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.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A SWING IN THE KITCHEN - keeping the grandchildren amused!

When my grandchildren began arriving nearly 12 years ago I installed a swing in the kitchen. I figured that even if it was too wet to go out, at least this would amuse the children.

I bought the swing

(swings, because I bought a baby swing as well - not pictured)  from Ikea. I can't remember what I paid for them, but it wasn't a lot. I also bought 2 quick-release caribeners so the swing can be erected in seconds - the staples stay in the ceiling, of course.

 The staples stay in the ceiling.

Here's Alfie about to launch
And here he is in full flight - last summer
There's obvious danger here, of course, so there are strict rules which apply when the swing is being used: No food preparation while the swing is in use, obviously; one child on the swing and one waiting for their turn; and adult supervision at all times -and the swing comes down when the kitchen returns to its primary function!

I'm quite surprised that they still all love the swing - even our sophisticated 11-year-old likes to take her turn!


  1. Paul you are insane. There is NO WAY I am having a swing in my kitchen. It is bad enough having other people in my domain! :-)


  2. Ha ha, Ben!

    To be honest, thinking back, I wanted to have the swing in the lounge - but my wife wasn't keen on having the staples permanently in the lounge ceiling!