I mentioned that ” I had to bake the crackers about 15 minutes longer than suggested, to get the degree of cracker-ness that I like..” and I said “…. but, my goodness, they are good.”
And, my goody-goodness, within 24 hours of publishing my post, I found this comment in my inbox…
Hello and yes they are lovely crackers. You mentioned that you needed to bake them 15 minutes longer than recipe said. They look much thicker than how we make them so that will account for the longer time. Ours are thin and crisp. I will try them thicker as that will be an interesting change. Keep cooking!
Yes, a comment from Ruth Pretty herself!!!! … with helpful advice as to why I may have needed to cook my crackers a little longer than her recipe suggested. Now, I am an iddy biddy blogger in the middle of itty bitty nowhere, so I nearly choked on my cracker crumbs to see Ruth’s comment on my blog: a) BECAUSE SHE NOTICED; and b) because she CARES enough about her recipes, and her work, to follow what is happening to them on the blogosphere.
In my world that makes Ruth Pretty AWESOME. I can’t tell you how many times I have commented on author/poetry/artist websites, because of my genuine interest in someone’s work or book, and received no feedback; none, not a bite, so I give up, disappointed, and wondering why said persons even bother with a web presence.
writer, photographer and award-winning digital media advisor in her article, New Hollywood (Digital) Dating Rules for the Huffington Post, writes “You need real people to manage your Social network presences. Try not to outsource. It won’t be your voice. This is too important to farm out. And if you engender real loyalty from your audience, not only will they follow and friend and respond to you and your brands — they will tell everyone they know (many more people than you know, when you add up the network effect) and this is the best bit — they’ll do it for free (but only if they really like you). There’s no substitute for a true relationship.”
Her article should be compulsory reading for anyone wanting to establish a digital presence. ( And just so you know, she follows her own advice to the letter….communicating with Sophia [or her IL persona teamgloria ] is a delight, a true delight )
I am not sure who directs Ruth Pretty’s digital strategy; perhaps Ruth herself but she clearly knows how the relatively new internet world/market works.
I am not currently in the market for a new recipe book but, if I were, I would definitely be looking at one written by Ruth Pretty. For one thing, I now know that the recipes will be accurate (v. important!), and, should I have any difficulty , Ruth is willing to help me get it right.
So cake tins and chefs’ spatulas off the bench, and raised, to Ruth Pretty.
And now it’s time for my cuppa and a Rye Cracker slathered with my favourite manuka honey.
Crackers, Ruth, Sophia, manuka honey, teamgloria; all winners in my book; oops blog. 🙂