Hi, I’m Marvellina. Feel free to call me Marv if it makes your life easier. I’m just another food blogger amongst the thousands maybe? I’m a self-taught home cook who started out cooking for survival after moving to Minnesota and now it has turned into a passion. I grew up in Indonesia for the first 18 years of my life and then I went to school in Oklahoma and then lived there for 9 years where I basically hardly cooked or only cooked the easiest and cheapest things a college kid could afford. Then I lived in Singapore for 3 years and has fallen in love with the local food there, but I didn’t cook much too. Now a stay-at-home mom of two kids who are constantly testing my limits (I swear I’ve aged more than I should!) and my cooking/baking ability. They are basically my reasons I cook every day. I want them to get some exposure to Asian cuisine.
RECIPES I’M SHARING ON THIS BLOG
I’m focusing on easy Southeast Asian and easy Asian fusion recipes that you can recreate at home. You will also see recipes that require more time and effort to make, someday, it’s nice to experiment with something a bit more challenging 😉
MY PERSONAL FAVORITE FOODS
Too many if I were to list them all here, but let me picked the most from the most 😉
How to make real deal Indonesian rendang
Hokkian Mie Medan / Hokkian Noodles
Srikaya (Creamy coconut and eggs jam)
How to make soft and fluffy steamed buns
How to make rice porridge
Chee cheong fun
Red dates tea
Fish maw snow fungus soup
Chinese scallion pancakes
Egg Foo Yong
Homemade garlic naan
WHAT CAMERA DO I USE?
Since some of you have asked before, I used my Nikon D70 for more than 10 years (before I even started food blogging). I decided to retire it and got the Canon 6D (affiliate link). I’m not one to upgrade camera whenever new one comes out. I’m not a techie but I sure love my Canon 6D. Am I a Nikonian or Canonian? Neither, I love both!
DO I EDIT MY PHOTOS?
Of course! Editing is one of my favorite part of photography. I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (affiliate link) It’s light weight and does exactly what I need, which is not complicated really!
A LITTLE SHOUTOUT IF I MAY
What To Cook Today won 2017 SAVEUR Readers’ Choice Blog Awards for Most-Inspired Weeknight Dinners Category. Thank you all so much for your endless supports and votes.
WHY ARE THERE ADS ON MY BLOG?
This blog is free for anyone to visit and browse around. I’m serving ads on this blog because they are paying for the cost of running this blog! Yup, they are! Running a high-quality blog of any type is not cheap. So the income from the ads I’m serving here, keep this blog running smoothly (and hopefully faster!) and I can continue to provide contents that are hopefully, you guys find useful. If you don’t like some of the ads that you see on this blog (not relevant whatsoever), please click “report this ad” near the ads you see.
I’m not perfect and this blog is not perfect. I just truly enjoy what I’m doing: tinkering in the kitchen, eating amazing food (and lots of failed ones too!), photographing and editing images. If you are landed on this blog, I hope you are able to find the food you’ve been craving for and recreate that memory at your very own kitchen or daring yourself to try them (if it’s your first time) 😉
I’m pretty fearless when it comes to trying new food I think (real food, not bugs or crickets!). As the husband has said before that the way to my heart is through my tummy 😉
I wish you all have a fantastic day full of wonderful food and surrounded by love.