Preparing for my first baking workshop last weekend in Barcelona gave me the impetus to create a baking dictionary helpful for following recipes in English, especially if you’re not a native speaker. You can of course teach kids with these drawings but adults love doodles too. In my Spanglish workshop they helped explain or consolidate language and could be even more useful if the participants later follow my recipes online. Here’s the second:
This one will be helpful when making pastry and tarts but I did point out the freezer and say ‘in the freezer’ various times during the workshop. I could hear some participants repeating ‘freezer’ in that kind of language-learning echo. Have I mentioned my day job is English teacher, teaching little kids? One of the workshop participants kindly said I combined my colours very well in my drawings. Yes, I replied, I learnt that from the kids! I really did. :).
Baking equipment and vocab
Number 3 here helped explain how the bain marie for melting our chocolate should be on a low simmer. I love visuals. Seriously, I don’t know how to say ‘simmer’ in Spanish so the pictures made the explanation quicker and simpler.
Making a cake
And when it was time to make the cakes, number 4 consolidated the idea of first beating, then whisking and finally folding in the flour and folding or mixing in dried fruit. We were making fruitcake so the ‘chop finely’ or ‘chop roughly’ drawings were handy too.
Next week I’ll write more about the baking workshop. It was an interesting and educational experience for me and the participants and could be useful for you too maybe…?
Finally sweet reader I know these aren’t recipes but thought some of you could find them handy (or just pretty!) so I’m introducing them to you with this post. They can be found in my baking picture dictionary section for future reference. Let me know what you think of them if you like or have any ideas for more categories and pictures. An Instagram friend has already suggested ‘baking disasters’ and I’m looking forward to drawing things like ‘burnt’, ‘overmixed’ and ‘a complete disaster’. Lol.
Have a lovely week ahead! Happy baking and eating! 🙂 Lili x