6 August 2012, Singapore – Food blogger Daniel Ang from Daniel Food Diary decided to start the initiative #cookforfamily to encourage everyone to cook for the family occasionally to bond and spend quality time together to better foster relationships. After all, you’ve heard the adage “Home-cooked food is always healthier”. #CookForFamily is a bloggers-for-bloggers initiative.
So our team decided to embark on this together and cook for ourselves and our food writer Kevin’s family. It is really quite funny as three of us do not cook. My original plan was to cook corned beef fried rice, black sauce chicken and stirfried vegetables. Dennis was going to try making macaroons – well that was overly ambitious! So what was originally an initiative to #CookForFamily ended up in a Cook WITH Family initiative which we thoroughly enjoyed. Not only did I learn a few tips on cooking, I thought the six hours of bonding was fantastic! Now I can’t wait for my family to return from their vacation so that I can cook for them.
So why don’t you join us to cook for your family occasionally. Trust me, it may sound scary at first, but once you’ve tried it a few times, it actually becomes therapeutic!
We were fortunate that Kevin’s dad is a good cook. When he saw me chopping up the corned beef, he took over cooking the fried rice. His reaction was “What? You are cooking fried rice with Corned Beef? How can?” He opened the refrigerator and took out two varieties of long beans, parsley, luncheon meat (only because we ran out of Chinese sausages also known as lup cheong) and chopped everything up before frying the fried rice. Preparation of the fried rice was excruciatingly tedious.
BLACK SAUCE CHICKEN
This dish has been my expertise and it is rather easy to prepare. Make sure you chop up garlic and ginger. Marinate the chicken with pepper, sesame oil, chinese wine and fry everything with black sauce and some sugar. This has to be my favourite dish. Kevin enjoyed this dish and I watched him finish up the gravy and chicken.
Stir Fried Choy Sim”
Frying vegetables has always been my favourite just because it is the easiest. Chop up the vegetables into three and stir fry it with garlic and oyster sauce and some Chinese wine and voila! The dish is ready to eat!
This took Dennis almost half a day to prepare and cook. It did not quite turn out the way Macaroons should but it was a great first time which I am sure he will try again and again to master it and get it right one day.
Other participating bloggers included:
365days2play (Dawn Huang), A Juggling Mom (Susan), A Winsome Life (Melvin & Jacqueline), A&W Couple’s Blog (Abbey & Will), Acquisition of Taste (Andy and Ashley), AiMakan (Hazel Tay), Alvinology (Alvin Lim), An Escape To Food (HL Tay), AnythingAlsoEat (CY), AromaCookery (Julia Khoo), AspirantSG (Wee Heng), Calvin Timo, Celestial Delish (Celes Fernandez), Cheekiemonkie (Kelvin), Cheryl Wee Xin Hui, Chrispytine (Christine), Chunky Cooky (Joyce), Cloudy Windz , Coffee Table People, Cookieologic (Huijin), Cooksnapeatlove (Jacob Leong), Cuisine Paradise (Ellena Guan), Daniel’s Food Diary (Daniel Ang), Danny Love To Eat (Danny Tan), Darren Bloggie, Delicious Soup Recipes (Dominique Goh) , Double Image (Kevin Soh), Dream2breakaway (Ying Zi) , Fighting Fires & Baking Buns, Flora Yeo, Food Friend Or Foe (Brenda), Food.Recentrunes (Ivan Ng), Foodie Ah, Foodie’s Kitchen , Foodoshoot (Charlene Chew), G.Nome Chromosome, Gastronautdiary (David Yip), Gninethree (Charleen), Gourmetestorie (Justin Daniel Pereira), HazelHearts (Hazel), HazelNutLife (Hazel Lam), HisFoodBlog (Rayner Ng), Hpility (Hong Peng), iisjong (Joey Ong), J Babies Dad (Isaiah), Jessie Food Trip (Ong Meng Ching), Keropokman (Philip Lim), Lady J’s Musings (Joanne), Le Petit Connoisseur (Stargirl), Lobster Paints (Shi Ting), Lovin Greens (Huiyuan), Luxury Haven (Shirley Tay), Maameemoomoo (Sherie), Mamawearpapashirt (June), Melicacy (Melissa Koh), Memoirs Of Food (Daniel Hung), Mint Leong, Miss Tam Chiak (Maureen Ow), Miss Tiffany (Tiffany Wong), MissyGlutton, MoonBerry (Irene), Ms SkinnyFat (Cheryl Ng), Msfoodaholic (Karina Lee), Mummy Blogs (Sandra Tan), Pengs Kitchen (Veronica) , Perhaps Always (Samuel), Pixieprodigy (Calvin Wong), Pling Thinks (Tracy Chua), Priscias (Priscilla), Raising Rock Star, RubbishEatRubbishGrow (Nathanael Ho), Rynaque, Sakura Haruka, Sarahs Loft (Sarah Khaw), Seng Kang Babies (Andy), SgFoodonFoot (Derrick Tan), Simple Happiness (Christina Teong), SkiesofLove (Angie), Slurp (Jason), Smithankyou (Smith Leong), Story of Bing, SUPERADRIANME (Adrian Eugene Seet), Superfinefeline (Karen), Teru2xBozu Goes Hungry, That Silver Girl (Silver Ang), The Dead Cockroach, The Dessert Prince (Edward), The Dining Table (Javan), The Dirty Stall, The Fatty Rie (Siew Lin), The Food Canon (Terry Wong), The Food Recipe (Jozel), The Gingerbread Mum (Adora Tan), The Hungry Cow (LeRoy), The Love of my Life, Little DinoEgg (Jenn Lim), The Super Girl, Velvet Chronicles (Nuramima), Twice As Delicious, You Got Me Blogging (Razlan), Yummy Koh (Chris), Yumyumformytumtum (Peter Oh)