My Passion for Profession Story – Lara

My Passion for Profession Story – Lara

Hi guys, I have another passion for profession story for you. This time I had a chat with someone I’ll like to call the ‘Legal Baker’. Let’s meet her.

Lara is a banker – with legal background turned baker and mum of 2. She owns Vdcake, a popular cake store she started with her husband.

Lara Olateju

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Omolara Olateju, I am a baker married to an amazing man with two stunning Boys. I worked at Santander for about 7 years, I was actually still working there when I started Vdcake. I later decided to quit the job and focus on building my cake business which I started with a lot of support from my husband.

Why baking?

I have always loved creativity in the kitchen, and enjoy baking as a hobby. At some point in my banking career, I got bored and I wanted something else to do which could also serve as another source of income. I rekindled my love for baking, dived into it, and there’s been no turning back since then.

When did you start baking?

Hmmmmmm, I started baking commercially 15 years ago, I’d started a few years before that, gifting to family and friends. As mentioned earlier, I started baking when I was still at the bank.

Do you still gift to family and friends now that you’re fully commercial?

oh yes, I still do. My nieces, nephews and other family and friends still get cake gifts from Vdcake.

At what point did you decide to take it up as a profession?

Well, I felt I needed more humf in my life aside from my 9-5. After getting serious with baking and receiving good feedbacks from everyone who tasted it, I decided to start baking commercially but I was still in my job. I did this for 15 years before finally deciding to take it up fully. I waited to see that the business could stand on its own, quit my job, and I have been running Vdcake since then. Interestingly, my sons have become quite good at it too, you’ll often see them helping out in the studio.

Lara at work

Did you go through any kind of training?

Not at all, I am self-trained

Is there any baker you look up to?

Wow a lot, the cake community is a big one.

What are your goals for Vdcakes?

We have a lot of goals set, one of them is to be able to gift out knowledge to the younger bakers.

Where do you see your business in ten years?

In big places, bigger presence for VD cakes. Competing as a baker on the global front.

How do you juggle motherhood with running a business?

When I started Vdcake, the Boys were a lot younger. My husband and I both worked around the clock prioritising and supporting each other, but they’re much older now, it’s easier.

What do you bake and which is your favourite thing to bake?

We bake most of the common cake flavours, but our favourite is our wedding special which is our unique blend. We also bake cookies and our cupcakes are pretty awesome too.

Did any of you do any serious baking as Kids or you just picked it up later in life?

I can’t recall baking as a child, it was picked up as an adult and my interest came as a result of my love for creating things in the kitchen, what better way to express this if not baking. My husband did not bake as a child too.

Tell us about your cake tasting session.

We have a cake tasting session for potential clients every first Saturday of the month. Spaces are reserved based on a certain charge which is then deducted from the final balance of the agreed cake.

What do you do when you’re not baking?

A few interesting things that encourage personal improvement. I have a big love for health and fitness.

Advice for upcoming bakers?

To my wonderful upcoming bakers, have a unique style, stick to it and you will stand out.

What do you like splurging on?

Anything with great quality.

Thank you Lara.

Lara is my go-to cake maker. She makes all my family celebratory cakes. Below are some of the stunning creations she’s made for me. Beyond the art and amazing craftsmanship lies a wonderful tasting cake, her cakes taste lovely all the time.

For other passion to profession stories please read here and here.

TO contact Lara

website: www.vdcake.com

Instagram @vdcake

Facebook: vdcake bakery.

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Nollywood on Netflix

Nollywood on Netflix

Recently, there has been an upsurge of Nollywood (Nigerian movies) on Netflix, good news right? I have had the privilege of watching a few and I wrote about some of them. As it is often said, when you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all, so I decided to hold my peace on others. However, I saw the trailer of a sequel to one of the movies and decided to break my silence.

I previously did a post on King of Boys and The Wedding Party 2. I have since watched some others and here are my thoughts on them;

Nollywood on Netflix

Merry Men – The real Yoruba Demons

Having watched 10 days in Sun City and now Merry Men, it is very obvious that Ayo Makun loves action movies. Nothing wrong with that, the problem here is the action is most times unnecessary. A perfect example is the scene where Ramsey Nouah’s character confronted Jim Iyke’s Character, and then his sister jumping in to take the bullet and in comes the authority and there was a shoot out… Really! What in the grizzlies (sorry just had to chip that in, its something my littlest is always saying 😁).

Anyway, what saved the movie for me was some good acting from Ramsey, RMD and Iretiola. Jim Iyke just amuses me anyway, and I always love seeing Falz in a movie, he’s a treasure that one. Whilst I ended the movie wondering why they were still freemen after that shoot out, trying to get over Rosy Meurer’s bad acting and really trying to make sense of the script, I see a trailer for a sequel 😬. I just really hope it’s a better-written plot.

Nollywood on Netflix

Mums at War

I watched this movie expecting a very good story and performance. I got one and not the other. The performance was quite good, watching the teenage children was even more enjoyable for me. The story itself was not bad, bearing in mind that mums will do anything for their children, but they lost the plot somewhere. I kept wondering why none of the main actresses could say something about the story being too far fetched! It wasn’t a bad watch though – if you can stomach the cheesiness, Omoni and Funke delivered some entertaining performance.

Nollywood on Netflix

Mokalik

I watched this movie right after I saw someone’s post about their disappointment at it. The person expressed their feeling of dissatisfaction based on the fact that the director, Kunle Afolayan always delivers solid movies. I became curious – as I do agree that he makes good movies, so I watched Mokalik expecting to be disappointed too 😁. Surprisingly, I liked the movie. I do get where my friend was coming from though, after getting used to Kunle’s big movie plots like October 1, Figurine etc, his latest piece of work was almost like a documentary. It was a birds-eye view into the life of everyday men and women, in this case, a mechanic’s workshop was the setting. It was homely, sincere and original. You could tell a lot of research went into it, I really liked it.

New Money

The plot like a lot of Nollywood movie seemed far-fetched but it could pass as anything is possible 😊. My problem with this movie is that I struggled to like the main character. Not that Jemima Osunde didn’t play it well, she did a great job but maybe it’s the dialogue there’s just something not right about the main character for me. As usual, Falz was a delight to watch even though I felt like slapping his character a few times. It wasn’t a bad watch, just a regular home movie.

Nollywood on Netflix

Up North

I’d heard a lot of good things about this movie so I went into it expecting to be wowed 😁. If nothing, it makes me regret not embracing my time at NYSC camp wholeheartedly 😁 and makes me want to visit Bauchi. I think we should have more movies that show the beauty and culture of Nigeria and the diversity as well, Up North ticks the box here. Apart from that, it was a bit flat for me but I think this happened because of my very high expectations. Don’t even know what else to say 😁. Not a bad movie altogether, watch it, beautiful people 😘.

Conclusion

It’s very obvious that Nollywood keeps improving especially in terms of cinematography, Sound mix, Light and effects. But we seem to be forgetting to put more effort into the plot and Dialogue. This requires a lot of work too. Some have gotten it right and there are some improvements, but more needs to be done.

I also watched “In my Country” it was a very compelling watch but I’m too tired to write on it😁. Go and watch it and let me know what you think 😉. If there’s any movie you want me to share my thoughts on please do let me know.

Please don’t forget to share your opinion and let me know any topic you want me to write on.

Aunty Lulu.

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Health Talk with Adeola – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Alternating recurrent periods or random sporadic clusters of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation’’ sounds familiar?  Yes, sounds like the commonly occurring Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It can be very frustrating to live with and can have a big impact on everyday life. To make matters worse, it can be a lifelong problem – but the good news is it can be well controlled and managed, leading mostly to a symptom-free life.

irritable bowel syndrome

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME.

What is IBS?

(IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system. It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These tend to come and go over time and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.

The exact cause is unknown – it’s been linked to things like food passing through your gut too quickly or too slowly, oversensitive nerves in your gut, stress and a family history of IBS.

There is no cure, but diet changes and medicines can often help control the symptoms.

The main symptoms of IBS are:

  • stomach pain or cramps – usually worse after eating and better after doing a poo
  • bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen
  • diarrhoea – you may have watery poo and sometimes a sudden urgency to poo.
  • constipation – you may strain when pooing and feel like you cannot empty your bowels fully.

Others are:

  • excessive  farting (flatulence)
  • tiredness and a lack of energy
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • not always being able to control when you poo (incontinence)

IBS flare-ups can happen for no obvious reason.

irritable bowel syndrome

Sometimes they have a trigger like:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • certain foods, such as spicy or fatty food, and certain types of fruits and vegetables
  • stress and anxiety.

  SEE YOUR DOCTOR URGENTLY IF YOU HAVE:

  • lost a lot of weight for no reason
  • bleeding from your bottom or bloody diarrhoea or mucus in your stool
  • a hard lump or swelling in your tummy
  • persistent vomiting and diarrhoea.

These could be signs of something more serious.

General tips to relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms

There’s no single diet or medicine that works for everyone with IBS. But there are lots of things that can help if you have been diagnosed with it.

irritable bowel syndrome

Ask your pharmacists for medicines that can help relieve symptoms. Probiotics may help some people.

Check with your doctor who will examine you and may arrange some blood and stool tests to exclude any serious cause, give advice and treatment as necessary.

Diagnosis and Treatment.

General lifestyle changes – usually dietary advice and habit modifications.

Possible referral to a dietician if the above doesn’t help. Dieticians give general diet tips for IBS, advice on certain types of food, like dairy and gluten, allergy testing.

Over the counter medications as suggested by your Pharmacist and/or medicines prescribed by your  Doctor. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist if you have severe symptoms and other medicines have not helped.

Psychological Therapies: If you have had IBS for a long time and other treatments are not helping. This can help if stress or anxiety is triggering your symptoms. It can also help you cope with your condition better.

The IBS Network is the national charity for people with IBS.

References: IBS network. Patient UK. NHS website.  GP notebook.

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