What is our point of view on the world?
I believe people can gain an appreciation for other cultures through food. While a delicious banh mi is unlikely to solve world peace, recipes can be a catalyst for expanding our horizons and broadening our palates — especially our children’s! Kids can be picky eaters and it’s often easier to simply stick to what we know they’ll eat rather than face a battle. Sometimes we are like a short order cook, making different meals for different family members. Other times, this avoidance strategy results in what I call “LCD” – the lowest cooking denominator (making bland food that no one can possibly object to).
I’ll share recipes that our family loves that introduce you to new flavors and cultures, or might simply just give you a few new ideas to add into your weekly dinner plan. The recipes will be modified so that the ingredients can be locally sourced and are easier to prepare than the authentic originals, which often require more than 30 ingredients! I’m also a big believer that if you involve your kids in the cooking process and give them opportunities to customize their own meals, their natural curiosity may lead to unexpected surprises.
My hope is that recipes inspired from cultures around the world can spark conversation, improve nutrition and make family dinners enjoyable again. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could bring the world closer together through food?
Why did we start a blog?
My daughters attend Singapore American School where they can personalize their learning by exploring their own passions during a set period of time at school. Ella (my 13-year-old) chose photography and Sierra (my 10-year-old) decided to tackle building a website. I spent 20 years working in an advertising agency but since we’re currently living overseas as expats for my husband’s job, I have a unique opportunity to explore my own passions for a little while. I love writing, cooking and the creative process. People often ask me how I get my kids to be adventurous eaters, so we decided to experiment with a blog that allows us to use our complimentary skills to create something together, and have a little fun while sharing stuff we love.