Hi! My name is Maria Vanessa, and this is not your regular Filipino Food blog.
My much beloved and devout Catholic mother could not choose between naming me after Mother Mary/Maria or the english actress Vanessa Redgrave, so I go through life with two first names that confuse a lot of people, including me.
I am from the Philippines, but I’ve been living in the USA since 2003. I like it here and have assimilated to the culture well. The older I get however, the more nostalgic I am for familiar things from home.
I grew up in a big, loving family and like many cultures, around the world; our parties are centered on a dining table piled high with food. The dishes are a jumble of cuisines rooted to countries that have had an influence in Philippine history, such as Pancit and Lumpia (stir fried noodles and egg rolls) dating back to Chinese settlers, to Callos and Fabada (beef tripe and chorizo stew and white bean and chorizo stew) during Spanish colonial rule.
What does “Life in Filipino Food“ mean?
I’ve always loved to cook but was never taught traditional Filipino dishes with the exception of my mom’s Kare-Kare and our family heirloom dish, Habichuelas. I first created AmusingMaria to feature easy recipe ideas and occasional stories about my life, see here and here. One would call my cooking “Asian-inspired” but I realized that it’s also “Filipino Food-inspired”.