Lifetime of healthy cooking makes business sense for Elm Park woman
07:00 24 March 2014
A woman who has spent her life baking healthy treats for her family and friends is getting ready to set up her own online bakery business.
Karolina Witaszek, 33, of Maybank Avenue, Elm Park, has been cooking delicious snacks, inspired by her grandmother’s baking, for more than 25 years and is now preparing to take the next step.
She said: “I’ve always loved baking and this will be my way of trying to help others to not only eat healthily but to enjoy what they’re eating as well.”
Born in 1981, in Lodz, in Poland, Karolina spent her summer holidays at her grandmother’s house, learning how to bake.
Karolina said: “A lot of my cousins would come over to stay with my grandma, but I was the only who helped her in the kitchen to prepare meals for a big family.
“I enjoyed preparing dishes like dumplings with fruity fillings the most. It was really hard work because we had to mix all ingredients with our hands. Now I can just use a standard mixer, which can do all of the hard work for me!”
Karolina’s parents did bake but were better cooks, sitting down to a home made meal every night.
“Even now I always cook meals at home, rather than buying ready-made products. I think it is much healthier and cheaper and I enjoy it.”
Her interest in baking healthy meals grew when she became a teenager, cutting out recipes from newspapers and magazines.
She settled in the UK in 2010 and met her future partner Bartosz Mikosza, at the hotel she worked at in Knightsbridge.
She said: “When I first met him as work colleague, I didn’t really like him. I thought he is too flirty with every girl he meets on his way and I still think so!”
But after a few dates she decided he was right for her, she moved in with him to a flat in Woodford , and two years later she gave birth to their son Adrian.
She said: “During my pregnancy I had to control my glucose level, so I had to push even more for healthy food. Now I am adjusting traditional recipes with healthier substitutes.”
But even being heavily pregnant didn’t stop her from doing what she loved most; even baking six loaves of bread for work the night before she gave birth.
She showcased her goods at an event for International Women’s Day recently, and is now concentrating on building up her website, Karolina’s Kitchen, launching this month. which she hopes will promote healthy eating.
Karolina said: “I would love to one day to open up my own restaurant or coffee shop that I have always been dreaming of. I just like baking because it relaxes me. And knowing that my products are made with healthy, natural and organic ingredients, I can recommend them easily to everyone.”
She added: “I would like to say it’s my not-so-guilty pleasure!”