• Friday , 10 January 2020
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How does a woman who throws out a Kabocha Squash – with a knife still stuck in it – end up writing about food?

Hi! Welcome to Amusing Maria, where you’ll find simple and easy-to-follow recipes, travel guides and occasional stories about life.

The recipes here in Amusing Maria are often inspired by food from the Philippines.  I’ve always loved cooking since I was a child. Unfortunately, my interest in learning more about food was put  on hold.  My family led me to focus on a career in the healthcare field so spending time in the kitchen and honing my culinary skills was not a priority. We also had a helper who cooked our meals for us. I rarely saw my mom or dad in the kitchen except for parties when relatives or friends would request my parents’ Habichuelas, Kare-Kare, or  Kilawin.  My only connection to the food world was through cooking shows.

About the Kabocha Squash…

It’s a true story.  I had just moved to rural Arkansas in 2003 and was still adjusting to my new independence. I had no idea that a squash was so tough to cut! I pushed the knife in and then it wouldn’t move. It got stuck.  So, I threw the squash in the trash, including the knife. Hungry, home sick, alone and craving for Filipino Food – this is not the combination I would recommend for a novice cook.

Here are some stories about why squash makes me emotional: Stir Fried Kabocha Squash and String Beans and Chayote Squash Breakdown

It wasn’t until 2013 that I realized that I still love to cook and create recipes.  I also found a new interest in Filipino Food aside from just eating it.  I wanted to know the ingredients, techniques, history, and why it is so crave-worthy delicious.

I rarely bake and if I do, the recipe would have to be dummy proof.  On the upside, my need to make things simple and easier helped in developing a recipe that uses a favorite Filipino Dessert ingredient: Ube or Purple Yam. You can find the recipe for Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing here.

Shoutout to my editor: Writing can be a pain. The recipes, narratives, and travel guides would not be possible without an editor.  I’m lucky that I’m married to one. Find out more about him here.

Thank you for visiting Amusing Maria! I hope my recipes, stories, and travels will inspire you.

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