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New bread making initiative has started

We are happy to share with you one of our newest initiatives with which we have celebrated the end of 2019 – bread making in hospitals.

At the end of December, we organized a bread making in St. Naum’s Hospital, coming together with a wonderful group of active and smiling children hospitalized at the medical centre. We believe that our visit there has brought at least a little bit of joy and new experience to the difficult stay of the small patients.

The topic of the bread making was connected to the approaching Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays and the positive emotions and moments that children want to experience outside of the the frames of neurology. As always playing the Theater of Crumbs, kneading the soft dough and decorating the breads brought a lot of joy and smiles. The opportunity to interact with such wonderful and ready-to-do children was a great experience for us as well. Bread making was turned into a real celebration as we were joined by the talented musician Konstantin, who with a guitar and some songs, turned the quiet hospital canteen into a space for sharing emotions and positive energy.

We hope to have the opportunity to realize many more bread makings around the hospitals in Bulgaria and to support more people in their hard times!

Theater of Ideas in Thessaloniki

Imagine a city where young people feel confident enough with many opportunities to prosper, where there isn’t such thing as marginalized groups and where the artists and the creative people are given the leading role of inviting guests and locals to co-experience the beauty, culture and history through a variety of events. Sounds too good to be possible? Well, nothing was impossible to imagine for the participants in the 4th creative workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece as part of the Erasmus + co-funded program The Pitch: Theater of Ideas, where they had to uncover the city’s best potential and show it in the form of a short presentation.

The week-long workshop was kindly hosted by the NGO Teatro Aratos, which provides theatrical courses and performances. Although the performance hall is small in size, the stage merges with the audience area thus giving the opportunity to experience in a more direct and intimate way the play. Lights on! Ready-set-pitch!

The program of the workshop carefully incorporated classical drama techniques to address and develop skills that will help participants to feel more confident to pitch their ideas in 30 sec. Every day started with an artistic representation by the participants of the past day which was followed by special warm-up activities. “Imagine you’re walking on a thin ice”- instructs us one of the leading actresses Maria Vlahou to raise our body awareness and interaction with the others- “now walk and watch out for a movement change and do as the rest”. After we feel ourselves and the others in the space, it’s time to let our voice out. “Mmmaaa…Open to the audience, find your low, normal and high voices”, tells us Kiki Spirou, another face of the creative force behind Teatro Aratos, whose vivid expressions were easy to follow. Breathing, moving, shouting and whispering- unfreezing body and throat- led us to the last but not least important feature of the good actor and public speaker: diction. “Like any other organ and muscle the tongue needs exercise too in order to form proper words”, continues Kiki,” Straight the back, relax the jaws and repeat tik-tak in different tempos”. T i k-t a k, tik-tak and the moment for the real show unnoticeably slipped in!

The lights shone over the anticipating stage and a suitable music background facilitated the process of unveiling the very best of each and every participant. We were airplanes, works of art, famous musicians only to reach our true selves. And Thessaloniki got transformed through each and every story (including fruit and Greek mythology festivals, living library tour, treasure hunting and open-air art gallery and theatre) told by the different characters, revealing a city bubbling with energy and offering better opportunities for life, work and entertainment for its people!





The Theater of Ideas will continue its tour in 2020 in Athens, Zagreb and will end in Sofia. Until then, catch up with the previous workshops in Krakow, Antalya and Maribor and watch the final pitch forum from Thessaloniki here.


Social entrepreneurship- mission possible?

Between the 13th and 16th of December the Bread Houses Network took part in the final evaluation meeting in Skopje, North Macedonia to reflect on the achievements and the moments for improvement of the Erasmus Plus co-funded program: DIVE 3: Zero to One > 1 to N, a collaboration between 12 countries on 3 continents. The focus of the program has been to explore how cross sectorial partnerships can enable a thriving environment for social enterprises.

In order to gain more understanding about SE, the project incorporated several types of activities in the partnering countries: study visits in Slovenia and South Africa, job shadowing in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru, implementation of 12 national events in every country and a final conference in Skopje, NM. Here’s how the Bread Houses contributed to the bigger understanding of SE in Bulgaria.

As part of the implementation of the national events in Bulgaria we conducted 5 debates, 3 workshops and 2 round tables. With the debates we wanted to start raising awareness about SE and its local status. For this purpose we invited representatives of NGOs and SEs like Caritas Bulgaria, Multi Kulti collective, Food not bombs, Foundation for social development and inclusion and academics from Plovdiv University. With them we dived in topics that aimed to define the SE and its role in cultural exchange and inclusion; what motivates and inspires SEntrepreneurs despite the numerous challenges; what are the main vulnerable groups of the Bulgarian society and how they could be socially included through SE and what are the 3 most important factors for sustainability of a social enterprise. The major conclusions reached were that social causes should be popularized and promoted more on media like TV news if people are to realize that there are such opportunities. Also, if the cause is valuable enough it will self-reproduce by engaging more and more people willing to develop the idea. Another conclusion is the importance of the business participation so that the effect can be spread to more users. Good examples for the Bulgarian reality are companies like Telus International and Experian. Sustainability can be achieved by developing a strong business model behind the SE, including effective ways how to get the message/idea through and to have realistic goal at the beginning of the enterprise.

After we framed the idea of SE during the discussions, we aimed a more practical approach with the workshops where students from different high schools were engaged in the creative process of building their own SE following the steps of our innovative game Bakers without borders. Youth is the main focus of the project so it was very important to have their opinion and orientation in the topic. Most of the students were already well acquainted with the idea of SE so having hands on practical tasks turned out to be more than exciting and beneficial. They collaborated in groups to agree on heavy social issues and how to solve them through the creation of SE. Their ideas were fresh , although not very realistic.

The highlights of the national events were the round tables where we tried to approach directly the question about cross-sectorial collaboration and its role in relieving youth unemployment. Based on the issued raised during the debates we wanted to invite the participants to share their ideas on how different sectors in Bulgaria can collaborate for a better social and job environment. Our invitation was accepted by the Municipalities of Sofia and Varna, Telus International, SE and NGOs like Concordia Bulgaria, Biodiversity, The Social tea house, Higher school of management, Institute for enterprise, sustainability and innovation, Center for sustainable social development and others.





Except for the great opportunity different sectors to sit together and discuss possible cooperation, another very important outcome was delivered. Namely, the need for the creation of an Academy for SE where social entrepreneurs or anyone who wants to develop as such to attend sessions and educate themselves, exchange experience, network and look for opportunities in the field. This idea was liked by everyone and is in the process of more precise formulation and elaboration. It was proposed by the business part (Telus International) which already funds numerous social projects.

Also, more practical and concrete conclusions/recommendations were made:

  • Very important for sustainability is each SE to revise the products and services it sells whether they cover certain standards for quality and to make the difference between fundraising and SE because they require different business models.
  • Related to the first- a clear objective should be set as well as a realistic business plan.
  • People with special needs to have access to qualification opportunities-crafts, professions. Some training association could be set to deal with this.
  • There is a need for a local organization to defend and support SE; also a place where start-uppers can contact for support, trainings, contacts, etc.

Whether the created enthusiasm and ideas will hold ground is about to be seen but one thing was achieved for sure: to move the waters and stimulate different sectors to turn more to each other with the realization that only together we can reach higher.

Award for the Most Innovative European Volunteer Initiative for 2019

And the Award for the most Innovative European Volunteer Initiative for 2019 goes to… Solidarity Bread!

We are happy to announce that the joint initiative of the Bread Houses Network and Food not Bombs was awarded in Brussels as the most innovative volunteer initiative for 2019 and enjoyed the interest and recognition of the dozens of European organizations that gathered for the Volonteurope Annual Conference with a focus on solidarity, democracy and social justice.

The Solidarity Bread initiative was nominated by the Tulip Foundation, which supported our application throughout the selection process. One month before the ceremony, only 3 initiatives were shortlisted from all of the nominations – SAFE Project (Sexual Awareness For Everyone), RUTIS the Portuguese Network of Senior Universities and Solidarity Bread of the Bread Houses Network. The three initiatives were to produce a short video and a presentation demonstrating innovation, social inclusion and impact on civic engagement.

Solidarity Bread is perhaps the most inspiring Bread Houses Network’s initiative. The first event took place in November 2017 and over the last 25 Saturdays of the month the initiative brought together a diverse palette of people – social activists, volunteers, foreigners, bread makers from the community, refugees, disadvantaged people, more than 400 participants. The bread is distributed and shared at the Solidarity Kitchen on Sunday as part of lunch. It is an initiative to share food beyond charity, in solidarity, with direct communication and involvement of people in the activity. The idea is that disadvantaged people have the opportunity to interact with other people, to share views, ideas and opinions on topics and to prepare their own bread.

Here is what the award judge – Gabriela Civico, Director of CEV European Volunteer Center – shared about our initiative:

“In this project, I saw how different European values ​​intertwine, uniting volunteers to put together bread, talk, listen, exchange ideas, and this always goes on to share not only food but also ideas and common activities that bring together community.

“People from different backgrounds and realities are involved in the initiative. And flour is not so expensive, which makes it easy to reproduce the project around the world, which makes it innovative in its universal applicability. “

Following the awards, the Bread Houses Network was invited to join a political debate on Europe’s values ​​today and civic engagement through volunteering. More information on the topics covered could be found here.

We take the opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who join Solidarity Bread every last Saturday of the month and help build a more cohesive and strong community, and the Solidarity Club of Food not Bombs for the amazing partnership, which we also enjoy Tulip Foundation, which nominated and supported the initiative.

And we will be waiting for you on 21st December for the last Solidarity Bread for 2019!

DIVE 3: ZERO to ONE is bigger than 1 to N: INTERNATIONAL SE CONFERENCE in Skopje


DIVE 3: Zero to One > 1 to N or when doing completely new is more than doing only what you are familiar with. The notion refers to Peter Thiel’s premise, that doing something, someone is already doing, takes you from 1 to n, but when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1 – this enables leaders to emerge with unique solutions and businesses to rise above competition.

“DIVE 3: Zero to One > 1 to N” is a capacity building project financed by the European Union, under the Erasmus plus program, capacity building in the field of youth. From 24th till 28th October the hosting organization Youth Alliance organized an international conference in Skopje, Macedonia gathering NGOs, social entrepreneurs, youth workers, policy makers and different stakeholders from more than 12 countries from the whole worlds. The project included partners coming from the following countries: North MacedoniaYouth Alliance Krusevo, RomaniaEuroDEMOS, Greece Association of Active Youth of Florina, Peru – Social Work Lab, Costa RicaACI – Costa Rica, South Africa Belle &Co, Portugal Intercultural Association for All, ItalyDemostene, Slovenia N.K.L., PolandAssociation of the European Centre for Youth Initiatives(ECIM), NicaraguaJóvenes Ambientalistas.  The Bread Houses Network was part of the conference and we came together to discuss cross-sectoral collaboration in social entrepreneurship. See conference programme here.

The idea of the whole conference was roaming around the concept of ‘zero’ or what social innovations to develop in order to reach future ‘zero’ world: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero carbon emissions.

We had 4 days of intensive discussions about the role of the social entrepreneurship in tackling problems as youth unemployment, poverty and carbon footprints. The days were divided in morning panels about the local Macedonian reality, noon panels about international good practices and experience and afternoon panels about coming up with policy recommendations in the field of social entrepreneurship.

The first day of the conference was dedicated to the youth unemployment. The guest speakers were representatives of the financial sector in Macedonia, the Fund for Innovations and Technological Development and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in North Macedonia. They shared their experience about the nowadays phenomenon of the young underemployed people who even if being employed in some company are not using their full potential and are not receiving the proper remuneration for the capacities they have. Some of the most successful programs and initiatives for supporting the youth (13-19 years old) were presented as a big part of them provide incentives for developing innovative solutions in the social entrepreneurship.

Some good practices were also shared from the side of universities in Macedonia and Portugal who are introducing real case scenarios connected to the social entrepreneurship in their academic program. Their researches estimated that by 2025, the world would lose more than 5 million jobs due to automation and the market needs to react accordingly to the needs arising. Therefore the university is encouraging students to identify real problems in the society and then based on the theoretical knowledge they have to find solutions. In this way students are developing both their empathy and entrepreneurial spirit.

The role of the NGOs in supporting young people in developing new skills and improving the already existing ones was identified as crucial. According to a research the millennial generation is facing some problems when it comes to finding the motivation to start something new and youth workers have noticed that the millenniums need more encouragement when it comes to being socially active. As we all know young people are a reflection of the society so this leads to the conclusion that we need to work more on finding the reasons for that.

The second day of the seminar was focused on the topic of poverty and social entrepreneurship. One of the conclusions of the day was that nowadays we are witnessing a state of poverty that it not only poverty in terms of income but also poverty in terms of values which have interrelation in between. It is important to remember that poverty is just a state in life and it doesn’t define you as a person, does not give you a different name. Our partners from South Africa, Peru and Slovenia shared their experience when it comes to poverty. The conclusion of the day was that at the moment the competition law is putting the price above the quality. However, if we want to live in a fair world in which we value the efforts of the individual people, we need to work towards a society for which values and causes come before the price of a product. And the social enterprise is one of the ways to appreciate the quality as such.

During the last day we were able to get to know some local Macedonian initiatives which stimulate the fight with the carbon emissions through the work of social enterprises. You can learn more about the initiatives here Treebank and Everyone Fed. Later partners from Costa Ricca, Nicaragua and South Africa shared their experience in reducing carbon emissions. Some of them shared that in this field you need first to recycle your own ideas because often what we do in the environmental protection is not resolving the problems but translating them into other problems. In order to solve the problem of consumption for example, we need first to learn from it and understand its reasons. According to one of the social entrepreneurs the plastic today is not the problem, the problem is us, the people.

A South African saying goes like this: ‘I am what I am through you!’ The beauty of these words brings so much truth and hope for the creation of stronger and more open societies. We need to learn from one another and develop ourselves through the others. Just like the bread – we mix ourselves together in order to become a little bit better and put our soul and heart in the dough!

Discover your Why

The incredible journey to unlock our full potential through artistic and theatrical techniques as part of The Pitch: Theater of ideas project (see Projects section) continued in Maribor, Slovenia between the 9th and 13th of September.

Through various methods presented by the host of the workshop – Prizma Foundation – we tried to understand more about ourselves, our fears, limitations and to get a bit closer to our personal strength. We painted and shared personal stories, created a “personal canvas”, in which we portrayed our qualities, discovered the meaning of life through the IKIGAI technique, and trained the teamwork skills among the fresh nature of the Pohorje area.All of this fits in with the motto of the workshop – Discover Your Why – and in addition to developing our personal potential, we aimed to offer innovative solutions to the long-term youth unemployment in Maribor. Among us were four unemployed youths who shared their stories and difficulties in finding a job, and after the end of the event their faces glowed and expressed more optimism. Our ideas, like at the end of each seminar, were presented to a jury in 30 seconds and broadcast live on youtube.

The increasingly dynamic and unpredictable world we live in requires equally dynamic and creative solutions to the problems of the professional and personal realization. Thanks to projects such as this one, coordinated by the Croatian Tresnjevka Cultural Center, people from vulnerable groups, as well as anyone interested, can develop skills in a non-conventional and fun way. The next “performance” is due in December in Thessaloniki, Greece – prepare for a real theater!

Cape Town, the socially responsible city


While in Bulgaria the social entrepreneurship is a modern concept and is taking its first steps as the government is shrewdly pushing for it, in Cape Town, South Africa it is tangible everywhere. Many products have mentioned that their revenue will support one cause or another, often you can spot signs of donation places for clothes or books. But more interesting were the meetings with various social entrepreneurs who shared with us the results and challenges of their endeavors.
But as a start, what kind of support can a person get to start a social change through their work? There is an International Development Company ( owned by the South African Government as part of the Economic Development Department. Its purpose is to finance various economically sustainable projects in different fields and thus to provide jobs. A separate team is engaged in social entrepreneurship, which is to build co-operation between the public, private and community sectors to increase investment and jobs in South Africa and other African countries. Over the last 5 years, they have approved over 1000 applications for funding worth over € 4 billion, have created over 300,000 jobs, with 32,000 in rural areas. The company is self-sustaining by investing in loans and equity as well as loans from commercial banks and other lenders. Another non-profit company supporting the development of the SE is the SEAcademy ( They have developed different training programs for people and organizations who want to increase their social impact and become financially independent. Their certificates are internationally recognized. Founded in Scotland in 2004, the Academy has trained 8,000 individuals and 1,700 organizations to develop as social enterprises.
The next places we visited help and invest in the younger generation. LifeChoices ( “invests in youth to make choices that change the world.” Behind this “modest” self-description, there are years of trial-and-error to find the truth that “we can only increase social impact by transforming our approach from a non-sustainable non-profit to a business-centered one.” They implement a holistic model to support young people from vulnerable groups, covering education, health, family sustainability, leadership skills and employment. Except through donations, the income to fund these services come from advisory services, paid student tuition, and commercial activity. In addition, they participate with a 20% stake in the companies whose development they support. For the past 14 years, they have positively influenced 200,000 people. Innovation edge ( is another initiative that invests in pre-school education as a first step towards a successful life. Includes children from 0 to 6 years of age living in poverty. Support financially and strategically innovative ideas in education through convertible loans and equity investments. One of the successful ideas so far is EarlyBird Educare @ work- a workplace pre-school center sponsored by employers of parents in need. Another interesting venture, committed to a better future for young people, is the Gangstar café ( After the touching story of one of the former gangster employees, we realize that this is a business with a more special mission. All proceeds are used to provide employment and support for ex-offenders and youth who want to leave gangs and crime. They have a joint venture with the 18 Gangster Museum, a one-of-a-kind Gangster Museum in Africa. This innovative museum aims to show young people the treacherous path of gangsterism by seeking to offer a positive alternative. The organized tours are led by ex-gangsters who share their experiences and how their lives have turned around. They are looking for ways to be more self-sustainable.
Our next stop was at the Scalabrini Community Center for Migrant and Refugee Integration ( They offer programs to support every aspect of the lives of those in need – from legal advice and finding work through English courses to providing basic goods – medical care, shelter, and a school for children. They organize courses and support specifically targeted at men and separately for women. Some of the services are paid for, the free ones rely on a grant from the US government and the local lottery, as well as from their own initiatives: a guest house (not advertised enough and not working at full speed at the moment), rental of premises, paid services . The Government’s Department of Social Development is funding a home for refugee and migrant children.
As an organization with a special attitude to bread, we were extremely happy to visit the next three businesses. Potential Baker without Borders Zikhona Madubela founded the Street Side bakery in the ghetto-like district of Kayelitsha with the idea of helping people with lactose intolerance through the production of biscuits and other produce lactose free. From the cheerful and enthusiastic story, we would never have guessed that the bakery in question was located in a wooden one-room shack that also serves as a home. But that doesn’t stop Zikhona from being the only one in the area with such an idea and helping young artists pursue their dreams. And her dream is to help her community more through the magic of bread. Our lunch this day was provided by Spinach King (, a company also focused on healthy eating – especially with spinach. Through its unique products it aims to make this useful plant more accessible. And the spinach bread sandwiches were really amazing! Another bistro with a social mission is Brownies & Downies ( In addition to being a coffee and snack bar (with the most delicious brownies!), it also functions as a training center for people with intellectual disabilities. To support the mission and activity, they rely primarily on donations and sales revenue. But they are proving insufficient, especially with rising Cape Town rental prices. Whether orienting towards a more business-centered model, rather than the social one, will help this city spot of acceptance, remains to be seen.
Our extremely intense and diverse tour concludes with another very important aspect of life in Cape Town- art. Spier Arts Academy ( in association with Spier, one of the oldest wineries in South Africa, offers 3 years of full-time mosaic and ceramics training. The program also includes business skills for graduates to start their own businesses, studios or successfully promote their works. The training is free of charge and all other costs are covered. For this, the selection of trainees is extremely strict (out of 1000 applications, 28 are accepted, of which more are dropped in the course of training). One of each ( is a design studio founded by a mother designer and a businesswoman  daughter. They want to spread the beauty and history of Africa through their unique handbags, belts and bracelets that are made of  leather and traditional African fabric. The fabrics are purchased directly from manufacturers in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Congo, thus supporting them and promoting their craft. They separately train for free and hire young women from vulnerable groups. They export to the US and 17 other countries. Pauline acknowledges that her experience and expertise in the business field helps her, but more important are the personality traits and her desire to help through her work. The Guga S’Thebe Cultural Center hosts a creative workplace – Our Workshop – where young talents can be trained and can create under the experienced guidance of professionals. They recycle materials such as cardboard, plastic bottles and computer parts by incorporating them into their art, thus supporting environmental campaigns.
As you can see, social entrepreneurship in Cape Town is as diverse and dynamic as people living in the city. The extremely professional approach to the endeavors and the great enthusiasm, despite the difficulties, are admirable. But the most important reminder is that social entrepreneurship is first and foremost the natural need to give back to society what you have taken, but with added value.

This visit was possible thanks to Erasmus + project Dive 3:Zero to one>1 to N coordinated by Youth Allience Krushevo and Belle&Co. SA. About the previous study visit on SE in Lyublyana, Slovenia, you can read here.


BHN at the International Symposium on Bread in USA

As our mission is to spread the bread-making as a universal tool for social positive change internationally, we always experience tremendous joy when our bakers without borders initiate or take part in such events.
We joined other bread enthusiasts at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA in mid-June as a participant of the third annual ‘On The Rise’ International Symposium on Bread. In coming together with other ‘bread-heads’, we were able to share about our methods and mission, learn more about bread from specialists and enthusiasts, and eat some very delicious bread!
Our Chicago-based crumbassador, Morgan, spent the days of the Symposium sharing information about the many ways that the BHN has used bread-making as a method for fostering social inclusion, community building, and alternative art therapy. She also held a bonus workshop for Symposium participants, which included approximately 35 people engaging, watching, and enjoying our methods of bread for social change! Our workshop started with a Theatre of Crumbs event with the decided theme of ‘diversity’ to lead its conversations, drawing, and shaping! While the bread puppets were baking, Morgan led an overview of the other two sub-games included in our Bakers Without Borders board game – showcasing the social-enterprise model and the potential for using kitchen utensils as musical instruments. The participants learned the ways that our game can assist them in engaging individuals within their communities in creative, powerful, and innovative ways to make a positive impact!
In short, aside from getting ‘breaducated’ on relevant challenges within the bread, flour, and grain industries, we also came together to break bread with a diverse group of individuals committed to the power of bread!

Diverse together in Sofia and Plovdiv

We, at Bread Houses Network, love to gather and unite people from different backgrounds to experience the variety and beauty of life through making bread or other exciting art or culinary events. That’s why we’re very happy when opportunities like the following take place in Bulgaria. We are proud to organize series of culinary events between the months of April and August 2019 as part of the project Diverse together- sharing of bread and stories, Plovdiv 2019- European capital of culture. More about the idea of the project you can read in our Projects section. The events are 9 spread around the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna as we just closed the project in the first two.

Our culinary journey started in Lebanon with a non-traditional recipe for an Easter cake and some special Lebanese sweets. Dates, honey, spices- all that subtle exotica of the Middle-eastern country brought to us thanks to the chef Hani Tauk who also specializes in french pastry and owns one of the best bakeries in Sofia. Next, to balance and broaden our taste receptors we opted for American raspberry pies which made us feel the joy of life more! Thanks to Casey Angelova, who is a culinary blogger and a farmer of pure organic products among the picturesque gardens of Kyustendil, we enveloped the juicy raspberries in a gentle crispy butter dough to have this magic melt in our mouths. Bulgaria being on the crossroad between the west and east, has a bit of oriental influence in its cuisine. But it’s nothing like the original so we decided to end our Sofia events with another Middle eastern fair of flavors and invited our guests to Lebanese (yes, we love that country and cuisine!) appetizers and a special tea. Salha and Rim were so kind and smiling all the way through the process of showing us how to prepare the most famous Arabic salads- humus, baba ganush and tabule. And the pistachio baklava for desert…A fantastic end of a colorful Diverse together culinary sessions!





Plovdiv wasn’t a less of experience: we flew in our imaginations and through our taste buds to India, England and Italy. Culinary workshops were never that exciting, especially when you start around the Inian oven tandoor and bake amazingly fresh and tasty naans filled with equally mouth-watering Indian dishes. The chef Pramod Singh kindly guided us through his exotic culinary world and we expressed our gratitude and excitement through the Theater of crumbs. Our exploration continued in Anglia school whose director Keith Kelly from England demonstrated a fast but exciting recipe for a Sunday morning breakfast (or any other part of the day)- Yorkshire pie. With only lemon juice and sugar or strawberries and cream, even with a salmon and cream cheese- we couldn’t get enough! The grand finale of the Plovdiv culinary series happened in the chocolate factory Gaillot where the French pasta expert Florian Dulliard taught us how to prepare a fresh pasta ourselves. Quite easy, it turned out! And delicious with freshly made marinara and pesto sauces! You can guess the desert- bits of bio chocolate but you’ll become too jealous so I’ll stop here.


More to come as we leave for Varna next month!













Make America inclusive again through bread-making!

Our active and enthusiastic Baker without borders Morgan Murphy just came back from an exciting event related to successful practices in social inclusion. Here’s what she shares:

“We journeyed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for three days earlier this month for the Welcoming Interactive + Welcoming Economies Convening conference. The event brought together over 400 leaders who are committed to making America more welcoming and more inclusive. We shared our board game and information about the Bread Houses Network and our methods with diverse experts and participants. It was so energizing to be around like-minded individuals who recognize the importance of collaboration, innovative solutions, and empathy building in order to foster inclusion.

Those attending the event shared their successful practices and inspiring stories of welcoming communities – we were excited to learn about their work and to share the many ways that bread-making can be used to bring diverse people together to promote community cohesion, creativity development, and addressing local issues!”

We’re looking forward to more exciting bread-making and sharing events in the USA!