If you have been following the Showman eBistro social media pages throughout the past year, you would be very familiar with D’Vanya @dvanyahinsey, Elly @eatwithelly and Anecia @_boonappletee. They have all been whipping up fun and creative dishes using the Showman eBistro meal kits, and have become a part of the Showman Family.
Over the past week, D’Vanya, Ely and Anecia have all been featured in a cooking series – The Showman Chef Series – where they were able to show off their skills in the kitchen.
Be sure to check out their pages and keep reading for a bit more about their personal culinary journey, in their own words….
“I’m a mom of three, a wife, and I’m an event planner and designer. I really started getting adventurous and trying new foods because of the pandemic. I think it caused us all to dabble in things we would not necessarily have otherwise.
Did I like to cook prior to that?…. Maybe not.
Did I cook often?…. Not really.
But, since I started dabbling, I must stay that I do enjoy cooking much more, now. I like to create simple, easy dishes. I’m truly cooking to feed my family, and as long as it tastes good and they’re happy – I’m happy.
Growing up, my dad did a lot of the cooking. Even though I wasn’t always super interested in being in the kitchen, I picked up dishes here and there, especially from my dad’s mom. She was a baker and made the best desserts. Every birthday she would make me a chocolate birthday cake because she knew that was my favorite.
I’ve also always been a planner. For as long as I can remember I would always be the one who planned the sleepovers – I’d have an itinerary for everyone. I started my career in the hotel, working in food and beverage before moving into event planning. And, I’ve recently started my own company. It’s something that I enjoy, and I love to say that I enjoy what I do. I find it really fun and rewarding to design something, plan it all, see it come together and create memories for others.
Both of my parents were in entertainment. My mom was a dancer, and my dad was in event production. He did sound and lighting. And, my mom started the Miss Teen Bahamas Pageant and did the entire show production for that. So, I was always in and around events and planning and production. It was something that I grew up with, and it stuck with me.
When left to my own devices at home, I would try to put my planning skills to good use for meal prep. I’d sit down and plan what I’m cooking before I go to the foodstore so I would know exactly what I would have to buy. Then I would go into the foodstore, and attempt to find everything that I wanted and needed for the week. Some weeks were more successful than others. Since I started using the Showman kits, they have definitely made things easier and saved me lots of time. Sometimes I follow their recipes with my own tweaks here and there, and sometimes I use some of the ingredients to make my own simple, fast and easy concoctions.
My oldest, Kaiden, is seven. Karter is 5. and Kennedy-Marie is the youngest. She just turned 6 months, and has started eating some mashed vegetables here and there. I’m pretty lucky that my kids have never been super picky about food. There are few things that they won’t eat. But, they will try anything at least once. They may not like everything, but they will give it a chance.
Kaiden and Karter always ask to help in the kitchen – be it cracking an egg or mixing something. I try to let them get involved as much as possible, especially with foods like pizza where they can add their own ingredients. We also tried to introduce them to new foods early on. Every Friday has always been sushi night for my husband, KJ, and I. And, when Kaiden was about 3 or 4, he started asking to try it. From that moment on, I started getting him his own roll. The same with Karter. So, that has really allowed them to be open minded to new foods from around the world.
Even though they aren’t picky, my Kaiden doesn’t like eating “nature”. He doesn’t like foods to look like the “real” thing. During thanksgiving, he took a look at the whole turkey we were about to serve and asked if it was a “real turkey”, which he doesn’t like. He calls things like whole fish or whole chickens, “nature” and will refuse to eat it. He prefers for his meats to be cut up, and his way of asking for this would be to ask if a dish is “real” food.
My family’s preferences, though minimal, have impacted my cooking approach. I keep things simply, less spicy, less saucy, and don’t incorporate too much “nature” aka whole meats. And, this keeps everyone happy.
I really admire the other ladies. They are truly talented in the kitchen, and I often reach out to them for tips and tricks when I get stuck. But, I don’t shy away from revealing my true self on social media. I share the good, bad, and the ugly because the reality is, sometimes after a long day, I may look a bit rough, and the house will sometimes be loud. The kitchen won’t always be spotless. And, everything won’t always be pretty and perfect. But, that’s just not the reality for most parents.”