“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw.
Welcome to Miss Apron Lady. I happily share my passion for all things I’ve ever cooked in my kitchen; sweet and savory, in hope that you too will find pleasure, joy and sustenance in good food. Your kitchen is a place to be creative and productive. Meals are meant to be savored and enjoyed. Good food is simple, fresh, seasonal and delicious. Miss Apron Lady is a tool for helping you eat well and enjoy the process of cooking and baking real, good food.
Thank you for visiting. It is my joy to teach, share and cook with you.
This blog has only started, and I’m both nervous and eager to read comments and emails from you, the reader. It would make me so happy to receive feedback on my taste in good food.
Growing up in an Afrikaans speaking all girls boarding school for my Primary and High School years, yet having very traditional Taiwanese parents meant that I often had an identity crisis before my character had taken root. There was a time when I had resented my background and my roots, and just wanted to be like all the other girls. It was only after happily growing into my own skin that I had realised that I actually have the best of both worlds – Eastern and Western. I have my Eastern heritage to thank for my sacred view on food, and love for the enjoyment of it. On the other hand, I have my Western influences while growing up to thank for my skills in the kitchen cooking and baking Western dishes.
All my hostel friends spoke Afrikaans and English, and I spent almost all of my childhood time with them and their family on their beautiful, vast farms all around South Africa. I had learnt how sacred food was from these beloved friends’ families at a young age; a prayer of gratitude is always said before meals, and the preparation of big, fancy dinner parties were howls of laughter and filled with love, not a chore. This is where my love of food, and cooking, was first sowed in my heart.
Despite having a much smaller Mandarin vocabulary than I would have liked, I’m proudly both Taiwanese and South African. It can be said without question that Asian cultures have the highest regard for food. The Taiwanese way of greeting one another is not “how are you?”. Instead, they ask “lee jia bar meh?”, which means, “have you eaten yet?”. This symbolises the Taiwanese people’s thought of food as a way of reuniting with loved ones after a long time of absence, or as a means of bringing strangers together that may one day become good friends. Meals are always enjoyed with the big, extended family, and every dinner is like a festive celebration! Taiwanese people’s home cooked meals have followed the basic food pyramid since ancient times, which is the reason for their healthy eating habits. Asian meals famously consist of a lot of rice, which is a carbohydrate. The food pyramid shows that the food group we must eat most of is carbohydrates, followed by vegetables, then poultry, then dairy products, then sugars, and lastly, salts and oils. Taiwanese meals almost follow the food pyramid to an exact tee. It now goes without saying that I learnt to truly appreciate meals shared with others, as well as how to eat healthily yet simply from my family.
All my good friends, and many that meet me, are quickly introduced to my love for food and passion to cook. Everything beautiful in life can be tasted and best enjoyed with a good meal. Food brings people together. It heals, nourishes, and gives joy. A person’s choice in food can tell you a lot about their character. It’s a source of life, it’s an art form – it’s a celebration.
I believe every person has a passion, and without one, life can be rather dull. Cooking makes me indescribably happy, which is why I want to share this passion, love, and happiness with other like-minded “domestic chefs” of the world! Here’s to hoping we can inspire each other creatively in the kitchen, and perfect our culinary arts in the most deliciously imperfect ways. Let’s sing, eat, and cook up a feast everyday!
The food I make for my friends and family are often fancy, over-the-top experiments and creations. Their ingredients altogether may be costly to buy, so I suggest gathering a group of friends and splitting the costs. Cooking is more fun when more people are involved anyway!
Along with great food this blog provides a look into my life as I wade my way through my third year studying a Bachelor of Business Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town, while also feeding my passion for food that started it all.
I appreciate your part in this journey and am honored that you’re here.
All photos were taken by me unless otherwise noted. I use a Canon 5d Mark II when I choose to take pictures of my food.
Feel free to contact me through my contact form if you have any questions or inquiries.
Much love and blessings
Hanna Yen (Miss Apron Lady)