Today's personal class was a special case.....Chef Baini received repeated requests from Aishah who hails from Kuantan, Pahang. She insisted on learning the Pastry Basket from Chef Baini. Not that Chef Baini didn't want to teach Aishah; she felt that Aishah might be taking the long route unnecessarily just to learn the Pastry Basket. Chef Baini had recommended some of her friends who were in closer vicinity to Aishah, but Aishah would brook no refusal. Finally, Chef Baini relented and accepted the opportunity to teach Aishah. The Babams said," Never mind-lah. After all, she so much wants to meet you. Why not?"
So on Monday, the 14th of March, 2011, Chef Baini and the Babams met Aishah for the first time. She and her husband drove in from Kuantan the night before and spent the night at a new hotel downtown. Unfamiliar to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, they arrived a little later than the appointed time but not unreasonably so. Aishah's hubby left her at Chef Baini's home.
Having just 1 student learning just 1 type of cake or pastry can be quite relaxing.....Chef Baini can give her full attention so that Aishah can get the maximum learning possible....everything down to the brushstrokes! Well, before she got there, she had to get the baking pan ready for the oven, like the picture below shows....
Of course, Chef Baini taught Aishah now to make the tarts too! Big fat corn-on-the-cob tarts, that is!
Take a look at the pictures above and below.... Doesn't it look like an overgrown kindergarten kids painting class instead of a serious pastry class? Hee hee!
Honestly, its the fun part of what Chef Baini does...its like being a kid all over again....
Except when you're a big kid, you're expected to work neatly and not make a mess. But if you do, then you must clean up afterwards....that's a luxurious option that only kids can avail themselves too, but certainlly not grown-ups!
Now once class is over, all the brushes must be washed and rinsed thoroughly to make the bristles (or brush hairs) last as long as possible. This is a discipline that is strictly self-enforced. A serious baker, just like every other craftsman and artist, must take care of all his or her tools.
Take good care of your tools and they'll take good care of you! See what happens in the end? This is Aishah's masterpiece.....
You can bet it'll last the whole journey back to Kuantan,...but don't drive too fast, or all the bumps along the way might jolt the pastry basket out of whack! Thank you, Aishah, for coming all the way to meet Chef Baini. It was our privilege to have you in our home. Safe journey!
That's it for today's post, dear friends! Until next time, take care.