#Bakedairyfree competition & the prize!

I generally try to keep the tone of this blog as chilled out and cheerful as I am in real life. But sometimes you need a more serious tone. I wanted to talk a little about having confidence in yourself.

Having confidence in myself is something that has alluded me for a long time. Being an adult makes it a lot harder, I remember being 12 and thinking everyone who was 20 had it so clued in! Now at 26 I know full well it doesn’t really work that way. I know a lot of young adults feel pressured to know exactly what they are doing all the time!

I watched the Pure #bakedairyfree competition unfold as I was watching Great British Bake Off and keeping up with the tweets each week. Then I decided, what the heck, let’s take a chance on me. I submitted my overnight pumpkin cinnamon rolls into the competition a few days before it ended.

On October 22 I was shortlisted along with 10 other dairy-free bakers. I was shocked.  The next day I was anxiously checking my phone to see if the winner had been announced but eventually had to go into a meeting – when I came out an hour later I found out I was the winner!

I haven’t stopped smiling to myself since then. It’s hard to believe in yourself – especially in a world that’s saturated with people trying to do the same thing as you. I adore food and I’m passionate about my veganism.  This blog has reignited my love for photography tenfold. I keep muddling on with my blog because I enjoy the creative process so much and if even one person makes some of my food or enjoys what I post then I consider that a win.

I’d like to encourage you if you are reading this to do something that you’re scared of. Maybe submitting that piece of writing to a magazine or that photo to a photography competition. Be confident in your gifts – perhaps you will surprise yourself! It really is the best feeling.

On Saturday my prize was delivered! There were two massive boxes waiting for me when I got home from work. My mum and I went at them with the scissors and spent the better part of an hour unpacking them. There were  a lot of “oooh”s and “aaah”s and “oh my god”s involved.

The prize!

Bundt pan and madeline pan!!!

Pure Dairy Free pretty much sent me an entire kitchen’s worth of Le Creuset kitchenware. I said to my husband that we are basically set in the kitchen tools area for life! The whole time we were un-boxing my mum kept saying “THERE’S MORE?!”.

I guess the jewel in the crown is the Kitchenaid Artisan mixer they sent me. As someone who had a rickety Kenwood mixer that vibrated the entire kitchen counter, the Kitchenaid is AMAZING. It makes virtually no noise and the beating so smooth! I am in love!

The books!

Personalised spatula!

It also happened to be my mum’s birthday this weekend so I made her Fran Costigan’s Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake!

I used the Kitchenaid to beat the cake batter and baked it in one of the new Le Creuset cake pans (the 9 inch springform) In the recipe Fran tells you to invert the cake after baking and when I did this the cake slid out so smoothly I didn’t even need to release the sides!

I can tell I’m going to have a lot of fun using my prize. The first thing I want to do is bake some lovely bread!

Before I wrap this post up I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Pure especially Vanessa for such a wonderful prize, Saskia of Naturally Sassy and Sadie of Hip and Healthy for judging the competition, Le Creuset and Kitchenaid for a whole kitchen’s worth of beautiful things!

Normal recipes resume in the next post!

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4 thoughts on “#Bakedairyfree competition & the prize!

  1. Veganolive1

    Absolutely fantastic, that is some haul of kitchen equipment, I can’t believe how much stuff you won, like you say, set up for life. Well done you and just goes to show, you have to go for it even if you have doubts. I was over the moon for you when you won….gonna try the “overnight pumpkin & cinnamon rolls” Popeye wants to know are you sending out free samples of all the things you make…..photos & recipes will do for me (:-)

    1. soydivisionblog@gmail.com

      I know it’s crazy! We couldn’t believe how much was in the box. I have a madeline pan now I’m excited about that. Popeye will have to get you to make him lots of nice treats!! Thank you again 🙂 xx

    1. soydivisionblog@gmail.com

      Hi Nancy! I’ve added you. I think a plug-in of mine was causing an issue with subscribing. Thank you!

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