I am a little home cook, trying to make my start in the online culinary world. I first learnt to cook by watching my mother in the kitchen, before eventually graduating to being allowed to peel and cut vegetables. Mum always promised she’d teach me how to cook once I could safely reach the rangehood, but now I’m nearly 30 and still only 5 foot tall, Mum’s never had to make good on that promise.
I’ve always had a love of cooking shows, starting with Yan Can Cook and the original Iron Chef series. This was revived by discovering Alton Brown’s Good Eats, Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares and, oddly enough, Cooking with Dog on Youtube.
I’d like to think my cooking style is “unlimited”. Michiba-sensei (Iron Chef Japanese 1993-96) cooked by the motto “food without boundaries”, and although I’m not a big fan of fusion cuisine, I love cooking and learning about traditional dishes from cultures around the world. I just don’t think you need to be Italian to make the best pizza dough. I rediscovered my own culinary heritage when I went back to the Philippines in April 2010, and finally experienced true Japanese cuisine when I visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka for the first time in the same trip.
The Doctor (ie: spouse) is pescetarian, which means most of my home cooking is tailored to suit our diet at home. I make bento for myself, usually out of leftovers since I no longer have time for charaben. We do like going out to eat, but don’t usually travel in the fine dining circles. Thankfully, the Doctor also shares my love for kitchen gadgetry and geekery. He also doesn’t mind filling the roles of sous-chef and dishwasher when needed.
My most favourite kitchen tool is my Empire Red Kitchenaid stand mixer, closely followed by the pizza stone that’s permanently stored in the oven. My favourite ingredients would have to be rice, eggs and vanilla (not that I’ve tried combining all three, though now it sounds like a challenge!).