I think that this feature is quickly becoming my favorite thing on my blog! I love learning so much about my fellow bloggers! This week, we are spotlighting Jenny at Delightful Delicacies. I have been writing alongside Jenny for awhile now over at the Cafe Zupas blog, and I drool at her beautiful photos. I only recently met her in person, and she is just as sweet and nice as I thought she would be!
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
Well, food. naturally. Plus I graduated from college and needed a hobby, so I started compiling my favorite recipes online.
Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
Yes I do. Well, most weeks. I’ve never really been as stringent as I think I will be. I am too fickle. I am most inspired by what foods are in season.
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
I love using what’s in season, and foods that bring people together; so pretty much everything. I especially love baking, there’s just something about warm food straight from the oven that translates into affection.
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
My dad’s zok. It is tied to so many memories, seasons, and people. It’s one of my comfort foods.
Will you show us your kitchen? What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
My favorite thing about my kitchen is the bounty of food on our table these days. I also love the big window, and that little person in the picture. She’s kind of awesome.
What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table?
Plan, give everyone a special job, and enjoy the process. But also realize that sometimes it just won’t happen. For example, our dinner the other night consisted of tomato soup from a cup (homemade, but still in a cup…) and rolled up tortillas. I know, super classy. But when it happens, it happens, and I get over it and try to enjoy the meal. It’s been a preserving week – canning, dehydrating, etc.
Where do most of your recipes come from?
Everywhere, some are from family but tweaked to fit within our dietary needs/preferences, others are made up but inspired by what’s in season, or a dish I’ve eaten elsewhere. I love old cookbooks, especially from neighborhoods and families, they tell so much about who they are, what they value, and food trends. I love so many of heidi swanson’s recipes, cookbooks from alice waters and mollie katzen, and any cookbook/blog emphasizing fresh, whole ingredients. Beautiful photography helps, but is not a necessity.
What would you eat as your last supper?
I would try to bargain with the big guy about taking me at the end of October, maybe November, so my last number of weeks would be filled with the bounty of summer and fall: tomato sandwiches, watermelon halves, fresh peaches and berries, squash and tomato soups and apple tarts every night. This is my favorite eating time of year.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
The people. I have never known more humble, loving, and generous people than those I have met through my little food blog. Plus when we gather, we eat; and that is my very favorite.
What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
I grew up in a multi cultural home, my father is from Hong Kong and my mother claims Oklahoma, so we were surrounded by a variety of tastes. My father would make chinese food on Sundays, he loves making meat and seafood dishes, and when my mother cooked and baked, they were family recipes. We still cook some of the same things, altered for health, but nowadays I will get a call from my parents asking for recipes rather than the other way around. Sometimes my father will come visit and we spend the day cooking, baking, teaching, and learning from one another.
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
It was probably noodles with oyster sauce, it was a dish my father would make for breakfast. Either that or a microwave cheese sandwich. I can’t be the only one…
The first big thing I remember baking by myself was a bouche de noel in seventh grade. My french teacher gave us the recipe (in french), and I was so proud of myself.
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?
A homemade chocolate cake. And I’ve been searching for the best recipe out there, any suggestions?
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
Hong Kong. Best yum cha in the world.
What are your favorite blogs to read?
I especially love blogs that help me notice the beauty of every ordinary day, like these: