Hi there! This is my first post on my new food-related blog. Just to introduce myself and my food history - I am a Canadian-born Chinese person, currently living in China with my Californian husband. Being in China has forced me to confront the latent foodie hiding deep within my subconscious. The reason being - the dearth of Western ingredients at hand makes cooking the food we know and love difficult, to say the least. So I've had to use creativity to improvise substitute ingredients, and I've been forced to make pretty much everything from scratch, from strawberry jam, to pizza dough, to BBQ sauce. And I've realized how much I enjoy cooking. I get such a thrill from trying something new and having it come together properly, and I love feeding people.
While I had whipped up a few stir-fries in my previous incarnation as a poor university student in Canada, I wouldn't say that I was much of a cook until just about a year ago. So bear with me, I'm just a beginner cook who loves to experiment with food. My food influences have been manifold. I grew up on Cantonese cuisine, and I spent my formative years enjoying the diverse ethnic cuisines that Toronto had to offer (food in Toronto is sooooo good...I can't even tell you).
Hopefully for my fellow expats (especially "trailing spouses" who spend their days, like me, trying to figure out what to make for dinner), my culinary adventures will provide entertainment, at least, if not a few ideas for your kitchen =).