Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Mom, Pastry Chef in the Making

My mom on her very first day apprenticing, about a year ago.
She doesn't look nervous at all!

This coming Sunday, my sister Beth gets married to the love of her life Evan in Woodside, California. My mom has been the main wedding planner and since I know a lot of the nitty gritty details, I cannot wait to see how it all comes together on the big day. It just so happens that my mom retired a little over a year ago from a successful career in physical therapy and later therapy services management. Not waiting long to jump right into her next adventure, she joined the baking team at an amazing bakery in Sunnyvale called Sugar Butter Flour and began apprenticing. She was already an incredible baker, but things are a little different in a commercial kitchen. One time she told me she had to crack 112 eggs! And just yesterday she made 41 cakes. Imagine multiplying a recipe by 16. Be careful to carry the 1 and do your math right!

Well, I just have to share with you something very special she is doing for Beth's wedding. Over the weekend, she and my cousin Rachael spent the day in the bakery kitchen and made about 500 challah rolls to be served with the dinner, and then yesterday my mom baked cake layers that will become the wedding cake. Hopefully, I will get around to posting some of those photos. Having my mom, and cousin, too, personally prepare some of the wedding food is one of the most unique contributions I can think of.

So this is my shout-out to my mom. I am so proud of you for taking on an apprenticeship at a fine baking establishment and putting your education to use for Beth's wedding! You never cease to amaze me.

And thank you, Rachael, for your help with the challah rolls!


Carolyn Jung said...

Your Mom, uh, takes the cake! I bow to her. I've heard of people making their own wedding cakes before, but baking your daughter's cake AND making all those rolls? Wow! Your sister's special day will no doubt be even more wonderful and memorable because of it.

Unknown said...

Thanks Marni, I had so much fun with your mom on Sunday baking all those rolls(I felt so professional). Oh by the way we baked some and they are delicious!! I hope everyone at the wedding enjoys them. I agree with you because your mom is truely amazing!!

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