I am Liesbet.
I was born in Zottegem; it’s called the “gate to the Flemish Ardennes”. It was a town where every one knew every one and we could do everything on foot. I attended the last 3 years of high school in Gent. I still remember that the history teacher wanted to illustrate the different building styles from Romanesque to Neo-Renaissance and took us to the Korenlei and Graslei for real-life examples. I always thought I would live in a historical building by the water in Gent!
But life is unpredictable. While working as an archaeologist at the medieval site of Raversijde (near Oostende at the coast), I came to visit my best friend who was doing a course in Cape Town and on the last day here, I met my now-husband at the archaeological site of the Amsterdam Battery at The Waterfront. And the rest is history as they say.
My life is now here. I was working as an archaeologist, but got into baking and that is now becoming the main focus. It ties in with my maternal family history: my gran’s family (Stock) had a bakery since the 1870s in Knesselare. I feel honoured to continue the tradition.
Belgian Classics is the best way of sharing all this. The fact that so many Belgians in South Africa (Cape Town) are still baking the traditional recipes they know from home, shows how much the treats, but also the family times they represent, have been ingrained in our psychology. Please join us in connecting with family and friends over good food.