A taste of home

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am


Rose, who writes Faraway From Home (simplyafoodblog. wordpress.com), only started blogging last month. The 21-year-old spent her first 18 years in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and now lives 'faraway from home' in Finland, where she's studying.

She starts off simply, with a recipe for pancakes, but then dives into the deep end with a two-part post about banh mi (left) - that delicious, crackly crusted, light and delicate Vietnamese baguette that makes the French version seem heavy by comparison, and without which you can't make a proper banh mi sandwich. Such was her craving for banh mi (difficult to find in Finland) that earlier this year, when she was back in Vietnam during the Lunar New Year, she worked for free at a bakery that specialises in the bread. She debunks the myth that the secret behind the lightness of the bread is rice flour: her recipe uses fresh yeast, bread flour, a small amount of rye flour and half an unflavoured vitamin C tablet. Both banh mi posts are long and extremely detailed, which is good for those of us who are planning to attempt the recipe.

Her other posts include recipes for Portuguese egg tarts and Vietnamese quick-braised pork belly.