Howdy my name is Aldrin. A part time employee, a loving husband, and a space owner of Aldrin&HisKitchen. Before I introduce what it is, let me take you back to my roots so you’d get a better grip how this blog came about the very first time.
Back in my beloved tropical country, the Philippines, I was not the type of person you can see sulked up in the kitchen burrowed in spices, no. I did not even exhibit the slightest interest in cooking. Saw those old women in Moana whose faces were always in front of the kitchen fire? Nope, I wasn’t one of them. There were no volcanoes either. The only thing I was proud to be a master of was, you guessed it right, EATING! Saw that little pig Moana always plays with? Yep, that was me! Happy-go-lucky piggy!
Just like everybody else, I used to work in a corporate company with changing schedules, day and night, unlimited overtime, and stressful customers, left and right. If I ever found the time off from work, I spent it under my sheets sleeping my butt off. Due to lack of time, limited skills, and equipped with only a handful of kitchen utensils, I almost always found an excuse NOT to cook. And, hey! Jollibee was a stone’s throw away anyway. Haha!
When I was growing up, my mom always told me to stay with her as she cooked and observe how she did it so that I will learn faster. I didn’t. LOL. How can you blame a 9 year old whose mind was always out chasing kites and climbing mango trees? Then there was the TV playing my favorite cartoon at that time. Go blame the Power Rangers! Mama’s always there to cook anyway.
How I Really Started!
It wasn’t until I came to Europe that I realized how different everything was. No Jollibee. No Mama. I came here not knowing how to cook a single dish, spare the fried eggs and hotdogs, THAT i can do. Don’t belittle me too much. I can cook rice too. But, no. It wasn’t enough. One thing being a part of the Boy Scouts taught me about is that, I have the will to survive. I must learn how to cook. How? I didn’t know anything so I started experimenting. Fried some Lyon cold cuts; used cooking butter on my bread; tried making potato gratin with too much salt I had to throw away. I cut myself too many times to count. Yep, I did all of that to get to where I am right now.
It was timely to realize that I needed to start cooking and baking when I found Tinu’s old cookbook in one of his drawers. My heart leapt with joy as I discovered it was printed in English. Finally! I found something I can start with. I conjured my inner spirits and put my heart into my ladle, trusting that I can recreate good food out of a book. Over time, I started to impress some people with my cooking. Modesty aside, but it does give us a boost whenever we are appreciated, right? *wink* With Julia Child in my head saying “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing”, I was inspired and motivated to do more.
Practice Makes Perfect!
I always thought that I will never learn how to cook. BUT I was wrong. I CAN COOK! It took me a lot of practice and courage, and I will never stop to learn new things. Life’s like that. When an opportunity knocks, open it! Never miss a chance to grow in any aspect of yourself. I always thank the Lord God for giving me people who always believe in me. I thank my ever supportive husband who always encourages me to push through my limits, even if I tried to fry the cold cuts.
So here i am today trying to inspire other people who may, in any degree, be just like me. Always remember that good and delicious recipes don’t need to be complicated. I am going to use this space to showcase recipes that are simple to prepare, delicious, and healthy. And also I won’t limit this blog to just be about the things I’ve learned in Europe but also the recipes which are close to my heart.
Echoing Gusto in Ratatouille, “Everyone can cook!”, take it from me, YOU CAN TOO! I hope that you’ll find this blog very useful and inspiring.
Thank you for visiting and I hope to hear from all of you soon!