In part two of our ‘Get to Know Zahra’ series, we ask assistant food stylist Shannon Peare six questions to give us a glimpse into her life at Zahra!
I started baking when I was three, with my aunty Eileen, down in my granny’s kitchen. We used to make biscuits. And I couldn’t say sieve, it was ‘fizz’! It kinda started from there. And everybody always told me not to do it, because of the unsociable hours and everything. And I just kind of said, it’s the only thing I enjoy doing. So I went to college and that was it!
I’ve gotten into sugar craft, so anything to do with sugar craft and making stuff with my hands is great. Cupcakes are always a great thing because they’re easy and everyone loves them.
That kind of changes everyday. I can go from listening to David Gray to listening to AC/DC to listening to Bruno Mars. It completely evolves through the baking, and I feel very badly for my parents having to deal with the noise of music coming from the kitchen when I’m baking. And my neighbours!
Nuts! Lots of stairs, and it kind of changes. Some days I’m doing stuff for the magazine, some days it’s stuff for a client, and other days I’m upstairs doing videos for again, the magazine or clients. So it’s a lot of stairs, a lot of lifting and a lot of cooking. But it’s great; I like that’s crazy because the day just flies by.
Tea! Genuinely the whole office will crumble around us if we don’t have tea, especially first thing in the morning. And above everything, mugs are sacred in Zahra. This is my special granddaughter one, thanks granny! Everybody has their own mug and don’t touch it, don’t touch this mug! Everybody’s mug is very special, so honestly tea is number one in Zahra.
Definitely the people. Honestly, it’s just such a positive environment here. It just wouldn’t be the same without everybody. Especially Penny the dog! It makes me miss my own dog and when I finally get to go home to him. It’s nice to have that in between dog! Big shout out to Johnny, my dog! But yeah honestly it’s the people and Penny, without a shadow of a doubt.
Catch Shannon and her very own beautiful cake creations Here.