there is something about cooking that i love.
well, apart from the fact that i am a food lover, i find comfort and joy in preparing dishes.
i think it's probably because i grew up in a home that celebrates food. when i was young, i got used to having many people around, our house being a home not only for our family but a 'temporary home' of family and friends from the province who needs to do something in manila. and the best way to celebrate these happy times ? is of course, without a doubt, -- FOOD.
my mom is a good cook. one of my fondest childhood memories was the chaos in our house while preparing for big parties(even more exciting than the party itself , well for me).. I remember how the whole household was busy preparing dishes where my mom spearheads the cooking for probably close to hundred people or even more (ex. dad's birthday and christmas parties). she does this with such grace under pressure - with her assistants of course. it was a such a delight for me to watch. There are some cases that I, if my mom allows, would volunteer chopping ingredients (i love chopping until now)
i am not as good as a cook as my mom though - well as of now - but i am trying and hopefully getting there. being independent and living on my own, i have all the time to experiment. I definitely have graduated from frying eggs, spam and hotdogs - i am now able to cook filipino dishes, western dishes, pasta, do some baking etc etc..
I also have this fascination on watching cooking shows. I am a FOOD NETWORK lover! Even when I was a young girl, there were cooking shows on local channels that I always watch - there was the Daza's show and also WOK with Yan!!!.. and now, it escalated to being glued to food network the whole day if I have nothing else to watch :) I love Barefoot Contessa, Nigella's show, Giada's show, Iron Chef America, Michael Smith, Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver, the Pioneer woman, Scandinavian cooking, even British bakeoffs in BBC, ... name it, I watched it. Recently I have also started to watch Masterchef.. watching cooking shows brings me back to a happy place. If I am stressed or sad, I open the TV and tune it to 433- food network and tadaaaa.. I am in a different place, it calms me.
Hmm... i would like to start blogging about dishes I cook, probably soon. :)