Tammy Cacho-Wolfe, who has earned the nickname ‘bannock lady’ in Maskwacis, makes 300 loaves a day at the World #Indigenous Nations Games. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC) Tammy Cacho-Wolfe has been making bannock for so long and for so many people in Maskwacis that nowadays she’s simply known as the "bannock lady."
"I love doing it and I feed thousands and thousands of people," she said.
She loves her nickname too. It came from people who knew she made bannock, but didn’t know her name.
"People like kids in the schools started to say ‘It’s the bannock lady.’ "
This week the bannock lady is living up to her name, making as many as 300 loaves of the traditional bread every day at the World Indigenous Nations Games.
That much bannock requires a 20-kilogram sack of flour.
"I get a lot of compliments and I always tell them I learned from my grandmother Sophie Wolfe," said Cacho-Wolfe, who is from the Ermineskin #First Nation in Maskwacis, south of Edmonton.
Cacho-Wolfe, 56, began learning her grandmother’s secrets as soon as she could stand on a chair and reach the mixing bowl where the magic began."Then my mother wasn’t home one day when I was about 10 years old and I tried it on my own," she remembers. Burned first batch She burned her first batch, but she tried again the next week and soon earned the role as the bannock maker of her family."A lot of love goes into it. You taste the love in it every time," she said, noting if she’s having a tough day her children know straight away from how the bannock turns out."My kids even tell me if I’m in a bad mood ‘calm down or something because your bannock gets really hard and it’s not as good.’ "Cacho-Wolfe’s managed to turn her passion for […]
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