The idea came to me in Iceland. I could tell you it was the countless waterfalls, geysers and conquering sense of nature that inspired me. But it wasn’t.

In my hotel room one night during our coach trip, I watched Julie and Julia. Meryl Streep stars as Julia Child, starting her professional cooking career in 1950s Paris. Intertwined is the story of Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams), the noughties New Yorker cooking and blogging her way through Child’s first cookbook in just one year. You’ll have to watch it yourself to find out what happens (and let me know, as I fell asleep before the end).

Since half-watching the true story film, I’ve been sleeping on my own cooking blog challenge. Almost two years later, I’m finally ready to just get on with it. I’m going to review every Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film (the ‘Disney Classics’ in order from Snow White to Moana) and bake something to go along with it. Sometimes it’ll be my own recipe, other times something I’ve never baked before.

Photo by Liz Ewbank, 2011. https://incandescentart.wordpress.com/

This Disney and Bakes series will be posted on the first Wednesday of each month. Please do share your thoughts on the films and food. As the project goes on, they’ll be guest reviewers and bakers too. Let me know if you’d like to be one of them, or a taste tester.

And it will go on. There’s 54 films to work through, so my one-a-month rate makes this is a four year project. You’ll have to wait two years to see what we bake for Beauty and the Beast and until 2021 for Frozen. I’m definitely a Disney fan: my nephew knows my best friends (apart from him) are Mickey Mouse and Tigger. But I’ve never watched every film and I’m excited to track and taste my way through film history.

My first post will be Snow White this Wednesday, 1st March. Get your apples at the ready, preferably not the poisoned ones.

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