muchamunch and kids
Hi there and thanks for checking out my blog. My name is MJ, Jo to my friends and family. I’m a food lover and a mum of two currently residing in the inner west part of Sydney, Australia with my husband, my daughter and my son. These three people are the “love” of my life. The ones that put up with my kitchen shenanigans. The ones that patiently come along with me to shop for kitchen accessories, crockery and mixers. The ones that help me decide which cupcake liners look best. They’re my taste testers and my inspiration and I can’t possibly blog without their help.

As far as I can remember, I have always loved food. Perhaps a little too much! The kitchen was my playground. I would sit on the kitchen floor and watch my grandparents prepare and cook our daily meal. Whilst I was too young to be interested in the preparation, I ย always appreciated eating a home cooked meal. Loving the hard work and effort put into it. I really loved to eat and I still do.

I was born in Manila, Philippines 30 years ago. We were not well off, but as a young girl, I felt rich having my grandparents look after us – their own children and their grandchildren. They always made sure that we had a decent meal to eat everyday. I have very fond memories of going to the market with my grandmother to buy fresh vegetables and meat. I even had my own wicker basket that I carried along with me.

For work, I’m in the Banking and Financial Services sector working with corporate clients. I spend most of my days dealing with legal documents and working with law clerks. To pass the time, I day-dream of eating dessert and think about what to have for lunch.

I started this blog in October 2010 to showcase my love and passion for all things culinary, whether it’s dining out or having a home cooked meal and also to share recipes from my own experience and experiments in the kitchen. I wanted to start a hobby I knew I could fall in love with and what better way to do it by writing about food. What’s more, I am able to connect and share with other food lovers out there!

I document and share my experiences with food openly and with honesty. I am by no means a professional in the kitchen, a writer or a photographer. Just a mum who loves to cook, bake and eat. One day, I do hope to share this wonderful hobby with my children.

I hope you find this blog enjoyable and I look forward to sharing more kitchen and dining adventures with you!

Copyright & Disclaimer

There’s nothing worse than taking credit for someone else’s hard work and dedication and a lot of food bloggers take time and effort to put their recipes, thoughts and photos together so I ask you toย Please be kind! Don’t steal!

Copyright 2010-2014 by Much a Munch. This is a personal food blog thus any opinions conveyed is my own personal judgement. Contents including photos used in this site are original works and are my own (unless otherwise stated). If you would like to use any content or photos from this site, please send me an email for permission. Once permission is granted, please give credit where credit is due, a link back to my homepage or a link back to the original post would be most appreciated. Thank you.


  1. Cao MJ, I do not have only food in my blog, but definately I love to laugh and do another crazy stuff on my blog, so feel free to visit and you will see if my content is worth to share.
    Thanks for nice receipt for a banana muffins……delicious.

    from Czech Republic, Europe

  2. Hello, I was just wondering (this might sound weird) how you added a page and linked your recipes to it (ur recipe index)? And do you have to add the link for the recipe each time you add a new recipe or does it go there automatically? Sorry, I have just started my food blog and am new to it :) thx

  3. Hey MJ! Thanks for adding me to your blog roll! Such an honour. So happy to connect with other Filipino bloggers around Sydney. We should meet up some time. xx

  4. Thanks! For your great phot of the pandan cupcakes, that’s what I’m looking for the frosting. Can I ask? My cupcakes look great in the oven, but when I take them out, they sank in the middle.๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  5. Thank you for sharing the recipes , looks it would be easy to follow and superb fabulous pictures :) thumb up!

    Jakarta, Indonesia

  6. We MyTaste, one of the biggest recipe search engines in the world, would like to ask your permision to use your photos and title of your recipes.
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    We will index the photo and name of your recipes, and will direct our visitors to your blog through your recipes..

    If you are interested, you can add your blog here


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