Meet the Baker: Rough Measures

Image5Although the Bustle & Sew Magazine is primarily about sewing, Rosie and I both love our homes, families and life lived in the English countryside and so we like to include a variety of topics between its covers, and I must admit I am particularly enjoy the Baking Corner! This month we were delighted to welcome Sus who blogs at Rough Measures – a food blog focussing on whole foods and nourishing bakes. All her recipes are created on her narrowboat, in Bath, where she lives with her boyfriend Charlie. Having become much more interested in food and nutrition over the last few years, she decided to start a blog, to document her experiments in her kitchen.

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Sus kindly agreed to answer a few of our questions about baking and blogging …

When did you first start making and baking cakes?

I’ve been making and baking cakes ever since I was old enough to hold a spoon. My mum would sit my sister and I up on the worktop, and we would help weigh the ingredients, and stir the mixture.

Can you remember the first cake you ever made?

It’s got to be a birthday cake for my brother. A big chocolate train decorated with so many sweets.

When and why did you decide to start your blog?

I started my blog in Sept 2014. I was in a bit of a rut and a low spot, and thought I needed something to focus on. I started a WordPress course, and learned to build a website. From there, Rough Measures was born.

Do you have a favourite baker who inspires you?

Being from Bath, we are lucky enough to have not one, but two of Richard Bertinet’s delicious bakeries in the city. If I’m ever walking by, I have to grab one of their delightful almond croissants.  (Note from me: delightful Sus?  Oh no!  One of my best discoveries since moving to the area – they are totally delicious and completely more-ish.  Delightful simply doesn’t begin to describe their deliciousness haha!)

What’s your favourite recipe on your blog?

I’ve got a few, but probably my Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars. They were a total experiment and turned out awesome. I make them regularly now.  (another note from me: I completely recommend trying Sus’s Blackberry and Oat Muffins that we featured in the October issue)

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And finally, any tips for someone wanting to start a baking/cooking blog?

Do it! If you need a bit of tech help, YouTube is great for tutorials etc. Read other blogs to get inspiration. Get creative in your kitchen. I also think having a decent camera is important, but not essential.

You can read all about Sus’ adventures over on the Rough Measures blog (both boating and baking) or keep up to date with all her latest news over on her Facebook Page.

Thanks Sus for being a part of the October Bustle & Sew Magazine xx

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