Dear Dad

It came as quite a shock to Mr Cookie when I told him recently that the phrase “be gracious” is my go to mantra at the moment. 3

I had to sit him down gently and explain that this deal was not available to close family 😉2

Recently I was invited to speak at a local school who had decided to hold an ‘Enterprise week’ where all the children in Year 4 created their own businesses. I had been invited to come along to speak because one of the classes chose to make biscuits. They asked  me a few questions about where my inspiration comes from.

I talked about my husband (happy father’s day Mr Cookie!) and children.

4Somehow I forgot to mention ‘my dad’ who is a very gracious person (And he doesn’t need a mantra to remind himself of it!)He also has a fantastic resilience,a great work ethic and never complains. He didn’t have any role models to teach him to strive but he  ended up as the first person in his village to go to university.

He came to England and after starting on the   production line in a biscuit (!) factory he went on to be the first Asian to reach the level he did in his later career the Civil Service.

I’m really proud to be his daughter and I love him very much and thank him so much for passing on his spirit of adventure.

I am really lucky to have many lovely sources of inspiration in life and in cookies. I was inspired hugely for this set by the wonderful Jaci from Ali’s sweet tooth  who is the queen of shabby chic. When I first saw her beautiful hot air balloons a while back I was dumbstruck that you could make them look pretty! Jaci even provided me with some pictures for inspiration as did my other lovely cookie friend Lucy from Honeycat Cookies

I’ve met new inspirations this week in the teachers who organized such a fabulous project  and invited me to their school and of course the children themselves.

The cookies featured in this post  were sent to an amazing group of people who have been inspiring me all year without even meeting but I’ll be blogging about them in a couple of weeks 🙂

Happy inspiring and Father’s days all!





They were such a lovely bunch of children with lots to say and I wish them well on their very own cookie adventure!

Happy days all!


  1. Lucy Samuels says:

    What a lovely post! Your father sounds a wonderful man 🙂

    1. Anjum says:

      Thanks Lucy 🙂

  2. BJ says:

    I’ll be in the UK from Texas in September. Do you have a shop we can visit. Your creations on Facebook are always too pretty to eat.

    1. Anjum says:

      I am so sorry I thought I had replied to your lovely comment.I’m afraid I don’t have my own shop
      (yet!) but I hope you are having a wonderful time in the U.K 🙂

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