Jo always came across as a friendly down to earth kind of girl on the Bake off and this is portrayed through her book.
The book is full of gorgeous bakes from biscuits and cakes to sausage rolls and Quiche Lorraine. It starts off with Jo's must have ingredients and equipment and then goes onto the chapters of the book. Each chapter covers a different type of bake like breakfast, lunch, baking with children, breads, pastry and so on. I find this makes it so much easier to find what your looking for or to just find inspiration for a special event that you may have coming up.
Of course everything looks and sounds so yummy but these particular things caught my eye...
Apple and Cinnamon Waffles
Honey and Mustard Sausage Rolls
Something I really love about this book is that it is full of photos! The photography is beautiful and it gives a real sense of 'homemade' as it shows a few crumbs or a dollop of missed chocolate sauce on the rim of a plate... it's what home baking is all about.
I tend to absolutely hate a recipe book that doesn't have many photos. I love to see what the end product should look like and I feel that pictures really lure you in and make you want to bake it..so thumbs up on this aspect.
The book feels really personal as Jo tells us where each recipe came from or what inspired her to make it at the top of each recipe. I loved reading about how her Nan inspired her to start baking (I can relate...Nans make the best cakes and pies!). This is definitely a book I will go to when I want to get my bake on!
I am really excited for the coming Jubilee weekend. One reason being that we get an extra long weekend, but most of all it gives me an excuse to bake bake bake! In my head I am planning on baking a gorgeous lemon and white chocolate cake, a traditional Victoria Sandwich, some patriotic cupcakes and maybe some kind of tray bake. It is a lot, but like I said it's in my head so we shall see what actually materialises!
Apart from going to our traditional Denham Village Fair (blogged about it last year) and a Street Party at a local church, we have no real plans for Jubilee day itself. Typically enough the weather is looking crap for this weekend but if it decides to change it's mind and be nice then a picnic, a BBQ and of course long walks will keep me busy.
We started our long weekend early as Ian had a day off today. It was very relaxed. We managed to get a free swim (through British Gas if you are interested) at a posh private health spa. We had the Jacuzzi to ourselves, had a swim and then finished off in the sauna, it was bliss! Afterwards we did a little window shopping then headed to a restaurant for lunch. Perfect!
Hope you have a lovely long weekend!