About Lady A

Lady's Baking Lair saw the light in 2014 and since then it has grown slowly but surely. I have written blogs ever since 2008 but this is my first one only in English.

I love traditional Finnish recipes but I also enjoy recipes from all over the world. I especially love Greece and Italy but I have a soft spot for many other countries as well. I also like to create new recipes. This and the fact that my friend asked me to give her traditional Finnish recipes made me start this blog.

I am a mother of three wonderful boys and a wife to a wonderful man whom I met over 10 years ago.  I like to surprise them by baking some treats and I generally love being a homemaker and taking care of my family.

The recipes I write here are either found years ago, created in my very own kitchen or being passed to me by my friends or relatives. Every recipe is dear to me in its own way but some recipes are even more dear. The recipe with history attached to it -  it always makes a difference.

Besides baking and cooking I enjoy writing, reading, photographing and gardening.  We grow part of our food in our garden which can sometimes be really challenging since we actually live on a big rock and in most parts there is only very little soil on it. That's why we have build boxes to grow vegetables and it's amazing how much you can grow in pots and other containers too.

I am also very interested in history and historical clothing. I am sure that to some people my wardrobe looks like a costume store.

I like good quality ingredients - that's one of the reasons I like to choose organic if the option is available. Many times it is. I hardly use any food dyes. In some occasions when I really need to dye something  I like  to use colors from vegetables and such. Beetroot is one of my favorites. Luckily traditional Finnish baking does not require food dyes. It is the modern party cakes and cupcakes that cause so much trouble when baking.

I also enjoy when my kitchen produces as little waste as possible. Wasting perfectly good ingredients is bad for the environment and not good for the budget either. So baking and cooking needs to be done with respecting the ingredients and using all the parts possible.  Less waste = better cooking.

We moved to this house in 2007  and the only down side was that the kitchen was terribly small. For someone who loves cooking and baking that was pretty much a disaster. Luckily I was able to have an extension and now I have my very own bakery. Well, maybe not exactly a bakery but a really big worktop in a smallish room and  lots of cabinets to store all my baking equipment. It is also one of my favorite places in our house.

I hope you will have just as much fun reading Lady's Baking Lair as I will have writing it. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line ladyarianwen@gmail.com

I hope you enjoy your visit.

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