Tuesday, 24 June 2014

One Year and Six Kilos Away.....Blessed Ramadhan To You!


Assalamualaikum peeps! I'm back (briefly) after a long hiatus. Well, when I quit work I thought that I would have more time to myself, but I got that wrong ....and no I am not complaining. I have been baking a lot, more than I expected...well, to make ends meet. But really, I just couldn't turn down orders, tak sampai hati....last Saturday I baked 12 cakes, 50 mini pavlovas, one pavlova and 2 double deck chocolate pavlovas....a record, I think! I always think that at the end of the day come what may, enough sleep or not, collapsed meringue, overfold macaron batter, all orders were delivered...on time, maybe a few slight delays...so we just had to do it!


What I wanted to ramble here is not about my daily chores, I mean nowadays its private classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, baking on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and classes on Sundays. My off day is usually on any of those days that there weren't any orders or classes. Since working on my own going to favourite hang out KLCC is just to get some air...but hey, I realise that I don't draw any salary, but I buy a shirt or two and hijabs almost weekly, hehe.....


Thursdays were supposed to be my soul feeding session with Ustazah Fatma Zahra, however, after Eid last year I was tested with orders so much so I dodged quite a number of sessions. Thank god I went to her last session before we begin our Ramadhan session this Thursday....I have missed a lot to my dismay!


Since working on my own I was tested many many times, not in monetary terms but others...and I realise that it was almost a year ago that I left permanent work and became a self employed in the beginning of Ramadhan (1.7.2013 was the official day I left work, and Ramadhan was about 7 days away). That time the Ustazah said we were entering Madrasah Ramadhan....a school ie a month where /when you learn to cleanse yourself, discover yourself, feel hungry and empathy for others. And just before Eid, the Ustazah reminded us that let the teachings from the Madrasah remain even after we left the Madrasah and breath through to the other months....


I failed miserably, I was tested......

And now, we are on the eve of Ramadhan again...fasting to me is a challenging ibadah since I love to eat! But , since last year I am embracing the month with open arms....this year I have decided to limit my orders so as not to tire myself. Allah is great, since that is my niat, I had a handsome figure confirmed corporate orders came in last month. I wanted to do only 2 classes in Ramadhan , however, the requests were overwhelming and I'd rather fulfill people's hopes, so classes will be on 5, 6, 7, 8 and 12 July. I will be honouring only one or two cake orders daily and inshaallah I will open for Raya orders soon! Raya orders will only be for Victoria Sandwich Cakes and Chocolate Cakes only. With this, I pray that I will have the energy to do all the ibadahs, inshaallah...


Well, it is also during this month that I will plan for the next moves for TheKitchenGuardian.... the studio needs a facelift, I need to do proper accounts, I need to compile my recipes, I need to register my mark, I need a fulltime assistant, I want to incorporate a private limited company...I need to draw a salary....

I will be attending a few short courses in Paris in October, I will share the knowledge in the classes held in the last quarter this year. In the mean time Alhamdulillah we are booked till November. I will also spend more time in food photography as in using my dslr instead of my smartphone! Looking forward to a food photography workshop with some food bloggers in Europe or US....America more likely next year!


......and I need to lose this 6 kilos that I have piled in the last 12 months, haha.....I have tried meal replacement diet, no carbo except my cakes diet.....but it is water therapy that seems to work, gulp 3 litres of water daily...your skin will plump up, you will feel full and food intake is less, hence weight reduction....I have not lost any kilos since this, however by BMI, bodyfat have reduced and I lost some inches too!

Okay enough rambling for now. I still owe you the Cookie Dough Nutella Cheesecake recipe. Will upload soon. In the mean time here's wishing you a blessed Ramadhan...ampun dan maaf di atas segala kesalahan kekurangan, be good folks! Bye!

Monday, 21 April 2014

TKG

A macaron tower made with my student, it was her first experience making macarons!

Hiya peeps! It has been more than two months since I last wrote here. I have been terribly busy....well all the home bakers have been busy! However, I must make some jottings here as 1.4.2014 came, and left us, that marked a one year anniversary since I threw my resignation letter. Time passed by without you even realising it, especially more so when you are doing what you love!


I should have done this sooner, actually! There has been ups and downs (when I lost my baking mojos, you wouldn't believe it), but I wouldn't go back to a full time job! In my current world now, there is so much love and hard working and very caring people!

I love baking and trying new recipes, but I also love meeting new people during my classes, and they are my students. I love it even more when they say that their sales that week increased when they introduced new cakes the recipes they learnt in my classes. I have somewhat left an impact on another person's life......

Looking back, I realised that I have worked even harder, working means heating the oven for some early bakes as early as 3 am or frosting and finishing cakes during those wee hours. When in full time job, I had my coffee while going through my emails at 9! Now, by 9 am my cakes would be ready for collection....

When I left things were very uncertain, I used up all my resources...after 4 months working on my own I replenished those resources, alhamdulillah....I am not afraid anymore... When I left I wanted freedom of time, now I wanted to give more....during classes I share tips and techniques, now I want to give away more funds for the needy, inshaallah....when you have more time, ie more time to think and ponder, you realise that happiness is when you make other people's lives better....I don't think so much about my material beings anymore....

Okay, until the next post, which I do not know when....but I have to go now, tonight is one of those rare nights that I didn't bake (well, I busted a tray of mini Chocolate Pavlovas...I call them my boyfriends as they are very temperamental with me !) I need to catch up with some sleep. The pavlovas I will make them tomorrow...good night , take care peeps!


p/s   Wait up for TKG (thekitchenguardian)'s press interview, due to be published soon, wink
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