Daily Archives: October 5, 2014

Bread Intro


You might have noticed that the name of my blog is ‘Bread Box’. Yes, …I love BREAD.

If I could have, I would have been born with a slice of crusty sourdough bread in my mouth and I wish my last meal to be the same but with French salted butter and some mature hard cheese…and if I am really greedy perhaps some fresh onions on top (German master recipe :p )

Anyway, I have named my blog ‘Bread Box’ because this is what my all-day brunch cafe will be called once open. The aim is that you will hopefully remember having read about its humble beginnings in my blog.

Under this category I will share my own bread baking attempts with you (the good and the bad) and hopefully you will see my baking skills improve towards the end of it. I will also post about where to get the best artisan bread in London (until I open my own business of course) and I will be sharing any piece of information I gathered with regards to ‘What makes a good Loaf’.

Do not be scared by those who say Bread is bad for you. There are always two sides to a story and I will try my best to highlight a few hidden myths AND truths about it.

I am still learning myself, but if you love Bread too, then perhaps you should join me here.

Best Cinnamon Buns Ever

It is a lovely crisp and sunny autumn morning in October. And I decide to go on my next discovery tour around London.

This time I am heading to the Nordic Bakery on Golden Square in Soho. I have come across the Nordic Bakery for the first time in 2011 when I was still working on Baker Street. I discovered this little Scandinavian Cafe in one of the side streets, not far from the tube station. The smell of cinnamon was so luring and I could not resist to walk in. I have never forgotten these warm cinnamon buns, which enlightened my taste buds, ever since.

I haven’t gone back for quite some time because I moved jobs in the meantime but Twitter told me recently that it is Cinnamon Bun Week at the Nordic Bakery. What a great reason to go back. So I looked them up on their website and I realised they had three cafes by now! Good food travels quickly.

The Nordic Bakery on Golden Square is in the heart of the city, not far from Piccadilly Circus and off Brewer Street. But despite being in the centre of Soho, it was lovely and peaceful around there. A nice little escape from Soho’s hustle and bustle.

It is 11.30am and I am sitting together with about 20 others in one spacious room. This seems to be the place to meet and enjoy some Nordic hospitality. I see men talking business, a group of ladies talking about how to change the world, and me having a coffee accompanied by one of their famous cinnamon buns. Unfortunately the bun was not warm and a bit dry as a result but they were the naughty delight just as I remembered them.

20141001_111915              Cinnamon Bun, Coffee and Recipes

I had secured a seat facing the large floor-to-ceiling windows, which allowed a good amount of sunlight into the space. Overall, the design is minimalist – plain furniture, a mix of blue-painted walls and wooden panels with tongue and groove effect and generally darker colours. On their website is says ‘ The tableware and furniture are designed by iconic Nordic designers, such as Kaj Franck, Alvar Aalto and Ilmari Tapiovaara’. Well, whatever that means, I am here for the buns!


Their coffee supplier is Dibar from Barcelona by the way. They also have a few bags for sale in the store and my cappuccino was pretty good.

I am noticing that their menu and food display has become much more diverse. I am getting excited and I also buy an almond twist and a custard cinnamon bun to go. A little surprise for my fabulous housemates who are probably already drooling from the pictures I have just sent them.

I am almost half way through my cinnamon bun, when I discover on the side of the counter the Nordic Bakery Cookbook. I grab one and my eyes are screening the book for the cinnamon bun recipe. Oh my lord…in the recipe, which makes about 6-8 buns, there are almost 500 g of sugar (including dough, filling and glazing), not to mention the additional butter.

Oh well,..good that I cycled! And it definitely made my day a whole lot sweeter 🙂 I am already looking forward to my next visit. And then it is time for some of their cured salmon with cucumber on dark rye bread.










Key Considerations when choosing to take a Risk

Some people think it is brave what I am doing, some people think it is silly. I think it is neither but being honest to myself and I would like to pass on some initial advice if I may to those of you who are also thinking of taking a risk. I mean any risk that involves major changes in your life:

  • Speak to family and friends about it, because you will need their support when things are getting tough.   I know I will have to face challenges and that I will turn to the ones I care most about for support and advice.
  • Be aware that your circle of friends might change slightly. You might want to surround yourself with those who share the same passion and interests as you. But those that are close to you will want to enjoy the journey with you.
  • Do your home work. Do not just blindly follow your a passion. Be honest to yourself and think about whether it is just a hobby or interest or whether it is your vocation. Make a plan, build a network and prepare yourself in advance.
  • Have the financial ability to survive a good few months without a proper income. Being self employed means there is always uncertainty about when you next get paid. Have a backup.
  • Have SMART goals. Be clear about what you want to achieve, when and how. Think short, medium and long term and be realistic. Nothing worse than getting a sense of failure the whole time because you set yourself too high targets. You might deviate from your route in between because of money, time or other external factors which you cannot control, but never forget why you decided to take a risk.

Ok, so much wisdom on one page! ;p Please note that I have written the above at the beginning of my journey. I will add to it as I go along or perhaps you have some wisdom to share? Let me know and I will make a note!


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