There are two types of recipes: real recipes and fake recipes.

Fake recipes. You taste something delicious. You politely inquire as to whether or not you may have the recipe. You’re given the recipe. You try it out. It does not work and end well; even after the 3rd try.  These are fake recipes.

Fake recipes are like an application on your computer that keeps crashing while you are trying to get some work done. (While I’m writing this, my photo editing application is possessed and doing my head in! Grrr! ).

I’ve come across enough fake recipes to make me really value and appreciate real recipes.

Real recipes work – the first time. Real recipes end well – the first time and every time there after.


A dear friend of mine not only shared this real recipe with me; she baked it for me; delivered the bread to me straight from her oven; and gave me a hug on her way out.

Real recipes come from real friends; people with generous hearts.



This homemade no knead bread recipe by Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery was printed in the New York Times. It is out of this world delicious, unbelievably easy, and of utmost importance, a real recipe.


Jim Lahey says that even a four year old child could bake this. I will be teaching my four year old twin boys this recipe. Hopefully by the end of 2013, they will be baking this bread all by themselves; (except for handling hot pots from ovens – I’ll do that bit).

Have you tried this recipe yet?

Lessons Learnt Journal


January 2013


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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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