I cannot thank enough my best friend, my husband for tremendous encouragement and supports that he has been giving to me not only in life but especially to start this blog, to live and share my dream.
Food connects people as people do fall in love with food. For that, food serves as a way to learn about cultures rather than your own. I start Cook Up A Passion to live my passion for cooking through learning and appreciating, experiencing and sharing my thought for cooking as well as sharing the recipes that I truly love with hope to inspire food lovers around the world to enjoy the great pleasure of life.
My blog reflects my philosophy on food and cooking – using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients whenever you can, being creative and cleaver to create insanely delicious meals even when you are short on ingredients or on a budget, being fast when you are short on time. And last but not least, for me it is important to give a dish / a meal a balance of nutrition.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN MY BLOG:
- Healthy, balanced diet recipes from around the world
- Family friendly recipes – which are suitable and enjoyable for both parents and kids
- Delicious, tasty and simple recipes made by using everyday ingredients or ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
- Quick and easy – 30 minutes recipes for busy midweek days
- Classics and authentic recipes
- Creative and adventurous recipes by substituting ingredients from authentic recipes to experience different flavours
- West in East recipes – reflecting a beautiful blend of Eastern and Western food cultures.
- Made-from-scratch recipes – especially for special occasions
- Vegetarian and vegan recipes
Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam where food is at the very heart of its culture and where people are really serious about eating, I grew up in a traditional Vietnamese family where home cooked meals (especially dinner) are very important, reflecting a major part of the family value. I first learned about food and cooking from my beautiful and wonderful mom. She used to be a chef in a kitchen of a huge factory. Mom made delicious meals and she always made sure to give them little magic touches so that we would know how much she loved and cared.
Six years of working as an office and event manager for the German Business Association in Vietnam brought me amazing opportunities to discover the world of Western Culture including food.
In 2011, I moved to Singapore to work and got married to my best friend, an Australian with Turkish background who is madly crazy for food. Together with its amazing colourful culture, Singapore carries a mixture of all other food cultures in the world. It is an absolute food paradise where people can find any kind of food from almost any part on earth at any time of the day. This beautiful land has shown me all about appreciation for food and I thankfully discovered my endless love for food.
Family is always in our hearts, we decided to move to Sydney where my husband’s family live in 2013, a turning point of my life. A new country, a new family, another career change and soon I became a mother. Time flies, a new born baby has now became a two and half year old toddler who does not cry for milk and nappy change any more but needs food, proper food and needs me all the time to sing, to play and to answer her endless questions or just to give cuddles. The toughest decision in my life was choosing to be a working from home mom over a full time working mom. Giving your baby the best food is probably what all mothers want to do and I am just one of those mothers. I started to make everything from scratch to create healthy gourmet meals for my 10 months baby and I started realizing that I can play around with different ingredients to create delicious and nutritious baby meals. This has blown my creative mind in cooking.
Coming from different backgrounds with the common love for food is fortunately a beautiful present that God has brought to my husband and me. We love cooking for each other and we enjoy our food.
I can’t not mention about one person that has made a significant contribution to my health conscious cooking, my mother in-law, an amazing and health conscious home cook, who also introduced me to many delicious authentic home cooked Turkish dishes and who is willing to share her knowledge about Turkish cooking with me whenever I am in needs.
Last but not least, cooking is never be more joyful than cooking for family and for the ones you love, so thank you family. my dear husband and lovely beautiful daughter, Anisa, you are the endless joyful inspiration that keeps me in the kitchen, that helps to blow my creative cooking mind and that keep my passion alive.
Dear readers, it’s so nice to see you here. I hope you will enjoy my blog and visit again soon!