On Japanese Food and Body Paint…

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Have I lost my mind? Oh well I went up the Sky City just a week before I started my new job in Newmarket and queued up for face painting. Yup it’s kinda like Maori face painting but for kids and I thought it would really be fun to have something really feminine and colorful to cover up a laceration scar on my right forearm. I always said that if I’d have a tattoo it will be the right spot. Pretty cool ei? Especially next to my Japanese green tea.

Sorry if this post is so much as to show off my ‘tattoo’ and not recipes as promised. Hopefully by next month I will be back to what I love best – cooking for my family. (But frankly, for the past 2 months my lunch seems to be forever sushi.)

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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.

5 thoughts on “On Japanese Food and Body Paint…

  1. Magandang umaga. Hey, I like your tattoo too! Right now I am making masarap Sinigang with pork and sour broth. I am a “kano” but I love Philippine culture (and the babaees too!) I am using sweet Thai tamarind but I am worried that using just one might not be enough. What do you think?

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