Introducing Granny who loves baking
I met this sweet old lady in a Flea Market greeting everyone with a pleasant smile. I am happy to share her Story with you guys. Her name is “Zae” and she’s about 70 years who loves baking food. I personally have had most of her confectionery and indeed I tell you, they are Deelicious! I am so overwhelmed that at the age of 70 her love for baking food isn’t lost and she prepares, packs & sells them all by herself without any help. Continue reading her story…
How did it all start?
I was Interested in baking when I was a Teenager. We regularly got a Magazine called “Woman and Home” in those days and as I go through them, I collect all the recipes of baking and desserts. We had a Box Oven back in those days and I baked cakes once in a month. But, it was only after I was married I got more involved in baking for my family – Buns, Cakes – Sponge Cake, Chocolate Cake and Brownies. They didn’t come out really well like they are now. I have improved on all those baking procedures and what I am today is presenting them by – icing Chocolates and Sprinkles on cakes and cupcakes, Puff Pastry with Chocolate or Cheese in it, Italian Herb Buns, etc. As time went on I have made changes in preparing them, I am learning and baking new items. Today, I’m happy with what I am doing. It’s a hobby that I’m loving to do everyday. I pass my time doing it and I enjoy that!
What’s your Strength & Support?
I have 2 children – a son and a daughter, they support me in doing my hobby. My interest in Baking Food is my Strength. And I love baking dishes all by myself, I don’t need any support for what I do. I love to work independently. And I do it when there’s no one around to disturb me while I’m baking.
What’s your Daily Routine?
I cook in the morning and then I do some household work. Later I catch up with my friends over phone and chatter. I have a chat with them almost everyday and that’s how I keep them in contact. I take a nap in the noon hours and in the evening I cook dinner for my family.
Saturday’s are a busy day for me. I bake cakes, brownies, biscuits, cupcakes, buns, puff pastries, etc for the stall. At night I pack them nice and neat after everything is done. And I don’t talk to people on Saturdays.
I use natural ingredients in my food while making them to keep it simple as a home baked food. I take orders from people whom I know and they are limited which I can bake alone. I don’t have any helper and I love baking all by myself. I’m not fancy of owning a store selling cakes and buns but it’s a satisfaction of interest I have on baking.
How did you come up putting up a stall?
It was through one of my friend who is a Trustee of Lamakaan. She asked me to put a stall saying “it’s a nice place and since, you bake nice and sweet, you should try it”. It’s been almost 2 years now that I’m running the stall every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If it was not her suggestion I would have not come here.
How did you stay Inspired and Motivated in your hobby?
Since I was interested in Baking food from my teenage and now that I have time, I gave a thought “Let me Indulge in my Hobby” and that’s how I stayed inspired and motivated.
What have you learnt while doing your Hobby?
I learnt that people have different tastes in food – few would love sweet puff pastries and others would love to have salted puff pastries, egg-less and egg cakes. I keep in mind what they would love to have and bake accordingly. I also learnt to improve my skills on baking in reading many recipes, watching videos on YouTube and shows on T.V.
An Advice you would like to give Everyone
FOLLOW YOUR INTERESTS, IT’S NEVER TOO LATE 🙂