Hello! Welcome to Manila Spoon! Thanks for dropping by.
I am Abby Raines, born in Manila, Philippines but currently residing in Hamden, CT, USA. I am a lawyer turned stay-at-home mom. I have two tots (William – 6 and Sophie – 3) and one very loving husband (Mark), from England, for whom I am very thankful to the Lord for. My life is truly wonderful because of them. The photo above was taken years ago but below here’s what we look like nowadays.
ManilaSpoon came into being due to my desire to have all my favorite recipes be compiled into one easy to access file. Having it all online not only makes it so convenient to find them (gone are the days of looking for the scraps of paper where I have written the recipes!); it is also a lot easier to share them with friends.
So how did my love for cooking begin? Not naturally. Not right away. Truth is, I had to learn to cook out of necessity. As anyone familiar with the Philippines would know, when you grow up with a maid, oftentimes you never learn the wonderful art of cooking. Back then, I always knew that when dinner’s on, the food would be ready at the table, often prepared by anyone in the house but me. I did dabble a bit on cooking after college but never really pursued it passionately.
However, when I got married and settled in the USA, I had to really learn how to cook. Otherwise, my hubby and I would have starved to death!
Thankfully, the kind folks who help us settle in Grand Rapids gave us a copy of an American cookbook as a welcome present. Perhaps they sensed our predicament. That began my love for cooking and anything that has to do with food.
I learned to cook initially by following recipes to the letter but, eventually and more extensively, through trial and error. The results of my culinary adventures are shown in manilaspoon.com, which is simply a collection of recipes which my family have tried and enjoyed through the years.
I love to blog because it’s my ‘creative therapy’ allowing me to put into words and pictures things I enjoy and have passion for. So I do hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I enjoy writing them!
And after just over 6 years of blogging, I am happy to announce that we finally have our very own cookbook – RICE. NOODLES. YUM. (EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SOUTHEAST ASIAN DISHES). It’s got 75 delicious and authentic rice and noodle dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines, of course! I have travelled all over the region and attended cooking classes and learned from both chefs and cooks alike who generously shared with me their ways and techniques on how to cook the tastiest Asian food! I promise you, these are tried and tested and really yummy recipes. It’s now on pre-order so make sure to grab your copy here or click on the photo below.
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