Hey, I'm Azlin Bloor!
Former chef, culinary instructor and food blogger.
I’ve been blogging here on LinsFood for over a decade. But as this site grew and grew, I realised that I needed a new home for many of my precious childhood recipes.
So in January 2021, I started Singaporean and Malaysian Recipes, what I call my nostalgic culinary affair. Be sure to check it out!
I’ve been a Udemy instructor for about 10 years, click here for my classes on Udemy.
On top of that, I also give live cooking classes and demonstrations through Zoom, and these days, very occasionally, onsite. When I can be persuaded!
A Little About Me
I was born and raised in Singapore, for the most part, with a handful of those years being in Malaysia, as my dad was Malaysian. My family is extremely multicultural, as every single person since my parents’ generation (and all my grandmother’s brothers!) has married outside the original ethnic group.
So we’ve got Pakistanis, Chinese, Malays, Indians, Arabs, Eurasians, Europeans and a few other bits and bobs in the clan. Naturally, we are all multilingual, as we grew up speaking a minimum of three languages. When we get together, a sentence is usually made up of at least 3 languages!
So I speak 4 languages fluently, plus a few stuttering ones that’ll ensure I never go hungry nor get lost when on holiday! I read and write Arabic, but can’t speak it to save my life!
I bet you didn’t know that at one point in the 19th century, the Arabs owned more than half the island of Singapore, so really, we are no strangers to Middle Eastern food.
I also spent a number of years in the 90s working and travelling in the region, so Middle Eastern recipes have always had a special place in my heart and my soul, hence the large collection of Middle Eastern recipes here on LinsFood.
Having grown up in such a family, and multicultural Singapore, there are many cuisines that I call “my own”. As a Singaporean, home food can be Malay, Chinese, Eurasian, Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern or Nyonya. Did I say lucky?
You can read more about this ethnic mix in the two countries on my other blog: Singaporean and Malaysian Recipes.
So I teach and cook many cuisines, but am especially fond of South East Asian, Middle Eastern and British cuisines. Yes, British food is highly underrated!
A Tiny Snapshot of my Large Family
What Else would you like to know?
I moved to London in the early 90s and have been living in the UK since then.
Home is on the south coast of England, in a seaside town called Bournemouth, with my 4 kids (I’m a widow).
I started homeschooling my kids over 10 years ago. Now, the oldest, Trafford, is doing his Masters in Law, while #2, Sapphire, is doing Biological Sciences in her first year at Uni. That leaves me with 2 more homeschoolers for the foreseeable future.
I’m also an avid sports fan, and all my kids have names related to my favourite football club. The real football, the one with the round ball.😉 Take a guess from my son’s name above.
What do I do in my free time? I read a lot, about 2 books a week, thank goodness for Kindle Unlimited! I also enjoy working out and can’t survive without my nightly yoga.
I love my Sunday night movies with the kids, and having grown up on a diet of American tv, am still a huge fan of the usual suspects – SVU, NCIS, Grey’s, SWAT, etc.
Oh, and thanks to the kids, I love Clash of Clans!😄
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe and all those ideas for using it. I’ve made every single recipe you’ve suggested more than once. They were all big hits."
"I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a recipe so much. An absolute delight, from start to finish."
"Wow, I’ve honestly never been so impressed by a blog post recipe in my life, and I haven’t even started making this yet. From the bottom of my glass, thank you!".
"This is by far the best Limoncello that I have made."
"I looked at so many recipes than settled for yours as it had the best explanations. Thanks it was one of the best rice dishes I’ve ever had. And being Indian, I’ve had a few!"
Beautiful Food Pictures
And I take Beautiful Food Pictures too! Here are just some of my favourite food and drink shots