My Big Dream And My Friends

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Phew…here I am! Sounds like I have been plucked out from the clouds and thrown back to earth….haha. So sorry for the long silence. I have not disappeared. I know it has been quite a few weeks that I have not updated my blog. Now I think I am in trouble….trying to summarise all that happened in the past few weeks in one post! Let’s see how much I can type with my 3 fingers. Blogging has actually helped me to type quite fast these days even with 3 fingers, actually using 2 of the time!

To all my readers, fans and blogger friends out there, thanks very much for dropping by, for your lovely comments and also for your emails. I am fine and in good health. Thanks very much for your love, care and concern. Thousand apologies that I have not been visiting your blogs recently. Miss your blogs and will drop by soon. Keep Reading Keep Blogging Keep Smiling!

My Big Dream - Mary’s Kitchen

Well, to keep the short story long….*wink*…..I had stayed very focussed and had been working very hard on the final stages of my long awaited dream for the past many weeks…….starting a food business! This is my second time but in a different way. The first time was about 7 years ago, straight from being a high school Mathematics teacher to being a self made chef. It was real craziness, a total challenge but a great experience. I sold the business after one year.

But my dream of owning a food business didn’t die there. It continues to burn in me. It has not been an easy journey because I wasn’t born with any cooking talent at all….sigh. I must admit most of the time it was very stressful and frustrating. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable. I learned a lot of new things along the way, learning some shortcuts while refining my recipes over and over again.

Cooking is my passion and I felt it’s high time for another round of challenge…..turning my hobby and passion into a business, making money out of my free time to feed my cooking hobby and hopefully make my other dreams come true. After all the long, hard preparation, it was all finally approved….phew….huge relief! It’s called Mary’s Kitchen!! Yes, Mary’s Kitchen. The name makes me smile. I owned it. It’s another dream come true!

My own food business has finally started, serving some of my best Malaysian dishes that I had learned after I came to Scotland. What a thrill to hear from my customers that they really like my food….Malaysian food in Aberdeen! Finally I can call myself a ‘Chef’….yippee! This is just a totally exciting, challenging adventure. Gosh…it has been giving me lots of nerves and sleepless nights. But I’m really glad I made it through.

I want to thank many of my friends, including several blogger friends, for all their support, offers of help, encouragement and belief that I will be a great success. That’s really so encouraging and heart-warming. It means a lot to me. On top of all the food business requirements to fulfil, the most challenging is doing my food brochure. I made countless changes to it. Each time I edit, I told myself, ‘This has to be the final time’, but it never was…..*sigh*. At last….at last….enough is enough. No more changes!! I’ll slap myself hard if I do….haha.

Making my food brochure was a BIG learning curve to me. I spent endless hours and sleepless nights trying to put in the right pictures, the right wordings, the right menu and the right pricing. You see, I wasn’t born with the talent…so sad. So, everything was real hard work. I want it to look professional. I remember I got up one morning at 4 am to cook 3 dishes just for the pictures!!! Crazy huh. I thought so much about my brochure that I wonder whether anyone saw smoke coming through my head…haha. Well, I’m so happy my friends like my brochure very much. They said all the food pictures make them want to order every dish…haha. That makes me smile even more. I am proud of myself for completing the brochure myself. Well, Keep Learning Keep Smiling!

The picture above shows a few of my best food on the menu.

Blogger Chefs That Inspire

There are a few blogger chefs in the blogosphere that have been my inspiration all along. They are also my friends. They are Divina at Sense & Serendipity, Drick at Drick’s Rambling Cafe, Anna Johnston at The Hospitality Guru, Chef Dennis at More Than A Mountful - A Culinary Journey and Tracey at Tasty Trix to name a few. They are very friendly and always ready to help. Reading their blog posts never fail to inspire me. Do visit their blogs. I’m sure you will be impressed and learn a lot of things from them. Other food bloggers are just as friendly and inspirational.

Blogging Helps

I also believe that blogging is a catalyst in helping my dream come true. Along the way, I had learned to take better food pictures, write better and meet lots of other food bloggers and chefs whom I have learned a lot from. There are many who had even written their own cookbooks. That’s very inspirational. I hope one day I will also write my own cookbooks. But oh…….please don’t put too much hope on that, at least not so soon. May even take me a million years to write…haha!

Believe At Last

My family has learned not to believe me until they see it happen. One time my dear hubby said, “You give me stress!” Know why? Because I talk too much about my dream…..*big cheeky smile*. He just got confused because he hears it all the time but nothing happened….haha. To him it’s just empty talk for years. I told him, “I’m building castles in the air, but I’m also building legs to them! I need your money to make it happen!” Total quietness…..haha. Well, now my family FINALLY believe. I am having fun now, and dragging them along. If I don’t make money, I can still have my fun and they have the nice food to enjoy….*wink*. And if I make money, they know they are going to get lots of nice stuff from me! Good deal, right?

Friends - Big and Small

In the midst of all the stress and busyness, I did had moments of fun and surprises…..MY FRIENDS! I am really thankful for all my wonderful friends, from far and near, big and small. My life would be so miserable and depressive without them. They bring sunshine to my soul.

Big beautiful plate from Canada

Big beautiful plate from Canada

Cookbook stand

Cookbook stand

First of all, I received a BIG surprise parcel from a very wonderful blogger friend, all the way from Canada. She’s none other than the lovely LeQuan of luvtoeat. I think I almost passed out when I received it. I gasped and my heart must have missed many beats when I saw the amount of postage on the box! Tell you, it’s  a heavy box. She sent a very beautiful floral plate for Mother’s Day and a very beautiful wooden cookbook stand for my birthday (belated). I was so touched but felt REALLY bad. Now I owe her a trip to Canada! Saving my money first. She will cook loads of prawns and lobsters for me…yippeee! And I will get to play with her adorable kids and make them very naughty…hehe.

LeQuan is a Vietnamese and cooks awesome Vietnamese food. Her food always makes me go hungry. We had tried her beef salad and also using the same ingredients to make lamb salad. You got to try it. It’s very delicious. Also I tried her asparagus soup that she wrote as a guest post for me….beautiful….mmm. Check out her blog. It’s both entertaining and mouth-drooling. It’s such a delight meeting LeQuan through blogging.

I will continue to say that blogging is a great hobby. It takes you into the world of friends and cooking adventure. It is truly through blogging that I have met many wonderful friends and had greatly improved on my home cooking. Most of the dishes on my blog are new ones that I tried and turned out well. There were some blunders, too, like my badly burnt soup! Read more at Super Star At Bad Cooking.

Heart shaped 'I Love You' jelly by Ellie

Heart shaped

Next, my dear little 4 year old friend, Ellie, came by to visit again. Of course I kept my promise to cook fried rice for her…her favourite. However there was one day I was not home when she came by. She passed 2 heart shaped pink jellies to my daughter asking her to pass to me. There was even the word ‘I Love You’ on it. Awwww….how sweet! I was really so touched I almost cried. She’s such a sweet adorable girl. This is not the first time I received something from her.

Oh no, a little too spicy for Ellie!

Oh no, a little too spicy for Ellie!

She came again the next week. This time I made salmon fried rice for her. She loves fried rice. But felt so bad that she didn’t like it because there was a tiny little spiciness to it because of the salmon. I felt so sorry.

Vegetable and egg fried rice

Vegetable and egg fried rice

Immediately I went and fried her another portion of fried rice, just using mixed vegetables and egg. She finished it all…..happy me!

I must say that Ellie is a very special 4 year old kid. She is polite, talks very well, confident and very generous. She loves music and plays piano very well, too. I really like her very much. I believe all the credit should go to her parents for teaching her very well. She reminds me of my mom who instilled in us politeness and generosity and my mom lived it out.

I was very touched, encouraged and inspired by Ellie one day. She came with a bump at the back of her head. Her mom told me that a boy pushed her down. I turned to Ellie and said, ‘That boy is sure naughty!’ She replied, ‘No. He is not. He was just trying to hug me!’ I felt so sorry for her but yet really amused. This little boy sure needs to be taught how to hug a girl properly! I wonder whether he pounced on her when he actually tried to hug her. I hope his dad doesn’t do that to his mom…haha. But what touched me was that Ellie thinks good about others. She is selfless, caring and loving. I’m sure she makes her parents very proud.

"This is my favourite!"

"This is my favourite!"

Next, I have another little 2 year old friend, Isabel, who came by to visit. I love her big ‘dancing’ eyes. She is very intelligent, tough, cute and adorable. I managed to catch her a couple of times on my camera. I just had to be very quick. I found that Isabel loves to eat peanuts. One day when she was about to go home from my place, I gave her a bag of peanuts. She grabbed it and exclaimed excitedly, ‘This is my favourite!’, with a big smile on her face! My gosh..she blew my mind. I only learned the word ‘favourite’ when I was in upper primary school! She is only 2 and speaks like an adult! Puts me to shame…haha.

Big orange smile

Big eyes and BIG orange smile!

I also cut some oranges for her. She loves oranges. But see what she did with the skin……haha. I just love that shot.

A little Manchester United fan!

A little Manchester United fan!

Oh, I must share with you another little friend of mine, 18 months old Max. He comes quite often too.   Initially he didn’t like me because I always want his food….haha. I can see you staring at me with big, stern eyes…haha. No, I am not trying to be greedy. Just trying to teach him to be generous. Each time he comes, I give him food. He loves my dumplings. I’m happy to tell you, he is more friendly to me now. He gave me an orange the other day. I’m sure winning him over, a little at a time!

In my busyness, I started taking up pilates exercise. I was told that pilates helps with our postures and balance by strengthening specific weak muscles. Now, I never imagine I would take up pilates. I hate slow movement activities, including walking and jogging. But then thinking that I am not getting younger each day, I felt it just wise to go for it. No harm just giving a try. I can always drop out…hehe. I see lots of elderly folks walking around stiff and bent. That frightens me. Prevention is better than cure.

My first lesson was a nightmare. It was so slow and boring!! I just kept thinking, “When is it going to finish?” and asking, “Why can’t they make pilates as exciting as badminton?” Then I wonder how long will I last. Right at my first lesson, my instruction said, “You are so tight!”, “You are so stiff!”, “You cheat!” My gosh…that frightens me but also amused me at the same time. I thought I was very fit as I play lots of badminton. But then I realise that there are other sets of muscles that are not fully worked out. I thought of skipping class but on second thought I decided to go for the second lesson. I really shouldn’t give up so easily. My gosh, the next 2 days, my abdomen hurt so badly! I told myself I must not give up. It will be good for me. On the 3rd lesson, I was very tired that day and fell asleep way before my lesson started. I woke up the next morning and was secretly happy…..haha.

"Look at me and smile!"

Muna : "Look at me and smile!"

Oh, finally I must reveal to you one of my biggest surprises of all! Absolute thrill to have another Malaysian food blogger here in Aberdeen. She is Muna, a very sweet, friendly and helpful lady. I thought this would never happen. But it did…at last! She has just moved here from Denmark a couple of months ago. She found me through my blog while she was still in Denmark. That’s just amazing. Blogging just makes the world smaller. We were so excited when we finally met. We clicked INSTANTLY!! There’s always lots of laughter and food talk when we meet. It’s just so wonderful that not only do we just drool over each other’s food on our blogs but actually get to test the real thing. How wonderful is that!

I was invited to her place the other day for lunch. We had a great time. There’s one cake she made that my family likes very much. It’s the pear almond cake. It’s very moist and delicious. I have to make it one of these days. Muna cooks and bakes very well. You got to visit Muna’s blog. She has so many mouth-watering dishes there! I wish I can cook all of them!

Ayam percik...just delicious!

Ayam percik...just delicious!

Muna is in the same pilates class as me. Last lesson she came with ‘ayam percik’  for me. My gosh…it’s just so very delicious. ‘Ayam percik’ is a popular Malaysian chicken curry dish. You can imagine what my mind was filled up with throughout the whole pilates session. Of course ‘ayam percik’! I couldn’t wait for the lesson to be over to eat it. My instructor that day said to me, “You are doing very well!” Bet she must be wondering why suddenly I could do so well. Shhhh…….it’s the ‘ayam percik’ of course!….haha

Women know how to have fun!

Women know how to have fun!

Oh, I can’t afford to miss the ALL ladies get-together every now and then. We just had one last week and more next week. There was so much food, laughter and fun. We even played pass-the-parcel game and celebrated birthdays. The picture above only shows some of the ladies.

Beautifully carved watermelon

Beautifully carved watermelon

I was much attracted to a very beautifully carved melon. It took my friend about 30 minutes to carve it. It makes for a very beautiful centre piece. I don’t think I will ever cut a nice one like this. Reason….lack patience…hmmm. Well, maybe one day I must give myself a challenge like when I made macarons…trying out 5 times in a row! Imagine if I try to carve that beautiful watermelon, I can see my family eating watermelons for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday…haha. You can read more about my attempts at making macarons at My Big Fat Valentine’s Day.

Delicious food of many nations!

Delicious food of many nations!

Fruits and desserts

Fruits and desserts

There were lots of food and desserts. I’m sure none of us took dinner that day. I must have eaten 3 meals in one! The food was just too good not to over eat.

So, you see, it was not all work and no play. It was ‘work hard and play hard’….*big smile*. I may have a big dream but it was really my family and all my friends around that make my dream come true and my life wonderful. And it is the joy of sharing my dream with them and you that makes my life meaningful and fulfilled. Yes, of course, I had met several negative or critical people around. Well, I’m sure they mean it for my good. Sometimes we do need such type of people. They help to keep our feet on the ground….*wink*. Well, life comes with lots of risk-taking, hard work and ability to take criticism if we ever want to achieve anything.

Ok, I think I better stop here otherwise this post will never get posted….haha. Thanks very much again for visiting. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Quote of the day……

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”

- Dale E. Turner

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Belinda @zomppa  on May 22nd, 2011

A HUGE HUGE HUGE congratulations!!! Of course, everything looks beautiful (and your little fans are too adorable!) I would be delighted to visit you (and eat).

claire  on May 22nd, 2011

Just the other night I was asking No Frills Cheah about you, that you have been MIA for some time.. and now this GOOD NEWS! no wonder!! Yes, surely you have a lot up on your sleeves from now on… anyway, I am pretty proud of you.. a Malaysian who is making it big Overseas! :) Next time if given an opportunity, I will go visit you in Aberdeen.. and I am sure that many will know how to direct me to your Mary’s Kitchen…

anncoo  on May 22nd, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS MARY! I knew you can be the best Chef in Aberdeen and I can throw my wok away if I stayed near you.


somewhere in singapore  on May 22nd, 2011

Mary, u’re back!!!


Jeannie  on May 22nd, 2011

WOnderful news! I can understand that you are pretty excited over your new venture…amazing you still have the strength to blog, do pilates and have fun with friends! wow! you are one energetic lady, Mary:)Congratulations!

Mary  on May 22nd, 2011

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! I wish you can come and add in the fun! I will cook more food for you :D

@claire - Thanks very much, Claire! Haha, ya, had been MIA for quite a while. I still love blogging so need to crawl back even though I am busy. Haha, oh yes, you won’t get lost in Aberdeen if you come. But then you have to wait till I get famous first otherwise few people know me :P

@anncoo - Awww….I wish you are here, Ann! I’m sure I don’t have to go through all the stress and hard work if you are here! 2 brains is better than 1…haha. No, don’t throw the wok away even if you stay near me. Just give to me…haha :D

@somewhere in singapore - Thanks very much, Sharon! Yes, I am back at last because you mentioned that you had been stretching your neck waiting for my post!….haha :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! Energetic??? No, trying to be young again….haha :D

peteformation  on May 23rd, 2011

Congrats, Mary. Glad you are back!

kitchen flavours  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations, Mary! May success be with you all the way! You are one strong-willed lady with guts! Way to go! Hope that I’ll be able to visit “Mary’s Kitchen” one day! :)

LeQuan  on May 23rd, 2011

HUGE CONGRATS Mary! I’ve said it many times and I’ll keep saying it again, you are one of the most inspirational moms, friends, and bloggers I know. Keep building those castles with legs, my dear because the sky’s the limit. I’m so so proud and happy for you, and you know it. Hopefully one day soon I’ll be able to enjoy the food of Mary’s Kitchen ;). I wish you lots of success in your journey ahead. By the way, great pictures! Those dishes look so mouthwatering. Makes me want to fly there right away.

WHAT??!! The amount of postage was on the box???!!! That I did not know. Argh! Next time I must make sure they do not include that. Anyways, hope you liked the gifts. It’s so very true what you’ve written in this post about blogging and blogger friends. No amount of money can buy this type of friendship. The postage was worth every penny, truly :-D.

Your little friend’s are super adorable! I know K and L would love to meet them, as would I. You took some really great pictures of them. Little kids really know how to melt your heart, don’t they? Aww, poor little Ellie regarding the spicy rice. You were really sweet to make another batch for her right away though. Both of you are lucky to have met each other. I know that’s how I feel ;).

I want to join your pilates class, and not just because I want to cause trouble for the instructor. Teeheehee. Save me a spot ok? Although I have a feeling we may get separated. Haha. Lastly, holy moly, look at all that food! I love that watermelon - so beautiful! I thought it was a flower. Your friend has great skills. Your friend Muna’s Ayam Percik looks delicious. I’ve never tried that before and now I really want some. Your blog is such torture. Lol. So glad to have you back blogging, Mary! I’m off to bed bed now. Stalk ya later elsewhere ;). Great post, my friend!

LeQuan  on May 23rd, 2011

Holy moly, sorry about the essay. I didn’t realize how long it was.

Pepy@Indonesia Eats  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulation, Mary! No wonder you were saying that your fingers look shorter on Facebook, you typed a quite long article here.

muna  on May 23rd, 2011

Camera permanently glued to my face…. that’s me alright!!!

Love ya Mary!!!xoxo

skip to malou  on May 23rd, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS Mary! I haven’t been here for quite a time too and what a wonderful timing to come visit you again.. what great news… i’m so happy for you..

Von  on May 23rd, 2011

Wow! Congratulations on starting your business :) If I were in Aberdeen, I’d visit you! :D I don’t believe you weren’t born with cooking talent! And that doesn’t matter anymore because you’re definitely very talented now- your dishes always look so delicious! And that watermelon looks so pretty- I wish I could carve watermelons like that!

Nate @ House of Annie  on May 23rd, 2011

Wow, this post sure must have taken a long time to get out!

Congratulations on your new / old venture! Wish you much success.

Priya  on May 23rd, 2011

Congrats Mary, wishing more and more success..

TasteHongKong  on May 23rd, 2011

Congrats Mary! Congrats on your first Mary’s Kitchen, and wish the 2nd, 3rd … to follow : ). Hope we shall also have the luck to enjoy a meal in a branch of yours in our small city.
Enjoy your new venture and good luck!

Martha Wong  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulation on starting your business again, Mary! I think I am the most lucky one here can keep enjoying all your foods, hehee… although only up to 14 of June, but I would said sure I will miss you and all your foods. sob sob…

Drick  on May 23rd, 2011

oh my goodness, now I knew you were not lying idle, but all this is amazing, I am so proud of you and happy too … you are such an inspiration and with so much talent, your customers are lucky to have you share your food…. good luck my friend… and a great read, gonna go back and re-read this again… so much catching up to do,,

Ivy  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations Mary. Wishing you good luck on this new venture.

teresa  on May 23rd, 2011

that is SO exciting! what a wonderful reason to take a break, so happy for you!

Barbara  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations, Mary! I wish you all the luck in the world and you have a great cheering section behind you!

Cenwen  on May 23rd, 2011

Oh Mary! :)

Congratulations! :)

I am so proud and happy for you! You always shown so much perseverance, joy and love in everything you do! You’re an example for me!

Take good care of you! and your whole family!


5 Star Foodie  on May 23rd, 2011

Mary, glad to see you online and hear about all your updates! Good luck with your new business, so exciting!

pigpigscorner  on May 23rd, 2011

That’s great news Mary! All the best with your new business!

Anna Johnston  on May 23rd, 2011

Hey there Mary :) Wow lady…, a huge big CONGRATULATIONS, I so wish I was able to pop on by Aberdeen & visit Mary’s Kitchen. The world is such a small place with blogging, couldn’t agree more but alas, we haven’t mastered time travel yet, so actually morphing into your wonderful new world of commercial cooking (what an enterprise, hats off to you kid) is a little harder in reality. But, you never know….. one day huh….. one day :)
Thanks YOU so much for the Shout Out too, I got a lump in my throat & a little tear in my eyes, it does me proud to see your write up & amongst so many other awesome bloggers. Wow.
Can’t wait to hear the unveiling & stories that come from Mary’s Kitchen. So exciting & excited for you Mary xx

Lisa H.  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations Mary on the opening of Mary’s Kitchen…
All the best from us Downunder :D

kristy  on May 23rd, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS, Mary! I believe you did well in your business. Will write to you soon. Do keep in touch. Wishing you all the best, my dear friend.
Blessings, Kristy

pachecopatty  on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations Mary, you are an inspiration;-)
Thanks for catching us up and for all the photos, the carved watermelon looks spectacular and I would have loved to try all those dishes on the table;-)

rebecca  on May 23rd, 2011

I was just thinking about you and wow you have been busy so thrilled for you Mary all the very best for Marys kitchen hugs

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on May 23rd, 2011

Congrats Mary on your new venture! I wish you much success!

Cheah  on May 24th, 2011

Congrats, Mary. Wish you much success in Mary’s Kitchen, but don’t forget to blog once in a while!

Catherine  on May 24th, 2011

Awww I’m so proud of you, Mary! Nobody deserves to have their dreams come true more than you do :) I want to come along to one of your ladies’ gatherings hee hee :) next time I’m in Aberdeen, I’m looking up “Mary’s Kitchen” Love it! :)

tigerfish  on May 24th, 2011

Congratulations! If I ever travel to Scotland and visit Aberdeen, I will definitely go to Mary’s Kitchen! It must be lots of hard work but worth working for. Keep us updated on your kitchen ok?

penny aka jeroxie  on May 24th, 2011

OMG… Good on you Mary! Congras on living the dream and sharing it with everyone. Very inspiring.

Sidney  on May 24th, 2011

Wow…u really have a great gathering…

Faith  on May 24th, 2011

Mary, I am so happy for you!!! It truly is a dream come true and I’m happy you’re sharing your passion with others…if I’m ever in the area (and I would love to visit Scotland!), I’ll be sure to stop in and say hi!

Jasmine  on May 24th, 2011

CONGRATS TO YOU MARY! (: im sure you’ll do well and persevere on! do take care of yourself too (: ALL THE BEST TO YOU! (:

Blackswan  on May 25th, 2011

Hello, Chef Mary!! Mary’s Kitchen? That’s so cool! Wish I’ve the courage to start up a food biz like u. LOL! I’m really happy for u & I’m sure u’ll do great.

I sincerely wish u all the best & don’t forget to serve me some nice dishes :)

Conor @ Hold the Beef  on May 25th, 2011

This is wonderfully exciting news Mary! Congratulations my dear! Well done on being brave and doing this, we are all behind you :D

(also, omg that watermelon is amazing)

Mimi  on May 25th, 2011

Congratulation Mary! I’m so happy for you, this is very exciting news.

lena  on May 26th, 2011

so now i know why you’ve been missing for so long and these are all for good reasons! so much congratulations! Your dreams are showing, no more empty talks! Me too hopes to visit you and mary’s kitchen one day! all the best and take care, mary!!

uncle Lee  on May 26th, 2011

Hi Mary, wow! You did it! Well done. Good for you.
Here’s wishing you all the very best in your new business.
Not many would want to walk in your shoes….
But you have now built that castle.
Good luck, best regards.

Stella  on May 27th, 2011

Congrats aunty Mary! =)
Can’t wait to go back to Aberdeen and have some yummy Malaysian food on tap! =)

ray  on May 27th, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS Mary! I am happy, happy, happy for you. You are such an inspiration for people, me included. Wishing you all the very best on your new business.

Ray :)

Magic of Spice  on May 27th, 2011

Congratulations, how wonderful! Looks like you are moving along quickly now, and you have the most adorable visitors :)
Have a great weekend Mary

Rita  on May 30th, 2011

This is indeed wonderful news and I’m so happy for you.
Wishing you all the very BEST and keep it up, keep learning, keep smiling as you keep going!
Warmest regards / Rita

noobcook  on May 31st, 2011

Congratulations, Chef Mary!! :)

tasteofbeirut  on May 31st, 2011

Heartfelt congratulations Mary on your new business (it is a good omen that it bears your name!); wishing you success and recognition and all the best to come!

Cooking Gallery  on June 1st, 2011

Mary, I am so very happy for you…! Finally starting your own ‘Mary’s Kitchen’…:D)!! I love building castles in the cloud too, but I guess I am still too chicken to realise my dream, but I guess it’s also because I am still very sure what I want anyway…

I wish your ‘Mary’s kitchen’ was just a few streets away, I’d love to buy delicious Malaysian foods from you…! Keep rocking, Mary :D)!

Christine's Recipes  on June 5th, 2011

Congrats on the move to your own food business. Believe that you have the passion and a supportive family, you’ll make a great success.
I’ve been away from blogging for quite a long time, but not because of setting up a business, just for fun, for eating, for holidays, hehe…

Light Delight with TouTou  on June 7th, 2011

This is terrific Mary!! I am so happy for you - a dream come true!! Now you can infuse all your passion into Mary’s kitchen ! there might be bumps along the road, but we are going to back you up!!
Best wishes for your business! :-))))

sweetlife  on June 7th, 2011

Mary..I am SO happy for you!! congrats on making your dream come true!! good luck!!


mycookinghut  on June 10th, 2011

Oh wow!! Congrats Mary!!

aesh came  on June 12th, 2011

looks and sounds wonderful. Must have been an excitement to have all of these tremendous things happening around you. I can never qualify for a chef in the first place..hehe

claudia lamascolo  on June 13th, 2011

Congrats Mary…. that little face is precious! how exciting for you!

Sidney  on June 14th, 2011

You finally make it….Congratz

Chaya  on June 21st, 2011

Mary, you are the right person for the job. Your love of cooking and creating shines through. Congratulations on your new endeavor. May you see success on a daily basis.

Jon V  on September 18th, 2011

Wow, Mary, this is great. Can I visit if I am in your area?

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