Fiber of 28 Cooks has created a Behind the Apron round-up so that food bloggers could post a photo of themselves “…revealing as much (tastefully, of course) or as little as you want. Introduce yourself, show us your family, do whatever you want.” And because I love taking photos of myself and talking about my life in a public forum, I’ve decided to participate. So here I am!
Besides not being able to decide on what photo to pick, I need a new haircut and I’m not wearing an ounce of make-up and I’ve got on a silly dollar store necklace…but I’m in my lovely “Chinatown Orange”-painted kitchen with some of my little vintage tins behind me. I live with my husband in a 450 sq. ft. apartment in Vancouver, BC, in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Our little ‘hood borders Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside, Gastown, the Port of Vancouver and various industrial wastelands and I love this neighbourhood for its history, diversity and community kinship.
I started cooking and baking when I was just a kid helping out my mom in the kitchen. When she started working full time, I was the one who had all our meals ready on the table when she got home. I learned to love playing around with ingredients and recipes and cooking became less of a chore and more of something that I actually looked forward to. Later on when I became a vegetarian (for 10 whole years!), cooking became not just a way to feed myself, but it helped to form social bonds and friendships. I loved to cook for friends and was always encouraged by their oohs and ahhs. When I started publishing my own ‘zine, I made sure that besides comics, record reviews and personal musings, it also included a food column. What can I say, food and cooking and how it relates to my little world is definitely a huge part of my life.
My name is really Jeannette (and not Kickpleat…but for the sake of this blog, we’ll keep it so) and I’m really glad that people read this thing and comment and tell me that they’ve made the recipes I’ve created here. Thank you.