Monday, 14 January 2013

Random Bakes of Kindness

My Random Bake of Kindness .. is a Lemon Drizzle Cake

It's snowing outside and I've had enough.  It's been cold and wet and miserable for weeks and we were all ill over Christmas.   I caught myself on the phone moaning about this that and the other and then in a second after I caught myself remembered just how lucky I am.  It's so easy to get caught up in yourself at this time of year.  With a bank account at an all time low after Christmas and the bills keep on coming in and this weather and all the other things going on all I want is to be out in the garden picking flowers.

At this time of year people like you and I .. only older, die of cold. I don't want to rant about it .. but it is beyond belief that in a civilised society people freeze to death.

I also read in the Guardian about a family who are having to choose between heating and food. So truth is that little things I am having a moan about are, in realty, insignificant and I really need to keep things in perspective.  I find the best way is by doing something for somebody else, so I am doing a January Random Bakes of Kindness Challenge.

It's open to everyone. There are no particular rules other than
1) You need to bake something &
2) You have to give your baked something to someone as a surprise.

It's the perfect excuse to check up on an elderly neighbour, or to cheer someone up who is feeling the January blues.

I am going to bake a lemon drizzle cake and take it to my greengrocer.  I might make a banana cake too as it will use some of the old bananas up that are being ignored by the children. Mr Troop gets up at 2am and fetches back the fruit and vegetables from the wholesalers for his shop in Brixworth.  I've known him since I was eleven years old and he is one of the kindest and loveliest people I know, as well as being a local food hero. There isn't much Mr Troop doesn't know about fruit or veg.

I'm also going to make another loaf and check in on my neighbour. She's often wrapped up in a blanket to keep herself warm so she doesn't have to turn the heating up. I'll be subtle, but I will make sure she is ok.

There now.  I feel much better already.

If you'd like to take part please add the badge to your site and mention the idea.  Like all good turns I believe they come back to you when you need them.

Email your Random Bakes of Kindness to and I will do a round up of them at the end of January.


  1. Always thinking about someone else - you are an inspiration. xx

  2. I remember this from last year - how quickly we forget. I know how awful the weather is up there at the momemt - spoke to my mother on the phone last night and advised them not to go out as they were expecting snow. Maybe I could send her a virtual cake?

  3. What a lovely idea... I've baked things for friends as a surprise twice this week already! I also randomly sent some cookies in the post to a friend in December and he was really touched to receive them - I think I should do things like this more often!

  4. How lovely. I would love to do this too.

  5. Love the idea of this, just need to decide what to bake and who needs a little cheering up. GG

  6. What a wonderful idea! Love it! If everyone who was able did this, what an amazing world this would be!


If you are reading my blog I must warn you that I am not impartial. I want to influence you. I want to make you stop for just a moment and consider the effect of a lifetime of seemingly insignificant decisions and how making small delicious choices can change the world.

I believe that we can change the world one bite at a time.

It's a delicious revolution.