Barbeque in NZ

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I have always liked my barbeque Pinoy-style – skewered and marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper. But there are many ways to do it and I am pretty sure they are equally delicious. My friend’s sis pre-cooks pork, that’s boiling the meat in salt and pepper until tender, before setting them on the grill. To your left is just as yummy, prepared by T herself one weekend. Marinated in salt and pepper and grilled until well-seared but juicy, with the kiddos brushing ketchup and soy sauce on their portions.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Barbeque in NZ

  1. Damn! Ang sarap naman niyan. Sabay ang unang Google ad na nakita ko ay “Why Your Belly Is Fat.” Yun nga. Ang sarap kasi kumain ng pork bbq eh. Lalo na kung parang ganitong naka-feature sa blog ni Iska. Hehe.

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