About Me

ElsaWoodShot.pngI’m Elsa, and I love to create tasty vegan recipes that are good for you, your wallet and the planet.

Why Vegan?

I began my vegan journey in 2015, when I was an undergraduate student at university studying Biology. I already ate a pescatarian diet, but I became increasingly aware of the environmental footprint of all animal products, as well as the animal welfare implications. Overnight, I eliminated animal products from my diet. Since then, I have not stopped cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I previously wrote for Vegan Life magazine, where I created a column, “The Vegan Student”, devoted to providing tips and tricks for living a healthy, thrifty vegan lifestyle. You’ll find many similar recipes to those in the column on this website, as well as many other seasonal, tasty recipes and vegan lifestyle tips.

I think vegan food is the tastiest cuisine out there. The aim of this blog is to show that veganism can be for everyone, no matter what budget you have.

Foraging and Nutritional Alchemy

I believe that wild foods, that are harvested sustainably, are an incredible added source of nutrition and a wonderful way to reconnect to the seasons and cycles of Nature. Many of my recipes contain ingredients that can be easily foraged from the countryside of the UK (or even some abundant cities and towns!).

I have also organised my recipes into seasonal sections – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, in line with the seasonal produce and foraging ideas they contain.

Just starting out foraging? Read my foraging do’s and don’ts guide.

Journey to Zero Waste

Since summer 2017, I have been actively reducing the amount of waste (particularly plastic waste) I personally produce, with the ultimate aim to live as zero-waste as possible. I try and live by the 5Rs of the Zero Waste movement:

  1. Refuse what you do not need
  2. Reduce what you have
  3. Reuse what you can
  4. Recycle (if you cannot refuse, reduce or reuse it!)
  5. Rot (everything else!).

You’ll find some helpful links here with more information on living close to zero waste.

My zero waste themed blog posts can be found here.

Most of my recipes are also zero waste friendly (meaning you should be able to buy all of the ingredients with little or no packaging) and are listed as such.