Young Parents Team
When did you start cooking and blogging?
I started cooking when my husband and I relocated to California for work around 2001, though I made mostly simple dishes then. Only after my firstborn turned one did I start cooking more and experimenting on new recipes.
Blogging started when I baked a cake for my younger daughter’s third birthday. It was an “A” shaped cake that took me quite a while to plan and design. I felt that I needed to document it, or perhaps share the process with anyone out there who might want to bake something similar.
Incidentally, my Instagram account started when I did a full fondant princess cake, again for my younger daughter on her seventh birthday. I guess I wanted to showcase my hard work. That cake took me three days to complete.
Can you explain your blog’s name?
I suppose my name, Bee Bee, has something to do with it. Bees love honey, and this Bee loved to bake sweet treats at that point. So there you go, Honey Bee Sweets.
What’s your favourite kitchen adventure?
Baking bread. It marks myhighest number of failedattempts, too, but it nevergets me down because I learn something every time.It gives me peace and actsas a sort of stress relief,somehow. Perhaps it’s thesoft, kneadable texture of thedough. Plus, the possibilitiesare endless!
What’s the most surprising thing about being a food-blogger mum?
This is a tough question. I guess I’m most surprised at how far I’m able to stretch my multitasking capabilities. Sometimes, I wonder how I manage to pull through a week with doing household chores, chauffeuring the kids and bringing their lunch to school every day, baking and cooking, plus managing the blog and Instagram account.
Some people think my Instagram feed is just a quick shot with a comment, but I actually prepare, plan and write each post, like a summarised blog post. I take pride in sharing with my readers. So I, too, surprise myself with the amount of dedication I’ve put in on these social media platforms!
Are your kids picky eaters?
Oh boy, yes… my firstborn is not big on meat, or, should I say, anything that requires more jaw work. I remember having to buy all sorts of children’s cookbooks and trying to come up with different dishes for her. But she usually just ate little bits of it!
Luckily, she’s now more open to trying new food and loves some of my dishes as well.
Your blog has led to partnerships and sponsorships. Did you ever think blogging would lead to this kind of popularity?
I started blogging in 2008, so it’s been about six years, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with Lao Ban Niang, Bosch, Lee Kum Kee, and Tangs, among other collaborations.
Frankly speaking, I don’t consider myself popular, and was never working towards fame or sponsorships when I started. I simply wanted to share my recipes and cooking experiences. I am sure there are better food bloggers or cooks out there. I was surprised, honoured and very thankful.
How do you keep your dishes nutritious and balanced?
Plan ahead; decide on some of the meals you want to cook for the family before you do your grocery shopping for the week. Always look for what is fresh at the grocer’s. Alternatively, look for a healthy, balanced recipe before going shopping.
Try to introduce a new dish once a week. Soon, the kids will get used to the idea and will be more open to trying new ingredients.