|Chefs Mark Greenaway & Neil Forbes get baking.|
It would appear the whole of the UK is baking mad – well those bits of the UK fixated by food, at least. It’s impossible to open a food magazine these days without finding their pages filled with drool-inducing photos of exquisite patisserie, and recipes that allow you to recreate this confectionary in your very own kitchen. But it’s not only cakes, oh no. Tips on starting a sourdough culture, or kneading bread until the gluten is perfectly stretched are all over popular food blogs, too.
Personally, I blame Mary Berry (no relation). Well not just her but that Paul Holywood, too. And whilst I am at it… j’accuse Mel Giedroyce and Sue Perkins! I speak, of course of the phenomenon that is The Great British Bake Off, which I’m actually pleased to admit has made a form of cooking that was falling out of fashion very much in vogue once again.
Now, as I have posted here previously, I’m not an intuitive baker. It scares me a bit, to be honest. But this month I shall be donning my pinnie and flouring my rolling pin for a very good cause. And I hope, dear reader, that you might join me in participating in The Great Pink Bake Off – a new fundraising initiative to help support the battle against breast cancer.
Organised by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the 18th October has been designated the day of the bake off, and will provide an opportunity for people to gather, bake and eat delicious fare and – most importantly – put their hands in their pockets. The last bit is vital, as Breakthrough Breast Cancer needs financial support to continue in its fight to stop women dying from the disease, through the development of new treatments, promoting early detection and ensuring the best possible care.
Like many people in the UK, I have direct experience of how breast cancer can impact lives. My mother was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago, and was successfully treated. But not everyone is so fortunate. So this October (which is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month), why not bake a cake, raise some cash, and in doing so help save a life.