I am not making an understatement when I say I am somewhat of a novice baker. I once made some butterfly cakes (a recipe from this book…the only baking book I own) which turned out surprisingly well, and that’s about as good as it gets on the experience front.

So why have I now started a blog and entered a Julie and Julia (sorry if you have’t seen the film and don’t get the reference) style journey?

Well it is mainly because, as a young woman in her early twenties who has just started a demanding career in London, I realised that I don’t DO anything with my time outside of work. Most of my free time is spent at the gym or on the sofa binge-watching a series with my dog. I’m reasonably sociable, I’ll go for drinks after work and catch up with friends from uni and my travels on weekends when I can.

That all sounds very normal, and actually now I’ve written it out, it sounds like a very pleasant lifestyle (which it is!). I just feel a little bit bored and like I have the potential to get into somewhat of a rut.

So of course, as the 2017 showing of bake off draws to a close, like many others up and down the country, I am reaching for the mixing bowl.

I have decided to release myself from the shackles of counting calories and set myself a baking related challenge. This time next year, the 4th November 2018. I want to have made every recipe in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

I will work through the book, documenting how easy I find each recipe, successful results, not so successful results (of which I’m sure there will be many), pictures and feedback from those around me who I force feed with said baking produce.

I’m hoping to gain something from this personal challenge. Not only baking skill, maybe improve my organisational skills, working under pressure, who knows – we’ll find out.