For many years I ran an interior design business specialising in residential interiors. I worked on many refurbishment projects, and every so often I would turn up on site, or to meetings, with a new batch of baked goods that I was keen to try. The various teams on site were delighted to have a treat. And I was able to remove the latest batch of goodies from my kitchen before I devoured every last crumb myself.
After my third son was born I did not take on any more building projects for clients, but I did continue to consult. We have also moved twice since then, one of them into a house that we tore down and completely rebuilt behind the facade. A three year labour of love.
The team of builders and architects (with whom I have been working for eons) met every second Friday at 9.30am for 2 years while we re-constructed our home. I can't remember what treats I brought to our first meeting with the entire team, but I remember the effects. All parties were very agreeable. Meetings flowed in a seamless manner. No low blood sugar. Productivity at its finest.
So I made absolutely sure that I had something new to try and bring for everyone to share at our gatherings. It became expected. Required. Meetings were relatively early (nothing too sweet) and offered lots of opportunity for me to test out breakfast muffins, bars, loaf cakes and such. Friday mornings were a pleasure . Creativity flowed. Good coffee was always on tap, and on we went.
Our house is truly amazing, and I cannot foresee us moving again any time soon. But I missed the buzz of those meetings. And I really missed baking for the team. For nearly a year it left a void in my life, but my family were thrilled to reap the sugary benefits of no builders.
Thankfully, very good friends have started a large project nearby with the same team, and everyone on site politely requested that my morning feasts would transfer over to their meetings. Result! I resume testing recipes. And they get fed. Meetings go well. Everyone is happy.
And I have a new column on the blog. Every other week I will post the recipe I have made for the builders from my ever growing collection of clippings that I want to try, pins from sites I follow and books that are littered with post it's on my shelves. I will reference them all and hope that you will try them too.
This week I have tested Blue Sky Bran Muffins from Smitten Kitchen (a site I love). Although I have a backlog of recipes that I am looking forward to making, this jumped out at me. And they are delicious. I had one for dinner tonight. Builders will feast on them for breakfast in the morning.