Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Baking Therapy

I am what can only be described as grumpy today.  The day has not gone quite how I expected.  I had a last minute cancellation on an appointment, the day has been disjointed and I feel irritable.

I was grateful for a call from a friend this afternoon, who asked me what I was going to do for the remainder of the day.  "I'm going to bake a simnel cake" I told her.  "Oh some baking therapy" she said.  I hadn't considered it that way until I started to chop, weigh and measure my ingredients.  At once all the things that had been on my mind were gone.  Instead I was focussed on the job in hand.  And when I thought about it, this is what generally happens when I bake.  The process of following a recipe, weighing and measuring the ingredients, mixing, stiring and folding and of course having a generous lick of the spoon at the end made all the other stuff disappear. 

So for me - baking is a form of therapy.  Do you feel the same way?

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