Why I want to be mentor: For people who love spicy ethnic food, there\'s an ingredient learning curve that can be expensive. I know some short cuts and cheap cuts.
Lesson Learned: Chili peppers are unpredictable. Still learning, but yearning to share. \r\nHave learned how to shop for ethnic ingredients and how to work with them. If I don\'t know something, I know where to find out about it and where to buy it.
Tip: Only buy fish sauce that comes in glass bottles.
Why I want to be mentor: I like discovering new flavors and meeting people who just as passionate as cooking as me.
Lesson Learned: Hot in different languages means different things.. just like hot to one person means something completely different to another.
Tip: To measure spices: Work over a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper, fill the measuring spoon, mounding excess spice over the spoon. With a flat spatula, sweep the excess onto the paper below. Add the measured spice to the mixing bowl.