Mindful Christmas Baking

The house smells of ginger and cinnamon. I just baked two dozen mince pies and a couple of trays of my Christmas cookies.

There is something special about pre-Christmas baking. It’s more than just preparing food, albeit seasonal favourites. It’s the only time of the year I really get to play with the fancy cutters and edible glitter.

I suppose there were other more pressing tasks that I was putting off, so you could say I was procrastiBAKING……..or even proCRAFTinating. I did need a bit of an escape from reality though.

Here in the UK, huge additional anti-COVID measures were implemented at short notice covering large parts of the South East. Previous Government plans to relax the rules over Christmas have been stopped for the whole country. Travel restrictions have been put in place. For many people this means that anticipated family get togethers are cancelled. I have friends who won’t be able to spend Christmas with their children this year as they can’t travel home. Thank goodness mine are close by and for now at least, infection rates are lower here in our part of Northumberland.

I felt the need to avoid the news and become absorbed in something creative to occupy all my senses for a couple of hours. With those Christmassy smells and tastes (because I did eat the leftover fragments of cookie dough); the feel of the dough in my hands; the ping of the oven timer and the sight of a batch of mince pies sizzling as they come out of the even, It’s one way to escape reality for a couple of hours, even if it’s only in the kitchen.

Stay safe everyone.