Cook? Who would have thought that I would be able to do that. Back in 2008, I was big fan of canned, processed, or take-out foods. Decent meals were usually made by my parents or aunts. I bake but I don't cook. My motto was: If it is not fried, I did not make it. But I guess being away from home has influenced me a lot to force my self to learn cooking. When I was living in Yokohama back in 2008, food was my way of decreasing my homesickness. Sometimes I would cook and then give some to my neighbors in  the dormitory. And when I came back home, I tried to improve my cooking skills by asking my aunt or cousins who are professionals in this field.

Trying to Cook Filipino

I am still struggling with perfecting a simple Adobo dish (Filipino's most popular dish - chicken or pork cooked in soy sauce and vinegar) but now I am able to make some of my favorites. Most of which are inspired by the food I grew up with.

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Prawns with Coconut Milk

 

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Sticky Rice with Fresh Mangoes and Hot Cocoa

 

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Lechon Belly

 

Little by little, I also try to make other dishes which I thought are difficult to make.

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Lasagna with lots of Cheese

 

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My version of Mango Cheesecake

 

couscous with mango and paprika salad
Couscous with Mango Salsa

 

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Baked Mussels with Garlic and Cheese

 

My husband and I sometimes cook together especially on weekends, he taught me how to cook a few German dishes and other food that he eats back home.

 

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Mushroom in Cream with Semmelknödel

 

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Gnocchi with Oven-roasted Veggies and Chicken

 

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Oven-roasted Duck with Rotkohl and Kartoffelknödel

 

I also learned some Japanese food from my Ikebana sensei.

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Somen: Refreshing Japanese Summer Noodle Dish
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Suimono: Japanese Clear Soup

And now, I am even braver to make my own umeshu or plum liqueur 🙂

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Umeshu for next year's consumption