My name is Ásta I’m a 20-something-year-old Graphic Designer from Iceland and I love food.
My love for it began early on but my mom still reminds me to this day that the first thing I asked her when I woke up was "What's for dinner?". When I was 15 years old I watched the documentary Food Inc. and after that I decided to never eat meat or fish again. I tried to convince everyone around me to do the same but the results weren't great as vegetarianism wasn't that common in Iceland then and I had no clue what I could really eat instead of meat.
My mom helped me tremendously with this new lifestyle of mine and we always cooked a separate meal for me together in the beginning. As time passed the house meals became more and more vegetarian for everyone.
After graduating from college I moved abroad to study at University which is when my passion for cooking really started. I experimented with new recipes every week and got fresh fruit and veggies from a local organic farm. In the beginning of 2016 I decided to go vegan after watching the documentary Cowspiracy and working on a project marketed towards vegans.
I hadn't consumed dairy milk since the age of 10 due to being lactose intolerant but had been eating other dairy products and eggs every now and then. I gradually began cutting out all animal based products and to be honest the transition was a lot easier than I had imagined. The less I ate of dairy the less I craved it. After a few weeks I felt a huge difference in my skin which was a lot clearer and my stomach was finally at ease.
The plant-based lifestyle suits me very well both physically and mentally as I always had a hard time eating animals when I was younger.
I've received many questions about both vegetarianism and veganism. I try to focus on the delicious food itself hoping that that will spread the lifestyle, I want people to see that they aren’t missing out on anything by removing animal derived foods. I love cooking for other people and they way food brings people together. Cooking vegan doesn’t always have to be complicated and it can save you money as well.
This blog is a place for me to share what I've been creating in the kitchen.
I hope you enjoy.