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In 2016, my daughter was six months old and I felt something odd like a small piece of gravel in my left breast. A blocked milk duct, I thought. It soon turned into the whole breast feeling rock hard. One day I was hand expressing and there was a tiny drop of blood in my milk. I texted my mothers’ group and one of them said, “Katrina hon, you’ve got to go get that checked out.”
I was 34, young, fit and healthy. I was an ESCF Paris-trained pastry chef who had worked for Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi in their Soho restaurant NOPI. I’d worked for Jason Atherton at Pollen Street Social, his one-Michelin-starred restaurant in London. I’d cycled a clunky oma fiets through sleet and snow to get to my early morning bakery shifts in the Netherlands. Back home in Sydney I was a mum to a three-year-old and eight-month-old as well as being a freelance food photographer, food technologist, and recipe developer. I was reluctant to see a doctor, but I knew she was right.
I went to see the breast specialist who took three excruciating core biopsies. She said to me, “We can wait for the results, but I’ve seen enough to tell you that you have breast cancer”. I had no family history of it. I was gobsmacked.
Fast forward four years of relentless cancer diagnoses and cancer treatment, and I am currently battling further progression of my metastatic (stage four, advanced) breast cancer. I may not look sick, I may have a smile on my face, but I combat treatment, medication and side effects every day.
The recipes in Mum’s cookbook are mostly Chinese and Malaysian home-style cooking. It’s packed full of generous, humble, nourishing, welcoming and comforting food. The food that fuelled my childhood.
Some of my favorite dishes in the book are Assam Laksa, Har Mee and Chicken Satay. There’s humble home food suitable for the whole family such as Wonton Soup, Caramel Chicken with Potato and Shiitake, or Steamed Silken Egg with Pork. Mum is also a fabulous baker and we have captured her flawless Chiffon Cake, as well as Asian desserts such as Nine-Layer Kuih Cake and Mango Pudding.
There are over 70 recipes in the book, to celebrate her 70 years of a wonderful life, full of family, friends and food. There is a full color photo for every dish, so we can make them how she made them.
As of January 26th, this project has raised $17,300 of their $11,532 goal. This project has 33 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $16, you will get one online cookbook. For a pledge of $39, you will get one book. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makanatmums/makan-at-mums-a-family-cookbook?
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