So, how it all began?
Our family gatherings were always about eating and lots of home cooking. I’ve loved cooking for as long as I remember. I love cooking recipes inspired by family and friends for my family and friends. Since getting together with my vegetarian partner, my interest in vegetarian food has grown remarkably and now our home has become completely vegetarian. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. In all seriousness though, I do love experimenting and my passion for building our vegetarian home has just blossomed. Even our pets are vegetarians, we have two rabbits, Mocha and Mallow and a turtle, Turbo.
After my first year of eating mainly vegetarian and a few episodes of dizziness however, I discovered that I was iron deficient. That was when I realised cooking vegetarian meals is not just about cooking vegetables, it is even more important to make sure meals are well-balanced and nutritious. I must admit it has been a challenge learning to cook good vegetarian food. A vegetarian diet can truly consist of such a great array of healthy yet delicious variety of foods. The drive of my cooking comes greatly from my need for variety, I love food and I’m not a picky eater however I don’t like eating the same dishes over and over. Home cooking can be so rewarding when you take a step back to see what you’ve invented and get to enjoy your feel good food.
We do also enjoy growing our own produce as well. We don’t grow a lot, just the simple stuff such as herbs; basil, parsley, coriander and mint as well as a few easy to grow vegetables; chillies, capsicums, tomatoes, spinach, snow peas, cucumbers and zucchini. Growing your own herbs is something I would really recommend, it allows you to spruce up your dishes anytime without spending heaps of money on store-bought herbs which usually wilt quickly and get wasted. Another huge tip is simply using seasonal produce from your local grocer, it is much cheaper and more importantly, abundant and fresh.
The hours I spend in the kitchen, usually results in a mess but also a beautiful dish and numerous food photos taken from a million angles to share with my family and friends. Hence, I finally decided it was time to compile it all on a food blog. Blogging allows me to basically collect the fruits of my hobby all in one place. Furthermore, it means I get to have more fun doing something I love; cooking and food photography.
PS. If you’re curious about the chosen name for my blog, my background is in pharmacy and this blog will consist of researching, experimenting and creating healthy vegetarian recipes in the process while having lots of fun.