When she’s not working as a junior lawyer at a big firm in Manhattan, Cynthia can be found posting delicious recipes and beautiful imagery on her food blog Two Red Bowls. Here you can expect dreamy dishes, such as brownies with peanut butter swirl and matcha green tea shortbread cookies, and mouthwatering meals like Japchae and Beef Bulgogi.
We spoke to the food blogger about her food philosophy and where she gets the inspiration for her appealing recipes…
What do you hope people will take away from your blog?
Hopefully the excitement to get in the kitchen or a rumbly stomach! If they leave with a recipe they want to make, or just a hankering for some good food, either one is a dream come true.
Which 5 things would we find in your fridge?
Eggs, scallions, ginger, garlic, and something sweet and half-finished. (Right now, a bag of chocolate chips I meant to bake with... and just ate instead.)
What’s your personal food philosophy?
Hmm. Probably that food is something to be enjoyed and celebrated. I feel like food sometimes becomes a neurotic thing - where we focus on boundaries and limits - what we can't eat and what we shouldn't eat, rather than what we can. Which is such a sad thing, because food is so precious, and the luxury of choice isn't available to everyone. What's so beautiful about the food blog world, I think, is that it so readily demonstrates that regardless of your dietary restrictions or your choice of diet, you can create delicious, nourishing food that's worth savoring to the last bite.
What’s your top cooking tip?
Adjust to taste! (Except for in baking... that doesn't always end well.)
Where do you get your recipe ideas from?
Everywhere! Sometimes it's a dish at a restaurant I want to recreate at home. Other times, it's something my mother or my future mother-in-law, who are both phenomenal cooks, taught me how to make. The seasons are probably my newest source of inspiration - paying attention to what's in season, what's ripest, and which holidays are around the corner is always a great way to come up with something delicious.