We all remember those wonderful moments when we were lured into grandma’s kitchen with the smells of tasty savories and delicious desserts. She never failed to deliver the homemade dish that you just can’t find anywhere. No matter where you try the different variations of that dish, your critique at the end of the meal would always be, “but teeta does it better.”
Now, Fatma Dawood, the lady behind GrandMa’s Kitchen is giving you a chance to recreate that experience, with a simple phone call. The 68-year-old grandmother of two baby boys has perfected the art of cake making, and is now turning it into a business.
“Our love for things changes with age,” said Dawood. “Where does love come from? When something is successful.”
In her formative years cooking was not her forte. She had difficulties with home economics while her sister seemed to be a natural in the kitchen. Dawood was more visually inclined, and created a career in interior design for herself.
“I just didn’t understand the recipes,” she said. “I would just follow the recipes and they wouldn’t turn out right sometimes. I don’t like to fail.”
Eventually Dawood found herself running the administration of a culinary school run by her sister-in-law in Kuwait. During her breaks she would sit in on the class and listen to the chefs and try to implement their tips in her own kitchen. The one thing that never failed were her anise cookies. They were loved by her son, requested by her friends and given as gifts to people around her.
While this is her first baking venture, Dawood has been linked to the food industry in Kuwait for more than a decade. Almost 15 years ago she approached The Sultan Center with a novel idea to sell hollowed-out squash. The vegetables could then be used in any stuffed vegetable dish with minimal effort. They loved the idea, and it sold like hot cakes. Yet, the mundane work wasn’t for Dawood, she wanted something more creative and fun.
So, at an age where most would sit back, relax and enjoy spoiling their grandchildren, Dawood has taken on a new venture, GrandMa’s Kitchen. She has perfected three nine-inch cakes: the German chocolate cake (KD 9), is fluffy and moist with an amazing walnut icing (or coconut for those with a nut allergy). For the chocolate lovers, the all chocolate bundt cake (KD 8), with chocolate icing is sure to fill that cocoa craving. If you want a real treat though try her perfect and incredible carrot cake (KD 9). The perfect blend of carrot and spices topped with a not-too-sweet cream icing is so perfect we guarantee you’ll be sneaking bites from it all day long.
To order a cake or cookies from GrandMa’s Kitchen call 5009 0029.