We are all complex human beings. With that being said, there is no reason why we should not have multiple interests and hobbies. It is variety that keeps our minds fresh and active, so why not pick up a book (or two that interest you). For example, I am baker by trade, but most of inspiration stems from various sources. My creative mind is a combination of the passion found within the coffee community, the dedication of t-shirt culture, rebellion of tattoo culture, and the creativity of Japanese culture. In other words, don’t be afraid to be different – be yourself.
I once watched an interview with Pharell Williams – the man is a genius. He is one of the most down to earth people in the music business and is constantly on the frontline of creative endeavours. During his interview he mentioned the importance of having the right team around you. An idea can only go so far if you are the only one behind it; if you have a group people who believe in your vision as much as you do the possibilities become endless. It is what separates a good idea from a great idea. This concept is a simple one, but we often overlook it. I am guilty of it myself. Once I am done with writing this entry, I am going to make much needed phone calls and get friends involved with O.F.D. on a level that they should have been on to begin with.
The pace in New York City is energetic and undeniably alive, but it can make life a little blurry at times. We need to slow down every now and then to reevaluate our ideas. Whether that means subtle tweaks or massive changes that is up to you. As long as you are able to pass your ideas through people you trust and want to build with you, that subtle tweak will look and feel gigantic. The changing of seasons is a good transition period and that is currently what is happening behind the scenes. A new website aesthetic and recipe feature on the blog is being worked on. I am excited to share both with you as well as introduce the new faces of Oven Fresh Dreams.
I had the pleasure of talking with one of my friend’s in the pastry industry last week. Aside from catching up, she wanted to know why bread? It is true, we all learned a lot of techniques and were introduced to a lot of recipes while we were in school. I told her it was a passion of mine – it has been that way since I was young. The desire of being a master of a trade, to be connected to the old world, it all seemed appealing. I told her to go home and watch a video I stumbled upon three years ago. The video focused on a bakery in Brooklyn named SCRACTHbread. If you haven’t been, you should pay a visit.