I grew up in a country and a house full of amazing food, but I never really had anything to do with creating that amazing food. Mummy, I can cook is the name of the original photo album where I posted pictures of my edible attempts at cooking back in that very first semester away from home, a way to assure my mum and myself I was surviving. I didn't shrivel away and die, but all the same, my food wasn't that amazing.
At first, it was all about sustenance, sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss. I was very proud of my first stir-fry, with too much pepper and five-spice powder and everything thrown in. I know, I cringe too.
But I loved it anyhow. So then I started cooking more, trying out new recipes, making up my own recipes. And I don't know how it happened, but I got so into food and cooking, I felt like an urge to start a blog about my kitchen adventures. And so this happened.
I write about the food I make and love, very often influenced by the comforting flavours, bold spices and vivid colours of the food I grew up with in Singapore. It's hard not to get excited about food in a country with a fiery hawker culture and a house with a fiery cook of a mum. Here in London, I have another reason to get excited about food- the beautiful British produce. I have the best job in the world managing the farmers' market on Saturdays. I know I sound a little out-there, but the smell of fresh herbs and fresh bread is my sort of therapy to a stressed week in school. My calendar is not just marked with deadlines for projects, but anticipation for the start of the British asparagus season, or the fall apple harvest festivals. The ingredients I use are hence mostly seasonal and come from a local, organic/happy farm.
Besides cooking, this blog is as much about health. I used to feel that I'm weird or different, and that I had to eat foods that I don't want to eat to feel "normal" around the skinny-latte-drinking, instant noodle-eating people around me, but since starting this blog, I've decided to heck the raised eyebrow. I'm not your typical health-nut who eats soy nuggets and bran flakes, or your typical diet-conscious skinny teenage girl who goes for low-fat frozen yogurts. I like butter and coconut and the fatty parts of meat as much as I like pumpkin and spinach and purple sprouting broccoli. I eat and cook real, whole foods and I do not count calories or carbs or fat (seriously, it's a waste of brainpower). But I believe what you put into your body is really important.That's another reason why I love cooking; I know what has gone into my food i.e. what has gone into my body. Read more about this.
When I'm not making a mess in the kitchen, I'm making a mess in art school. I study graphic design at Central Saint Martins, and about a year or so into blogging, decided to "apply" myself more, hence the attempts at and obsession with nice layouts and compositions. Not sure where this will take me, but I'm hoping it's a place I will love.
So, ok here goes.