I recently launched my very own home based Indian cookery classes from Walton on the Hill, Tadworth (Surrey). In hindsight I felt it was a brave move for me, considering that I didn’t hold any prior experience of running my own business and more so because my only experience of working was within the corporate sector, for some one else, in a more structured environment of sorts. After 10 years specialising in Human Resources, I took a career break to start a family. With two little ones to look after, I took up the role of a full time mum with a new sense of passion and energy. Five years on, it just felt right to start something of my own. Returning to a 9 to 5 environment felt alien and uninteresting. It was the time that I spent in my home kitchen during those five years that changed my life and helped me visualise and then set up Breech Lane Curry House.
The mission of my venture is to promote traditional family recipes, some of which have been in my family for generations. The focus is on using only the best of ingredients – meat from the local butchers, sea food from the fish monger, seasonal fresh vegetables, home made ginger and garlic paste, as many home made Indian spices as possible and the usual suspects such as olive oil and wholemeal flour to make my parathas (Indian layered flatbread) and my food, in general, healthy and delicious.
I decided to extend my offering to include a gourmet curry collection service of the same high end quality Indian food to those of us who don’t have the time or inclination to take Indian cookery classes, or would just like to treat themselves to a delicious and healthy meal once in a while.
Since my launch, I have been busy running cookery classes for friends, preparing meals through the gourmet curry collection service and there is not a moment when I regret starting my own venture.
Its after a hard days work, when I have made someones meal a happy one or passed on the knowledge and skills for making and replicating that delicious Indian chicken curry or paneer tikkas that I know for certain that I have, indeed, made the right decision!