Hello! My name is Laarni Mary-Laput, “your home cooking buddy” and welcome to Laarni’s Kitchen and Food Creations.
I was born and raised in South Davao del Sur, Philippines and had the chance to teach high school and college students both public and private institutions.
In May of 1992, I migrated in Toronto, Ontario Canada under Canada’s Immigration Live-in Caregiver Program, and worked both children and elderly care. I stayed and worked in Toronto, Ontario for 17 years and later decided to move with my husband Ulysses and son Lloyd in 2009 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada which I considered being blessed and grateful in the beautiful “homey” place called the Queen’s City- Regina, with its motto “I Love Regina”.
Being a multi-tasked person, mom and wife, I work Monday to Friday as a manager in a privately-owned care home that deals with elderly care. I work 2 other part-time jobs as a Psycho-social Rehabilitation Worker in the addiction Centre and as a Culinary Arts Instructor for the City of Regina. I also do volunteer work within the community as a culinary arts teacher.
A combination of both cooking and baking is very much likely has become a passion to me ever since when I was at a young age. I was 9 years of age when I started how to dress a live chicken in a Kosher way which I could hardly believe how I did it.
Over the period of 2 years, I made a well-hand crafted more than 4000 different cooking and baking sprees which 85% are from my own originality of mixtures and explorations that soar my imaginations in my kitchen’s comfort zone.
During my spare time, I develop recipes, shoot food photos using my cellphone, doing some unedited and non-scripted videos with my non-professional videographer son Lloyd Laput; I love to scribble simple lines about my culinary kitchen experiences from day-to-day which I guess you can say, “I do it for fun."
I would like to share all the wonderful “goodies” I made and well-hand crafted with mixture of love, dedication and commitment as I learn new and exciting stuff from my day-to-day experiences in my “Little Kitchen in the Prairie." My kitchen is a magical place, not just for those with a culinary knack. It is an oasis in the midst of an old small, diverse and loving North Central Community in the neighborhood of Regina.
I consider that food is not only sustenance, but it is also a physical manifestation of culture and emotions. One that is tangible and one that you can taste for the love of good food consists of learning, creating, discovering and having fun while cooking and baking.
In terms of my family meals, they are mostly simple and basic. I am trying to be a vegetarian, yet; "fish" is always a part of my family’s diet as typical Filipinos who eat rice as staple food three times a day.
Personally, cooking, baking and teaching are subjective and inasmuch as I would like to keep my recipes as authentic and as close to home as my recipes and mixtures reflect my personal taste, and they are for you to tweak, as necessary to suit your taste buds.
As always, I love to show off and love to share my simple prepared meals for my family and friends, and that it will give you the utmost tastes and ideas on what to prepare for your loved ones tonight.
I am excited and looking forward ton my first book of various recipes as a project to help and fund the indigenous tribes in the remote part of the Southern Philippines the T’boli tribesmen build “low-cost” small churches made of bamboo and coconut materials serve as their spiritual gathering shelters and also my continuous financial support for the 6 orphan children in Africa for their tuition fees, uniform (clothing) and allowances.
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