About this blog:
This website is a manifestation of my long term desire to share my recipes and my journey with vegan cooking. – simple and wholesome creations that can be enjoyed by anyone, because no matter our dietary preferenes, plants unite us all. All of the content is my own – recipes, food photography, nature photography and hand drawn headers.
I use ingredients that I find at my local farmers market and organic supermarkets in Berlin, and mainly things that grow from the earth: plants, whole foods and foods where processing is at a minimum. For many people, meat, cheese and dairy are consumed out of habit and tradition, not necessity. We no longer need to rely on animal products in order to survive. In fact, if we want to survive, we need to cut back on our consumption of them in an urgent and drastic way. By removing animal products from my kitchen, I have discovered a whole new world of culinary possibilities using vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, spices, legumes and fruit. Every day I marvel over this incredible planet and the beautiful, psychedelic and delicious things it grows. I mean, look at a pomegranate for crying out loud! Look at the mountains, the waterfalls, the plants and the animals. We are so lucky to be here, and my photos of nature are a reminder of how beautiful our home is.
Since falling pregnant and giving birth to Louie, my focus has shifted somewhat. I will continue to share recipes but I have expanded my blog to encompass my latest obsession – pregnancy and childbirth. I had a wonderful pregnancy and home birth and I want to share these positive experiences, as well as things that I discover in my new and definitely most favourite role yet, as a mother.
Cooking and experimenting with food is something I have enjoyed for as long as I can remember. I relish in the ritual of cooking for loved ones and I find the preparation of feasts meditative. My reason for not using animal products originally arose due to my love for animals, but as I learn more and more about what animal agriculture is doing to our beautiful planet, my reasons are becoming more environmentally driven. And then there’s our health. My philosophy extends out of my kitchen into all other areas of my life as I strive to live more consciously, and become more aware of the world around me and the impact of my choices.
In 2010 my mother in law gave me an analog camera and I have been using it to document my adventures and the beautiful humans that surround me ever since. Some of what I have captured can also be found here on my blog.
I realise that to many people, especially to those who have never tried vegan food, the thought of veganism is both daunting and ludicrous. This frame of mind is something I wish to shift. My intention is not to convert the world to veganism, or even vegetarianism, I simply want to dispel the myth about vegan food and cooking and maybe, hopefully, encourage some people to educate themselves as to why one would ever choose a lifestyle that is seemingly SO radical.
I will update this section soon with a list of resources that have inspired me along my journey. Meanwhile, if you want to have a little behind-the-scenes peek at me being awkward and speaking in my twangy New Zealand accent, you can watch this short video that my friend Das Mädchen mit der Kamera made about me in the summer of 2015.
Thanks for stopping by! xx