Hi, I’m Marvellina. Feel free to call me Marv if it makes your life easier. I’m just another food blogger amongst the millions maybe ? I was born and raised in Indonesia and one day (when I was almost 19), I decided to come to the U.S. for college and later worked as a Clinical Dietitian. 9 years later I decided to pack up and go back to Indonesia where my family was. Love brought me back to the U.S. Life is just amusing, isn’t it? I never thought I would settle down here, but here I am. Now a full-time 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.
I pretty much can be found in my kitchen most of the time here in the frozen tundra (read: Minnesota). It has been my home since 2010 and counting ?!?
WHEN & HOW
I started What To Cook Today back in 2010. Newlywed, inexperience at the kitchen and feeling homesick and craving for my mom’s home-cooked meals and many other comfort food I took for granted. I started learning how to cook at home and taking lots of photos of food (I hope people never really saw those photos I took back in the early days because they were horrible to the max!), but as they say practice makes perfect and so I’m happy to say the photography part has somewhat improved. I’m working on rolling out more cooking videos with my recipes too 🙂
If you are wondering what sort of food I cook, I lived in Medan until I was 17 years old. It’s one of the cities that is located in North Sumatra and the food has heavy Chinese influence. Our ancestors came from the Mainland China. I also had an opportunity to live in Singapore for 3 years and has fallen in love with the local food there. So you will find many Indonesian recipes, Indonesian Chinese recipes, and recipes from other Southeast Asian countries. Southeast Asian food can be considered pretty complicated in taste especially if you are not familiar with it. There are often sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and umami all incorporated in one dish! I’m focusing on Southeast Asian food, and I love Asian fusion too, but please don’t be surprised if you see food from the other continents 😉
WHERE IS SOUTHEAST ASIA?
Like my two kids will tell you “Asia..Asia..is the largest continent” (the song they learned from schools). With that said, yes, Asia is also divided into East, South, Central, Southeast…you get the point! Southeast Asia countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
I don’t really follow any food trend out there. If you think I use lots of coconut milk or coconut oil because they are like so “IN” these days….well, let me tell you that I grew up with those since I was a little kid (like the majority of kids who grew up in Southeast Asia). I pretty much cook what I’ve been craving and sometimes I might try to “challenge” myself to cook/bake something I’ve never done before but I had them as a child and the only way to have them is to DIY !!
I’m also a die-hard Omnivore and simply cannot live without carbs 🙂 My mantra is “Everything in Moderation” and I always encourage my kids to try everything at least ONCE (sometimes I “tricked” them into trying more than once lol) before they declare no relationship with such food. I’m pretty fearless when it comes to trying new food (real food, not bugs or crickets!). As the husband has said before that the way to my heart is through my tummy 😉
Like I’ve said before, I’m definitely not hard to be found though. Always at the kitchen tinkering and/or eating! 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) 😉
Have a fantastic day full of wonderful food.