Hello, nice to meet you.
Some people eat to live, but I live to eat!
Coming from generations of restaurant owners and just plain food fanatic family, I’m not surprised I’m crazy about good tasting food. You might even say I’m a little obsessed. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? RIGHT?
I’m the older sister to a lovely Jennifer and JJ as well the head of the totem pole (There is a hierarchy in the Asian family and yes, I’m Asian.) to all the cousins on my dad’s side of the family. I spend the most time with them since they’re within driving distance of me. If you know anything about birth order, you will know that the oldest tend to be a bit bossy. I will now admit that I’m a tad bossy. I can’t help it, when you have so many younger siblings/cousins to boss around when you’re younger, it sticks with you, ya know? I love them all and I love to cook and bake for all of them. I think my youngest cousins appreciate this. We usually cook and bake whenever they come over to visit. I like passing on my kernel of knowledge in hopes it will stay with them. When I’m not slaving away in the kitchen, I also like to garden, take my bikes out for a spin, go for an occasional swim, hike, snap photos, the list goes on.
My currently living status:
Well, there’s three of us which includes: myself of course and my two roommates Alfie (the almost two year old Jindo) and Marley (the Morkie, a Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese mix). I semi-adopted Alfie from my parents a little over a year ago. They got him through a customer who ate at their restaurant (my dad wanted him to hunt rabbits in the backyard, they have a problem living in the Conejo “rabbit” Valley and all). Long story short, they didn’t have the time for him so I decided to try to take on the responsibility. Shortly after I got Alfie, Marley happened to land in my life. I was helping my sister with her puppy business and we fell in love. And here we are today. Both puppies just happen to love my food, too! But, they also love eating sticks, drinking out of mud puddles and other things off the ground so I don’t know how much that really says about my cooking.
In my pilgrimage for great food and fresh ingredients, I decided to start my own garden this last February. I will post photos of my garden so you can see the progression. I’m already a few months in and let me tell you, it’s a roller coaster of emotions. I started most of my vegetables from seed. I have a few losses and it was sad and heart wrenching but I’ll be okay. Other than that, so far so good. (Let’s keep our fingers crossed.) I started out with a 4′x6′ raised bed with hopes to expand someday and maybe not have to purchase produce anymore? Well, the sky’s the limit!
Most people are either chefs or bakers, not both. I say I’m a little of both. I like doing both and I haven’t messed anything up too horribly so I will continue to improve my skills in cooking and baking. Practice makes perfect! I hope you’re ready to go on a journey with me as I prepare some of my everyday dishes that I enjoy eating. Hope your bellies are empty because hopefully by the end of this, they won’t be.