Hiya, I’m Shanika and Welcome to Orchids + Sweet Tea!
I’m a self-taught cook | baker, food stylist, recipe developer, and the writer behind all of the deliciousness on Orchids + Sweet Tea.
More importantly, I’m a connoisseur of interior decorating (hence my passion for beautifully staged food photos—-it just oozes from my pores), a wife, boy mom, lover of Christ, and I’m absolutely obsessed with things that are simple, YET have a healthy dose of sparkle + bling. Yes, both can co-exist. Haha.
How Orchids + Sweet Tea Began?
In case you haven’t guessed, I love Orchids as well as Sweet Tea, hence the name. Not only are Orchids a beautiful flower, but they also represent love, luxury, beauty, and strength—all of which I hope that this blog represents. As for Sweet Tea—I’m a true Southern girl at heart, therefore, how could I not incorporate such a staple?
While I don’t come from a line of cooks or anything, one of the main ways that my family often came together growing up was through food, music, and laughter which inspired me to create a space that both uplifts and feeds those who choose to visit my little corner of the web.
Growing up, I often experimented in the kitchen by making things that I wanted to eat as opposed to the traditional Jamaican food that was often the main type of food created in my home. After attempting and successfully mastering simple things like pancakes, biscuits, chicken wings, and other dishes, I realized at age 12 that I enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen and stretching my creativity.
Later in life after having my own little family, I began experimenting even more and stumbled upon a real passion for creating foods and thus Orchids + Sweet Tea was born. Before I knew it, a small audience of friends and family began to form and taking in process photos and creating a work of art with food became a consistent thing.
Today, Orchids + Sweet Tea holds true to helping others discover their love journey through Foods and an over Healthier Lifestyle; with a little Brooklyn Flavor + a touch of Jamaican flare + a whole lot of Southern Charm.
What You’ll Find on Orchids + Sweet Tea.
Because of my Southern roots + Jamaican background, you’ll find a lot of my old childhood favorites (a few which were made with a lot of love in the kitchen by my Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts + Uncles), along with many NEW FAVES that offer bold flavors and intricate combinations (often stumbled upon by trial, error, + a whole lot of grace!).
That’s why you’ll find a ton of different options (some Dairy-Free, sprinkles of Gluten-Free, an explosion of Vegan, and others; all using only organic premium ingredients), which caters to my entire foodie community. All Eaters welcome!
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What About the Lifestyle + Wellness Side of Things?
To touch a bit on Lifestyle + Wellness —-for me it’s all about Mind, Body, + Spiritual wholeness. I’ve learned that oftentimes you have to lose to win–in the literal sense! Whether that loss comes from eliminating certain things from your diet for optimal health or killing certain relationships to ensure that the positive aspects of yourself are secure and protected, changing household essentials to ensure that your environment is green and non-toxic, or even setting aside time to cultivate your spiritual being through self-care or spiritual practices; whatever it looks like for you, rest assured that your losses will only bring forth new + fruitful gains if you choose to let them.
I Want to Hear From You!
If you have any questions, comments, feedback on our recipes, or ANYTHING, just feel free to contact us!
If you make one of our recipes, please tag us on Instagram using #orchidsandsweettea to be featured in our Insta Stories!
Looking to Work with Me?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with brands like Navitas Organics, SunButter, Organic Valley, So Delicious Dairy-Free, Drew’s Organics, Bob’s Red Mill, just to name a few! Visit my Contact Page for more info on ways that we can collaborate!