I believe 2 things influence the way I cook for my family and myself. Unang-una, Ilocano at Batanguena ang mga magulang ko. That fact triggers different kinds of comments from ridiculous to outrageous and hilarious. So just imagine the way I cook. Hahaha go figure.
Seriously, both of them are wonderful cooks in their own special way. Dad, an accountant, is kind of meticulous while Mom is more adventurous with ingredients. They managed a carinderia for years, more of a hobby than an income-generating business venture. Don’t get surprised; there were times when I did the cooking.
Having lived abroad independently since my early 20s is also a major factor. That means no maid, no cook and exposure to cultural diversity through food. Youth may be synonymous with fun but, looking back, it was never about cooking for survival. It was being responsible with what gets into your system and enjoying it at the same time. That also included being able to adapt and appreciate prevailing food culture.
I don’t think I have strong preference for a particular food. We all have certain recipes – our comfort food and some may call specialty which we make over and over again. But the reality is that they are never enough. There is always room for learning and improvement. And I am one that isn’t afraid to try new things and experiment.
I wrote the above hoping I could win some goodies from Munchkin Mommy.
Joke! But as the saying goes, jokes are half meant. Hahaha!
ISKAndals wishes Cafe Munchkin a happy birthday!