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HI Cookery is 11!

Since 2010, we were “cooking our way through the calendar”. Having completed that challenge last year, after a decade, we aim to continue “cooking our way through the countries”, as we like to feature ethnic and eclectic recipes on our blog. We already had a head start posting some ethnic recipes in the last 10 years and have since moved them from under the “Theme Menus” to a new tab of its own above, “A-Z Countries Recipes”. It is our newest culinary journey to try cooking foods from around the world. There are many other blogs that are attempting the same thing (especially during quarantine and as a pandemic project) and we are joining in on the adventure!

We often get asked how we met so many people from around the world and how our global outlook influences what we eat and cook. 

  • Firstly, we grew up in mixed families (Islander is of Asian-Pacific Islander heritage and Highlander is of Scottish, Canadian and English descent). We want our marriage to combine both the best of the East and the West! 
  • Secondly, Highlander’s job moved us around the USA a lot; we lived in many multiculturally diverse cities, giving us the opportunity to attend cultural festivals, shop at ethnic grocery stores and eat at a variety of ethnic restaurants. 
  • Thirdly, we were involved in international student association activities at our universities and have kept in contact with roommates and friends from all over the world. We try to visit them in their countries and enjoy international travel when we can. They have graciously shared recipes and continue to inspire us with their cultural cuisines.
  • Fourthly, Islander’s college courses were in intercultural and international communications and her jobs included tutoring English as a Second Language and doing freelance media work for different ethnic businesses. These connections allow us to interact with many people from all over the globe.
  • Last but not least, we serve in a marriage ministry at our church and, because of our background and experiences, are frequently assigned as mentors to mixed couples. 

HI Cookery reflects all of the above on our eating and cooking experiences. Our life is enriched by the people who have shared their culture and cuisine with us. In turn, we hope to pay it forward through our blog as long as we are able. As always…

Tapadh leat! Mahalo! Thanks!

Highlander and Islander

HI Cookery is 10!

Time flies when we are cooking up some fun! We finally accomplished our goal and “cooked our way through the calendar”. It may have taken us 10 years—longer than most bloggers—to fill in all the holidays or feast days with a recipe or two (or more on some days). We may not have been as fancy as other sites, made money from ads or pushed to become popular for more traffic, but we stayed true to our simple selves for the past decade to merely share our recipes, learn new things about cooking and technology, and document our memories.

Even though we have every blessed day represented with a recipe now, we will slowly continue to add a few more throughout the coming years and hope to build on our Theme Menus with international recipes, especially since Islander became a member of her local global cooking club.

As we post this 10th blog-o-versary message, we are in the midst of surviving the coronavirus crisis. Food items and sanitation supplies are limited at the stores and social distancing is being practiced, so we cannot gather together and share meals with our families and friends. But we pray that this, too, shall pass and we can get on with our lives like before.

Thanks again to all our subscribers and visitors who have shown their support for our blog for the last 10 years. We may not know each one of you personally but are grateful that you took the time to read our humble blog. Take care, be safe and keep on cooking!

Tapadh leat! Mahalo! Thanks!

Highlander and Islander

HI Cookery is 9!

Our little blog is now 9! We sure have taken our sweet time to savor the journey of food blogging. But even when we reach our destination of “cooking our way through the calendar” next year, we still plan to continue sharing occasional recipes with everyone (we are still very surprised that people other than family and close friends have become loyal subscribers—for this we are flattered and most grateful). We might not post as often but our intent is just to share! Eventually we hope to figure out how to add printable recipe links, too.

We still get requests to monetize our blog but politely decline. We might be missing out on the extra money, publicity or online traffic. But we do not want to feel swayed or pressured to write about specific products. We use whatever is on sale, ingredients that are available locally, gourmet goodies that are gifted to us or items that we personally like/are used to, and these are all revealed in our posts and pictures.

There are so many other beautiful and better blogs out there and we admire those who are able to maintain them all and keep on cooking when life is just a busy reality. They inspire and educate us and we are humbled to be a part of the food blogging community since 2010.

Thanks to our readers for your continued prayers, encouragement and support. Y’all make turning 9 simply divine!

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