Women Supporting Women In Food | Valerie Azinge of My Digital Kitchen
What’s the status of your business? Did you have to pivot, go online, temporarily close?
This is our message on Google and the My Digital Kitchen website about COVID-19 precautions:
“Your health is our ultimate concern, and since we also value the health and safety of our kitchen staff, we have decided to suspend the production and delivery of our desserts until further notice. Since we mostly cater to corporate and social events, we want to exercise precautions that limit the need for larger group gatherings or celebrations. We appreciate your business and support and we urge all of you to be safe and healthy during this time. We will keep you updated on any changes.”
What’s been the hardest part of this pandemic for you?
Releasing my first cookbook during a pandemic and not being able to physically attend events to promote it has been difficult, as well as missing social connections and interactions. It’s like, you worked so hard and you are finally ready to share your pride and joy with the world, only for life events to put it on hold. But oh well, there is a reason for everything, and this storm too shall pass.
What can we as a community do for you?
Support me as a black-owned and female-led small business on my website, socials and also support my cookbook "30-Minute Low-Carb Dinners: 75 Easy-To-Prepare Meals That Are Healthy, Delicious And Fast" to encourage exposure and sales. We all work very hard to deliver content and services that can be useful for everyone, so any support from the community is appreciated!
What advice would you give women?
Know that you are worthy, and never settle for anything that is below your standards. No matter how far we may have come with progressive thought and actions, it’s still harder for females to succeed and be seen in all aspects of life. So always remember that no matter how insane life may seem, you are an infinite being.
What is your greatest hope right now?
Honestly, to get back to a new normal post-pandemic that isn’t too difficult to adapt to, and ultimately, for good health.
What are the 3 things keeping you sane?
I like to keep my routines simple, so I would say:
2. Calming music
3. Being outside absorbing the wonderful sunshine as often as I can
What’s your favorite plant-based recipe?
Check out my vegan recipe for Spicy Black Pepper Tofu, which was recently featured by The Kit.
- 1 block firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup avocado oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions
- Drain the brine from the tofu and press out any excess moisture using a paper towel. Slice the tofu into 1 inch cubes, place them in a large bowl and toss with cornstarch.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, salt, pepper and ginger. Set aside.
- In a 12 inch skillet, over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil. Add the tofu and cook for 8 minutes until golden brown and crisp on all sides. Transfer the tofu to a plate and reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining avocado oil to the hot skillet and sauté the garlic and shallot for 2 minutes until softened. Add back the tofu and cook for 3 minutes until fragrant. Turn the heat off and mix in the scallions.
We are committed to representing a much greater diversity of BIPOC women in this series and we are now asking every female food founder we feature to spotlight a BIPOC woman from their network.
Foodie shout-out to Idil Farah, Holistic Nutritionist.