Hi! I’m Alex.
Hailing from Singapore, currently pursuing my graduate studies, but split my time between Oxford (where I actually study) London (where I like to go when restless), and Germany. Alexcrumb is where I can share my passion for all things baking and breakfast, with a myriad of recipes that weave both simple and experimental flavours into classic themes. It’s an extension of my documenting habits; I have kept a personal diary for almost 11 years and don’t plan to stop, so I do include a few personal anecdotes here and there, or small insights I may come across. After giving in to the persuasion of friends and family, I also have a little catering business- every month I curate a selection of bakes and sell them in either Oxford or London upon request (via my email). Of course, this is also a tangible way of sharing my favourite bakes.
I did not grow up learning how to cook or bake, and couldn’t cook properly until university. However, some of my most vivid memories involve food or some sort of pastry. I remember a specific time when I was 5. A warm croissant left flakes in the creases of my palm, the smell enclosing me in a bubble of warmth in the grey Autumn sleet. I felt at home, cosy and happy, as the rain beat down on my umbrella. This encounter with a baked good as a toddler, as well as various other happy memories involving food, combined with the addictive buttery olfactory welcoming of a bakery, kick-started my love and passion for baking.
I was, however, on quite the health journey as I grew older and became more acquainted with the effect of food on the mind, metabolism and energy. As much as I love food, I also understand the importance, both health-wise and environmental, on every choice we make at the supermarket. In fact, I am currently fascinated by and am investigating the role of human gut health on mental health. Through all the noise surrounding health, nutritional psychiatry and nutritional science, there is at least one thing I know for certain, though, and that is, moderation is an underrated virtue in today’s society. What’s more, cooking and baking are excellent forms of self-care, allowing you to slow down despite whatever obligations you have throughout the day. Food is a basic human need, so why not make a party out of it, every single day?