During this time of change, we’re noticing more than ever that people are enjoying having the opportunity to cook and bake more. Whether it’s banana bread (I defy you to find someone who hasn’t eaten this during lockdown) or picking up that recipe book you have had for years but never used, either way people are realising the positive effects that cooking and baking can have on your body and mind.
We caught up with our lovely tutor Gina Griffin of Kitchen Table Baking ahead of her next live online baking class with us on Saturday 20th June, where she will be teaching people how to make soda bread and scones.
Gina, great to speak to you, we’d love to find out more about you and your love of cooking.
“I grew up by the coast of Ireland in Galway, which is what inspired my want to be by the water here in Leigh-on-Sea. I can’t actually remember a time when I didn’t cook! From the age of 5, my Mum always had me cooking and baking with her in the kitchen, we used to use her old home economics book – which I still have today. For me, cooking has always been about family, getting together and all working on different aspects of a recipe that you bring together for everyone to enjoy.
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in cooking and trained at the Ballymaloe School in Cork. This is what made me fall in love with good food and what it can do for you. The school was situated on a farm and so it had a real farm to fork ethos; sourcing your own vegetables, the traceability side of knowing where your food came from and the best ways to nourish your body and mind.”
Wow, so is that why you started Kitchen Table Baking?
“Kitchen Table Baking is exactly what is says on the tin. It’s about dishes that bring everyone together and ensure family time is spent communicating and enjoying good food – let the kitchen table be that hub of family life again. Cooking and baking is holistic, it’s not only fuel for your body, but for your mind and soul as well. That sense of wellbeing and mindfulness you get if you take an hour out of your busy day to cook something that tastes amazing and brings you all together. There are still certain smells and tastes now that can transport me right back to my childhood.”
And what will people get out of your next class?
“It’s that time out that I think people need right now. All of my recipes are tried and tested before I do a class and people just love the home cooked, great
tasting simplicity of these scones and soda bread. You can learn the methods of how to make them and then find ways of adapting them based on your family, with the simple ingredients and methods these are also great recipes you can do with children – nothing beats making things yourself. The class is live and we will have plenty of time to discuss what we’re doing and you can ask all the questions you like.
These exact recipes have transcended generations in my family, and now I’m really looking forward to teaching other people about them and seeing how they can be a part of their families for generations to come.”
If you would like to join Gina’s next class on Saturday 20th June from 10:00-12:00, click here to book now.
(Images taken by Anna Lukala)