What I adore about the internet is the accessibility to knowledge, and the ability to connect with so many talented individuals.
When I stumbled upon Loknesse’s website, The Missing Lokness, I was completely smitten with her photographs, her recipe’s and blog posts. There was something about her work that resonated with me; I had to meet her! I summoned the courage and emailed her asking for her time; to my gratitude, she agreed.
Lokness was born in Hong Kong where her two greatest influencers in the kitchen, were her mother and her godmother. Her mother did not always prepare traditional Chinese food. On the contrary, she infused her food with creativity and flare; always making the effort to prepare a delicious and nourishing meal. Loknesse’s godmother was like a second mother, and similarly prepared brave and unique recipes. Lokness recalls her Godmother’s parotta (Indian Bread) and considers that it was these memories, that influenced her to became an adventurous eater.
Lokness began cooking from humble beginnings. At the age of 16 she moved to the United States and began preparing simple meals in her bathroom with a toaster, electric stove, one pot and a rice cooker. When Lokness was in college she met her husband, Bryan. Lokness and Bryan got married after graduating college and this was when Loknesse began to fall in love with cooking.
“When I see people enjoy my food, it makes me really happy!”
1. What Inspired you to start ‘The Missing Lokness’?
Ever since I started cooking, I have been collecting all kinds of amazing recipes. I printed them out and kept them in a folder. One day, I thought to myself, “why not share these recipes with family and friends?” That was when I decided to start my blog, The Missing Lokness.
2. What are your sources of inspiration?
There are many ways that I get inspired. Sometimes, it’s as simple as browsing different food blogs, going through Instagram or watching cooking shows. Every once in a while, I try to recreate dishes that Bryan and I have tried and loved from restaurants.
3. What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt from creating and maintaining your own website?
Website coding makes my head spin. I admire people who can code and understand computer programming. A gorgeous looking website is a lot more complicated than you will ever imagine. One little typo can change everything. I am slowly learning a bit here and there, but I am so lucky that Bryan knows more than I do. I can always count on him when it comes to website issues and fixes.
“Nothing comes easy without hard work. Food blogging is not just about cooking and posting recipes.”
There is so much more behind the scenes! Learning about styling and photography, writing, editing and adjusting photos, and engaging in social media platforms… These are just a few things that I have I listed, and of course, they all require time and hard work.
4. Is there a specific type of cuisine you appreciate the most?
My husband and I adore Japanese food. Sushi, tempura, shabu shabu, ramen, takoyaki, teppanyaki, we like them all! We have been to Tokyo once. Everything we ate was incredible, even the little sandwiches from convenience stores were perfect!
My husband and I love Japan, Japanese people and their culture. We are so amazed by how the Japanese people pay attention to the little details of everything, that includes food too. Just think about the beautiful bento boxes, you know they are handled with care and love.
5. I once prepared a thai-prawn curry without realising you needed to peel prawns; it was a crunchy disaster! Do you have any fun stories to share?
I can’t tell you how many disasters I have had over the years! The most recent one has to be brownies. Bryan loves brownies, so I tried out a new brownie recipe. For some reason, the brownies came out super dense and hard. They had a weird taste too. We took a bite and we threw the rest in the trash. Yes, I can’t believe that I failed at brownies!
After that, Bryan insists that I use a brownie mix from now on.
6. What are some of your favourite culinary blogs?
Just One Cookbook is my go-to blog for Japanese recipes. Nami’s recipes are authentic and easy to follow. Everything I tried have been perfectly delicious!
Playing with Flour is perfect for baking recipes!
Yummy Workshops prepare some beautifully baked goods! Betty actually works in a bakery located in Vancouver, how cool is that!?
7. If you were on death-row, what could be your last meal of choice?
I know I said that Japanese food is my favourite, but when it comes to my last meal I am going back to my roots. Cantonese Style BBQ pork over Rice is my choice!
Imagine a plate of steamed hot rice, topped with some juicy, tender, slightly sweet roasted pork pieces, drizzled with an umami sweet soy sauce. No doubt it is the ultimate comfort food for me!
8. Your photographs are breathtaking. How did you and your husband Bryan learn photography?
Between Bryan and I, Bryan is the expert when it comes to photography. His main passion is photographing landscapes and animals, which he learnt from reading various photography blogs. When we went out around town, Bryan would put his skills to good use.
When I originally started The Missing Lokness, Bryan acted as the photographer; I cooked and Bryan shot. For me, I have learnt everything from Bryan. With his help, I have been taking the images for my website; 99% of the photographs taken this year are my work! There is still a lot for me to learn.
9. What camera, lens and post-processing equipment do you use?
Our camera is a Canon 5D mark III. For food photography, I use EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Since I mostly shoot in the evening, a flash is necessary. I use a Canon ST‑E2 Speedlite Transmitter to control two flashes. One is a Canon 580EX II flash in a soft-box, and another one is a Canon Speedlite 430EX II to bounce off the wall.
Adobe Lightroom is what I use to edit photos. It is pretty easy to use and results always come out great.
10. What resources do you suggest for people ‘starting out’?
To start out, I think it is good to read one or two photography books and learn the basics. Once you have a basic understanding, check out other photographers’ works on their blogs, Instagram or Flickr. When you look at other peoples’ work, consider what you like and what you don’t. Then, practice, practice, practice!
“Not every picture will come out perfect, it is ok.
It is more important to learn from our mistakes, and to do better next time.”
I absolutely adored connecting with Lokness and I can not wait to see what other treats she creates!
All images are the original work of Lokness with link back to the original recipes. 🙂
To view more of Loknesse’s work visit her website ‘The Missing Lokness‘