It all started the day I had my perfectly cooked and slightly moist eggs. I still remember it clearly, especially as my curiosity for how they came to be overtook my desire to eat. As a child, I watched culinary shows and observed anyone in the kitchen. At the age of 9, I cooked my first formal dinner: peppered filet mignon, gruyere potatoes au gratin, cucumber salad, and lucuma mouse. During my undergrad I worked as a personal chef and catered for several small parties and private events, often with the help of very good friends.
Today, I have adopted a vegan lifestyle. I abstain from consuming any animal products and have had to adjust my concept of a meal. It has been an fascinating journey continuously learning about new foods, new techniques, and new flavors.
I am not trained. I am self taught. I follow cookbooks. I read manuals then improvise based to learned techniques. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail miserably.
You will find a collection of my favorite vegan recipes for the home cook. Indulge yourself, and of course, me, as I walk you through my favorite dishes. Feel free to share them with others, and share your own with me. Some are original, some are based on the recipes of my favorite chefs, and others are learned from people close to me or those that love to share their culinary gifts,
I have a passion for ethnic cuisines, especially those with spicy and exotic flavors. Ethiopian, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese are amidst my favorites. I love exploring different ingredients and spices, learning how to incorporate them in other cuisines and traditional dishes.