Yoast Readability vs 5 Titans of Literature

Gavin WrenBlogging

Yoast Readability
Upon completing the most spectacularly lucid section of prose that my fingers have ever battered into a keyboard, I look across to the Yoast box and see "Readability: Needs improvement'.

My heart drifts south into my belly as these words cut through my soul. A few amendments upgrade the rating to 'OK'.

BUT I PUT EVERY FIBRE OF MY LITERARY SELF INTO THIS!!!

This phenomenon is all too common unless I pretend to write for a five year old, which seems to be the intellectual level of the internet these days.

To prove my point, I've taken excerpts from five titans of literature to see what they can achieve in Yoast readability scores. The utterly hilarious results are below...come and read more...

Spelt Blackberry and Apple Muffins

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Soft and tender spelt blackberry and apple muffins, a recipe created from seasonal fruit picked directly from the plant, a dairy-free recipe using delicious spelt flour and the perfect natural pairing of blackberries and apples.
This post is a recipe for soft and tender spelt blackberry and apple muffins, created from seasonal fruit picked directly from the plant, a dairy-free recipe using delicious spelt flour and the perfect natural pairing of blackberries and apples.

As September started, I had recently returned from a week of singing, yoga and relaxation at a camp near Glastonbury. My sleeping bag and tent were purposefully residing in the hallway, causing a very minor detour to the loo and at worst, an awkward trip hazard. Their placement wasn't due to tardiness on my part, the sleeping bag had already been crammed back into it's right-sized gap in the spare wardrobe, then removed again.

A peculiar feeling had risen up inside me, calling me back to the tent, despite an openly professed hatred of camping. At first, a presently underwhelming feeling suggested that I grab this bundle of synthetic...come and read more...

Arrogance in the Food World

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Arrogance in the food world
When it comes to food, we’re all equal.

Eating is a basic unifying experience within humanity. It stands alone, as a unique ritual which the global population, hopefully engages with on a daily basis. Every single living person’s existence depends upon hunting, gathering, buying, cooking or ordering to ensure a steady supply of energy, and these processes require interaction with the outside world.

Obtaining food can be fraught with danger, such as dodging herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the Serengeti, or boldly sailing across Columbia Bar, ‘the graveyeard of the pacific’. However, these experiences pale into insignificance when compared to the condescension of Rex Goldsmith, The Chelsea Fishmonger, when attempting to buy organic salmon on a Wednesday morning in south west London.

Quite how perilous SW3 might be pivots entirely on your understanding of aquaculture and wild-capture...come and read more...

Spelt Tarte au Citron

Gavin WrenBaking, Desserts, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Using the spelt sweet shortcrust pastry (pâte sucrée) which I posted previously, filled with a beautiful, lusciously thick lemon curd, it makes a beautiful spelt tarte au citron with crisp, sharp flavours and that soft, crumbly, sweet spelt crust. It's a beauty of a patisserie recipe perfect for afternoon tea or a post-prandial dessert.
It's been a confusing week. But today's recipe is a gem. Using the spelt sweet shortcrust pastry (pâte sucrée) which I posted previously, filled with a beautiful, lusciously thick lemon curd, it makes a beautiful spelt tart au citron with crisp, sharp flavours and that soft, crumbly, sweet spelt crust. It's a beauty of a patisserie recipe perfect for afternoon tea or a post-prandial dessert.

The Human Experience
I've experienced the full breadth of human emotion from happiness to sadness, fear to anger. Monday began with buoyancy, entering a week full of possibilities. Freelance work to arrange, personal photoshoot to organise, job application to complete, review and submit, exhibition display to create, personal artwork project to finish, blog posts to write on top of having made evening arrangements every night from Monday...come and read more...

Finding the Heart of my Blog

Gavin WrenBlogging

Ganesha God of New Beginnings
Why do I blog?
I'm surely not the first to ponder this and I doubt I'll ever be the last. It seems a rite of passage for bloggers to go through an existential crisis around their future, at some point in their blogging career.

Today, I blog for the same reason that I began blogging, to give me an independent outlet for my creative urges, free of clients and briefs. A place where I can explore my ideas, unleashed from the shackles of outcomes and expectation.

Unwittingly, I may have created shackles of my own.
The Blogging Treadmill
The dreaded treadmill, when blogging shifts from a joyous, carefree path of self-expression into a burden of routine and schedules. The weekly post deadlines, the content planning, the social media scheduling (although I keep this to a bare minimum of three tweets a week, only advertising my...come and read more...

Spelt Sweet Shortcrust Pastry (Pâte sucrée)

Gavin WrenBaking, Basic Ingredients, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Today's recipe is spelt sweet shortcrust pastry, otherwise known as pâte sucrée, a staple ingredient for your culinary knowledge banks, a sweet base which can turn it's hand to many creations in the kitchen.
Today's recipe is spelt sweet shortcrust pastry, otherwise known as pâte sucrée, a staple ingredient for your culinary knowledge banks, a sweet base which can turn it's hand to many creations in the kitchen. Both sweet shortcrust pastry and it's savoury sister are the foundations of some of the loveliest sweet and savoury baked creations. Just consider where we'd be without tarts, pies and quiches? Anarchy, that's where.

The pastry in this recipe makes a stunningly tender, soft and sweet crust. It's delicate when cooked, with a beautiful buttery warmth which crumbles into submission when eaten.

I'm keeping the words in this post short because the recipe below is LOADED with pictures to help you find your way through this simple yet essential recipe. If you've found this page, you're probably here for one thing - amazing pastry! Enjoy!...come and read more...