I'm 21 years old and have been cooking for as long as I can remember.
I was raised in a household that highly valued cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love getting ideas from different kinds of cuisines and putting all those ideas together so I guess you can say that I love creating fusion cuisine dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are from the Cooking Capital in the Philippines and the day (bisperas) before the town feast (the fiesta) was always my favorite. This included the slaughtering of the pig and a lot of cooking preparation. Even at the age of 5, I remember grating massive amounts of papaya or helping stir the purple yam (ube) with a boat paddle.
Other than that, I love making lots of food with my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mom always makes some traditional American dishes and some Filipino dishes so we have everything from rellenong manok to homemade stuffing for the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I've never been in any cooking contests but every single time I don't screw up and people love what I cooked, it feels very much like a cooking triumph!
My cooking tragedies
I was trying to impress my aunt and uncle during a visit a few years back and tried to cook them beef and broccoli -- something I've never cooked before. For some reason, the food just didn't seem to have enough sauce. I thought the problem was that I didn't add enough oyster sauce (I didn't think to add water). I added half a bottle of it and realized later that the broccoli had absorbed most of it. It was an absolute disaster and probably had enough salt to fulfill my sodium needs for 5 days.