I have loved baking for as long as I can remember.
Yesterday, I was baking a healthy version of oatmeal cookies for my family when I remembered a part from the previous night’s TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Sandra Oh’s character was asked to prepare a bucket list of surgeries she would like to perform. It dawned on me that I should have a baking bucket list. I’ve got a bucket list but it was more like a list of big life items which usually involved travelling. But can’t we have bucket lists for other, smaller areas of our lives? So I started thinking about what I might put on that baking bucket list. Wow! I was surprised by how many basic things I would like to tackle and perfect. I bake numerous times per week but it tends to be for my family’s breakfast or packed lunches. Not because I woke up inspired to bake a delicious croissant reminiscent of my last trip to Paris. Which brings me to my latest challenge. Joining the “Tuesdays With Dorie” online group as we bake our way through another cookbook by Dorie Greenspan, Baking With Julia. I had found this group on a baking blog while I was living in Hong Kong. Unfortunately the timing was not right for me to join the group challenge then as I knew that trying to source quality ingredients would be too time consuming. I couldn’t even find a butter I liked and don’t get me started on the brown sugar. That’s a story for another day. Being the start of a new year and living back in Canada seemed like the ideal time to work on my baking bucket list and be part of this challenge at the same time. So join me as I bake my way through 2012.