I love introducing people to new foods, recipes, and cooking techniques. Through this food blog, I’ve been able to share what I know, learn more in the process, and meet other food-obsessed people since January 15, 2010. (I now share tips for saving money, too! Check out my Mind Your Cents column.) I recently started writing about food for the new Canadian magazine, 109TM Fashion and Living, as well.
If you’re looking for Toronto (and Greater Toronto Area) restaurant recommendations, check out my restaurant reviews on Zomato.com.
When I’m not blogging about food, I spread awareness about brain injury through my self-help column, Mind Yourself with Alison, on the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) blog. I also write about a variety of lifestyle topics on MyTrendingStories.com.
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About The Recipes:
- I have a
electricceramic stovetop so you may need to adjust the heat and cook times if you’re using gas.
- I cook foods from all cultures and I keep my dishes as authentic and traditional as possible.
- I love making things from scratch to avoid processed foods.
- A lot of my recipes are freezer friendly. Look for the instructions at the end of the recipes.
- Many of my recipes (especially the Asian ones) happen to be gluten-free as indicated in the tags.
- Vegan and vegetarian recipes are also indicated in the tags.
- Every now and then, I become obsessed with finding the “best” recipe for something. This results in hours spent on research, recipe testing, and new favourite recipes being posted.
Love and appreciation of good food has been passed down for generations from both sides of my family. So naturally, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t eating or aspiring to be a good cook. Unfortunately, I’m from a family of eaters, not cooks, so I’m self taught (and always learning). I grew up in different cultures and most of my culinary influences come from Hong Kong (and southern China), Malaysia, Korea, and North America. I am Chinese, born and raised in Canada; my dad was born and raised in Brunei where the cuisine is very similar to that of Malaysia; and my mother has lived in both southern China and Hong Kong.
With several busy years in school, I didn’t get my chance in the kitchen until I started working full time in October 2006. Since I prefer salty and spicy foods over sweets, I didn’t start baking until early 2009, but I’ve been making up for lost time ever since. In fact, I have my Michael’s cake decorating course certificate up on my fridge [beaming with pride]. You’ll get the joke when you see the pictures of my cakes from that class. 😉 If you’d like to know 7 random things about me, see the post here. If you’d like to get to know me on a more personal level, check out my profile and articles on MyTrendingStories.com.