Meet Mandi from Mandi's Kitchen who will have her amazing range of Christmas Puddings and Desert Logs at the next Piccadilly Market in Geelong on 3 August.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My family moved to Tasmania when I was one and so my younger years were spent in Launceston & Hobart. We moved back to Melbourne in my teens where I finished school and business college.
I have worked with children most of my adult life – as a Kindergarten Assistant and private nanny to several families and have two grown up children myself.
How did you come up with your business name?
Mandi’s Kitchen – not exactly original is it??
Tell us how your product/range came about?
I started making Traditional Christmas puddings because I didn’t like the taste of what was available and realised after much experimenting that I loved the citrus flavour, but didn’t like the peel so use fresh orange juice in my pudding & no peel. There was also a lack of quality fruit and brandy missing – so I only use the best vine ripened fruit available in Australia, and I am very heavy handed with the brandy (which is why they have such a long shelf life)
From there, the range has grown with the help of my friends and family, and now I have a range of delicious hand-made boiled in the cloth dessert logs in a variety of yummy flavours which make a great alternative to Christmas pudding and a fantastic treat to have in your cupboard all year round.
My son is vegetarian and therefore I only use butter (not suet) and my daughter had a problem with lactose so I make a Gluten free, sugar free, wheat & lactose free version of the Traditional Christmas pudding to cover all the allergies!
How long have you been in business for?
This will be my 21st Christmas!!
What inspires you?
Honesty, generosity & courage
Have you always been ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
Later in life – definitely!
What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
My hobbie is mosaics – I only use glass and could spend forever designing things
If money was no object what would be your dream destination right now?
I read about a book a fortnight so there are too many to name but recently finished ‘the Happiest Refugee’ by Ahn Do and really enjoyed it. Love a good thriller though and think Simon Kernick writes really well!!
What is your favorite website(s) ?