Growing up, our family was able to visit relatives in Indonesia during summer vacations. My sisters have gone once as a kids, but I spent a lot of time there throughout junior and high school and before going to college. My father has gone even more often, sometimes with and sometimes without my mother. I haven’t been to Indonesia in too many years, especially after my grandparents and favorite aunt and uncle passed away.
I wish there were more opportunities to visit relatives in El Salvador all those years, but the reasons behind that are so many. I still hope to go there, though, specifically with my mother. Read the rest of this entry »
Spring strawberry season is here. I got to pick a lot of strawberries, at a nearby farm recently and decided to make a galette. I enjoy making free-form tarts the most because they’re fun and rustic. I used a pâte sablée dough this time. Since the strawberries were already quite sweet, I sprinkled very little sugar on them.
The quesadilla I grew up with is probably not what most people think about when they hear the word quesadilla. This quesadilla is a Salvadoran pan dulce, or semi-sweet “cheese cake” made with rice flour, all purpose flour (or corn flour), sugar, egg, grated hard cheese, milk, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I’m not exactly sure of its origins, but it may have been influenced by Spanish colonization. That topic deserves many, many blog posts in itself. It’s both interesting and tragic to read things about one’s culture and country, which still shapes a lot of mentalities and reflections on Salvadoran identity now. Read the rest of this entry »
I learned how to make lumpia (spring rolls) from my dad. We made them often, especially because we had a lot of gatherings at home and we took them to parties. The ones I made were vegetarian and aren’t quite there yet, but it’s another recipe I’m going to get right! Both sides of my family are funny in the way that not many keep actual written recipes. The reality is that writing down recipes is important. I think my late aunt, on my dad’s side, had a recipe book that was passed down to her. I haven’t seen it in years because one of my cousins inherited it. I’ll ask her if she cooks from it the next time I talk to her.
Hello, I’m still around! So much has been going on since right before the new year, and 2015 is proving to be going in a direction I wasn’t expecting. I’m going to be a bit vague here, because it’s not time to share, but mostly it’s all things that need to happen. One thing I do plan on is making, photographing, and writing about more Salvadoran and Indonesian dishes that I grew up with. Wish me luck with this endeavor! My birthday is in March and I have this urgency to connect with my roots even more, so to speak. It’s important for so many reasons. Anyway, it’s time to talk about tortillas!