30 June, 2009

About Food

At the beginning of 2008, I started looking more after my diet. It took me 30 years and giving birth to two children until I realized that the amounts of sweets and chocolates that I had every night were not doing any good to me. I felt lame in the morning, my appetite would not come until lunchtime, I'd eat healthy at lunchtime and dinner but would have another craving for food later at night which I again satisfied with chocolate and sweets.

I started looking for sugar alternatives, switched from refined grains to whole grains, refined flours to wholemeal flours. I started experimenting with spices. As a result, I started enjoying cooking from scratch. I got interested in ingredients and their nutritional values. Anything from the regular vegetable to the exotic spice I would examine.

In June 2009, in my never-ending search for new and exciting recipes, I came across Heidi Swanson's 101 cookbooks food blog which made a huge impression on me, with both the recipes and the food photography. I thought, I can do this too (or at least try): posting recipes, writing a little story to go along and take some pictures.

I welcome you into my little but ever expanding personal food journal and cookbook. Join me exploring new ways of healthy eating, "healthy" being based on mostly natural ingredients. I am an omnivore, but take special interest in exploring vegetarian, vegan and raw foods as I find them incredibly inventive and tasty.

This blog captures my learning curve towards a healthier lifestyle as I learn about good foods and new foods, I learn how to cook and I keep myself open to inspiration and knowledge. Over the years, my diet has become 100% free of refined sugars and refined flours. Many of my recent recipes are gluten and even grain free, as I feel that my overall well-being has improved without them.

I hope to pass on some passion on healthy eating with this blog, as most recipes are simple and quick to make and most ingredients are easily available. I eat to live, not live to eat. Bon appetit!

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs  Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking  Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours  Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day


  1. You sound just like me! As soon as I graduate from college I will try all of your recipes...I love making baked goods with less sugar and fat and I ALWAYS use extra spices :)

    Thanks for the great recipes. I can't wait to try them. Keep it up!

  2. What a beautiful blog! I've just been through you're entire archive and bookmarked so many recipes in my "must-try" folder! I really appreciate tasty, wholesome, healthy foods and your recipes fit the bill perfectly:)
    (I look forward to following the blog)
    Thank you

  3. It was great to meet you last night Anja. Heidi's blog was one of the first sites that inspired me to think about writing about food and I have made so many delicious meals inspired by her. Lovely site and images.

  4. I came here from Sally's blog... good to see fellow foodies in dubai :)

  5. I think I'm your "before" story!

    the recipes on your site are so creative and real! I love them all so much. Thanks!

  6. I am a huge fan of the 101! I just found you and am excited you are also an athlete who eats like I do. Cant's wait to try some of these!!

  7. Love your Blog. Am based in Abu Dhabi. I have a foodblog and am still learning about food photography. Lovely clicks on your blog. How do I follow the photography events that you have? Would like to join u guys sometimes:

  8. I love your blog! I just found it recently and have been checking it daily for new recipes. Thanks for sharing, it really is appreciated!

  9. Beautiful blog.Love it!I live in Dubai too and a newbie to food blogging.Liked your FB page "Famished in Arabia" Would love to join you guys..How is it possible?

  10. I have just discovered this blog and it is fabulous!!! I love the spelt, banana and date bread. Delicious!!!

  11. Renata Cantave@Nu Living Solutions28 March 2013 at 04:23

    I like your writing style a lot. Just like you I started leaning towards vegan way of eating although I love Good eggs and occasional fish. We must choose what feeds us best and makes us feel best - intuitive eating is the key in my opinion.