Welcome to Busog! Sarap!  a little corner of food heaven of mine... based in sunny Queensland (Brisbane), Australia.  I love to cook, eat out, go to markets and collect (ahem! hoard?) cookbooks & kitchen stuff.... am like Ariel from the Lil' Mermaild when it comes to kitchen gadgets & gizmos!
The reason why I've created Busog! Sarap! in 2009 was to share tried and tested recipes I personally created/sourced & tweaked from the net and from accumulated cookbooks I acquired through the years. What's so unique about Busog! Sarap! is that the cooking procedures, pictures and cooking notes came sincerely from the heart.  One of my main pet peeve are recipes that doesn't work because of missing ingredients or out of whacked measurements and "I don't care if you don't understand" procedures.

Why the recipes in Busog! Sarap! are mostly Filipino?
Well to answer that... I lived more than half of my life in Australia & Filipino dishes before meeting my other half was just for eating and not the actual cooking.  Hubby played a major role for inspiring me to challenge myself to cook Filipino dishes when we got married.  He's Ilocano after all & Ilocos is one of the regions in the Philippines that are famous for their food. Busog! Sarap! is my personal journey on how to cook Filipino dishes & making myself familiar with the ingredients, to understand how the dishes developed through time & how to present it in a manner that the dishes are not "bastardized".

Another reason for featuring Filipino Cuisine in Busog! Sarap! is to dispel the myth that Filipino Food is unattractive and not in par with the other Asian countries.  In my eyes Filipino Food is beautiful and delicious but the key for other people to agree with these positive descriptions is to start cooking the dishes properly.

How deep am I in FOOD?..... studied Cookery and F&B in Culinary School here in Brisbane and worked mostly in the hospitality industry both in front and back of house in various food establishments.  We recently launched our family's Pop Up Food Stall in Mt.Gravatt Showgrounds (Saturday Night Street Food Market **scheduled dates announced in FB Busog! Sarap! - Brisbane) & hired a commercial kitchen for our made to order menu products.  So I can say, I breath & live... FOOD 24/7 😄
Ultimate Food Dream Goals, would day have a cookbook published and that whoever owns copies will treasure it and pass it on to their children or relatives because the cookbook is that good =) Plus have my own funky 'Carinderia' here in Brisbane.

Busog! Sarap! is compose of two Tagalog words….

Busog ~ full from eating & Sarap ~ delicious.




Thea Carmelo

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