Holy basil is the common name of the ocimum tenuiflorum plant. A native of India, it is used in many Asian countries for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Its highly aromatic and fragrant leaves have long been used for worship in Hindu societies, who believe in it’s healing powers.
For me, food does more than provide nourishment and sustenance. Like music and art, it can also be healing. In my life, I’ve seen how it can bring people together and be the glue that holds it all. And so, I’ve decided to call my blog HolyBasil because of my desire to share and cultivate the gifts that have been passed down to me from my family and friends.
When I look back at my upbringing in southern California, I think of the fresh, flavorful Vietnamese food that my mother prepared for our family. The dishes we ate, no matter how humble or fancy, were always made with great care and love. Later on, while studying and living abroad in Angers, France, I saw the value in truly savoring food. There, eating well was an extension of living well. It’s an impression that has stayed with me to this day and has shaped my perspective on life as well as how I cook and eat.
I’ve started this blog as a way to document some of my experiences on this unique journey. With my food, I aspire to preserve the integrity of my ethnic heritage and culture while at the same time, discover my own path. The result, I hope, will be Authentic Vietnamese and French Cuisine with a Modern Flair.
I now reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my adorable husband. We love good food and good company. Alors, à bientôt et Bon appétit!