Today’s homecook, Dawn, has inspired us with her passion in cooking and it’s no secret that she’s good at it. We’ll let her share her story.
Hi, I am Dawn, I have recently quitted my teaching career of 10 years to be a stay-at-home mum, looking after my children as my elder son is in Primary One this year. I enjoy cooking and eating! So, now I have more time at home to cook and experiment on recipes.
- What inspires you when it comes to food?
My mother has always been a great influence in my life in terms of cooking.While growing up, I will always pop by in the kitchen to help her prepare , stand beside her to watch her cook and also to steal food at the same time. From her cooking, you know she cooks from the heart and from her dishes as well as ingredients, you know that she has a generous spirit towards the people she cooks for.
- What do you enjoy about cooking or baking?
I enjoy cooking for the family as they are the best critics who will help me improve my cooking. The thought of cooking for them, sitting together in the same table sharing the meal and slurping up their whole plate has always been my goal and motivation.
- What is your favourite kind of food to make?
I love making one-pot meals e.g stews or claypot rice. The simpler, the better. I always imagine eating one pot meals to be something very heartwarming as life is suppose to be simple and I like the thought of having many ingredients coming together in one pot as it signifies togetherness and unity as a family.
- Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
Usually I plan what to cook according to what is on sale in the supermarket and what I have in the fridge. Unless, there is really a dish that I insist on cooking that week, then I will try to factor it into my menu. If not, I rather just go with the flow and work around with what I have stocked up.
- What is your favourite recipe posted on your blog/website?
My favourite recipes in my recipe blog would be the chicken stew and the egg noodles with chicken miso soup because of its simplicity in preparing it and the great response I get from my hubby and children in slurping up every bit of soup and gravy.
- What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table?
My best tip is, don’t let anything get in your way of cooking dinner for your loved ones. I have had people saying before that it’s so difficult to cook for only 2 people in the family or that they are tired after work. So most people choose to eat out. I know of my ex-students who eat out every night including weekdays and weekends. I remembered the time when I was all alone at home-before I had children and my hubby went to US for work, I still made it a point to pamper myself by cooking what I like to eat for dinner and enjoying the meal alone in front of the TV. Nothing beats a home-cooked meal!
- What is your favourite part about blogging?
My favourite part about blogging is definitely the sharing part- sharing of recipes, places I have visited in Singapore, sharing of my life and hopefully at the end of the day, I have inspired someone along the way.
- Will you show us your kitchen? What is your favourite thing about your kitchen?
What I like about my kitchen is that it is bright and airy. Nowadays, most kitchens are very small and squeezy. I also like my pantry cabinet which is the draw out cabinets. Very handy in taking things out and organising them.
- What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten? The strangest?
I am quite an adventurous person. So even when it comes to food, I will not hesitate to try it when I know it is safe for me to consume. So to date, the strangest food I have tried would be snake’s blood, horse meat, kangaroo meat, fried ants, balut egg- a fertilised duck embryo boiled in the shell. Frankly speaking, it is all quite nice and I would say, its all in the mind.
- Which are your favourite food blogs/ websites?
My favourite food websites that I will visit often is the Australian Masterchef website as that is one of my favourite shows to watch and its such an inspiration seeing them cook amazing dishes. But for simple home style cooking, I would go http://www.noobcook.com as the recipes are very simple and straightforward.
A recipe to share with Munch Ministry readers:
Ayam Penyet (Smashed Fried Chicken)
Full detail of ingredients, pictorial step-by-step process of preparing this dish can be found here (click on link)