March 3rd, 2008

On maternity break for six months!


Yup! Another (!) quick note to say that I’m taking a six month break from the market, starting now.


May I take this opportunity to mention a BIG THANK YOU to all the customers who had visited my stall the last two & a half years. I cannot express my gratitude to you deeply enough. Each one of you have changed my life in a multitude of positive ways. I really can’t wait to get back come this September/ October & see you all again!! – Also, I’d like to express a big thank you to the market team. I understand there’s no such thing as a maternity-leave for street traders, so I am very grateful that you have agreed to secure my slot & have me back in six months’ time. I am so lucky to be trading at such a lovely lovely market.
Time flies by so quick – I’m expecting to give birth end of this month!

We’ve started to get things in readiness for her. – We went to buy her first ever garment (from a Swedish shop called Polarn O. Pyret) this weekend, & D has brought down the cot-bed (that our first child used) from the attic & gave it a good wipe down.

The pram, the carry-cot, the baby bath tub, the baby car seat, the baby alarm, the bottle sterilizer, the changing table… It’s wonderfully marvelous to think that this time we have all these things already to hand – I remember first time round it was very time-consuming, stressful & tres expensive having to go shopping for all of these!


Anyway, I’ll still be posting stuff on this blog, so please stay tuned!
t xxx


  1. enjoy your time off with your new little one!

    Comment by mari - March 3, 2008 3:38 pm

  2. Thanx Mari! Will do!

    Comment by tamami - March 3, 2008 4:31 pm

  3. Hey Tamami :)

    Just came by to tell you that I was round my neighbour’s the other day and whilst randomly chatting she brought up the subject of your fruit tart saying how much she loved it and how good it was, and that she couldn’t resist and ate the rest of it for breakfast the next day! LOL. I almost felt proud, like I’d baked it myself haha.

    Btw, I’m going to embark on some baking in April! I might have to email you then to ask you for decoration tips, is that ok? It’s for my little cousin, I want to bake her a lovely heart-shaped cake for her birthday :)

    Comment by Jan - March 3, 2008 5:45 pm

  4. Hey Jan! That’s sooo sweet! thanks for mentioning it. – but for breakfast? Your neighbour knows how to treat herself ;) The closest I get to sugar in the morning is in a porridge, or jam on toast.
    And yesss, please do email me if you have any questions that I might be able to give a go at answering…! How old is your little cousin? (I take it’s a girl?)

    Comment by Tamami - March 3, 2008 7:29 pm

  5. A new little one – how exciting! Please post a pic of your baby when the time comes. Have you decided on a name yet?

    I love your Valentine tarts, I can’t work out how you did the bird.

    Take care and get plenty of rest now – sleepless nights on the way. Sending my warmest thoughts.

    Comment by Alex - March 4, 2008 12:48 am

  6. Hi Alex! I’ll definately post some pics up!

    Name-wise, we want a Japanese name, to reflect her background. – Japanese first name, German surname. – Besides, for some reason, I can’t imagine calling my own child with any name non-Japanese.

    As for sleepless nights to come :), yeah… I know… i’m just hoping it’s not going to be too bad – they say the second child is so much easier!

    ps: as for the bird on the chocolate tart, I used a plastic ‘marzipan cutter’ which has grooves on it, to stamp/emboss the design.I dust cocoa powder on the tart while the ‘cutter’ is still wedged on!

    Comment by tamami - March 4, 2008 10:16 am

  7. Good luck and lots of love.

    Comment by barny - March 5, 2008 8:34 am

  8. cheers barny! and good luck to you too on your new store!

    Comment by tamami - March 5, 2008 4:42 pm

  9. I wish I hadn’t been so busy in the weeks since I’ve been back! Now I’ll have to wait before I buy another one of those lovely tarts from you :P Best of luck to you and your new little one :D

    Comment by Charmaine - March 7, 2008 9:54 pm

  10. Hey Charmaine, you’re back!! Nice to hear from you!!

    Comment by Tamami - March 8, 2008 1:12 pm

  11. Sorry for the late(ish) comment – just got back from Paris last night (with 5kg of chocolate!!!). I’m so glad to hear you’re going to keep blogging and look forward to the first pics of the little one! (I wonder if she’s going to inherit your sweet tooth and your baking talents… though of course the latter will take a few years to show up. ;) )

    Best wishes to you! xx

    Comment by Rachel - March 9, 2008 9:29 pm

  12. 5kg of chocolate!!? lol.
    well, the Paris trip must’ve been a worthwhile shopping trip then! ;-)
    Blog-wise, ‘course! I’ll def. keep it up – but just lately, I am one lazy bone, can’t motivate myself to do ‘anything’, I get so tired, so quickly…
    But I am currently (slowly) experimenting on Rice Pudding recipes – so once I’m happy with it, I’ll post that up!
    C ya!

    Comment by tamami - March 10, 2008 12:55 pm

  13. Hiya Tamami :)

    I was wondering, do you know how to make sugarpaste flowers? I’m thinking of decorating ideas for my little cousin’s cake now (it takes me a long time to plan). The one and only cake I ever decorated was a very simple affair, and I don’t want to repeat myself again!

    Comment by Jan - March 13, 2008 8:29 am

  14. Hiya Jan!!
    Sugar craft is something I have no idea of!! It’s a whole new department in my eyes. It looks too intricate for my clumsy fingers!
    If it was me, I would probably cheat & buy edible flowers from Borough market & coat it front & back with loosened egg white, hold the flower with a tweezer & sprinkle castor sugar. It takes all day to dry though :)

    Comment by tamami - March 13, 2008 6:31 pm

  15. Hi Tamami! :)

    How’re you holding up? Bit cold lately, wrap up warm! (Do I sound like a grandmother lol)

    I haven’t done the sugar craft stuff yet but I have been researching tools to buy! Knowing me I’ll probably end up making some rockhard cupcakes :p

    Hope you’ and the little one and the even littler one in the tummy are well!

    x x x

    Comment by Jan - March 26, 2008 11:30 pm

  16. Hey grandmama Jan! ;)
    So you’ve decided you’re gonna sugar craft huh? Wow! You’d have to teach me one day! xxx

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    Comment by toyomi - March 29, 2008 11:06 pm

  18. Ahh the days of a long break. Far behind me now. Wish I could go on maternity but I’m a bloke! :-)

    Comment by Hermama Maternity Bras - July 13, 2009 4:13 pm

  19. Well, it’s not much of a relaxing break what with kilograms to cope with in your belly but still do housework! : )

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