TWO BAKING BRITS
Hello to all our fellow food obsessed friends.
Follow our adventures as we tour the epicurean delights of California and beyond.
Our goal at Two Baking Brits is to gather delicious information, share it with you, inspire you to explore, cook, taste and savor all that life has to offer. We'll showcase our favorite purveyors, food stores, and farmers markets. We'll have conversations with famers, artisans, bakers and makers. We'll cook up dishes from the incredible seasonal bounty that surrounds us, share recipes and tips with you. We hope you'll join us as we explore!
Pascale & Sandra
SANTA BARBARA, CA
Our favorite Places, Markets, Artisans, Bakers, Farmers and Restauranteurs.
Discover the American Rivera with us!
THE SANTA BARBARA FARMERS MARKET
It all started with this market. This is how we met, sharing our weekly finds as we walked through the rows of stands. The Santa Barbara Farmers market is located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara. The Saturday market actually takes place in a tree lined parking lot, which is transformed into a culinary wonderland every week. The initial farmers' market in Santa Barbara was held at the Santa Barbara Mission in 1979, which was among one of the first 20 farmers' markets in the State of California. Some of the original participants can still be found selling their produce at the Santa Barbara farmers' markets. Over the years, their Member owned and operated Association has grown to approximately 130 Members, participating in their 6 weekly certified farmers' markets throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Carpinteria and Solvang. The quality and the range of produce is exceptional.
Some of our favorite farmers include:
SEASONAL RECIPES FROM SANDRA & PASCALE
Every season we will bring you some of our favorites dishes, inspired by the market and artisans in our favorite towns.
STONE FRUIT CLAFOUTIS
Here are two, easy to make treats for you, inspired by our weekly visits to the local farmers market. A savory fava bean mash tartine, and a luscious sweet dessert, a stone fruit clafoutis.
Click on the images below for the recipes.
FAVA BEAN MASH ON TOAST.
A delicious way to make the most of the new season fave beans, perfect for a light lunch or tasty appetizer. Click on the images below for the recipe.
PEAR BELLE HELENE
September 15, 2021
Welcome to our new series, In The Kitchen with Two Baking Brits. In this first episode, Sandra shows us how to make the delicious and simple Pear Belle Helene.
TWO BAKING BRITS
It began in a parking lot...
Join us on our culinary adventures from California and beyond. New episodes will be posted on our Instagram Channel @twobakingbrits
EARTHTRINE FARMS: THE ENCHANTED GARDEN
The Chef and Owner of Gipsy Hill Bakery. Sandra Adu Zelli hails from London England, where she grew up picking wild blackberries and apples in her family home on the English countryside. She began learning from an early age how to make delicious food from simple, local, hand picked ingredients.
She went on to study and complete a culinary education at The Colchester Institute. After years of working with talented chefs such as Jane Smyth, Bea Vo, Tom Kerridge of The Hand & Flowers, Jun Tanaka of The Ninth Restaurant, and Yotam Ottolenghi of famed Ottolenghi she moved to Santa Barbara in 2008. It was here she rediscovered her love of food and the bounty of world class produce available via the Farmers Market.
She was able to expand her knowledge and passion for creativity by working with chefs such as Ramon Valazquez of the wildly successful and popular Corazon and his latest restaurant The Project. Sandra was an integral part as the opening chef/pastry chef at Handlebar Coffee Roasters food program.
She soon after decided to launch Gipsy Hill Bakery to realize a long held dream to be an entrepreneur and share her love of good food with as many people as she can with her locally inspired, created recipes.
Sandra Adu Zelli lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and 2 children. She is more often than not, found foraging at the local Farmers Markets creating delicious seasonal food with the incredible organic produce.
Always learning, she’s currently perfecting Sourdough Bread in her test kitchen at home.
You can follow Sandra on Instagram @gipsyhillbakery
Pascale Beale grew up in England and France surrounded by a family which has always been passionate about food, wine and the arts. She was taught to cook by her French mother and grandmother. After 15 years working in the property and financial markets in California, all the while continuing her quest for good food and culinary knowledge during gastronomic pilgrimages to Europe, she returned to her first passion, cooking. She has, over the past 15 years, written nine cookery books, hundreds of articles for local newspapers, food magazines, and is an award wining columnist for Edible Santa Barbara.
Her first cookbook A Menu for All Seasons - Spring, was published in 2004. The second book in the series, Summer, was released in early 2008. Autumn followed in October 2009. The fourth season - Winter - was published in March 2011. An entirely new edition of Spring was then published in March 2012. A Menu for All Seasons, the boxed set of the four volumes, is also available.
Pascale released Salade: Recipes from The Market Table to great acclaim in 2014. The first edition sold out in only 14 weeks! Her seventh book, Les Fruits: Savory and Sweet Recipes From The Market Table was released in January 2016, and Les Legumes: Vegetable Recipes from the Market Table, the third in The Market Table series was released in November 2017. After selling out of the fourth printing of Salade, Pascale released a new, larger and updated version, Salade II: More Recipes From The Market Table in January 2020.
The Pascale's Kitchen Cooking Channel was launched on YouTube in September 2016 with videos showcasing seasonal, Mediterranean and Californian inspired dishes.
In March 2020, with the coronavirus shutdown and the cancellation of her book tour for her latest book, Salade II, Pascale launched an IGTV channel on Instagram with daily episodes showcasing easy to make dishes while quarantined at home. As in person classes are not currently possible, Pascale also launched (in April 2020) a new series of virtual cooking classes, hosted on Zoom.
Her company, Pascale’s Kitchen, brings a range of culinary products, including her signature line of custom blended herbs and spices, oils and vinegars, as well as exquisite kitchen and tableware, to its customers, making cooking pleasurable, delicious and fun.
You can follow Pascale on Instagram @pascaleskitchen