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 Malawi, France, Turkey, Libya and Shanghai further expanded 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 that sneaking out from time to time to share 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, Fru-t-Pop. This was inspired by a fresh fruit ice lolly at Marina Bay in Singapore, her love of Slow Food, organics, simple living and different cultures.
Fru-t-Pop in Kuala Lumpur introduced delicious, 100% organic ice lollies to schools and 100% organic ingredients in the cafe food. Selling organic vegetables from local farms at the cafe with a very small charge to customers. This made fresh organic vegetables attractive to the small, local community the cafe was based in.
Running workshops for children of all ages, teaching them to make naturally delicious ice lollies.
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 U.K. since 2015, Giselda is now creating Malaysian bowl food for bespoke events and gatherings. Her aim is to tantalise tastebuds, fusing locally sourced produce with traditional recipes. She specialises in responsibly sourced Game.
My yoga mat has always been my ‘return to self’ space, especially in the last 5 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 beginner 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 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