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Over the years, I’ve met so many people who acknowledge the benefits of eating natural, plant based cuisine and want to make a change in the way they eat, the way they live and the way they feel. But all of them have had one thing in common – they didn’t know where to start.
Six years ago, my lifelong passion for food took me on an unexpected adventure. I met someone who shared my vision and we decided to embark on a journey in the health travel industry. I started to run retreats, and since I had such a love for food and ingredients it was only natural that I did all the cooking. All the food was to be plant based, refined sugar free and gluten free. Enthralled by this task, I dove straight in and started to create dishes that tasted familiar, were comforting during a sensitive week and could be recreated anywhere in the world.
During that same time, I’d just been diagnosed with severe polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, and was told that the likelihood of me ever having children was close to zero. The options sold to me were IVF, the contraceptive pill or medication with some not-so-nice side effects. I’d previously been working 12 to 14 hour days in the food and beverage industry and had entered a vicious cycle of very unhealthy living. I smoked cigarettes and partied way too hard. The late nights, alcohol and tobacco smoke were taking their toll on my body.
Whilst over the years I had somewhat dabbled in a healthy lifestyle, I always seemed to swing back to bad habits. But my diagnosis was a pivotal point.
The fact that I was cooking detoxifying foods at retreats was a very welcome bonus and - low and behold - 7 months later I fell pregnant.
What had started as an experiment at the retreats became my life, it was the foundation of my career and the saviour of my longing for a family. This is now how my husband, my child and I eat on a daily basis. Yes - I have a living, breathing, energetic, healthy daughter that has just turned three, and her name is Ayla.
My daughter is a huge part of my journey. She is a part of the new generation that will hopefully help us all make a shift in what we eat and how we treat our bodies. For her to learn the importance of food, where it comes from and how to prepare it, is my biggest wish.
Over the years, my journey goes on and I continuously educate myself and try my best to find tasty solutions to everything, whether they are for health reasons or intolerances.
Nature evokes and inspires me on so many different levels. To realise that the abundance of what nature has to offer us has endless creative options and that the sky is the only limit makes me so happy. I can only hope that some will be inspired back into their kitchens, encouraged to shop at local farmers markets, eat seasonally, incorporate plant based ingredients more and use intuitive imagination into creating meals for oneself, family and friends.
There are no labels or rules, just good food. I hope my passion and creations inspire you to view food differently and restore your faith in natural, healthy eating, enough to take the time to make your food look as well as taste beautiful. After all, we always feast with our eyes first. I am lucky and blessed for this passion that has taken me on so many adventures and allowed me to cross paths with many incredible individuals - I am eternally grateful.
Guided by my heart, I feel privileged to be able to share my journey with you.
This blog is an insight of my passion. Each recipe carrying a story from periods in my life that evoked great change, or a time I was able to create a dish that simply made someone happy.
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