Beng Naki Kumi
“I remember it so clearly…
I was 8 years old. We lived in an area in Malacca known as Garden City at the time. My mother gave me a book on baking called ‘Sally’s Recipes’. I chose the Ginger Cake to be my very first solo baking experience.
The result was more than a well-turned out cake! All our neighbours and friends enjoyed it so much. This experience I had creating something myself, that was enjoyed by so many, led me to discover my passion for cooking and baking.
I remember my mother as being the person who nurtured my love for baking and cooking. She was incredible, strong and capable. Eurasian in every sense of the word.
Christmas and almost every other get-together was spent with family and friends, with me cooking and baking and adding to the already extensive menu my mother would have created.
While many have offered their generous compliments, I’ll tell you why I think what I make is special. Everything I make, comes made with a little bit of ‘me’.
I realize that I have much to give and share. Each dish or cake I make is an extension of myself, my heart and my love. The feelings I experience when creating something, knowing it will be enjoyed, feeds my soul. It is like none other.
This is why I cook and bake. It always has been, it always will be”.