My name is Megan.
Growing up, I loved spending time in the kitchen with my mum and grandmother. I would jump at the opportunity to help my mum make a batch of chocolate chip cookies or gingerbread men. My favourite job was “cleaning” the cookie dough off of the spoon and mixing bowl. When I was at my grandmothers house, she would show me how to make the European cakes and biscuits that she grew up with. As I got a little bit older and could actually reach the kitchen bench, I started baking cakes as often as I could. The first cake I made and decorated by myself was in the shape of a penguin. I think I was about 12 years old at the time.
Fast forward about 10 years…
I was at university studying and trying to work out what I was going to do once I had finished. I had lost interest in my first degree but finished it anyway and started working on a degree in Business Administration. I had always wanted my own business so I found this stimulating but at the end of it and after some traveling I realised the business that I have always wanted would be something to do with baking. Making cakes for my friends and family wouldn’t cut it so to increase my knowledge of baking I would need to go to pastry school!
In 2015, I spent the year baking and learning as much as I could about cakes, chocolates and other sweets. I spent week days at pastry school and between my work placement at a chocolatier, casual job and all the practice baking I wanted to do, my weeks were fully booked. After an exhausting but fantastic year it was time to continue learning as much as possible. In 2016 I spent countless hours experimenting, developing and improving recipes. I entered and got ribbons in a local baking competition and started working in a cafe where I gained experience working in a commercial kitchen and in all aspects of cooking as I not only baked but cooked for the entire menu.
2018 is going to be the year for me to try new things. I have decided to start a blog of my adventures. A few things I hope to achieve this year are :
- To study something because I love learning – I have been accepted to study postgraduate human resource management this year!
Update: I have been getting really good grades 🙂
- To go shark cage diving. Earlier in the year I was researching the Great White Shark out of interest because I have always thought they were impressive animals. While also being interested in exploring my state to see the best of what South Australia has to offer, I discovered that Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia that allows Shark Cage Diving and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind that I will one day do this!
- Continue to teach myself how to use my camera to learn to take beautiful pictures
- Learn to relax – I am always doing something or thinking about something. These days I struggle to sit through a movie, something I used to really enjoy doing to wind down, because I am always thinking about what is happening next.