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.

Saturday, 26 October 2013


Friday 18th April

Saturday 8th Feb - Oscar is now 5 months old and beginning the weaning process:

Here he is enjoying a banana with his mum and dad.

Thursday 24th October 2013
Just returned from a wonderful visit with Oscar - and his parents, of course! :)

He's into his 8th week now, and visibly changing almost every day. 8lb at birth, he's now 12lb - and absolutely thriving, as these pics will show:

Sunday 13th October 2013

Granddad and grandson

This next sequence was taken over several minutes whilst Oscar was waking up after his sleep:

And here he is having a conversation with his mum. 

Sunday 29th September

Here's Oscar with my son, his uncle Ben:

Thursday 5th Sept 2013
Now we know - it's Oscar Charles, just hours old.

Monday 2nd Sept 2013
I'd like to announce that our wonderful daughter has just - less than an hour ago - given birth to a bouncing baby boy!

Her lovely husband called us with the news about an hour ago.

She went into the birthing pool, in Basingstoke Hospital, around 10pm yesterday, and we received the call just after 1.00 this morning. So the labour must have been about 3 hours or less!

Mother and baby are both doing well - in fact, the baby is now feeding!

The baby has still to be weighed - and there are no names yet.

I'll post these details as soon as they become available - hopefully with a pic.

We now have 4 grandchildren - 2 boys and 2 girls! How neat is that?

I started making bread (this is a breadmaking blog, after all!) earlier and earlier with each grandchild, so I reckon I'll have this new baker - I mean baby - I'll have this baby playing with dough by about 4-5 months old. And kneading dough by about a year old!

3rd Sept
As promised, here are some pics of the babe (no names, yet, but we live in hope!) who is, by common consent, the Most Beautiful Grandson in the world!

These were taken at about 14 hours old

Talk about fingers and thumbs…However, the reason I'm posting this pic is to show that my son in law had his chest waxed - so that he could maximise skin to skin contact. Respect!

3.64kg - 8lbs exactly! Probably the most embarrassing pic he'll ever have taken!
He's now 48 hours old and is a happy, healthy baby - with two loving parents, he's got every advantage going - except a name!

With two wonderful parents (not to mention 4 great grandparents), he doesn't yet realise just how lucky he is - and how lucky we all are!

After 3 days deliberation, we now know!

Can't wait to get to know you properly over the coming years, Oscar Charles!