My first few posts were about random food I've eaten/cooked (things I eat) and I lost interest in the idea of writing to nobody, for nobody on this vast interwebs. However, our family recently lost someone very important to us all and I was inspired to Julie & Julia my Ba Ngoai (grandmother) to honour the memory of her and Ong Ngoai (grandfather). Unlike the actual Julie & Julia story, I don't have a cookbook to follow but I do have many family members to help me since a family of 8 siblings means lots of aunts and uncles! Food has always been an important aspect of my whole extended family and that means a family that knows their food and how to cook it. This has impacted my outlook on the culinary world and life in general. However, in many ways I feel I have failed myself by not understanding Vietnamese culture. Through cooking all Ba Ngoai's recipes passed down to her 6 daughters and 2 sons, I hope to achieve a sort of cultural self-redemption while at the same time honouring my ancestors in a way I think they would appreciate.
One of my many cousins wrote a bio about my Ba Ngoai. You can read the biography here.