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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 

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Food

I grew up in Malaysia, surrounded by creative home cooks.  My father taught me to appreciate the intricacies of Chinese cooking.  My mother, the spicy heat of Malay and my grandmother the fusion of South Indian Malaysian.  I spent my early childhood 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!

In England, I 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 my culinary repertoire.

“Cooking together has always been my joy, I invite friends to eat with me, I cook with friends and I am honoured to be invited to eat with others.”

I started creating Malaysian food with local produce for bespoke events and gatherings in Wiltshire, England, 15 years ago.

I found sneaking out from time to time to share my cooking passions, further enhanced my very important skill of  ‘Full Time Mum’!!

I enjoyed  food sharing so much, I started homemade muesli in Shanghai, jams and cakes in Kuala Lumpur before opening my cafe,  Fru-t-Pop.  It was inspired by a fresh fruit ice lolly at Marina Bay in Singapore, my 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.

I am  based in the UK and am available for you to experience my food!  Specially prepared to tantalise, nourish and rejuvenate!


Yoga 

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  Hatha yoga teacher.

I am currently embarking on a self study of Ayurveda, Yoga Asanas and Advaita Vedanta.  Ancient teachings that gift us guidance to truly embody our highest life purpose!

Wellbeing is our birthright!! (Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, Acharya Sunya.  Published in 2017 by Sounds True)


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