April 2020 Recipes In Mind
To celebrate our first anniversary and to give something back during this period of uncertainty and isolation, The Orangery Tea Room has decided to compile a beautiful recipe book of cakes, bakes and sweet treats from which all proceeds will be donated to Norfolk and Waveney Mind. Norfolk and Waveney Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
However, we need your help too. There has been a huge surge in home-baking since the implementation of lockdown measures so we are asking all of you to submit your favourite recipe, together with a photograph of the finished product and a short message detailing why baking has helped you through the COVID-19 lockdown. The top 50 recipes will be included in the book, which will go on sale at the reopening of The Orangery Tea Room once the restrictions are sufficiently relaxed. In this way, we can get everyone involved in a positive effort to help our local mental health charity, who will be needed now and in the coming months more than ever.
Recipes, photographs and messages for consideration should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with RECIPES IN MIND in the subject line. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming days and weeks for more details and tips on how to photograph your bakes! We’d also love for you to share this post with any eager bakers in your life!
If you or anyone you know is currently struggling with mental health issues, whether it is related to the difficulties of lockdown or not, we encourage you to reach out to Mind, your loved ones and other mental health charities and support services. There is no shame in admitting that you’re struggling and reaching out for help is a courageous step that we applaud you for. If you would like more information on the help that Mind provides please visit their website: norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk.
Update: June 2020
We are overjoyed to announce that Great British Menu alumni and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has been kind enough to write a fantastic foreword for our forthcoming collaborative baking book, ‘Recipes in Mind’. This book will celebrate the role that baking has played during lockdown, with Prue giving her personal insight into how baking can support and soothe our mental health! To have such an industry icon onboard with our book is incredible, and we’ve had real trouble keeping it a secret!
Many of you will already know that we have been busy working on our beautiful ‘Recipes in Mind’ book and are incredibly excited for it to launch in the coming months. It will feature all of the lovely recipes and messages that have been submitted to us, from customers and friends to celebrated Norfolk chefs, and all proceeds will go to Norfolk and Waveney Mind to aid the fantastic work they do to support those who are struggling with their mental health.
Whether you’re a baking veteran or have only started exploring the art since March, if you would like to be featured in our ’baking through lockdown’ book please email your recipe in a word document to us at email@example.com, along with a short message describing how baking has helped you through lockdown, plus a clear photo of the finished bake! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Read all about it in the local press.