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‘Mum-umental’ Flip of Pâté Moi

‘Mum-umental’ Flip of Pâté Moi

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we spoke to the wonderful Flip, who is the mastermind mum behind Pâté Moi’s mushroom pâté –  made to a secret family recipe, she has a cult following at Borough Market. Flip tells us about balancing being both a producer and a mother.

BAY+STALL+2“I’ve been making and selling my secret family recipe of fresh mushroom pâté since 2006. In 2008 I became a mum to Bay and from the very beginning – strapped into a sling, Bay has accompanied me to market.

It helps that she’s Pâté Moi’s biggest fan and snaffles up my samples at every opportunity. The buzz of markets and watching other producers and the camaraderie that goes with that, has been lovely exposure for her and it’s really second nature to her now. I love giving her that introduction to food, flavours and creative people.

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Creating my own product has given me the flexibility to be with Bay full time and work doing something I’m crazy about. Bay’s always giving me new ideas and she’s a great honest critic – I take on board her comments especially as I have a large kids following – they love it on bread but also stirred in to pasta and risotto.

I’m lucky that I can keep Bay busy – I can always find her a job to do and it’s brilliant experience counting change, talking to all sorts of people about food and getting ready for that first Saturday job.

One of the best bits though, is her watching me build a business that I care about, making and selling a product that I love. I think that’s inspirational to her – she also watches friends of mine being successful producers and she witnesses the BAY+STALL+4supportive nature of the business we’re in.

It’s good to show children alternative ways of working, a different path to the corporate life that I escaped – I think she’ll reflect on this rich, inclusive element of her childhood – watching and accompanying me everywhere when she’s older and see that being a busy, working, creative producer mum can be totally joyful and crucially flexible.

Balance of life is everything to us. We love it! Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow producers.”