Welcome! As long as I can remember, baking has been an important part of my life. Childhood summers spent picking strawberries and then making pies and preserves. Late night chocolate chip cookie making sessions during university. Eating my way through Europe while learning basic French pastry skills. Teaching my children how to mix, roll and cut sugar cookie dough. I've recently come to the realization that these normal experiences have enriched the tapestry of life. Baking is the act of making. A creative outlet that can be shared with others.
Nature is the best inspiration for baking whether it is the visual renewal felt in early spring or purchasing freshly picked produce at the farmer's market. My baking typically reflects the bounty of the season. Spring is for rhubarb. Summer is berry season. Autumn is all things apple and pumpkin related. Winter is for heavier dishes inspired by preserves. Chocolate is a year round favourite.
Lastly, I see baking as therapy. It grounds and connects me. Kneading bread dough is as much a physical action for the arms as it is a time for quiet contemplation and reflection.
I hope you enjoy this little blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you create Linden and Lavender?
Accountability to myself to practice my pastry skills that I learned at Le Cordon Bleu. For years, I put baking on the back-burner as it was a hobby but I wanted to make a change. I wanted to make, share and connect with people. I felt that if readers were expecting a weekly recipe then I would have to try something new and challenging on a regular basis.
What can I expect on your blog?
Baking series: 1 sweet or savoury recipe post per week
Five things Friday series: 1 post per week
Monthly material: Baking essentials and hints for better baking, or a travel post.
Why Linden & Lavender?
I wanted a name that evoked seasonality as well as beauty. Following the seasons in baking and cooking helps me to feel connected to the earth. The seasons are also a continual source of inspiration. Finally, my degree environmental studies cannot be ignored so I chose a tree and a flower to represent my blog.
What is your favourite dessert?
Oh, no! It is impossible to answer this question in any concise way. It also depends on where I am at any given moment. Many of my favourites, I have realized, are clichés. In France, I love croissants fresh from the oven. My husband and I like to split an éclair in the afternoon. In England, I am all about scones. I think this is related to the generous quantity of clotted cream allotted per scone. At home, on the weekends I love making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with my children and eating them warm from the oven. In the summer, strawberry pie with a dollop of whipped cream on the side will do just nicely.
What is your favourite book?
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. This has been my favourite book for over ten years. It is beautifully written in a way and is also so devastating. I enjoy picking up this book and just reading a few pages at a time. I rarely read books twice but this is one of those books that the rhythm and poetry stay with me.
Who takes your photographs?
I take all my own photos unless otherwise noted. My husband took the one of me on this page while we were on holiday in 2016. I am looking at my daughter, playing in the gravel within the walls of São Jorge Castle, Lisbon.