At Christmas time in particular, giving is considered nobler than receiving – but is it alright to do both? I hope so. It’s not like I’ve been to the shops saying, “One for you, one for me.”
Instead I gave Damon a book that I thought he would love. That I might benefit from it too is a bonus.
It is called Pâtisserie Made Simple, and it is written by Edd Kimber. I don’t watch the Great British Bake Off so his name was unfamiliar to me. He was, I have now learnt, the first ever winner of the series, 4 years ago.
As a result of his win, he swapped his job as a debt collector for a place in Raymond Blanc’s pastry kitchen. He is fascinated by French food, and the book is packed with regional classics as well as modern desserts.
Known for his blog The Boy Who Bakes, he succeeds in making his recipes achievable by the home baker.
“Damon treated himself to a food processor on Black Friday last month and has been itching to get cooking”
Damon treated himself to a food processor on Black Friday last month and has been itching to get cooking. With shopping and parties, plus our trip down here to Castillonnès this Christmas, he hasn’t had much opportunity to use it.
The New Year offers him a chance to rectify that.
So, by buying him this book, I am being very supportive. Ahem, selfless even.