Hi! I’m Wei, a self-taught cook from North-west China. Since moving to Europe, over a decade ago, I developed a passion for food and with three culinary fans of my own, I currently live in a red brick house (“Red House”) in England, where every recipe in this blog is enthusiastically developed and mindfully tested.
Why “Spice”? Simply because I can’t survive without spice, neither in food nor in life. Plus, even those who have little interest in food might know “Chinese Five-Spice”. So the word “Spice” may well give you a hint of the kind of cuisine I am sharing here.
I guess your next question could be “Why blogging?”. To be honest, writing a food blog is not an impulsive decision (even though I am rather impulsive when it comes to trying new things). I gave myself three solid reasons before I started this journey.
For the past. As I grow older, I realise more and more that all my inspiration and capacity for cooking comes from the influence of my parents who cooked every single meal from scratch (literally) in a tiny kitchen. They had a limited number of ingredients but this was outweighed by their great passion and imagination. They never intended to teach me how to cook but they always allowed me to play around the stove and to have the first taste of their scrumptious dishes. While living far away from them, I’ve been trying to reproduce those flavours from my childhood. Sharing those influences with you here is a great way to preserve their culinary legacy.
For the present. I love sharing, sharing every bit of joy in my life with family and friends. Eating the food I cook, they praise and then ask: but how to make it? Seeing the photo of a dish I make they praise and then ask: but where is the recipe? Increasingly, I realise that sharing is not just about feeding the people you love or showing them your achievement. SHARE is Show them How to Achieve then Recreate and Enjoy together. A blog provides the ideal platform to share and connect with others who have the same passion in life.
For the future. As I mentioned earlier, I have three culinary fans in the Red House. Fan No.1 praises every single dish I produce (that’s compulsory). It’s a bit trickier with fan No.2 and 3 since sometimes, without warning, they turn themselves into nasty little food critics. A bit annoying, but they do push me to be more imaginary with my ingredients. A few weeks ago, fan No.2 said to me in a serious tone: “I think you should WORK as a professional cook.” What a compliment! At least for now I can WRITE like a professional cook. Also, perhaps when they gain their independency, they might appreciate my blog as a handy recipe book whenever they crave authentic Chinese food.
Another good thing about developing this blog is that I feel like I’m getting my old job back. Before moving abroad, I worked as journalist in Beijing for nearly a decade. Back then I was part of a big team, now I’m on my own with more responsibility, but also with more independence and freedom.
OK! It’s time to make a start. Hope you enjoy walking through the journey with me.
Photo credit: Pei Jun