I grew up in SouthEast Asia (the Philippines) as the child of missionaries but I currently live in Houston, TX.
A “TCK” or third culture kid, is a person who spent a large number of their formative years in a country that is not their parents “home” country. The child learns the cultural norms of both the “host” country and of their parents “home” country, and typically form a third culture that they adher to which gleans aspects of both.
Because of where we lived, my mom almost exclusively cooked from scratch, and rarely used a microwave (we didn’t have one until I was in my teens!). I was also surrounded by expats from a variety of countries,including but not limited to- South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, Columbia, and Honduras. And of course the Americans living there from all regions of the country. You may see some of these influences, and especially Filipino influences in the things I share.
At university I was able to hone some of my skills in cooking classes and by working for some of the best restaurant companies in Houston.
Like my mother, I tend to cook from scratch, using what I have in my pantry or by combining various recipes until I have it just right. Most often I simply just make something up. I rarely write anything down, which means I tend to forget what I did the previous times I prepared a particular dish. I mostly cook my meals at home; opting to bring my lunch to the office rather than eating out, though I definitely have no objection to letting myself enjoy a restaurant every once in a while.
A coworker challenged me to do a “food detox” to start 2014. For me this is more a challenge to my cooking, to see what I can do with out and how i can do things differently. So this blog is my experimental forum for that…and a way for me to push myself to actually write down the recipes I make up. My favorite aspect of cooking is sharing that food with others, and since I am mostly cooking for myself this is a way to do that too!