Greetings and Welcome to Pups with Chopsticks!
I’m Joyce and I’m so happy you are here! I am a lover of food, a nerd and love all games (digital & tabletop!) and every now and then I dabble in the arts of knitting and poking of succulents.
I have always had a huge interest in cooking and trying out new flavours since I was a wee young’un. I learned most of it from watching my dad cook in the kitchen at home and the rest I learned from trying to recreate flavours of things at home after a night of eating out.
Playing with your food is encouraged here! You will find recipes here with international influences as well as comfort foods with twists with lots of flavours.
I like finding new ways to cook, and new ingredients to play with and I want to show you that you can do the same! It’s not intimidating, and it’s always rewarding, and we can do it together! 🙂
Most of the recipes I make can be substituted with other ingredients, so I will try to provide alternative methods and ingredients based on how we cook at home, because I know how much it sucks when sometimes, you’re missing that 1 ingredient and on a lazy Sunday weekend — going back to the supermarket is not an option! So we improvise!
To me, cooking and being in the kitchen is all about: being creative, being open, making mistakes, doing a LOT of dishes — a lot, making a mess, and learning from the people around us. Someone very wise once told me that there is no such thing as ‘Perfect’, so never strive for perfection, and just do your best, because you can always learned from people around you and there’s always something new to learn 🙂
In the kitchen, you will find me making a mess with an audience of my furry best friends watching me in amusement either covered in flour, some type of herb, some sauce that I flung across the kitchen…(you get the idea).
Share these fun adventures with us! and please send me a email to say Hello! I love hearing from everyone about who you are, where you are from and what kinda of foods you like! 🙂
Random tidbit #1 : I’m a huge cookbook junkie. I love pretty food books, and I love the stories in them even more. Which one is my favourite? “Dutch Oven Cookbook: A Cookbook of Coveted Traditional Recipes from the Kitchens of Lunenburg”. It’s a old book I picked up on my trip to Nova Scotia, which contains a collection of old and family recipes (which I LOVE! Homemade secret recipes! Yaaas!) and the best part? Each recipe is hand written by the person who submitted it which gives it a personal touch. A really charming book.
Random tidbit #2 : I’m a gamer! PC gamer mostly, and mostly RPGs — especially ARPGS. It’s been a challenge recently to juggle downtime with gaming and the blog, but my heart is still it in from time to time.
Random tidbit #3: I’m a HUGE introvert, and borderline mute. 🙂 I’m not a very talkative in person and I daydream a lot 🙂
Pups in the Kitchen
This is Oscar.
The squiggly emo dog. When he’s not sighing or being grumpy, you’ll find him on top of the stairs moping around and sighing like a sad panda. This little guys enjoys his ‘ME’ time – a lot.
Favourite Pastime: Pretending to be a cat. (…and he’s got it down like a science!)
This little guy is from Colombia and speaks Spanish! We adopted him a few years ago and he has been the cuddly, ‘awwwww’ dog of the household ever since. When he’s not napping (and he naps a lot!), you’ll find him nibbling on the grass in the yard or terrorizing his basket of toys.
Favourite Pastime: Using his charm and finding clever ways to ninja treats from people.
Note: All photographs and write ups have created or written myself. If you want to use any of these recipes or images, please ask! I don’t bite (and neither do the pups!) and I’ll almost always say yes. 🙂 as long as you don’t post the recipe on your site, and you link it back to it’s home here. 🙂