Meet Biren, from the Roti-n-Rice blog, who is a top commenter for the month of October. Biren has been an active commenter since our Pandan Spiral Mooncake post, which inspired her to make some beautiful Butternut Squash Mooncakes of her own.
Just like the previous two top commenters, I want to thank Biren for being a top commenter by introducing her site to you. She recently completed a move from Blogspot to Wodpress, and her site looks great! At less than a year old, Roti-n-Rice is an impressive recipe site with a large and active following.
Here’s our fun little “interview”.
HA: What school you went?
B: That was a long time ago. I grew up in Malaysia and attended secondary school which was middle school and high school combined. The motto of the high school I attended is Sapientia et Caritas.
HA: How did you end up in Minnesota?
B: Our moves were mostly job related. My hubby, Ro-Ri San works in the Twin Cities.
HA: Tell me what Roti n Rice is about – what does it mean to you / what do you get out of it?
B: The name Roti n Rice describes the fusion of my Malaysian heritage which is largely based on rice and my life in the West with its bread culture. Roti is a convenient word that means bread with a somewhat Malaysian context. I have always been interested in food and cooking and was a silent follower of some food blogs for a while. Then some 10 months back, I decided to jump into the fray and start my own food blog. I do enjoy working with computers and had been a “techie” before and so I thought that it may be a fun way for me to record some of those family recipes that were fast fading in the memory of elders. I see it as an outlet for my creative side and most importantly a culinary diary and resource for my children.
HA: What’s the most fun thing that happened to you because of your blog?
B: The most fun and rewarding thing about blogging is the social networking that comes with it. Little did I realize when I started that some of the many visitors to the blog would eventually become friends. Through mutual visitation and comments, friendships develop and grow. This past summer during my vacation to parts of Asia I had the opportunity to meet up with two of my fellow food bloggers. It was a strange but good feeling to meet the person behind those words. The blogs came to life!
HA: What’s the one kitchen item / tool you can’t live without?
B: There are several kitchen tools that I absolutely must have but if I have to name one, it must surely be the Santoku knife. Back in the old country, the cleaver was that great utility knife. Over here in US, the chef’s knife was the standard. A few years back, the Santoku made its appearance in the stores and I picked up a set which I still use daily. It is a very well balanced knife that combines the features of the cleaver and the chef’s knife. It has the straight edge of the cleaver and the size of a chef’s knife which is perfect for me. I recently started upgrading my knives and am absolutely impressed with the Shun Nakiri and Ultimate Utility Knife. I believe every kitchen should have a good set of knives.
HA: Thanks, Biren, for being a good sport and sharing a little of yourself!