Hello guys! Welcome to Fuss Free Cooking. Welcome to my repertoire, my cooking journal and photo albums on the food I’ve made at home. I am not a trained professional nor ever worked in a culinary field. The closest thing to it is me being a waitress in a Noodle shop, which I did learn a couple of dishes while observing the chef in action.
I hope to inspire, not to teach. I hope to inspire people to cook at home, enjoying food that is simple and comforting. Be prepared for an image heavy blog as I love sharing my cooking experience visually with you.
Here’s a little about me
I grew up on an island called Penang in Malaysia. When you mentioned Penang to any Malaysian, the first thing that comes to mind is usually “wow, nice hawker food over there!” Oh yes, I’ve been blessed with super delicious and inexpensive Penang street food, restaurants as well as a family of avid home cooks who love to make things from scratch and adventurous with trying various cuisines.
Then, I moved to Tasmania, Australia and lived for a couple of years for my undergraduate degree. Part of me wished that I should have started blogging then as there are so many wonderful restaurants and cafes that Tasmania that I’d like to feature. The scenery in Tassie is breathtaking. I had many fond memories of my stay in Tassie. Perhaps, it is because somewhere along the way I met the love of my life (addressed as “my beloved” on this blog) before we started to move around in various regional areas in New South Wales which include Tamworth, Bathurst and now Orange.
First foray into blogging about cooking
The feeling of isolation from moving into a new town and working remotely as an accountant has motivated me to start this blog in March 2010. At first, it was daunting at the thought of sharing what I cooked on internet. What will people say about my cooking? Will people criticise me because I’m just an everyday home cook, not professionally trained? How about my writing? I’m not a writer…. you can imagine the thousands of questions and self-doubts filled my head.
My beloved said to me: “Who cares, just write what you like, do what you want. It is your blog after all and it is not an exam.”
These were the words I needed to hear, thus transforming my self-doubt to excitement on what started off as a mean to overcome the feeling of isolation to a 3-year long obsession.
Why Fuss Free Cooking?
I’ve always like the saying “no fuss, no muss”. After “jigsaw puzzling” with words, I thought the name “Fuss Free Cooking” is best described my approach to home cooking. I simplify my cooking life with the clever use of ready-made sauces, cooking short cuts and simplification of existing recipes.
By the way, it is “fuss” free….and not “fast” free. This is the common problem I have when I told people my blog name. Maybe it’s my accent or maybe the word “fuss” is not commonly used in Australia. But guys, it is “fuss free”.
Okay I’ve realised that my “about page” has turned into War and Peace ha! If you have made it this far, I’m touched! I thought I’d give you a back story about myself so that my future posts make sense to you.
Thanks for reading. I hope you will have as much fun reading as I’ve had creating the content for this blog.
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I’m looking forward to hear from you ~ Emily
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