic in rice here.
So, I really need your help. I know how many people look at my little site…I wrote about that before Christmas. I just hope you will stay with me as I transition to putting my recipes into print.
And of course, I would love it if you would buy whatever book I manage to get out…and since I love interacting with you all and hearing your thoughts, please do get in touch, however you feel right for you, and let me know if there is anything in particular that you would love to see in my book. After all, I am writing it for you!
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