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‘I FOLLOWED MY W e see it on the plethora of reality cooking programmes on TV, from MasterChef to The Great British Bake Off – that look of utter determination on people’s faces, the passion and consummate skill that so many Brits seem to have for all things food-related. Sarah Rodi, an ex journalist with a real passion for baking cakes, took her dream that little bit further and now runs a successful business doing what she loves the most. Sarah, 32, lives in Cookham in Berkshire with her husband Chris, 32, and children Mya, two, and Ayda, two months. She runs her own cake-making business, The Pretty Pantry, from home. ‘Growing up, I used to like helping my mum in the kitchen, baking treats for family and friends. I got a buzz out of seeing the looks on their faces when I presented them with a plate of iced fairy cakes. I’d stick to sweet treats though... I have a sweet tooth, and I enjoyed licking the bowl and tasting the finished goods! ‘Then I became a journalist and worked on women’s magazines for 10 years, but I still used to bake in my spare time. I’d make cupcakes for friends’ birthdays or to take into the office. I’ve always been a creative person, and baking and decorating cakes appeals to that side of me. I also love giving people little gifts, so baking treats enables me to do this! ‘When I had my daughter, Mya, in July 2010, and got to grips with my new role at home, I somehow managed to find the time while Mya napped to invest in my love of baking. I loved being a stay-at-home mum, but I still wanted to do something for me as well as contribute to the family’s finances. ‘I was researching ideas for cupcakes on the internet, when I came across an American business that sold cake pops. I’d never seen these cute cakes on sticks before, and fell in love with them straightaway. Imagine your favourite flavour cake, crumbled, mixed with delicious frosting, rolled into a ball and dipped in chocolate, decorated to look beautiful and served on a lolly 150 | DECEMBER 2012 WORDS: GEORGINA MARIC | PHOTOGRAPHS: JODIE BRENNAN PHOTOGRAPHY, WWW.JODIEBRENNAN.CO.UK | TINY SMILERS, WWW.TINYSMILERS.COM http://WWW.TINYSMILERS.COM http://WWW.JODIEBRENNAN.CO.UK

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of at home with James Martin - December 2012

DIARY DATES
YOUR CHRISTMAS KITCHEN
UP THE ORANGE APPEEL
MEET MR MARTIN
THE CHEF DIARIES
FLAVOURS OF THE FUTURE
COOK LIKE A PRO
THE STAR EVENT
COOKING SOS
UNDER THE SEA
VEG OUT
JUST DESSERTS
WINE O’CLOCK
TASTEBUDS ON TEST
GUYS’ GIFT LIST
SANTA SPOILS FOR HER
FOR FOOD LOVERS
CHINESE, PLEASE?
THE ROAST WITH THE MOST
MARY CHRISTMAS
BAKE LIKE THE BEST
THE BIG CHEESE
FAT’S YOUR LOT
CLEAN UP
PINES AND NEEDLES
WINTER FOODIE BREAKS
ALL ABROAD
COFFEE BREAK
‘MY FOOD FANTASY TURNED INTO REALITY’
LAST WORD
EDITOR’S LETTER
FESTIVE WELCOME
NEWS AND VIEWS

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