Hi. I’m new here.

Every year on New Year’s Day – just after midnight – a dear friend of mine lets us all draw a tarot card. Although I’m not an excessively spiritual or esoteric person, it has been a helpful ceremony for me that I’ve come to cherish. And this year, my card told me to start something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time now. It told me it would be a good year to start new things and to create.

Admittedly, after 2018 – a year of great success but even greater loss, a year of mourning and, yes, even death – this sounded like a good idea. A new start. Something productive. To create something new from the rubble of what’s lost. To look at what’s in front of me instead of what’s behind me.

So here I am. Just before January is over.

hydrangeas at the Victoria and Albert Museum London

In the past years, I’ve been hoarding hundreds of pictures of food and cakes and my little journeys and my flashdrive is about to explode. The idea of creating a baking and food blog has been on my mind for years now, but I never found the courage. It seemed like such a terribly challenging and intimidating project. But I’ve been repeatedly encouraged to share my creations.

Totoro cupcake topper

So this is what this blog will be about. Delicious food, scrumptiuous cupcakes that I make for my friends, my sometimes entirely unsuccessful attempts of creating cakes and easy DIY projects. It will also be about travelling and the places I have seen, the places I carry in my heart.

Linguine Alfredo

I don’t have a super fancy kitchen and I don’t have a hobby room. But I have a burning passion for the things I do. I make things. I bake and cook and sew and craft.

All of which you will find here.

baked goat cheese with candied walnuts and orange-pear-chutney

Hi. My name is Rika. You may also call me Batman, but that’s too long a story to tell in my first post.

Enjoy the ride!

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