Wednesday, October 21, 2009

An Introduction

Dessert: (di-ZERT) - Meaning an usually sweet food served as the final course of a meal. The word was first recorded in 1600 and it derives from a French word meaning "to clear the table...
http://en.mimi.hu/gastronomy/dessert.html


Cake.... It is a big part of my life. I work in a cake shop and have done all my life; it might be more accurate to say that I was born into it. My Father is a pastry cook, my Grandfather was a pastry cook and my Great Grandfather was a pastry cook. I am not a pastry cook, merely “a pastry cooks daughter” but I work in my family’s business Paterson's Cakes Shop in Melbourne.





Food has been an important part of my upbringing, both my parents are like me- good eaters and enjoy good food. Like many families’, celebrations centred around the kitchen table and on holidays we always end up indulging in great local food. I remember travelling to Hong Kong and  Bangkok as a child where my father had us down the back lanes and market stalls for dinner with the locals. I remember eating in one particular restaurant, the menu was in Cantonese and Dad just pointed blindly to a few selections and we took our chances. The lesson learnt- to try anything once! If you did not like it that was ok but you had to try it.

Here I will include tales of life behind the scenes, some company history and recipes. My thoughts on food, culinary trends, great places to dine and things I have eaten (and want to eat!)- I hope it finds some readers...

3 comments:

Random Pear said...

You are SO not just a patry cook's daughter!

kerrin said...

How lucky to have your life being part of the food history of Melbourne, I was introduced to Patersons Cakes by my mother in the 50's and until she went to the big cake shop in the sky I often called in to the Windsor store and purchased a fresh cream filled lamington log. Yum. By the way I still call in for my own treats.

Anonymous said...

Just Desserts....

Yes very lucky. Although as I kid I was a bit sore about the cake shop & wanted Dad to own a newsagents!I had (still have) a love of good stationary. My point is that the grass is always greener...... Ihope to see you for your treats soon. What are your favourites?