Hello! My name is Jasline and nice to meet you! I was born in Malaysia but am now living in Singapore with my mysterious travel photographer husband whom I married in 2014.
My Baking and Cooking Journey
My interest in food runs deep since young - my maternal grandparents, my aunt (my mom's sister) and my mom are awesome cooks and they can always whipped up a feast effortlessly. My maternal grandparents lived in Malaysia, so we would return to visit them during festive seasons, their birthdays and school holidays. During those visits, my breakfast was always two soft-boiled eggs (freshly laid by the hens my grandmother reared) and milo, a malty, chocolate drink. My grandparents would also choose a few chickens for a feast and I would be there helping to pluck out the feathers.
However, I didn't have a chance to cook until I was 14, because of a "tragic accident" in the kitchen when I was young. At that time (I don't remember when), my mom asked me to crack an egg for her (when I was pretty young) - and instead of cracking the egg into the bowl, I cracked the egg onto myself, and subsequently onto the floor (don't ask me how I did it). Needless to say, I was banished from the kitchen ever since.
So when I was 14, my mother bought home an oven and a round cake pan to bake a butter cake. I was already a glutton then, so seeing how a simple combination of flour, eggs and butter can churn out a delicious cake got me really excited. I was also having Home Economics lesson in school, where teachers taught us how to bake and cook, which boosted some of my confidence. I baked my first bake (not sure why my mom let me but she did) - a chocolate oatmeal cookie for my tuition teacher to thank her for helping me with my maths. I still remember her saying that the cookies were delicious and that I should open a café in the future! And just like that, baking became my passion and hobby.
Internet wasn't that readily accessible that time, so my main source of recipes were from cooking shows (my favourites are Jamie Oliver and Nigella) and the cookbooks in the public libraries. I would sit in front of the TV, ready with paper and a pen, to write down whatever Jamie or Nigella said and did (I only realised many years later that those recipes are actually readily available on the Internet). I poured over numerous cookbooks, jotting down the recipes that I want to try in notebooks. And when internet became more accessible, I followed numerous food bloggers religiously, bookmarking every recipe I liked.
I baked as often as I could (most of my allowance goes into baking equipment and baking ingredients), many times they were flops, sometimes they were average, sometimes they were delicious. I love to share the successful bakes with my family and friends - it's so rewarding seeing them liking what I bake!
My love for cooking came much later, mainly because there was no need for me to cook at home as my mom cooks for us everyday. When I entered university and started staying in a hostel, I used that opportunity to learn how to cook.
I decided to start a food blog in 2008 as I wanted to share the food that I love with everyone around me, and I was inspired to be like the authors of many other wonderful food blogs that I've followed over the years. The blog was originally at WordPress.com (foodismylife.wordpress.com), and when I decided to shift it to my own domain in 2013, I realised that foodismylife.com was taken, so I came up with a new name - Foodie Baker, and after some hiccups and revamps here and there, I finally settled down with this current design in 2014.
Now, not only do I want to share the food I love, but also to encourage people to cook and bake at home. I'm no culinary expert, but I just want to prove that without a fantastically big oven and a branded mixing machine, yummy cakes and crispy cookies can still be whipped up in an un-air-conditioned, small home kitchen. Of course I do have dreams to get the
fantastically big oven (2015: Woo hoo! Now I have one!) and a branded mixing machine (2016: Thank you Kenwood for making my dream come true!), but so right now I'm pretty much contented with what I have right now (I think. Haha.)
Besides baking and cooking, I also love travelling! Travelling is a great way to be exposed to various lifestyles, cultures, beliefs and of course, FOOD! I like to document my travel chronicles because it really brings back wonderful memories whenever I reread those blog posts. I try to include as much details as possible in my travel posts, hoping that it will be useful for the next traveler!
And here's a huge thank you if you've managed to read until here thus far! I hope my blog will encourage you to pick up the whisk and/or the spatula and whip up some of these delicious dishes and desserts at home! A magic that I've always believed in while baking and cooking - is to put in all my heart (not literally, of course). The thought of wanting someone to like what I've baked and cooked has somehow help my cakes and cookies to turn out edible, and sometimes getting raves over it - and I'm sure you can do it too! Have fun baking and cooking!
P.S. If you'd like to contact me, use this contact form or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I will try my best to get back to you within 48 hours!
(Updated on 8/3/2018)
Ho Kee Yan says
TQVM for your Panaroma Trail and Jungfraujoch post. It’s one of the best blog posts I’ve come across in my prepn for a 2020 trip to the Jungfrau Region. Thanks again.
Omg! I’ve been waiting 29 years to find my foodie spirit animal!
I’ve been lying in bed next to my husband excitedly reading off every recipe title, it’s like you know me!!
We made the cheats chicken pie tonight and it was truely delicious!!!
The trick about the cornflour for the chicken was incredible, we’ve never been able to make it so tender before!
Lee Lan Ung says
Hi, chanced upon your blog a couple of days ago. And I must say it’s a gold mine of recipes. You have made it very easy for us to follow, with good photos and concise instructions.even my helper can follow and dish up our dinner which my family and I enjoy very much. Tq .Keep it up!
Love your blog and the unique recipes posted in your website!
Tiny Wanderer says
I'm glad I found your website! I was searching for some Malaysian Chinese comfort food recipes and I stumbled onto your website. I love how clear your cooking instructions are and how easy it is to follow them. I'm also a Malaysian Chinese but am currently living in a tiny eastern German village so more often than not, I've been craving to make food from the past. I never learnt how to cook from my mum or from my grandmothers so I'm now trying my best to cincai come up with something close to home.
Anyway, love your website and I'll be coming back for more of your recipes!
I want to convert a small miix to a big mix what method should i used….
Jasline (FoodieBaker) says
Hi Akuila, not very sure what you are referring to, but this is the link to my cake pan converter:
So glad our paths crossed through our blogs! 🙂 Glad to meet another Asian blogger!! Your travels are inspiring 🙂
Jasline N. says
Hi Felicia! Thank you, it's so nice to meet you too! 🙂
You are so young and energetic and I admire people with such passion for something that they will take the time to share. I have been told I am a good cook, friends in the US( when I was living there) can't wait to come to my parties, They get upset if they found out and not invited, made darn sure I knew that they missed my party. Since moving back to Malaysia last year (I was born in Penang and got married almost 40 years ago to an American and lived in Singapore, Tokyo and US) I have started to like durians again so looking to find recipes to bake with it. I have a darn good durian fresh cream cake (at least from the ravings of friend to testify) so stumbled upon your durian cream cheesecake as my passion is cheesecakes. Sucker for them! I love your website as it is very easy to navigate. Do you work fulltime??
Kudos to you!
Jasline N. says
Hi Mary, thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment! I'm so happy that the website is easy to navigate for you, if there are any ways that I can make it easier, please let me know! I was working full time but stopped about a year ago to accompany my husband who's currently working overseas.
I'm sure my culinary skills cannot beat you because you are a lot more experienced than me. If you do set up a blog to share your recipes in the future, please let me know as I'm sure I can learn a lot from you! (:
Durian is my ultimate favourite
fruit - I gorge on so much of them when I went back to Singapore last month! And I'm so happy you started to like durian again, let me know how your durian cheesecake turned out!
Have an awesome week ahead! Take care!