This Blog’s 1st Birthday!

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Today marks the 1st anniversary of Edible Experiments! A total of 82 recipes if I counted correctly. Not much but not bad for a working mom though I still have lots of food photos waiting to be published.

I cook and I forget the little details so I write them down. That’s how it goes. But clearly it has meant much more than that. I’ve met wonderful people and new friends. I got reacquainted with old colleagues and relatives around the globe. I now see Filipino culture through food in a different light. I’ve encouraged friends to blog and join Lasang Pinoy events. I even hosted LP8! I’ve also learned a lot from other foodblogs – new recipes, techniques – and marveled at their own stories. From all these I believe my cooking got better.

Most of the recipes I’ve posted are about simple home-style cooking but every time a reader writes me about how great a recipe is from this blog – of course after being kitchen-tested – I feel great. I even get requests from time to time. There are also those who write to share their own tricks that I do appreciate very much. So for my blog’s birthday, I prepared a PDF file of few recipes published here ready for download . Not much and not that special but I do hope they would be helpful.

And yeah, I was also given a new set of plates as a gift! They’re cheap, bought in a tiangge (flea market) at the Worker’s Stadium but I like them and of course it’s the thought that counts. His way of saying my experiments are great.

I know, these photos aren’t exactly party material but those got first into the plate. The dilis (dried anchovies) were also bought from the same tiangge, fried crispy and served with garlic fried rice, salted eggs and raw tomatoes.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

14 thoughts on “This Blog’s 1st Birthday!

  1. :!: congratulations to edible experiments! :mrgreen: thanks for all the yummy recipes i love that red platter. now my belly’s grumbling for dilis and sinangag :arrow:

  2. Happy 1st Birthday!!! Where’s the birthday cake? You gotta bake a cake, Iska! Hehehe. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us for the past year! Here’s to more recipes, more blog entries and more blogging fun for the new blog year ahead. :grin:

  3. Happy Birthday, Edible Experiments!!! Only a year old? This blog reads like it’s been here forever… a real pro :grin:
    Here’s to many more years of blogging.:!: :twisted:

  4. thank you all for the greetings! i am also excited on this blog’s 2nd year :) toni i didnt bake a cake (hehehehe dont know how :( ) but A bought one cos cean likes us to sing him a birthday song. dba tamang tama? there was a single candle pero si cean ang nag blow!

  5. happy anniversary and many more years of good food and posts! thanks for sharing your stories and recipes, I’ve really, truly enjoyed them all.

  6. happy ist bday iska. my first time here and i really enjoyed ur recipes. beijing pa… been there years ago and looking at pictures made me miss it so much. haay ! i just wonder kung may asian stores na dyan ngayon where u buy ur ingredients. noon kasi wala, friendship store ang tawag noon..

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