Hey there, this is The Weekend Kitchen
The Weekend Kitchen is mostly me, Yasmina in Berlin, and occasionally Sami in Jakarta, two cousins whose love of food started a friendly competition on Instagram of their weekend cooking & baking experiments. Fast forward a year later, this developed into a long-distance collaboration of exploring food and identity through The Weekend Kitchen blog.
Why “food and identity”?
I was born in Indonesia but I was raised in 3 different continents, in 8 different countries, by parents who were into their own cultures but were also culturally curious, especially about food. This kind of upbringing provided amazing diversity and experiences, and with it, a near constant identity crisis and redefining of self, and a longing for the authentic.
Food is forever linked to our identities, personal and collective.
This is because our identities are not only shaped by role, gender and other such things, but also by our physical environments, the places we live in, the places we’ve been.
Food is one of the greatest, and certainly most delicious, ways to look at the relationship between people and their environment. It’s a way of recording history, preserving and developing cultural identity.
Food is as much a part of our past as our developing present and future.
So what does this mean for the content of the blog?
It took me a while to find my voice in blogging. I’ve been blogging more intensively the last few months, and during this time, my writing shaped up my long-term vision for this blog.
Things we’ll be writing about:
- recipes/cooking directions, for food that Sami and me have come to identify as comfort food or a signature dish I’ve perfected.
- food and identity topics like the on-going “Indonesian Chocolate Series” and the upcoming “So Called Indonesian” and “Man in Kitchen”.
- food stories: various food-related learnings and inspiration like write ups of food workshops, food events we’ve attended and how-to’s.
Things we won’t be covering in this blog are restaurant reviews and specific product reviews. Even if I do write about eateries, it’ll be because I have a personal or historical relationship with the place, e.g the Jakarta noodle joint I’ve been eating at since I was 7 years old.
Who are the usual suspects on the blog?
There’s me (Yasmina) and my handsome-and-talented husband. We’ve been married since 2005, have lived in 3 countries since and we’ve travelled many more. We hope to keep eating our way through many more places.
There is my dear cousin Sami, his lovely wife Angki, who is a designer too, and runs k.e.d,. They have an amazing daughter, Nataya, who is delightful and creative, and who will basically inherit everything in my kitchen when I die. Sami is grooming Nataya to be the next-generation foodie. She knows what she likes, and has started to cook as well.
In addition to that, there’s Phil, who is my partner-in-crime for food photography and experiments, and his husband, Ned, who I’ve known since we were 12 years old; read Phil’s account of our story on his blog. There’s Astrid, and her husband Abi, an Indonesian couple living in Berlin, who love to eat, and various foodie friends like Ash, Katie, Joe, Phoebe, who are either chefs/cooks by profession, chocolate makers, or run food-/culinary-businesses. Then we have the “eater” team, friends who love to eat the food I cooked for the blog, like Alex and his family, Isabeau and Christoph.