Hi and welcome!
I am Biren (pronounced as Bee Ren), the person behind Roti n Rice. I was once a techie but am currently a stay-at-home mom. I blog out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota with its diverse city culture and just a stone’s throw away from the rich farmlands of the surrounding region. I live here with my wonderful husband and two teenage boys. I refer to hubby as Ro-Ri San, eldest son as Ro-Taro, and second son as Ro-Jiro on my blog.
I am not a professional chef. My culinary “training” came through the old fashion way of learning from family and experimenting in my own kitchen. I truly believe that practice makes perfect as cooking often improves with experience. My kitchen philosophy is “cook only what you will eat” for food is God’s blessing to men, never to be wasted.
I grew up in Malaysia in a big family where food has always taken center stage. Some of my happiest childhood memories revolved around festivities and food. We had huge family gatherings and the women often got together to cook with Grandma at the helm. It was during these events that I learned how to make curry puffs, jam tarts, and wrap glutinous rice dumplings. I have always enjoyed learning the more complex and time consuming dishes. I got a lot of practice as mom would cook the filling and I would make the pastry and do all the wrappings.
Home cooking has always been an eclectic mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines. I started baking and cooking more culturally diverse dishes after having my own family. Western, Japanese, and other East Asian cuisines are thrown into the mix. Living here in the American Midwest provides a challenging backdrop to this culinary heritage. It forces me to be creative in adapting the recipes from the old country by using local and more easily accessible ingredients. Today, my cooking reflects a little of the culture that I live in which is a melting pot of cuisines.
Roti n Rice is an outlet for my creative side. I blog about my passion for cooking and memories made in the kitchen. From here, I spend time rediscovering old family recipes and dreaming up new ones. My family is my greatest food inspiration and it is a joy to share the foods of my childhood with my children and to help them broaden their palates. It is my hope that the blog functions as a culinary library and resource for my two boys.
The name Roti n Rice describes the fusion of my Malaysian culinary heritage which is largely based on rice and my life in the West with its bread culture. Roti means bread in Malay, Hindi, and other South Asian languages.
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