“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”- Roman Payne.
Guys, I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record but so much has happened since my last post and considering its been a month, 4 weeks is a short time to start a new job, practically start a business and somehow try to keep your sanity intact. It started with the idea of a tea party. With the reality of my moving back to lagos, during a trip to the countryside I discussed the idea with my friend Abiola, I wanted to have a tea party to introduce Eden to Lagos, to get support and feedback for what people really wanted to eat. As most ideas they start with excitement and mostly wishful certainty. We discussed the date(my mum’s birthday), the setting and we left. I bought invitations and, once back in Lagos I carried them around with me till my mum asked one day after work, “Are you still planning on having the tea party?”, I said yes but honestly didn’t do anything about it, till her birthday came. On the day I started writing out my invites and the date was set the minute the ink hit the paper- Sunday 3rd July, 2016.
So the panic began, my OCD kicked in and my mum and I went into full planning mood. Seriously the woman with a phone can conquer the world. Within 3 days I had an event planner, another chef to help me with all I had to make and planned trips with strict budgets to the market to source all my ingredients. I told the chefs at work what I was doing and they kindly gave me the time off to do all I had to do, maybe because they understood the gravity of what I was attempting to do or they probably had pity for this girl who clearly had no idea what was in store. By Wednesday invitations started going out and people were actually responding, to my shock they were actually eager to come! I was then crazy enough on Thursday to host a three course dinner for 12 which consisted of honey & ginger chicken wings with avocado and jalepeno dip, rosemary and mint lamb with garlic mashed potaoes and caramelized carrots and to finish nutella and chocolate smore cupcakes, all whilst being filmed by StlyeHQ for a guest feature, a decision I still don’t know how I made but surprisingly created a welcome distraction from my nerves for Sunday. By Friday my Mise en place began, by Saturday I woke up at 7 and baked throughout the entire day, LITERALLY. My helpers went to bed at midnight and my mum stayed and helped till I eventually collapsed into bed at 3am only to wake up at 7am paranoid with all the finishings and bakes I still had to do till guests started arriving at 2pm.
This fear I felt was different, I had this sensation in my stomach, nausea, adrenaline and I recognized it instantly. This was the same fear I felt my first day of culinary school and the first day of university. This wasn’t the bad kind of fear but the good kind. The one that means you’re stretching beyond what you thought possible, the one that tells you you are on the brink of something, the one that tells you your dreams are coming true because the honest reality of dreaming is that Dreams come true but they definitely don’t come free. I never felt more alive in those hours, more challenged, more terrified or more convinced that I was exactly where I was meant to be, doing exactly what I was meant to be doing. Together with my little team and my little oven we made 9 loaves, 50 scones, 10 large cakes, 276 mini cakes, 145 biscuits, 2 large tarts, 250 finger sandwiches, 12 summer trifles and a batch of white chocolate mousse for good measure.
It was a fantastic day, many people who I had admired in their lines of work attended and I was overwhelmed by the support I received. It wasn’t till that day that I realized what rewards this road less travelled can provide. Endless wonder, random opportunities and pure joy. As Pacey Witter says “Nobody hands out road maps for the road less travelled you just have to kind of get on and just get driving.” There are no real next steps but hard work, company registrations, costings, getting into the realities of starting a business and the reality that Eden has actually started and seeing where this adventure takes me. So friends be encouraged, the fear you may be feeling is a good thing, don’t shy away from it, ignore it or shrink away from the responsibilities it comes with. Face it head on with all the strength you can muster. I promise it is always always worth it.
P.S Big thank you to my friends Leona & Sola who took all the pictures, I completely forgot to.
Nutella Smore Cupcakes for the dinner and Style HQ feature which you can read here: thestylehq.com/introducing-eden
On style HQ snapchat
Beautiful design and setup by Amber Madison Events
Full Menu of the Tea Party
Strawberry Short cakes
Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Almond Brittle
Inside my tin are Pistachio Madelines
Lemon cake with lemon curd and Italian Meringue
Scones with strawberry Jam and cream
Coconut and Lime Mini Loaves with Pineapple & Kiwi Kebab
Vanilla Sponge with Salted Caramel Frosting
Mini Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Hearing back from some guests
Mini blacberry jam doughnuts and Peanut butter babka
Pistachio & Rose Tart and the banana and plantain loaf
Initial set up before we had to refill.
Lots of love,