Born on the 22nd of March of 1959 in Tesoureiro (S. Brás de Alportel) and since 21 years that dedicates herself to sweets. The success of this hand confectioner and imagination full, is due to three factors: her grandmother, a typical and conventional baker who taught her all the secrets, knowledge and flavors forgotten in time, and to her stubbornness and gluttony, to which she mixes a good dose of creativity.
Since whenever her big goal in life was to be independent and strive to realize her dreams. She started working at 18 years old as an accountant in her fathers cork factory, as there was no work at the time for portuguese people, there were only jobs for returnees newcomers from Africa.
Despite all her efforts to devote to the family business, soon she had enough of being so pressed by her father and decided to create her own independence, and decided to proceed with her project of life when she became pregnant of her second child. Her daughter ended up being born on the 1st of January of 1981 and Fatima began working on her great adventure of confectioner at the 4th of August of 1981.
Her history with sweets accompanies the growth of her daughter. Just over thirty years ago she was offered 15kg of sugar as a gift for the birth of her daughter, once common tradition in the region. Decided to use the offer, remembered to start making cakes using also almonds that had from family farming, preserving the flavors, knowledge and ancient traditions of sweets, as it was the case of peeling the regions almond after being soaked in boiling water.
Made the first caramel and almond pies it was time to sell them. Used to frequent Quarteiras beach and always attracted by the scent of their gluttony, made some stops by the pastries. As she thought that sweets were not up to a glutton with critical sense, she went home and invented.
Results were quite pleasing to the palate and it was so that Fatima remembered to try to sell her sweets to some pastries at Faro. On the first day she took 5 almond pies and what was her astonishment when she returned home with empty hands. So on, on the second day she made 10 to pitch at Quarteira and, like the day before, not any left. Finally, on the third day and after having sold 15 pies, she concluded that this would be a good business to invest. Persistent and determined, Fátima Galego started so its connection to the Algarve sweets.
Her baker’s fame was hanging from one side to the other, even leaving accepting jobs in banks to follow what gave her pleasure to do. Fatima was spoken, censored and invited by her family to give up, because this baker’s work was an undignified activity for a girl with studies whose descent was from a wealthy Cova da Mudas family, that own almost all the cork of the saw, by her mothers family and by her fathers family, corks manufacturer with Jewish descended.
Despite all the obstacles that were crossing on her way, and because “dream commands life,” Fatima managed without the support of anyone to open a small factory of traditional cakes and today is one of the oldest and success confectioners of the region.
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