When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I first started cooking after giving birth to my son 5 years ago. It started as a necessity, that I needed to feed my family with healthy home-cooked food, and that turned into a genuine interest as I began to try out new recipes from different cuisines to add variety to my menu.
The first recipe I tried was Beef Soboro.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
My kitchen, at the moment, is very bare and honestly I sometimes find it a wonder that I manage to churn out good food what with the lack of prep space and certain equipment. As I have very limited space to work with in my kitchen, I always clean up as I cook to clear up space and also because I am a little OCD when it comes to clutter and dirty dishes piling up - I get nervous looking at a sink filled with dirty dishes.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Be patient, always learn from your experiences (be it good or bad), and cook with your heart.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I would love to have the entire cast of the Lord of the Rings over for dinner and I would cook Tom Yum Squid and Prawns Stirfry, Double-boiled Apple Soup, Kimchi Fried Rice, Skinny Chicken Curry and a quick Broccoli, carrot and mushrooms stirfry for them.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I am currently working on crocheting a African Flower bed cover (halfway there!) as I picked up crochet early last year, and I plan to learn patchwork from my mother.
I'm also tending to pots of Basil and Mint plants that I had grown out from stalks - they're growing beautifully now and smell awesome.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
I picked some some great recipes from Pioneer Woman, Pinch of Yum, Just Hungry/Just Bento, Simply Recipes and Damn Delicious.