Hi! I’m really glad you’re here and that you’re curious enough to read this page.
I‘ve been around since 1983 and I’m currently living in Perth, Western Australia. I used to work for the United Nations and manage a non profit organization promoting education in disadvantaged communities. I prepared for my dream job for about 10 years, with 2 uni degrees, a masters with Notthingham Uni, postgraduate courses with Oxford and Copenhagen Unis. But life sometimes happens and our paths take us places we wouldn’t even imagine. Few years ago I moved to Australia and with wild enthusiasm I pursued a big passion of mine. Cooking. At this very moment I am exactly where I am meant to be.
The blog was born because I LOVE food and because I believe food can help us take (some sort of) control over our well being. I believe food can help us be the best we can be.
I also started to blog because the state of our global health saddens me. The exponential increase in the number of preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and what not, is scary. So I blog to show you how fun, delicious and easy it is to cook with fresh fruits and vegetables, and maybe tempt some of you to try some of the recipes. Veggies are not boring, nor limiting, and most definitely the dishes are packed full of flavor. I shop at farmers markets and buy seasonal so most of my recipes are budget friendly, with the occasional foodie splurge here or there. I don’t believe in following diets or trends as the panacea for all our troubles and aches. I believe in following our gut, increasing our intake of veggies and fruits, at our own individual pace, and seeing how that makes one feel.
Other random things I stand for or against.
- Starvation and hunger. Everyone should have access to a warm bowl of food everyday and the fact that there are still people (and children) going to bed hungry while in other parts of the world we are ridiculously wasteful with food, just shows that something is fundamentally wrong with our world as it is. I am privileged and, if you are reading this and had 3 meals today, chances are you are privileged as well. We should not take that for granted. All profits from this blog are donated to Oz Harvest, a local organisation that helps feeds the homeless here in Australia.
- Animals are not production units.
- Animals do not deserve a cruel and unjust life.
- The environment is not ours to use and abuse as it suits our economic and political interests. It is ours to protect.
- A global plant based movement and less reliance on chemicals is the solution to regain control over the health of our oceans, topsoil, forests and the overall health of our planet.
In addition to my blog, I built the Raw by Chris brand, a local wholefood business on a mission to challenge the traditional dessert industry and the love affair with refined grains, refined sugars, dairy and eggs.
I also built the Little Raw Deli brand, a tiny but mighty vegan deli on a mission to showcase how beautiful, vibrant and delicious vegan food is.
The highlight of my career was publishing my cookbook a couple of years ago. Nourishing Noodles embodies everything I believe in: beautiful, colourful, quick, easy, fun, delicious, plant based whole foods. I wrote the book hoping to inspire more people to give plants a chance, to pick up a new veggie at the market next time and transform it into a new, exciting meal. I am immensely proud of the book and consider it one of my biggest food achievements.
- I’m a tahini addict (straight from the JAR), a banana nut, half-marathoner-yogi-wannabe and daily smoothie sipper.
- When I started this blog few years ago I was mostly vegetarian and on occasions I would eat seafood, cheese and free range eggs. Then I stopped eating dairy. Then I stopped eating seafood. Then I stopped eating eggs. And then all that is left today is plants 🙂
- LOVE farmers markets. Love fresh seasonal food, local and organic as much as possible.
- Love to make most things from scratch, this includes growing my own herbs, making my own spice mixes, canning and preserving fruits and veggies, making tomato juice and paste, and even making my own bread.
Also, meet George. Isn’t he just gorgeous ♥ We found each other about a year ago and it was love at first purr. I am the proudest cat mama in the land.
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