Student Life- Baking with Kaena
Eighth grader Kaena shared his passion for baking on The Lancer. He then took part in a baking contest with his friend Peter.
When did you start baking?
I officially started baking in the 5th grade. I really liked to be in the kitchen and I always really loved food. I started in the 5th grade because when I went home I didn't have a hobby, I would just watch YouTube and lay on the couch, then I just wanted to bake because it seemed simple
Who inspired you to start baking?
My mom really inspired me to start baking. I grew up with my mom baking every year for Christmas, I always loved to help and I just wanted to do something like that and share it with others. So I really picked it up from her and since then, my baking interest has grown so much more.
What do you like to bake?
I really like to bake cookies. They are simple and don't take much time. I have recently loved baking baklava. Baklava is diverse yet simple and it really is a treat to have and share with others. I really like seeing the smile and shock on people's faces when I give them baklava I made since it seems so difficult.
What tips do you have for baking?
There are a whole bunch of tips for baking. Here are some of my top tips for baking:
Focus on details (first time, do exactly as it says, then make adjustments if needed)
Stay near the oven (Don't want things burning)
Don't waste (ingredients cost money and things aren't cheap)
Don't accept defeat (you might fail, use that to learn and try again)
Don't listen to other's negative comments (don't let them bring you down, use it to build you up)
Have Fun (things taste better when made with love and when you really try)
Share with others (when you are confident in baking, sharing your creations with others, can help you to get feedback and grow)