Faith's constant passion
By spdennis54 on July 24, 2014
Me with Faith Springborg clutching my shoulder and arm
Faith Minase Springborg's new found love ended her addiction to malling and it had served her well.
Faith, also known as “Bing” to family and friends, loves cooking so much she opened a Facebook page called “Kusina ni Bing (Bing's Kitchen).” Bing hails from Kabanlakan, Negros Occidental and had been in the US since 1997 when she married Brian Springborg.
Since I've been attending her parties at her home, I wasn't surprised by her Facebook page. I just love eating there; Bing bakes all kinds of native Philippine breads like Spanish bread, pan de oven, empanada (crispy meat bun), pan de sal, pan de coco and many others.
She cheerfully told me—I wanted to interview her for sometime but it's hard to write without any materials—that she had been receiving orders three times a week from Texas, Louisiana (where the Springborg family first settled). Mississippi and around North Carolina and the surrounding areas.
She is surprised to receive calls from strangers and placed orders. Faith said she can only guess that friends or friends of friends made referrals for her. “I ship bread and pastries and other foods three time a week already,” Faith said.
Faith or Bing has no training in cooking and food preparation and her only connection to food is eating which surprised those who know her well. Faith watches YouTube tutorials and reads cookbooks for exposure.
Aside from baking, she also cooks longganisa or chorizo, barbecue and tocino (cured pork meat) and other” kakanin (snacks).”
Faith's cooking is now a family affair since her husband Brian is a full-fledged delivery boy and helps in other ways in her small business.
“Libre pa gasoline (The gasoline is free) because I am using his transportation.” Bing confided in glee. She loves to throw parties at her beautiful home over at Harrisburg or at her pool.
One would be surprised getting impromptu invitations within the week and many times I've been absent because of my working schedule. During those times I work, I only imagine the food served on her two tables.
One table near the living room is loaded with American fare and the other table at the dining room overlooking trees and the pool has Filipino food fare from grilled and fried fish or meat to dessert like puto (rice cake), suman (sticky rice) and cakes to grilled or fried fish or meat.
Vegetables and fruits also adorned both tables. Faith is mother to her two grown-up kids Seth and Stacy and she used to hang out in the mall with her two-year-old Sophie, ending her visit by buying a ton of things.
Now, she said she can hardly hang out in the mall because she's too busy cooking for her family and earning from her food business. Faith's been too busy that she ended her favorite past time of watching Korean dramas.
When I asked her about her immediate plans, Faith said she would rather concentrate on her budding cooking business. After all, she said, she won't run out of customers to feed. Since I feasted on her food, I couldn't agree more.
(Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines who works as a nanny in North Carolina. This page will serve as a venue for news and discussion on Filipino communities in the Carolinas. Read her blogs on susanpalmesstraightfrom the Carolinas.com. These and other articles also appear at http://www.sunstar.com.ph/author/2582/susan-palmes-dennis.
You can also connect with her through her Pinterest account at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/41025046580074350/) and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Straight-from-the-Carolinas-/494156950678063)
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