Four Valentine's Days ago, I started writing Burnt Lumpia. Yup. This here Filipino food blog is now four years old.
Four years is a long time to be writing anything, let alone to be writing a blog solely about Filipino cuisine. At the time, on that first fateful Valentine's Day when I wrote some lil' test post and hit the "Publish" button, I wasn't sure anyone knew what Filipino food was exactly.
And now? Four years later?
I'm still not sure.
But despite my own uncertainty, there have been signs of increasing interest and appreciation of Filipino cuisine as of late. Adobo in the New York Times? The "next Asian cuisine to hit prime time"? "Filipino cuisine is finally entering the mainstream"? Who would'a thunk it?
Four years of testing and developing recipes. Four years of note taking. Four years of calling my grandmother and aunties with questions about ingredients, measurements, and family stories. Four years of posting random movie clips for my own amusement. Four years of making fun of my mom's indifference and my dad's drunkeness, puppy punching prowess, and overall awesomeness(?). Four years of working towards...
Has it all been worth it?
Believe me, it's been gratifying enough taking what I've learned from this blog and executing that in real time. And at the very least, I now know a hell of a lot more about my culture than I did four years ago. And thankfully, this didn't happen in a vacuum. I've gleaned a lot from the readers of this blog, and from the people I've connected with all around the world because of this blog. And for that I am very, very thankful.
And even with all the recipes I've managed to post, there's still more to come from me and this blog. Much more--on a grander scale. I promise hope...
But until then, I just want to thank everyone out there who has read and supported this blog for the last four years, months, weeks, days, hours, or even if you've just tuned in four seconds ago.
Thank you for BELIEVING in Filipino food.
And stay tuned...