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TheBritishBaker

Why Allrecipes????????? 
 
Apr. 21, 2012 11:30 am 
Updated: May 8, 2012 9:49 am

Apple.strudel FACTS

Member since ~ SEPT 2009

Blog Posts ~ 45

My Recipe Box ~ 2864 Recipes

Reviews ~ 340

Photos ~  1278 (a few more on my camera to upload…)

Published Recipes ~ 3

Submitted Recipes ~ 27 (awaiting Review)


I moved from England to the US one very cold January Day back in 2008.  Not really been used to the cold I tended not to venture out very much those first few months.  If I did leave the house it was to discover all the near by grocery stores (it was before the arrival of wholefoods).  So if I was not shopping I was cooking.  One of my main passions.  I have always been a huge fan of the English chef Nigella Lawson and I never thought I would cook anything that did not come from her recipe books!


One day I was visiting a friend and she had baked up a batch of Cinnamon rolls.  Fresh out of the oven they were so delicious and I had fallen in love.  So I came home and searched the web for a suitable recipe.  Lots of websites flashed up but for some reason and I’m not sure why I clicked on the recipe from Allrecipes.  I thought it would be a good idea to save the recipe so I decided I would be a member.  For a long time that was all I did.  Search for recipes, save them and cook my creations.  I just can’t remember now exactly when but one day I decided to spend a little more time and discovered the Buzz.  How fascinating, I loved reading the posts but all I ever did was lurk.  Now I try and answer questions when ever possible, I post the deal of the day and you will often find me asking plenty of questions of my own.


I decided to be a supporting member, not really for the extra features (although I do love them) but because I wanted to give something back to AR.  Even though a small amount I did feel my financial contribution was the least I could do for all the hours of entertainment I get from the site.


So 3 years later, why do I still love this site?  Don’t get me wrong I love the recipes, I love reading how you have all tweaked them slightly, I enjoy taking photos of my dishes (never had a love of photography before this).  But more than the recipes itself it’s the people, the members that actually make this sight and one of the reasons not a day goes by without me visiting AR.  I have met a great many wonderful people on here and its to you I thank for making Allrecipes the most wonderful food related site on the web.


So I can’t wait to here, what keeps you visiting AR on a regular basis???


About this Cook

A little about me, I am a wife and Mum of two gorgeous boys aged 16 and 22, and now mummy to two adorable English Cocker Spaniel puppies named Brie and Henri. We have been living in the US now for 4 years. (You will also see me on allrecipes.co.uk - AR's UK site). I guess like most other European’s I don’t eat to live, but live to eat!!! One of my great passions in life is food. Good home cooked, fresh produce. Especially if it is sourced locally. I truly believe that it is so important at the end of the day for a family to sit down and eat a home cooked dinner together. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen now, which always amuses my husband. A few years back we had a small public house and restaurant in the Derbyshire Countryside (England). Never once would I venture in the kitchen. With all those professionals there was certainly no need for an amateur! Should you wish you can contact me at my.apple.strudel@comcast.net

My favorite things to cook

More than anything I adore baking. Cakes, Cookies (or biscuits as they are known to me) and my latest love is baking bread.

My favorite family cooking traditions

Some of my earlier memories are sitting at my Grandma’s kitchen table in England, watching her bake. She insisted on having to bake a fresh cake everyday. My Grandad was a big cake fan, and a cake always had to be kept in the pantry just in case a visitor should call. Not that you could move in the pantry for more sugar, flour and butter then any village store. (Just in case food rationing ever came back). On my recent visit to England, I asked my Grandma what she had done that day. She replied that she had baked a huge apple cake for my Grandad. Unfortunately my Grandad has not been with us for over 12 years and my Grandma would not be allowed in the kitchen in the nursing home she now lives. Her mind is not what it used to be years back, but I just love how she still holds on to her happy memories of baking. Unfortunately my Grandma has recently passed away, but her passion for baking will always live on through me and I hope that in time my baking skill will do her justice.

My cooking triumphs

Anything that actually turns out how it is supposed too!!!

My cooking tragedies

Oh my goodness where do I start, like everyone I have had the usual tragedies, sponge cakes that have sunk in the middle, over cooked pie crusts, bread that has just failed to rise but I can thankfully say with a little patience and practice I am finally getting better!!!

First Review ~ Sept 30th 2009

Bread Machine Pizza Dough

This was the first pizza dough I have ever made in the bread maker. I followed the ingredients but did change how I made this a little. I did find the dough to be very sticky and quite difficult to handle. I kneaded it with some extra flour and then left it wrapped in a warm place to rise for about 15 minutes. I then rolled out the dough and lined the pizza pan. Did not use the olive oil, but cooked the dough in the oven for 5 minutes before adding the topping. My family loved this pizza and I will certainly be using the recipe again. Thank you for sharing!!!

And the most amazing thing, 3 years on this is the pizza dough recipe I always use.  The only difference is I add a little Italian herb and Parmesan cheese to the bread machine.  This recipe is wonderful, and I am always asked for the recipe.

Published Recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bries-Turkey-and-Cranberry-Dog-Bones/Detail.aspx<

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bries-Very-Vanilla-Dog-Treats/Detail.aspx<

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bries-Banana-and-Honey-Dog-Treats/Detail.aspx<

Linguini and Tomato Toss
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Cinnamon Rolls II
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Savory Bubble Bread
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Peppermint Chocolate Fudge
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Pear Bundt Cake
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Bread Machine Pizza Dough
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Banana Rum Biscotti
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Apple Crisp Cups
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Comments
Apr. 21, 2012 1:48 pm
I'm right with you, girlfriend! The people are special here. Have made some nice friends here. I also never thought I would be interested in posting photos anywhere, let alone food!! It is about the recipes but the people make it fun!! Nice blog.
 
Paula 
Apr. 21, 2012 1:52 pm
I loved reading this...especially the part about your wonderful grandmother! It reminded me of my grandmother who did the exact same thing in the nursing home. She would always ask if she could go in the kitchen and fix us something to eat. I always wanted to say yes just to see what would happen but didn't have the heart. Such a happy memory though of her. She and I would always make snickerdoodles when I visited her as a child in the summertime. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling over snickerdoodles!
 
Maggi 
Apr. 22, 2012 2:10 am
Cute blog, Apple! Keep on - we enjoy your posts, blogs and deals of the day. I really admire you for the huge adjustments you have had to make by moving across the pond!
 
Don 
Apr. 22, 2012 2:59 am
Hi, Love the blog. Well done re settling down well. The bit about running a pub etc and not cooking is one for the movies. ironic and funny now. Yo, (I) found AR by accident, stumbled on the buzz, liked the atmosphere and instant chat with advice and recipes so stayed. A bit cantankerous at first, now mellowed and settled into a place of fun, enjoyment, sharing,especially the sharing, relaxation,learning and meeting place for good, if cyberspace, friends. Rarely miss a day now. Keep up the good work AS. cheers.
 
Bibi 
Apr. 22, 2012 4:22 am
apple.strudel, what a lovely story! I smiled all the way through it. So glad you are part of the community! Thanks for allowing us to know you a little better.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 4:36 am
Great blog! AR is a very good site and I love the buzz. Good folks, great food ideas, very interesting comments about diverse things (washing machines and what they are good for)lol. I have learned new cooking and baking techniqes. Really like the Chef John cooking tips and the best is people from around the world!!I can be across the pond with just a click, talk with folks in all states and Canada Love AR.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 4:57 am
CLIFF G ~ Thank you so much for stopping by, sounds like you love AR too! BIBI ~ Thank you for your comments, good to hear from you. Good morning Don as always its good to hear from you. So pleased you enjoyed the blog. I wonder how many of us found AR by accident?
 
Apr. 22, 2012 4:59 am
MAGGI ~ Good morning, I love hearing from you. Its great to know someone out there enjoys the blogs and deals of the day. PAULA ~ I have never tried snickerdoodles, I am now going to have to give them a try. MICKDEE ~ you are so right, its the people that make this site so much fun.
 
Elle 
Apr. 22, 2012 5:39 am
Love hearing about your memories of your Grandma! Can't imagine having to cope with a shift in cultures while raiaing kids. My first memories of my mother are of her baking bread, pickling cucumbers, making pies, etc. I enjoy the companionship on AR at The Buzz. I can come here at any hour and there will be someone on eventually. And they will like talking about my favorite things- cooking and food.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 6:10 am
Nice blog Apple.strudel. Nice to hear of a little history on fellow peeps. I miss my Mom-mom, she passed so many years ago, but she sure loved the kitchen, I remember sitting in her sunny kitchen and watching her bake. I miss that.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 6:22 am
Your reason for becoming a supporting member is just like mine! Thanks for your blog! Nice story!
 
lyn 
Apr. 22, 2012 6:30 am
I mostly lurk around here. Sometimes I will ask or answer a question. But I always enjoy reading the buzz and the blogs. I have gotten many great recipes and ideas for other off topic things from the buzz. For me it's not all about the cooking...it's also about the connection between "friends".
 
Babbs 
Apr. 22, 2012 7:18 am
I, like many, found AR by accident. Cook books is a passion of mine, so looking for recipes on-line just started becoming the norm. Then one day, I found AR. I am a member on many other sites. However, AR is the one I go to daily, and the Buzz is definitely an addiction. I find that everyone on the buzz has offered me their shoulders to cry on when needed, made me laugh, made me cry, given me advise, and even helped me out with recipes. It is more than a place to go for food, it is a place to go !
 
Apr. 22, 2012 8:57 am
I stumbled on AR while looking for a potluck recipe for a work party and after looking at requests, and blogs I got hooked. My Aunt and Grandma were the best cooks I know and my mom was the taster. I love reading the posts from alll the other cooks out there.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 8:58 am
Blame it on bhawk. She brought focaccia to dinner here. I googled and found a recipe on AR in 2002. Then I kept coming back to ask food questions. One day I noticed the top 5 blogs and on it was "A turkey of a leg". Thinking it was a new way to fix turkey, I read the blog and that lead me to discovering a whole new world filled with food, fun and new friends. Speaking of which, do you still get to come in June?
 
Apr. 22, 2012 1:10 pm
HI Cat ~ its so good to hear from you, I love Focaccia. Hoping to come in June, although I am struggling to get time off for both June and the Seattle trip in July. At the moment it looks like I will only get to make one trip. So unfair! jadedgurl ~ Thank you for your comments, it was good to meet you! BABBS ~ well said, I could not have said it any better myself
 
Apr. 22, 2012 1:14 pm
Lyn ~ its good to hear from you, hopefully you will start to join us more, and Lurk less :-). Thank you for stopping by Marianne.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 1:18 pm
*Sherri* I love hearing about family history and traditions too, always interests me. ELLE ~ so well said, thank you for stopping by.
 
Apr. 22, 2012 4:32 pm
except for the UK A mummy is a body, human or animal, whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold (ice mummies), very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs, so that the recovered body will not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions.
 
Apr. 23, 2012 1:16 am
KingSparta ~ well to me, a Mummy is a female parent and I will never be anything else no matter what country I live in.
 
May 7, 2012 8:42 pm
Loved reading your story!
 
May 8, 2012 9:49 am
Thank you MSC ~ Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle!
 
 
 
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TheBritishBaker

Home Town
Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, U.K.
Living In
Houston, Texas, USA

Member Since
Sep. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
A little about me, I am a wife and Mum of two gorgeous boys aged 18 and 23, and now mummy to two adorable English Cocker Spaniel puppies named Brie and Henri. We have been living in the US now for 5 years. (You will also see me on allrecipes.co.uk - AR's UK site). I guess like most other European’s I don’t eat to live, but live to eat!!! One of my great passions in life is food. Good home cooked, fresh produce. Especially if it is sourced locally. I truly believe that it is so important at the end of the day for a family to sit down and eat a home cooked dinner together. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen now, which always amuses my husband. A few years back we had a small public house and restaurant in the Derbyshire Countryside (England). Never once would I venture in the kitchen. With all those professionals there was certainly no need for an amateur! Should you wish you can contact me at thebritishbaker@mail.com
My favorite things to cook
More than anything I adore baking. Cakes, Cookies (or biscuits as they are known to me) and my latest love is baking bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my earlier memories are sitting at my Grandma’s kitchen table in England, watching her bake. She insisted on having to bake a fresh cake everyday. My Grandad was a big cake fan, and a cake always had to be kept in the pantry just in case a visitor should call. Not that you could move in the pantry for more sugar, flour and butter then any village store. (Just in case food rationing ever came back). Unfortunately my Grandma has recently passed away, but her passion for baking will always live on through me and I hope that in time my baking skill will do her justice.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that actually turns out how it is supposed too!!!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my goodness where do I start, like everyone I have had the usual tragedies, sponge cakes that have sunk in the middle, over cooked pie crusts, bread that has just failed to rise but I can thankfully say with a little patience and practice I am finaly getting better!!!
 
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