“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
– Maya Angelou
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
– Albert Einstein
It seems a lifetime ago since our days in marketing, advertising, banking and public relations, yet our best life adventures (besides parenting!) seem like yesterday when we were just dipping our toes in the hospitality and retail industry. Both my other half and myself remain passionate about food, people and business. We still both love the buzz of non-stop learning, stretching our skills and acquiring new ones.
Our last foray into hospitality (before new commitments) was in 2006 when we started a cafe and a restaurant to introduce to and educate Australians on Southeast Asian cuisine from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The restaurant business takes no prisoners, it’s a harsh and demanding commitment–undeniably our most massive undertaking in terms of time, money and other resources, but truly was an adventure of a lifetime.
Our former restaurant ‘Barang‘ was what you’d call a ‘make from scratch’ kitchen that used traditional methods of cooking that are from these regions and the best locally sourced ingredients in Brisbane to make extraordinary, flavourful, robust and exotic curries alongside many noodle, meat and rice dishes.
When the foodie part of my blog persona had first embarked on this space back in 2005, I did it in the spirit of sharing my family recipes with friends, family and even Barang customers who continued to keep in touch. Today these Southeast Asian recipes have evolved to truly paying real tribute to Barang featuring many of my classic favourites and best-loved recipes from those good old days.
It’s always been a dream to produce a curated blog of everything from food to craft to books and writing…really everything that inspires us on a daily basis and hopefully, inspires others too.
I welcome your comments, feedback and sharing–I’d love to connect with you if you’ll drop me a line. You know where to reach me : )