Starting my own microbakery wasn't an idea I'd ever entertained...
I'd already had two careers, working firstly in BBC Radio, and then with women who have ovarian cancer, co-founding Target Ovarian Cancer in 2008. I decided to take a break in 2014, and took a trip to visit a friend in Holland. She runs a community bakery, and got me elbow deep in dough....and very excited about bread!
I started making bread for friends and close neighbours once a week, to order, and things started to expand! I'd often make around 90 loaves plus over 100 pastries each Friday, just using my two kitchen ovens.
I loved the creativity, lack of waste, working with dough, and the planning and scheduling! But most of all I loved getting to meet lots of local people, and see them getting excited about bread again.
However inflammatory arthritis, a hip replacement and gluten sensitivity put a stop to those mad days, so I focus my time now on teaching others how to make great bread. In addition to my workshops I have also been working with bakers at Bury Farm Bakery, developing a range of breads, which sell each Saturday in Bury Lane Farm Shop. I also continue to work with women who have ovarian cancer, via the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, leading on a global patient experience study and charter for action.