Baking bread and mental health 

Baking bread is partly the reason why I love to cook. After having Eva, due to having a bad birth, pretending that I could cope and being completely unprepared for parenthood, I developed severe postnatal depression, OCD and anxiety. I suffered in silence for nearly a year. I gave up my job, refused to go outside and I felt like a terrible mother. I finally plucked up the courage to talk to the doctor, just telling one person felt like an enormous weight had been lifted off my shoulders and my world became a little less darker. I told Stephen by text message because I was too ashamed to tell him to his face but with his and other family members support, I began to feel like my normal self again. However, I still felt a bit empty and still not 100%.

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Stromboli

There two things you should know about me:

  1. I love pizza
  2. I love making bread

So I double love stromboli!

As I said before, I love making bread. I understand it is very time consuming and it’s not for every one so you can use pizza dough sheets from the super market.

I make my toddler get involved by letting her have a go at kneading the dough, rolling it out and placing the ingredients into the middle. I find that, the more she helps with preparing the meal, the more likely she is to eat it after wards.

I have included the recipe and instructions for making the dough as it differs slightly from a typical bread dough.

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