Hello and welcome to another instalment of my weekly Blog Series, Meet The Blogger. So far this year I have featured bloggers from a whole range of genre and today, as the name suggests, I have a tasty blog for you to discover which focuses on food and cooking! I hope you enjoy reading all about Garlic Delight and its creator Anna.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog
Our food blog is Garlic Delight. I’m Anna Rider, and I run Garlic Delight with my husband Alex. I write about food and photograph our kitchen creations. We share recipes inspired by Chinese, French, and Kiwi cooking. Our mission is to empower millennials to cook for themselves instead of eating take-away meals.
1. It’s healthier.
2. It’s cheaper.
3. It’s better for the environment.
Garlic Delight is about taking time to cook simply and mindfully.
How long have you been blogging?
We started Garlic Delight in 2017.
What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I grew up in New Zealand with my mum’s delicious home cooking and spent many childhood hours at the Thai grocery store where she worked. Stocking fish sauce and Mama Tom Yum and INDOMIE Mi Goreng instant noodle packets were my first job at age 8. I worked alongside the fresh aromas of kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass in exchange for a bottle of soda.
You could say I was always surrounded by food inspirations since I was a young child.
Alex is the same way. His parents are excellent cooks and well-read disciples of Julia Child and Jacques Pépin.
We started Garlic Delight in our 20s. We both work a lot. I’m usually tired and stressed out at the end of a long work day. I don’t have much time to cook. Due to bad habits, I used to find myself frequently eating at restaurants, buying take-out food, and ordering food delivery. It hurt my pocket and my waistline.
So, we set out to solve our own problems. Garlic Delight was born to rediscover the lost art and delights of home cooking amidst the daily stress and chaos of our lives.
Over time, Garlic Delight evolved into a philosophy about cook simply and planning ahead. It’s also about optimizing and cooking in batches so you can do less in the kitchen.
What’s your favourite thing about running your blog?
The process of blogging. I love the whole process from start to finish, including writing, photography, and web maintenance.
How do you stay motivated?
I remind myself about our mission to empower millennials who are stressed, overworked, and limited in time to develop a home cooking habit they can enjoy. It can be hard when I am the one who is stressed, overworked, and short on time.
But then I remember how cooking is one of my secret SUPERPOWERS. If I can help even one person develop that superpower, then it’s worthwhile. So, I focus on serving 1 person and hope the work pays off.
What’s been the most challenging part of your blogging journey to date?
I took a break from blogging in 2018, and it was almost unbearable how hard it became to start up again. Losing momentum has been the most challenging. It gets hard to publish and that causes self-doubt. It’s a vicious cycle.
Tell us about your favourite blog post
My favorite blog post (to date in June 2019) isn’t a recipe or even a cooking technique. It’s a post called Which Helps You Lose More Weight, Low-Fat Or Low-Carb Diet?. It’s my favorite because it outlines a scientific study looking at whether low-carb diets versus low-fat diets help you lose more weight. The conclusion leads to actionable take aways that reinforces what you and I already know. (You’ll have to read the article to find out what the take away is ) How to achieve results, then, is where Garlic Delight comes in.
Describe your blog in four words
Inquisitive, scientific, optimizing, simple
What are your future hopes and dreams for your blog?
I’d like to grow a movement of millennials who feel empowered to cook. I want to share my skills with them so they can reap the benefits of saving money, feeling healthier, and even using cooking as a form of relaxation. Eventually, I’d like to grow an online community of like-minded home cooks who can share tips, recipes, and meaning through cooking with each other.
QUICKFIRE GET TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS:
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Born a night owl, now I’m a reformed Early Bird (thanks to Alex)
Night in or night out?
Night in with butter popcorn under a cozy blanket
Ketchup or mayo?
Summer or Winter?
Summer, of course
Tea or coffee?
Tea, always. Blah, never coffee. I don’t drink coffee.
Bath or shower?
Pizza or Chinese?
Chinese, without a doubt. It’s an empire so you can get any cuisine from Cantonese steamed vegetables to extremely spicy Sichuan fish soup to Xinjiang halal lamb dishes to Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles. I could never get tired of Chinese food
Dog or cat?
Movie or box set?
Sweet or savoury?
Former sweet tooth, now I’m all savoury. Except for dark chocolate 😉