Giselda’s Food & Yoga
A small Family Business with Phenomenal Values!
We believe in keeping our feet firmly grounded and our spirit wild and free
Giselda grew up in Malaysia, surrounded by creative home cooks. Her father taught her to appreciate the intricacies of Chinese cooking. Her mother, the spicy heat of Malay and her grandmother the fusion of South Indian Malaysian. She also lived with an aunt who could magic the most incredible food from very basic store cupboard ingredients. Every day was a food adventure for a child growing up in multi cultural Malaysia.
Warm hugs were home cooked meals, welcoming all visitors, whatever time of day. ‘Saaptingla’ (Tamil) – have you eaten? If not, please come in and I will prepare you food from my heart!
Then she moved to England and experienced the joys of family roasts, pies, cakes, jams, chutneys and fresh homegrown vegetables.
Living as an expat in Africa, France, Turkey, Libya, Shanghai and travelling to many different countries further expanding her culinary repertoire.
Cooking together has always been our joy, we invite friends to eat with us, we cook with friends and we are honoured to be invited to eat with others.
Giselda started creating Malaysian food with local produce for bespoke events and gatherings in Wiltshire, England, 15 years ago.
She found, sneaking out from time to time, sharing her cooking passions, enhanced her very important skill of ‘Full Time Mum’!!
She enjoyed food sharing so much, she started homemade muesli in Shanghai, jams and cakes in Kuala Lumpur before opening her cafe.
Inspired by a fresh fruit ice lolly at Marina Bay in Singapore, her love of Slow Food, organics, simple living and different cultures.
Our cafe Fru-t-Pop, in Kuala Lumpur, introducing delicious 100% organic ice lollies to schools, 100% organic ingredients in our cafe food. Selling organic vegetables from local farms at our cafe with a very small charge to customers. This made fresh organic vegetables very attractive to the small local community the cafe was based in.
Running workshops for children of all ages, teaching them to make our ice lollies. Naturally delicious treats.
Employing vulnerable foreign workers – so they could return to home countries. Many were stranded in Malaysia with no passport or money.
Permanently based in the UK since 2016, Giselda is now creating Malaysian bowl food for bespoke events and gatherings that tantalise tastebuds using locally sourced produce. She specialises in responsibly sourced Game.
My yoga mat has always been my ‘return to self’ space, especially, in the last 4 years, when I started an unexpected new chapter in my life.
I have been a student for 25 years, experiencing its many forms through wonderful teachers from all over the world during my expat wanderings and living in different countries.
In 2019, a string of unplanned events enabled the gift of spending a month in Dharamsala, India, exploring the deeper, meaning of this ancient healing art. I qualified as a beginners level Hatha yoga teacher.
This year 2020, I am embarking on a 3 year, level 4 teacher training course with the British Wheel of Yoga to further enhance my teaching skills.
Hatha and Yin yoga have been my balm and I am keen to humbly share with anyone who needs to be soothed.
We believe –
It’s not what we put in, it’s what we don’t! – Aunty Carol
Be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi
To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived – to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that truth – this doubtless is the right way to live. – Henry James