At the same time, all the other members of her household were also very busy with making soap. And in the twinkling of an eye, they had already found themselves in the midst of the twelfth lunar month.
Carpenter Wang had successfully finished the counters, tables and, chairs for the shop in front. Now, as soon as a person opened the door of the shop they would immediately be faced with a counter that was over one meter high for the people who just wanted to order and leave. Next to this counter, there was a door that led further into the shop for the customers who wanted to come in and sit down.
After entering this second door, there was another counter with a large cabinet full of various materials and cutlery behind it against the back wall. Then there were two tables and several comfortable chairs placed a fair distance from the door, along with a row of tables with small stools under them that were all affixed to the wall.
Although the area was a bit small, it could at least it can accommodate one or two dozen customers at once. In Su Tang’s estimation that would probably be enough, because she didn’t expect that the shop would ever be too crowded. After all, these people in the ancient era weren’t like modern girls who had that habit of sitting around for long periods of time chatting and eating desserts.
Meanwhile, the door that led directly into the living area was hidden behind the cabinet behind the counter, making the whole shop a bit more private for both the people living there and the customers.
“Miss Su, are you satisfied with our work?” After Carpenter Wang found her to tell her the work was done, he asked this question.
Looking around, Su Tang thought, sure enough, this was the work of a craftsman who had been doing this kind of work for generations. She was very satisfied with the craftsmanship on display and nodded. “As expected, Carpenter Wang is truly an artisan.”
Being praised like this, Carpenter Wang only gave a simple and honest smile, “En, I was confident I could meet your expectations, young miss.”
Su Tang ran her hand across one of the tables, inspecting the delicately carved whirls and patterns that she had specially designed for the shop, and she nodded with satisfaction. “Now that this is done, I’ll have to trouble Carpenter Wang for the remaining furniture for the courtyard behind.”
Carpenter Wang nodded along happily. In fact, the things Su Tang had requested for her shop were really a bit troublesome, but the furniture for the back courtyard was much more simple work of the kind that Carpenter Wang was very familiar with doing, so he was happy to switch to that task.
Since Carpenter Wang got Su Tang’s approval he was eager to go back and start work on the furniture but, as it happened, when he was leaving he noticed that the custom sign Su Tang had ordered was arriving so he stayed for a bit while Su Tang inspected the sign to make sure there were no issues.
After finding everything in order, Su Tang closed the doors to the shop and headed to the back courtyard through the small inner door. The furniture for the back courtyard hadn’t been delivered yet, so the space back here still seemed a little empty, but Zhang Cuilan had already come and cleaned it up so it at least seemed very neat and tidy.
Meanwhile, the custom tools Su Tang ordered had all been delivered and had been placed on a shelf in the kitchen. Seeing that, Su Tang quickly took out some cream cheese, white sugar, and eggs from her space.
After burning continuously for half a month, all traces of dampness had been completely evaporated from the stone and mud used to build the oven. The orange cat had also taken a look and told Su Tang that the oven was finally ready for use, so Su Tang planned to try to make some simple cheesecake in a cupcake mold today.
She placed the two eggs, the sugar, and the cream cheese into a large bowl and stirred them all together with chopsticks until they merged together into a smooth and creamy mixture.
Then she put the mixture into a few customized palm-sized bowls she had ordered beforehand and turned to the orange cat, ‘Is the temperature right?’
The orange cat bristled, ‘Do you know that I am a Divine Beast? I am not a scale, nor am I a thermometer!”
Why did his master this time always insist on using him in such a way? Couldn’t she let him display at least a little bit of his true power and ability?
Su Tang saw the orange cat whining and replied, ‘You should be happy. At least as a thermometer, you’re quite useful for making desserts.’
Orange cat: ‘Why am I cursed this way?!’
Su Tang laughed and asked again, ‘Alright, is the temperature right?’
‘It should be right.’ The orange cat relented. Although he was being used as a thermometer and a scale by his master, the noble Divine Beast decided to compromise for the sake of dessert.
When Su Tang heard the orange cat give his approval, she deftly put all the small bowls onto a tray and pushed them into the oven.
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