American Style Pancake Recipe

I’ve spent a lot of time going back and forth to the States since I was teenager, the first thing I was fascinated with the real American cliché , the breakfast of champions ….The Pancake! I was so used to … Continue reading

An introduction to what I’m about..

Hi everyone!
I’m Sarah, from Dublin, living in Galway for now and I am a self confessed Martha Stewart wannabe, OK.. well…. not quite, I’m a tad younger but somewhere between Martha & Kirstie Allsopp….
I bake, make, craft, glue, cook, stitch and SHOP! Growing up in the daughter of a flamboyant costume designer for the local television company and stage, I had my fair share of odd experiences, come face to face with my childhood hero, ‘Bosco’ (a popular puppet with a TV show throughout the late 70’s & 80’s), lying lifeless in a box, running out of the wardrobe department, screaming and being ‘kidnapped’ by the Whirlygig Witch from Forty Coats (okay the actress who played her was having a costume fitting with my Mum when in Character, told me she was taking me away..These were almost every day occurrences in my childhood… so you can’t blame me for having a pretty unique view on life 🙂

My Mum is not the only one with a creative streak, I come from a long line of crafters and bakers, sure my surname is Cooke, speaks for itself! My Grandmother taught me how to make sponges and pastry at the age of six, just before she died, herself and Mum bought me a sewing machine, I was still six and had big shoes to fill. I’d make clothes for my dolls and all sorts of things..

As I grew older, I’d learn one thing, get bored and learn another skill, so Mum sent me to a creative and performing arts camp in the States, where I did everything from Glassblowing to sculpture, photography to weaving, metal smithing to printing….all while treading the boards and taking part in one of the several plays hosted over the 9 weeks.. I fell in love with metals, making jewellery with sterling silver, casting and stone setting, buffing and inlaying…it was great!!

…Then the cooking obsession started,  I love to bake cakes and cupcakes, create things from Fondant and glaze with sugar….make savory dishes..

I’m not going to bore you with endless details but a few of my friends suggested I start a blog, and keep a public diary of all the things I make, how to make them, what I bake and what I make of other recipes… so here goes, I hope you join me in this journey….and if you find me wittering on, please pull the stop cord and tell me! 🙂

Other than that, I run an online doggie bakery and shop called The Little Barkery  selling healthy and natural doggie treats, coats, bandanas, organic doggie shampoo’s etc.