By MJ Cowling
Here at ele we love chatting to inspiring business owners and this week we catch up with Kate White, founder of Katering, a Sydney-based events and catering business and Katering at Home, Kate’s latest venture, providing delicious, healthy, homemade meals to busy families at home.
How did Katering start?
Katering started 25 years ago, I was doing boardroom lunches and a client asked me to do a job which I did, then it ventured from there.
I’ve always been passionate about the kitchen, always loved cooking. I used to cook every Sunday with my grandmother. I was pretty much self-taught and then went overseas and did a course in London. Then I got back and did boardroom lunches because I did it before, and then it expanded from there.
I started Katering at Home two years ago because I knew there are people out there who needed beautiful food on the kitchen bench to feed their children but do not have the time to cook it. And I was always looking for a quick way to put a beautiful dinner on the table, that was healthy, fresh and light.
What’s the current focus for Katering and Katering at Home?
We’re in the wedding season. Catering, styling. Katering used to be just catering. But now, it’s growing into an event company where everything is married together: styling, food, décor – because from a guest perspective, it is not only about the food. It’s about their whole experience.
We’ve got Christmas running with Katering At Home. It includes everything you would need for Christmas glazed ham, vegetables, salads and lots of desserts including gingerbread making kits. (Editor’s note: Could this be the easiest way ever to do an amazing Christmas lunch?!)
You must be very busy, what does a typical day look like for you?
I am up and out, no time to be around. I’ve got a couple of loads of washing, so I hang that out and then I’m out. I pack as much into my day as possible but usually every minute is thought about before I get up. We plan our day, so I know what I’m doing much of the time, hour to hour.
During The Day Routine
I don’t really have time to catch up with friends and family during the day, but I do love talking to my friends in the car. I use all that time in the car talking on the phone, so my time is not wasted. Time is the essence here. I don’t have much time but do speak to my mum and dad every day.
Everything is pretty much pre-planned. I’ve got my meetings, I run my own diary. In the afternoon, lunch is at the desk or on the run.
At night for dinner we always have a family dinner. Dinner is at the table. Definitely two to three nights a week. But it’s important to have family dinner around the table. We have candles, we always like candles. Friends are welcome anytime, usually it’s very big on a Tuesday night after the Katering At Home delivery is done. I cook a lot of roasts and throw them into the oven and keep working. Dinner with three teenage girls and one teenage boy…whichever way you call it!
Dinner is chaotic so I wind down with vodka and no-nonsense television. I have to get Apple TV Plus. Morning Show is unreal. I’m loving it. I’ve done three episodes now.
Can you share a recipe with us?
Orange and Almond Cake
Ingredients ( makes 1 x 20cm cake)
6 large oranges
225g caster sugar
225g almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 150C (302F)
2. Line a 20cm baking tin with baking paper
3. Wash the oranges and prick with a fork. Place in a pot of boiling water and submerge. Simmer for 1 hour then remove. When cool, puree to a fine paste
4. Fold the remaining ingredients into the orange puree with a spatula
5. Pour the mixture into the tin and tap the tin on the bench lightly to settle
6. Bake for around 20-30min or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. If the top becomes brown during baking just cover with foil
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before placing on a wire rack. Ice and decorate to your liking. Enjoy!
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