But her delicacies are not limited to the highly sought after rolls as the list of her dainty dishes is endless.“Another favorite dish that most of my clients could kill for is my Chicken Tortilla Wraps dipped in pickled chilly and eaten with strawberries to douse the hotness,” Mpholo says, adding that a meal like that costs M120.
When she established her food business called The Food Craft in 2007, Babah as she is commonly called in the trade had no idea that the small enterprise would make such an impact on a lot of people’s lives.
Today, this consummate yet self-taught chef has clients who would rather eat something prepared from her simple kitchen than dine at a five-star restaurant.
“I discuss menus with my clients and I prepare exactly what they want,” she notes. Most of her customers include friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, and other people recommended by the clients. She cooks for private occasions like birthday parties, funerals, weddings, and a few corporate functions.
“Most clients prefer small private dinners for families and picnic food. I cook meals on demand and my customers normally ask me to recommend the ideal dishes for particular occasions. I suggest the menu looking at one’s taste and budget.“I personally buy all the ingredients and strongly believe in quality for my customers. If the budget is really good, I go all about to get the best.
“I cook everything my clients want and theirs is to just come over at my home and collect their order and pay me of course,” she chuckles. She also prepares desserts, pastries, tarts, and bakes a variety of cakes, muffins, and biscuits. “Everybody can cook and bake but the trick is to be unique and make people come back again and again. For instance, there’s a popular confectionary in South Africa that makes amazing Cinnamon Rolls.
I am aware that a lot of people in Maseru love those rolls, but since the COVID-19 induced lockdown, people are unable to cross to the other side of the border and access those delicacies.
“So I make similar rolls though I still maintain my own recipe and they are now in huge demand,” she explains. Babah plans to take her business to another level but she reckons that first, she has to get established and be known before venturing into something bigger. She holds an Honours’ Degree in International Business but her real passion lies in crafting food and experimenting with new recipes. She plans to eventually leave her eight to five corporate job and pursue her real dream.