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Hello everyone, and thank you for taking the time to read my blog! For my first blog post, I wanted to give you some more background on who I am and give you an idea of what you can expect from this blog.

I am a professional accountant currently working in the demanding field of emergency services/public safety. I am married to a wonderful, handsome man, and we are about to become first-time parents this fall.

I started seriously thinking of writing a blog like this after hearing comments from friends like “I can’t believe you make homemade meals after a long day at work”, “How do you have the time?” or “I could never make something like that.” I wanted to start this blog to share my recipes and processes, and dispel the myth that good homemade meals take a lot of time, effort, or money!

My husband often gets comments from his colleagues about how lucky he is to get homemade Vietnamese meals at home. This blog will contain lots of Vietnamese recipes that anyone can make. Further, this blog will give me an opportunity to document the hundreds of Vietnamese recipes that currently reside in my mother’s head. My mom, like most other Asian moms, does not cook from a recipe and has never written anything down. This blog will allow me to pick her brain, learn her recipes and document them for posterity.

Growing up, our family was not well off at all as my mom was a stay at home mom and my dad was the sole income earner. I’ve always appreciated how he managed to support a family of four on a single meager income, but as I’ve grown older and started cooking more, I’ve also learned to appreciate how my mom was always able to put inexpensive, yet delicious, meals on the table for us. As you follow me on this blog, you’ll learn that a lot of Vietnamese dishes can be made pretty inexpensively. The rich flavours of Vietnamese cuisine are derived from expert seasoning and unique cooking methods, as opposed to expensive ingredients.

What you won’t see on this blog are really involved dishes that require finesse (like a three-tiered fancy cake) or expensive ingredients (like truffle oil or foie gras). What you will find are flavourful, easy to make dishes that even working women or busy moms will have time to make. I want to prove that just because you are a working woman or busy mom doesn’t mean that you have to feed your family grocery store rotisserie chicken or bagged salads 5 days a week!

My personal scale of measuring how difficult a recipe is the “moving pieces” scale. My husband will often hear me complain when I’m making a difficult recipe “Ugh, there are so many moving pieces!” “Moving pieces” to me means how many pots and pans are required, how many components need to be cooking or monitored simultaneously, and how many weird ingredients are called for. Every recipe on this blog will be measured on the “Moving Pieces” scale, with 1 being easy and 5 being difficult. Also, in keeping with the frugal theme, I will discuss the cost of the meal as well.

Thank you for reading my first blog post and taking an interest in my writing! I will get started on posting recipes and new blog posts right away. If you have any requests, please feel free to send them my way. I may have a recipe jotted down somewhere that matches your request!

Disclaimer: I am not a good photographer by any means, so don’t judge the food by the iPhone pictures that I take. The pictures are usually quickly snapped before we sit down to eat, and I don’t take much time to stage or edit. Hopefully, as this blog grows, I will start to develop my photography skills as well!

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  • Reply
    Amanda Nelson
    July 24, 2016 at 3:13 am

    So excited to try some of your recipes, I know Matt won’t be complaining!! And best of luck with your new blog, it looks great!

    • Reply
      Elizabeth Nguyen
      July 24, 2016 at 4:21 am

      Thanks Amanda! I’d love to hear what you and Matt think of the recipes! Hope all is well with you guys and the girls!

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