You don’t need me to tell you that the world is a little …unsettled lately. And you know what? It needs to be. I think we’ve all seen a lot over the past several months that needs to change. So, in between wrapping up the school year (it’s possible that this has been the longest quarter of school ever), parenting the kiddos, and trying to keep my house in decent shape, I’ve been doing my best to get educated about the important issues of the day and find ways to do the right thing. This month’s challenge is a little bit of that.
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Relishments Bakes – June
If you look at the past couple months of Relishments Bakes, this may not be the theme you expected. But this is absolutely the theme I have to do this month. I feel like I have learned so much over the past few weeks (mostly things I should have learned a long time ago) and my social media feeds now include many Black creators that I didn’t know about until recently. I am drooling over all of the amazing recipes available on their sites. I am so excited to be sharing about them.
Some Topical Articles:
- 7 Ways You Can Be an Ally to Black Food Bloggers written on the blog A Little Food. This month’s Relishments Bakes aims to take on 2 of Jaylynn’s suggestions: making and reviewing recipes, and sharing in an online publication.
- Samin Nosrat has complied a spreadsheet of Black People in Food, Black-Owned Restaurants and other resources, titled “You’ve Followed – Now What?”
- Deb Perelman at The Smitten Kitchen compiled a list of Black Cookbooks and Memoirs that she recommends
Black bloggers I’ve recently started following*
- Marisa Moore – “(mostly) vegetarian recipes, credible nutrition information and a peek into my Southern roots and travels!”
- Charlotte at Confessions of a Clean Foodie – “Food has been the root to changing my lifestyle and I hope, no matter your lifestyle, you can find a recipe you and your family will enjoy and feel good about.”
- Ashley at Pink Owl Kitchen – “Yes, you can rock a bomb manicure and still throw down in the kitchen!”
- Kevin at Fit Men Cook – “Fitness is a lifelong journey and I could not imagine a life of eating boring, bland food just to be healthy. Now more than ever, I firmly believe that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty.”
- Anela at Feed the Malik – “However, despite its deep histories and contentious politics, food retains its unique power to bring people together – a power which I encourage us all to embrace whenever possible.”
- Rachel Ama – “sharing everything she creates and finds from recipes to vegan skincare with warmth and humour – welcoming everyone, whatever their food beliefs, to give the vegan life a go – preferably with the tunes turned up loud!”
- Quin at Butter Be Ready – “I love creating easy, simple, and seasonally inspired dishes for home cooks like you and me. My approach is often simple with little to no fussy ingredients.”
- Jocelyn at Grandbaby Cakes – “classic recipes in a modern and accessible way.”
- Jaylynn at A Little Food – “Jaylynn Little is the creator, food photographer, and self-taught home chef who loves cozy meals, fine wines, and a chill playlist. Come on in!”
- Angela at The Kitchenista Diaries – “I’m all about taking comfort food to the next level, and I believe every dish has a story. Join me in a candid exploration of the ingredients, techniques and tools that will make the food you love even better!”
- Nicole at Brown Sugar Mama – “Nicole’s blog was created to share simple recipes and open the conversation on love and relationships to a broad audience
- Jenné at Sweet Potato Soul – “The recipes in this blog aren’t all laced with sweet potatoes, but they are all made with a generous sprinkling of soul.”
- Shannon at Fit Slow Cooker Queen – “I love developing my own recipes and showing people healthy cooking can taste good.”
- Jessica in the Kitchen – “the best thing I’ve learned over the last decade is that food tastes its BEST when you cook it simply, yet deliciously while highlighting the natural ingredients.”
- Jerrelle at Chocolate for Basil – “We believe that creating and sharing in the kitchen in one of the greatest acts of love, so we choose to make it our living.”
- Benjamina at Carrot and Crumb – “Some of you may know me from the seventh series of The Great British Bake Off where I finished as a quarter finalist. Since then, I’ve been a busy bee now work within the wonderful food world as a cookbook author, food stylist and recipe developer.”
- Rosalynn Daniels – “easy recipes, travel tips, lifestyle hacks and a glimpse into how she juggles being a wife, mom, and goal-getter.”
*I’m sure there are many more Black food bloggers that I haven’t checked out yet. Please, please share them with me! I’d love to expand my list.
Recipes That Caught My Eye:
(clearly, I’m in the mood for chocolate and I have so many recipes to look through on the sites listed above):
- Smores Blondies – Pink Owl Kitchen
- Sweet Potato Chocolate Muffins – Sweet Potato Soul
- Homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits – Grandbaby Cakes
- Chocolate Bundt Cake – A Little Food
- Brown Butter Chocolate Chip and Pretzel Cookies – Brown Sugar Mama
- Flourless Tahini Swirl Brownies – Marisa Moore
This is where I always say “Don’t forget to use #RelishmentsBakes on your social media posts and tag @relishments so I can see your results!”, but this month – more importantly – follow some (or all) of the bloggers listed above, like their posts, share them with your friends, make their recipes, and buy their cookbooks.