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About Natty Bakes

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Hello Friends!

My name is Natalie Baker and I love food. I am quite original, I know. But hold on for a second!— my surname is Baker and yes, I bake. Not bad, huh?

This greed for food goes way back and some childhood related associations I have involve:

  • Collecting lots of stuff when I was young, but having a special weird affinity for my little play kitchens and the accompanying plastic cooking equipment and food stuff.
  • Playing make-believe, pretending this big rock in this park near my house was my chef’s kitchen.
  • My favourite section of the Ontario Science Centre (well, tied with the human body section) being the food section.
  • My best friend and I begging our moms to make us tea parties for some reason (cucumber sandwiches included).
  • Flipping through certain cookbooks all the time and baking when I was allowed to (and licking the bowl, obviously).

Recently, I’ve been feeling pressure to limit my hobbies and focus on you know, a career or whatever,  but I’m happy because I know that I can incorporate this particular interest into my increasingly busy life with ease. I read up on stuff, listen to radio shows and podcasts, go to markets, try out recipes, try out restaurants, take (grainy) pictures of food– hell, even a trip to the grocery store is fun for me!

I believe that all five senses are important when it comes to eating and drinking. I enjoy the smells, the textures, the tastes, the colours & shapes, the sizzles– OK, but not really the sound of people eating; that can be a bit much once it has your attention. Although, I guess there are times when I kinda like the crunch of popcorn and other movie-food related noises; probably a positive association because I also love going to the movies… But yes, all this divergent talk and rambling to say basically that food should be about fun, love and all that good stuff. This ain’t no stuffy culinary arts hub. This is Natty Bakes.

Clearly, I am geekily pleased with my surname. and I vow to honour it through baking and sharing recipes when I can. I have included recipes that I continually go back to and that have some sort of significance to me. Test them out and see what you think. Enjoy!

-Natty Bakes

Sometimes I get so carried away with a meal that things get spilled--oops.

Sometimes I get so carried away with a meal that things get spilled–oops.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Berry Amato permalink
    December 11, 2008 12:47 pm

    What a great website Nat.
    Have tasted some of your masterpieces-and they are fabulous (no bias!)
    Can’t wait to see your name up in lights!!!!!

  2. Sandy Cohen permalink
    December 12, 2008 4:02 am

    What an amazing and interesting blog! This is such fun to read, that I hope we have updates every day!

  3. rebecca permalink
    December 13, 2008 6:41 pm

    awesome ideas and lots of good looking food! yum yum!
    keep it coming!

  4. Lollo permalink
    December 14, 2008 5:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try your gingerbread cookie recipe! Love your site and passion for food!

  5. Judi permalink
    December 23, 2008 4:45 am

    I can smell your pumpkin pie and taste your decadent mint hot choc (or choc hotlet as I like to call it) here in Cape Town! 🙂

  6. December 30, 2008 3:02 pm

    Your blog looks absolutely delicious. I look forward to trying and reading the recipes (both scrumptious activities).

    I’ll be pleased to share ‘the aromas’ at http://www.KidsAroundCanada.com.

  7. nattybakes permalink*
    December 31, 2008 1:50 am

    Thanks for all the encouragement everyone! I am on a holiday hiatus, but have more yummy ideas for the new year. Thanks again for the comments 🙂

  8. lisa (doesn't) bake permalink
    January 5, 2009 9:54 pm

    um…..how come i am the one to not know about this yummy blog?!?!?
    anyway feel free to test out any recipes on your sis (for the sake of the blog of course…).
    good job nattybakes!
    xolis

  9. TVolpe permalink
    June 30, 2009 4:26 am

    Hi Natalie,
    I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some of your tantalizing treats and look forward to seeing those recipes on your blog. What is the secret ingredient in your banana bread???
    Congratulations on a lovely site.
    Tiz

  10. avril kurgan permalink
    November 19, 2009 12:37 pm

    I enjoyed seing all your great bakes ad I am inspired by your enthusiasm.
    Continue to have fun!
    xx
    Avril

  11. Jennifer permalink
    July 7, 2011 9:38 pm

    YAY~ I found your blog….now, when’s your cookie week? 😛

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