Yesterday 11 th June 2016 marked another milestone in my culinary world. I received and delivered an order for dinner for 4. Never have i cooked for someone else for payment. I mean I have had parties and have cooked for friends and family. But this was the first time i had a chance to cook for others and received a monetary reward for it. Not to mention the rewarding satisfaction knowing that the guests had enjoyed the food and had found it 'very yummy' and 'very suitable to their taste'.
My close friend Angie needed an order for 4 vegetarians in her guest list. She had other sources for her non veg food and even had one for her veg food too. But she wanted to promote my good cooking and asked two weeks ago if I could cook for her. I was hesitant not because I couldn't cook for her. After all, it was only 3 dishes. But more because how would I charge her? Apart from the ingredients cost, how do I charge her for time sourcing for the ingredients and what about time and labour toiling in the kitchen? In the end, I agreed because I knew if I turned down this opportunity, I would regret it.
Yesterday, I woke up bright and early as I had to cook lunch for family first. Because it was an order for dinner, I couldn't cook too early lest it might spoil by the time dinner time comes along. I just hired a new helper Sheila and even though I could have asked her to help cut the vegetables, I didn't. ' Why not ? 'you might think unbelievingly. I don't know if you feel the same, but I feel sometimes it is easier to get things done if you do it yourself and end up saving a lot of time and frustration too. Plus, my helper is so new and is still getting used to doing things my way. I didn't want any mistakes in my first dinner order.
Hence, I toiled in the kitchen from 830am to 2pm with only a 15 min rest for breakfast! it was serious toiling. But at the end of it, food turned out great and I realised I had enjoyed myself. Angie came along at 215 to pick up the food and exclaimed 'it looks so delicious!' Thank you Angie for this wonderful oppotunity - now I can add another feather to my hat!!
Will I take any more cooking orders?? What do you think?
I got my 2 minutes of fame today..I was featured under the Singapore Cooks column of our national newspaper The Sunday Times. Singapore Cooks is a bi weekly column honoring local cooks from all walks of life - homemakers, undergradutaes, working adults, grandparents etc... I was a little embarrased by all the attention, but I was seeking more to promote my blog. Even though the journalist did add the blog url in the write up, the editor had decided to not include it.
Anyway, I received a lot of compliments and congratulatory wishes. Thank you so much for your support and encourgement dear friends.
'Good story and picture'
- Mano Sabnani
'Well Done Nilo!'
- Sridevi Vaithianathan
Congrats Nilofar Iyer! Very charming! And you write so well. Next for your own food section in The Sraits Times....
- Junaitha Zaheer
- Sarah Mehdi
'Congrats Nilo! With passion to celebrity status- Well done!'
- Usha Sekhar
'Congratulations. Now we have two people in our family featured in the newspapers for food - you today and me on 6/9/2014'
'Passion and practice leads to perfect results...well done Nilofar'
- Fareed Shaik
'Well done mate!'
- Sujatha Pillai
'I always look forward to reading your food blogs! Keep up the wonderful cooking!'
- Nidhi Goenke
'Congratulations! When's the tasting session?!'
- Adeline Koh
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...