My maternal grandfather was a chef who operated the most famous Chinese restaurant in his locality during his time. Unfortunately, when he passed away, no one was able to carry on that legacy. I would have wanted to do the same but I'm occupied with so many other things, that remains an unfulfilled dream.
A relative of mine franchised a popular coffee shop. My sister opened up the idea if we could supply them some sweets. I blurted out our intention once but was turned down simply because of franchise policies.
However, some policies are made to be broken. Three weeks ago, I got a call if I could supply since their supplier cannot meet the demand. Willingly I agreed. The past weeks, I've been in search for decent ramekins... unbelievably, it's such a hard find! I got a few from Landmark Makati at a very good price but it was not enough.
The past weeks I've been in my test kitchen... now my throat is sore with too much sweets. It has been a while since I last baked. Luckily, I have a cousin who's a food technologist whom I can consult every so often. Home baking is a lot different from commercial baking. It's not just the ingredients, it's the procedure, the packaging and everything else. I had to have my oven fixed from red to blue flame. I had to bake the ramekins for an hour prior to its first use to keep it oven safe.
With a very small volume, the proceeds I will get from this is actually not material at all. It's barely enough to sustain my weekend fancies. But it's an opportunity I want to grab.