No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Occupy London LSX Breadmaking workshop

Sunday evening, 29th January.
Well, 'The best laid schemes...' and all that.

Suffice it to say it didn't happen. I wasn't expected - even though the workshop was on their web page - and no-one I could find knew anything about it. The kitchen had no spare capacity, with only two burners, both in use. So I gave up on St Paul's.

However, one of the group told me I may get a better reception at Occupy Finsbury Square, a 20 minute or so walk away. So, given directions, off I went.

And it was the same story here - no joy!

I'd wasted my time, really. After the success of my experience with Occupy Bristol I thought it would be even better in London, but it was not to be.

Still, looking on the bright side, I was now the proud possessor of an Oyster card, I'd had a couple of enjoyable trips on the tube, and I'd had a brisk walk through part of London. Also I managed to avoid Starbucks, finding a Cafe Nero instead.

I've come to the conclusion that if I'm to do this properly I'll have to provide my own heating unit - which I don't have at the moment. And I'd have to make much better contact with the group I'm hoping to work with.

Saturday 28th January.
Plans are all in place for this session in the morning - at Tent City University, St Paul's.

I've been planning this for the past couple of weeks, but, the night before, I'm never sure if I've covered every eventuality.

I need to be at West Ruislip tube station by 9.00am to be sure of getting to St Paul's on time. I've a rucksack packed with strong and s/raising flour, dried fruit, lentil and potato dahl, chocolate spread, mincemeat; plus mixing bowls, jugs, rolling pins - oh, and an apron, mustn't forget that,

I'm a bit unsure of what I'll find there - I've had one tenuous contact who has told me the session is booked, but as to what facilities are available, I don't have much of a clue.

However, these things have a way of working out, and I'm sure I'll have a great experience to look back on.

I'll certainly post all the details of the session on here, tomorrow evening, hopefully with pics!


  1. Good luck and best wishes Paul, have a successful day!

  2. Thanks, Mamta!

    As you can see it didn't happen in the end - would have been good to have pulled it off, but it wasn't to be! :(

    Next time, maybe.