As a little girl growing up in Morocco, Zoubida loved to join her grandmother in the kitchen. First as a companion, then as her curiosity and eagerness to learn got the best of her, as an apprentice of sorts. She learned many recipes and culinary skills from her grandmother and by the time she was a teenager, became an expert cook and baker in her own right. She mastered traditional Moroccan flavors and techniques as well as those of the French.
She also used to enjoy spending time with her grandfather, who took the family on trips to the countryside surrounding Marrakech. One of her favorite places was along the banks of the river Eureka with a view of the Atlas Mountains. There they would take in the beautiful scenery and he would share his stories.
As a young woman, Zoubida left Morocco for the Virgin Islands. There, her mother-in-law, Eurica, embraced her and shared her time, companionship, tips, and of course recipes. She was a great help in helping her transition to life on the other side of the Atlantic.
From then on, with every cultural heritage Zoubida encountered she picked up something new - petit-four and apple tarts from France, flan from Spain, sweetbread from the Virgin Islands, katayif from Jordan and Palestine, American apple pie and New York cheesecake, just to name a few. She continued to hone her skills in the U.S., baking as a hobby. She picked up new tricks from friends and magazines, tried new recipes out on family and friends, and gifted treats on the holidays.
Finally, she decided to attend a school for cake decorating and take her labor of love in a different direction: celebration cakes with fondant and/or sugar. It has provided a great creative outlet and let her incorporate some of her design and presentation skills. It also allows her to express humor, love, and excitement. She still marvels at the possibilities and isn't afraid to try something new. But most importantly, she wants you to savor the many flavors of her world!