I want to write about cooking since I’ve been into the Italian food recently. Each time I finish making a good dish, I want to come home, to Vietnam to cook it for my family. But I can’t, so I write this so my mom, my brother or anyone in my family can try the recipes if they want (and friends). Also, it is to share the Vietnamese dishes, again with friends or those who know Vietnamese cuisine because I feel proud of what we eat, since Vietnamese food is green and tasty.
The image on the header is the photo of parsley sprigs. I use this because it’s about herb, something green, nutritious and flavorful. It is the herb widely used in Italian cooking. But similar to its look is coriander (cilantro), a very popular herb in Vietnamese (and some other Asian) cooking.
About me: I’m Quynh Anh (my colleagues all call me ‘QA’ or ‘Q’, that’s why ‘qakitchen’ but ‘no9blue’ is the screen name that can be found on flickr or some other sites). I was raised in the central of Vietnam for 17 years, in Danang and 100km up north is my father’s hometown, Hue, where the food is known as the most spicy and the most tasty. I’ve lived in the Netherlands and the US since 18 with lots of travelling. But Italy was just recently, in Spring 2011 when I started to really learn about the cuisine. I started caring about what we eat after reading the book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life’ by Thich Nhat Hanh.
I work full time, in the centre of Amsterdam. This explains if my blog is not frequently updated. But I always have time to enjoy life and enjoy living (except when the Dutch weather turns to its bad behavior, or when I miss my family and Vietnam so much).