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 !!
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 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 😉
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!
MY PERSONAL FAVORITE FOODS
Too many if I were to list them all here, but let me picked the most from the most 😉
Hokkian Mie Medan / Hokkian Noodles
Srikaya (Creamy coconut and eggs jam)
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.
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 wish you all have a fantastic day full of wonderful food and surrounded by love.