After years of thinking ‘what on earth is this Twitter business’… ‘I don’t think I’ve got anything worth tweeting‘… ‘only 140 characters?!’… I jumped the fence and started using Twitter in January this year. Now, I may or may not be a little hooked. The best part? Meeting a whole community of food bloggers and joining in on Twitter chats – my favourite being the #fdbloggers chat created by the lovely Loriley.
Recently she thought it’d be fun for everyone to get to know each other a little more… so here goes!
I would class myself as a bit of a slap-dash, taste and tweak as you go kind of cook. My parents are exceptionally good cooks so I guess I picked up basic skills by diffusion as I never made a meal until I moved out of home at the start of university. Our family home has shelves of cookbooks but I doubt my parents meticulously follow the recipes, only really using them to get ideas for dishes and flavour combinations. In most cases when I ask my mother how much of this or that she puts into a certain dish of hers I’m trying to recreate, she unhelpfully tells me it’s ‘angga-angga’, which is her Malay version of saying ‘approximately’. Like I said, unhelpful!
So how she manages to turn out amazing cakes and Malaysian kuih I’ll never know, perhaps after years of practice she’s perfected her own imperfect precision? I, on the other hand, do not have years of experience on my side and still lack the discipline of precision so most of my baking and desserts are basic affairs. This must explain why I almost always order a dessert at the end of the meal and didn’t have to think twice about heading along to Basement Sate for a dessert degustation then a pastry masterclass! I get to eat something and learn to make something – no brainer really.