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.
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!
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!