2 Seconds Fame In Aberdeen

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2 seconds fame in The Aberdeen Press and Journal

2 seconds fame in The Aberdeen Press and Journal

First of all thanks very much for all the ‘Congrats’ on my previous post, My Big Dream And My Friends, about my new adventure into food business…..a self-made chef at last….*BIG SMILE*. I was smiling so happily all the way as I read each comment. Thanks very much for all the good wishes, support and encouragement. There may be stormy days along the way but I know I can always count on your support. Thanks a zillion, friends!!

Well, it is still early days into my business but I am totally enjoying it though it can be exhausting and challenging at times. I am still trying to get more organised. The order has been going on well, not too overly overwhelming that I can’t cope. Hearing of good comments from my customers about my food is my greatest encouragement and motivation. While being busy with my present menu, I am working hard on another menu to add on. I think the greatest fun is to test and create recipes. That must be using up a lot of my brain cells…in a good way!

The Malaysian food stall

The Malaysian food stall

Just 2 weekends ago, we (my family) had an awesome time. We took up a stall at The Aberdeen International Fun Day Mela at Duthie Park. I shared the stall with Muna, another Malaysian blogger here in Aberdeen. I mentioned about her in my previous post, too. Both our food went down very well! We really had a lot of fun.

Part of the stall

Part of the stall

I sold curry puffs, char siu puffs, Malaysian chicken rice and nasi lemak. My 2 girls were there to help and we were almost serving non-stop for 4 hours despite the very strong wind that we had to battle with. We had to take down the gazebo finally because it was dangerously giving way even with 4 adults trying to hold it down. At one point, my tray of eggs just flew off from the table. A kind lady helped me to pick them up from the grass. Amazingly they didn’t break! But my jar of sauce for the chicken rice wasn’t so lucky. It toppled over…..*sob sob*. But thankfully I had another jar. That was a great relief. See, always have back up plan. Having extra is always better than not having enough.

Part of the crowd

Part of the crowd

The picture above, The Malaysian Food Stall, was taken towards the end of the food fare where most of the food on the table were sold out and without the gazebo. I made about 100 char siu puffs and 100 chicken curry puffs and they were all sold out in about 1 and 1/2 hours time! I was shocked at the response. Many came to buy one each and came back again to buy more.

Best of all was when a news reporter came by curious to know more and to take pictures. We were of course so happy and excited. Next day, what a thrill!….our picture came out in The Press & Journal…..my daughter holding a plate of nasi lemak! (top picture). It’s our 2 seconds fame in Aberdeen….so said my girl….first time !!!! You can read more about it from her blog Food Fun And 2 Second Of Fame.

Good earnings of the day

Net profit of the day

Greater motivation…we actually earned quite a lot from that 4 hours! I was so tired when I reached home but my girls were just too excited to count the money….haha. Yes, it was a great sight……*big smiles*. If there’s anything, I am very happy that my girls were greatly inspired. They have seen the reward of hard work and opportunity, making use of free time to learn something, get passionate about it and make money out of it. NOW they really want my recipes….haha……*BIG SMILES*!

Gifts from Ann at Anncoo Journal

Gifts from Ann at Anncoo Journal

Well, that’s not all about the excitement.  I received a parcel…all the way from Singapore…….from Ann at Anncoo Journal. What a big surprise and thrill! I just love everything inside including a note to congratulate me on the start of my food business! SO sweet of her! Ann always seems to know what I like. I love all those cute shopping pads in fruit shapes. I love that cute cat ticket holder too. That would come so helpful when I travel. I always have a hard time looking for my air ticket when I travel alone. That is just so beautiful and handy.

And of course I REALLY like that shopping bag. I love those types of foldable bags. They are so convenient to keep and to use. I love to collect them. I have several of them and in each one of them, I have cookbooks….different types of cookbooks in different bags!!! I would carry different ones when I go out to sit and chill out in cafes. So, needless to say, there are already a few cookbooks in this one….*big smile*. Thanks very, very much, Ann!

Looks like excitement never ends here. My best friend’s daughter, Joyce, came all the way from Malaysia to visit…what total joy! She is also Sharon’s (my daughter) best friend. I’ll write about her stay…food and fun….in another post. It was total joy to have her around. She is just such a sweet and lovely friend. She had so much fun here that she extended her holidays…another 2 extra days!! Sadly, she had to leave yesterday. We really miss her. But we videoed her making her promise to come back next year…a much longer holiday….yeah!!

And talking about friends visiting from far, I’ve just received news that a very dear friend from a very far place is coming by to visit in August…tickets all confirmed….wow!! To tell you the truth, it’s my biggest surprise of all. I have to see her in August to know that I am not dreaming. I will have lots to talk about it then because I think Aberdeen will turn upside down because of her…haha.

Malaysian spices and seaweed snacks

Malaysian spices and seaweed snacks

Oh yes, while Joyce was here, we wanted to cook curry laksa…..one of her favourites. After getting all the things ready, I found that I don’t have the curry laksa paste….so gutted!!!  But believe it or not, the next day I received a bag of goodies from a very dear friend. She won’t let me mention her name here….hmmmm. I think I better don’t…save my neck…haha. Yes, 2 packets of curry laksa paste….just how timely! It has never been so timely. Immediately we cooked curry laksa the next day. We used the Johor laksa paste. It was SERIOUSLY good!! Everyone was going like….’Mmmmmm, this is just sooooo good’…as they enjoyed it all till the last drop of the soup. I used corn fed chicken and home made egg noodles. So sorry no picture here because we were just so excited to eat that I completely forgot to take pictures! Well, it happens all the time….*wink*. Whatever it is, now I must find a way to get that Johor laksa paste.

Schwartz seasonings

Schwartz seasonings

No, that’s not all of what I received. I received some bottles and packets of spices from Schwartz, a very popular brand here. I love spices so you can imagine how happy I was to receive them. Of course I couldn’t wait to try them. It was just SO good and so easy to use. I think I will leave my cooking and recipe to the next post….very soon I promise. Hope you don’t miss that one.

And lastly, talking about fairy godmother who is always there with surprise gifts for us. I had a real surprise visit from the Fairy Hobmother of Appliances Online  who sells cookers and other appliances informing me that I had a gift waiting for me. Initially I thought it can’t be true. But when I received a £30 Amazon voucher from the Fairy Hobmother, I had to believe it’s true. I am just so thankful and happy. I’m going to use it to buy something nice for myself. Thanks very much, Fairy Hobmother!!

Great news

Now the great news, especially if you are from UK. If you leave a comment here below, you stand the chance of being visited by the Fairy Hobmother, too. You never know. You may be the next lucky one to receive something nice. And even if not, I would love to read your comments……*big smile*.

Wow….so many things happened over the past couple of weeks! I just don’t understand how I got through all that…haha. It looks like I was cooking all the time (for home and my food business) and out of the house with Joyce visiting places and ladies fun lunch in between. Life can’t be any better! It’s meaningful and fulfilling! I’ll have to get back onto my blog more often with my cooking and recipes soon. I try to do more quick cooking these days to fit into my busy schedule.

Thanks very much again for visiting and leaving comments. Hope you have a great start to the week. Have fun cooking and eating! Cooking not only feeds hungry stomachs and puts smiles on faces but you never know where it will take you to. I hope you Keep Learning and Keep Smiling!!

Quote of the day……

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

- Virginia Woolf

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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anncoo  on June 13th, 2011

Mary, I’m quite excited the first one to leave comment because you mentioned about me..hehee..
Congratulations again on your new start food business and seems that lucky stars is coming on your way :))
Keep Busy, Keep Similing and Keep Earning ;DD

penny aka jeroxie  on June 13th, 2011

OMG… super awesome! And so well deserving. Glad everything is going well with you.

LeQuan  on June 13th, 2011

Yay, first commenter. By the time I finish I’ll prob be the 10th though. Lol. Lookie lookie, someone sure knows how to have fun. So happy to see you doing what you love and enjoying every moment of it, my dear! I’m not one bit surprised you guys sold out your food so quickly though. It only takes one bite to get people hooked and it’s obvious you’ve done that. I’ve said it many times and will continue to say it again and again, you are awe inspiring, Mary! A great role model for your girls, friends, and young chefs out there. You’ve proven to us that if you put your mind to it, you can build castles (with legs ;) ). Never change that passion inside you!

So so sweet of Ann! Hopefully I’ll see you using the cat ticket holder some day soon ;) What a thoughtful and wonderful gesture from Ann.

I can’t wait to see Joyce’s pics. It’s going to be pure torture, but I’ll still enjoy them. And umm…can you tell “someone else” to upload more pics or I’m going to have to start harassing that person again :-P. I’ve used that blue pack of Laksa and really liked it. Can’t wait to see your next post about it. And so cool that the fairy hobmother visited you. You know what all this great news is right? Good karma is following you everywhere, my dear :-D. Not one bit surprised at all. Good things always happen to good deserving people. Keep rocking the whole good karma thing, Mary! Until our next stalking session ;). Big hugs!

LeQuan  on June 13th, 2011

Argh! Ann always beats me. Lol.

anncoo  on June 13th, 2011

Oops! SOoory LeQuan :))

Mary  on June 13th, 2011

@LeQuan & Ann - Hahaha…this is so funny! :D LeQuan and Ann, I can’t help laughing at both of you. Just come over here and all problems will be solved…haha. I just enjoy reading your comments. You always make me smile :D

@ Penny - Thanks very much, Penny! I’m really glad everything has been going well so far :D

Drick  on June 13th, 2011

well of course your food was well received and liked, we never had any doubts… congrats anyway and keep up the good work, that is what makes it so special and delicious…

Jeannie  on June 13th, 2011

Looks like you have everything under control and still managed to have some fun along the way! Great to see someone’s making her dream come true:) Happy cooking and may your profit gets higher each day:D

claire  on June 13th, 2011

Hello Mary..great to know you are doing well and feeling so happy about this new venture! I like the way you put Big Smile! I can feel your joy and happiness when you wrote that…

Belinda @zomppa  on June 13th, 2011

Check you out!! LOVE the feature!

Barbara  on June 13th, 2011

Congratulations, Mary! You’re a success!

Faith  on June 13th, 2011

Looks like that was a really great day! A huge congrats to you, Mary!!

somewhere in singapore  on June 13th, 2011

hehe… i’m always late in leaving comment lol…

kristy  on June 13th, 2011

Hey Mary, a big CONGRATULATIONS to you! Well, you’re getting luckier and more luckier these days. haha… Free advertisement, gifts & more gifts. Gosh, I am getting soo soo jealous here. haha…. Just kidding! I’m really proud of you dear. I bet those ppl there are still craving for your puffs. Probably, you should get a stall at the nearby farmers market as well. However, wishing you all the best. Looking forward for more good news from you.
Blessings, Kristy

nammi  on June 14th, 2011

wow , that sounds like a fun day Mary .:)

Happyfeetmama  on June 14th, 2011

Congratulations on your new business venture. You seem to be enjoying it tremendously and I hope your business will prosper.

I do enjoy reading your blog and hope to read more.

Jasmine  on June 14th, 2011

CONGRATS MARY! (: good business and great job! (: im craving for your good food too :D

Jobina  on June 14th, 2011

Wow just wow. I feel so excited just reading all those memorable happenings! haha. Good to see how God bless you all so wonderfully!

Joyce  on June 14th, 2011

Oh my…I’m seriously missing aberdeen right now. n seriously i wish can stay there longer. lol! Every single day is amazing..I miss the food…I miss shopping..I miss goin to Asda! Miss Mcd at Asda…Thank you Aunty Mary for the wonderful time u spend for me..all the yummy delicious food i can never get enough…I really believe ur food business will be a success..only tat i miss being the delivery girl! so much fun! Will keep my promise! =D

Dongxing  on June 14th, 2011

Hello Mary! Congratulations on your business venture. I wish you all the best. You have certainly been very busy and you must be buzzing from excitement. You have so much energy - I am reeling from just reading about it! I must get the address from you to give to my dear friend’s mum who lives in Aberdeen. Congrats again.

Cheah  on June 14th, 2011

Congratulations, Mary! Hope that your business will flourish and grow by leaps and bounds. Pity my boy is not in Aberdeen, otherwise he would be able to enjoy all the M’sian food that you’re creating!

cookie  on June 14th, 2011

Hi Mary, congrats on your new venture. You well deserve the spotlight!

Sidney  on June 14th, 2011

Wow….tat is amazing…i wish i could do that as well…

TasteHongKong  on June 14th, 2011

It must be your efforts and passions that paved the way for all the nice surprises. Happy for you Mary : )!

Joy  on June 14th, 2011

That is a great idea. I wish you great success.

Anna Johnston  on June 15th, 2011

I was so excited to see you still had some time to let us all know how your new business is going. Fabulous that your already working on your new menu Mary, that’s inspiring. Remember to keep the best sellers on the menu, people love to come back for their favourites that way = loyal customers. Can’t wait to hear your updates from time to time & I hope your wearing comfy shoes too because you sure will be doing a lot of standing up…. Chefs have got to look after their feet you know :)

mycookinghut  on June 15th, 2011

Mary, it’s great to hear that everything has gone well so far!! Keep it up!! ;)

Ananda Rajashekar  on June 15th, 2011

Oh wow Mary, you are an amazing lady to manage so well and super congratulation to you and ur girls on being so successful. You all rock, so much fun to read at real it is hard work. I wish you lots more of success and happiness in ur new work :)

Shirley  on June 16th, 2011

Hey Mary, great to know about your new venture. All the best!

Angie's Recipes  on June 18th, 2011

Mary, this is so COOL! I am so happy for you.

lena  on June 21st, 2011

i read your excitement thruout your post and so glad to know things have been going on so well for you! i’m not surprised at all that your food got sold out within that short time and it’s also so nic eto know that people are also enjoying our malaysian food!!

Rita  on July 3rd, 2011

Congrats! A good start to your biz!
I’m so happy for you…hey, I can feel your excitement and happiness all the way from here. :-D

Thumbs up! God bless…

joanna  on September 20th, 2011

Mary, just accept my late congratulations to your new career! Everybody knows you can do whatever you like very well, cooking, badminton, education…..Actually I am the best advantage taker from your cooking as I live so close to you…..if any good smell around me, I just think it must be from Mary’s kitchen, heheh

Mary  on September 21st, 2011

@Joanna - Whah……Joanna, you jacked me up to cloud 9 with your compliments!!….haha. Still LOTS to learn and improve. Cooking and badminton makes me happy :D I am just really happy that you like my food. And it’s always so fun playing badminton with you and others. Good food must be followed by good exercise and good exercise must be rewarded with good food…….hehe. Just come by if ever you think of food and need some :D

joanna  on September 21st, 2011

I just told what I think. You are the only person whom I have jacked her up to cloud 9. Others only below 8 :D

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