Hi there! My name is Cher. Yes, as in Sonny and Cher (the singer) and “Earth to Cherrrrrrr!” from Clueless.
If you have never heard of the singer or the clueless teenager, you will probably have trouble pronouncing my name. Don’t worry, most people have trouble with it anyway. So the “C-H” is pronounced “S-H” like in ‘chef’ or ‘chiffon’. Erm ok, if you say so…
What I usually get next is oh! so it’s pronounced the same as ‘share’. Yes, precisely.
Growing up, I always get teased “Cher, do you like to share?” or “Sharing Cher!”. You get the gist…Trust me, I hated it. But today? I going to embrace it. Excuse me for being cliche but sharing IS caring. I’m proud that my name can be a testimony to that.
What I have learned to share is the love for COOKING. Somewhere along the lines, I’ve developed a deep passion for cooking and I can’t wait to share it with you. “Cher That Dish” is a beautiful way to celebrate and document my cooking adventures. It allows me to truly express myself – a 20-something year old that grew up in a confusing bilingual environment, embracing both western and eastern culture, but at the same time never really feeling like I belonged in either worlds, but now FOOD…brings everything, everyone together. Diverse tastes, ingredients, and a curiosity for cuisine all over the globe, practicing down to earth healthy lifestyles and ultimately bringing people together.
You should know that cooking has not always been such a big part of life. Yes, I remember cooking the occasional mac and cheese when my parents were out on the weekends. But it wasn’t until I went to study abroad that I really picked up the spatula (only because I was nostalgic for Taiwanese cuisine) and I’ve only invested on a trusty nonstick pan when I moved into my own apartment.
Then came the cooking shows and the discovery of Gordon Ramsay. Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Masterchef US, and finally Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course. The man was my idol. He has inspired me to cook, take on challenges, live life, and connect people through food.
You may have remembered me as: What’s Cooking with Zie (closed), Ramsathon, or In the Food Lab. All of which helped me through different stages of cooking. But today, I gave my blog a face-lift and a more promising and personal name. I have never invested so much of myself as I have with “Cher That Dish”. Today, I give you me. Completely.
OK. I think you had enough of my rambling. So I’ll just leave you with this:
What I hope to achieve is just to hear this: “Cher! That Dish…was delicious! Thanks for sharing.” See the play on words again? Yep.
哈囉，我是Cher (雪兒)，西-ㄟ取-咿-阿兒 Cher。咦！是雀兒嗎？不、不、不！是雪兒。可是C-H明明是念 “CHAIR”耶！ 。。。真的跟Share的念法一樣？你的名字好奇怪喔！那我們就叫你“分享”吧！（翻白眼）
一個二十幾歲的女生，發現分享料理的美好。”Cher That Dish” 撰寫著我的美食故事，讓我不停成長。料理純粹是興趣，我未受過正規的訓練，但很幸運的有一位非常會做菜的媽媽。晚餐一定是留給家人的時間，親朋好友能一起享用美食對我來說就是幸福，因此養成了自己下廚的習慣。
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