Avid whisk collector and home cook whips up side hustle
WITH 160 whisks at her disposal in an impressive culinary collection, Kathy Henley is still relying on one old trusty whisk in her draw to help her build a side hustle.
Mrs Henley has been known to stay up until all hours of the night, crafting delicious chocolate fudge made from her grandmother's recipe.
The Mount Marshall mother, and collector of whisks, has enjoyed whipping up fudge throughout the years, but a recent health battle in the family has spurred her to take the hobby a bit more seriously.
She's been setting up market stalls and customers are lapping it up.
At the Easter Fair Extravaganza at Leslie Park, she sold out within two hours.
"People say it's ooey gooey goodness, it's a beautiful creamy fudge,” Mrs Henley said.
"Everyone that tasted it said, 'Oh my god that is just amazing'.”
Mrs Henley found the recipe for the fudge in a recipe book given to her by her grandmother.
She has since passed away, but making the recipe has given her a new appreciation for the beloved family member.
"You don't appreciate your grandmas very much it's not until you get to my age now where you think I wish I had of spent more time with her to get to know those recipes,” he said.
"You don't when you're 20 or 30 but now I wish I had asked her that question.”
While not giving away the secret recipe, Mrs Henley said one of the keys to the delicious taste was the use of real chocolate.
Using the ingredient makes her kitchen look like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when she's whipping up a batch.
She has also recently deviated from the original recipe, creating a rocky road variation with marshmallows and raspberry jellies.
Also working part-time at Warwick Community Kindergarten, Mrs Henley has been known to stay up until 4am cooking, as well has cutting out each little label by hand to give a personal touch.
"That's what makes it a bit different,” she said.
"I enjoy seeing people love it. As a cook, when people take a bite and say 'I love it', that's it.”
The joy of giving people a tasty treat isn't the only aspect of creating that Mrs Henley enjoys.
Spending time in the kitchen is also a form of relaxation.
"Sometimes it's just the repetitive of doing the same thing all the time that makes me just zone out and I just find it quite peaceful I suppose,” she said.
"Sometimes I put music on, I find it peaceful a bit of me time.”
The name of her side hustle, Whisk Creations, was named after her whisk collection.
It's another interest she inherited from her grandmother, who used to collect teaspoons.
Mrs Henley said she had now been collecting the utensil, in all different shapes and sizes, for 30 years.
Once she even put $5 aside for six weeks in a row to treat herself to a stunning $30 whisk.
"People now look for whisks and they give me whisks,” she said.
"I've got absolutely no idea (where the hobby came from), I suppose my love of cooking.”
Mrs Henley has been taking part in the Warwick Lions Country Markets and has also been travelling to Toowoomba to sell the sweet treats.
But eager customers are also encouraged to shoot her a message through the Whisk Creations Facebook page to secure a box at any time.
It's also a good way to keep in touch with where she's selling.