My name is Jen and I am the baking bohemian. My blog identity comes from the cultural background of my mother’s family, (Bohemian), and my mother’s more left wing lifestyle (bohemian).

The big ‘B’ Bohemian refers to the rich cultural heritage of our family that emigrated from Bohemia when it was still its own country (it now comprises two thirds of the Czech Republic). Food featured prominently in the family and broader social life of that part of my family. No social interaction was without sustenance, and any celebration, large or small, was an invitation to cook up a storm.

My own family emigrated from the United States to Australia when I was a child. For the most part we lived with our mother, and my dad eventually moved back to the US.  The little ‘b’ bohemian relates to the semi-alternative lifestyle we led with our mother.  I hesitate to refer to her as a hippy, for that conjures up so many misconceptions, but certainly she was on that side of the fence.  She was probably more eccentric than radical at the end of the day, but she could really cook.  We always set extra plates at the dinner table because inevitably people would visit at dinner time.

I started cooking when I was about eight. Cookies. Obviously I was motivated by desire! I loved cooking, I loved that the kitchen was always, in every way, the heart of the house, so I was always part of anything else that was happening while I was cooking.  I loved people loving my food.  With all the different things that I have done in my life and am interested in, food has remained my most consistent and enduring passion.


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  1. Thank you for following my blog. I hope you enjoy some of the recipes here and let me know which ones and how they turned out. I also have over a thousand pins on Pinterest if you’re interested in searching for recipes there.

    • Hi. Thank you so much for nominating me! It was a lovely surprise after a week of struggling to get to my computer (soccer academy trials fo all things… talk about stress!). I will give it the response it deserves once I am back from my pending weekend away! jen

  2. Thank you for liking and following my blog. There is so much I can learn from you about baking. So far, I am only capable of baking very limited variety of bread.

  3. I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster award. Please don’t feel pressured to respond. I do so to share what I admire with other people around me and hope that they also gain something from your little space on the web. Thank you for the inspiration that you provide me to stretch and challenge my blogging skills. Leah

  4. Whoops, sorry for the pingback…. your blog definitely inspires me that much that I forgot you’d already nominated me. Please feel free to ignore my message 🙂

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