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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

I’m Christina, a vegan recipe developer, food photographer and content creator from Ireland. I’m here to share your favourite recipes, made entirely from plant-based ingredients.

I love creating. As well as developing recipes, I have a passion for photography, photo editing and most importantly spreading the vegan message.

Since I adopting a plant-based diet, I have been experimenting with recipes, creating ‘veganized’ versions of regular desserts and have in the meantime developed a passion for food photography.

The goal of this website is to share plant-based recipes and to show that you don’t have to compromise on treating yourself when vegan. All the recipes you love can be recreated using plant-based ingredients. There is such an abundance of foods in the plant kingdom that can be used to veganize any recipe that you used to love.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to create. From painting to crafts, to music to food, I have always considered myself more of a creative soul than a technical person. I studied my degree in Culinary Arts, but after working in a few different kitchens during college placements, I decided that the commercial food scene wasn’t for me. The long hours and stressful environment didn’t sit well with me and I didn’t feel like I was on the right career path. Instead, I started to work in offices, thinking that perhaps I was more suited to a business role, working in areas such as sales, accounts and office management.

It was during this time that I became a vegetarian. A few years later, after researching more about industries involving animal use and how animals are exploited for food, entertainment, clothing and research I became vegan (more on how and why below). I believe that everyone  on this planet has the right not be used, regardless of species, we all deserve respect. I no longer wanted to contribute to those industries, and realised that I would need to make some changes to my lifestyle in order to live in alignment with my morals.

At the time I was living between the rural areas in counties Cork and Kerry in Ireland, where vegan-friendly options were a lot less readily available than they are now. So I found myself back in the kitchen, and reignited my passion for food as I started to create my own recipes.  Working long office hours from Monday to Friday, I would often drift into a daydream and think about what concoction to whip up in my kitchen next, or what it would be like being able to spend all of my time doing what I love to do. Friday nights were spent in my kitchen creating new dishes, sometimes until the early hours of the morning. The rest of the weekend was composed of photo-shoots, learning about photography and writing up recipes for my blog and social media.

And here we are a few years later, I am happy to be able to focus on creating plant-based recipes and sharing content here with you ATD and for that I am forever grateful. It wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of you who visits this blog and follows and supports my work, thank you.

Through developing recipes, I found that food was an incredible way to bring people together. I encourage you to share your creations with as many friends, family members, work colleagues as possible.

Happy pig at Back into daylight animal sanctuary

Photo: Charlotte from Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary

WHY AND HOW I BECAME VEGAN

It all started back in 2015, when I decided to adapt a plant-based diet, without doubt, the best decision I ever made. I had been vegetarian for about three years at that point, as I thought that by leaving meat off my plate I wasn’t contributing to harming other animals. At the time, I didn’t understand much about other industries such as dairy, eggs, honey, silk, wool and leather. I thought that by just leaving meat off my plate, i was doing enough.

However, towards the end of 2014 I began to research more about plant-based eating and I decided to give it a go.

Initially, I gave myself a 30 day “vegan” challenge, and thought to myself if I can do that, then I will continue the lifestyle. But as I made my way through those 4 weeks and was how easy it was, I began to research more and watch documentaries about animal use, health issues and climate breakdown. (see bottom of page for suggested viewings)

What I learned from watching these documentaries put a lot of things into perspective for me.

My initial choice eat plant-based as a challenge quickly evolved into a life changing experience. This was no longer about me, but about the innocent beings who are exploited for their flesh, eggs, milk and skin in additions to many of forms of exploitation, none of which we as humans, need to survive.  Over time and more research I have come to the understanding that veganism is not a diet or a lifestyle, rather it is an ethical stance against all forms of oppression towards animals.

RECOMMENDED VIEWS

 

FOR ANIMALS

☛ Land Of Hope And Glory

☛ Behind the Walls of Irish Pig Farms

 Dominion

☛ Earthlings

☛ The Truth About Dairy

☛ 101 Reasons to Go Vegan

 

FOR THE PLANET

☛ Cowspiricy – Netflix

 

FOR HEALTH

☛ What The Health – Netflix

☛ Forks Over Knives – Netflix

☛ nutritionfacts.org

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