For our November Blogger of the Month, we’ve chosen to feature Kimberley, creator of The Little Plantation. The interesting thing about Kimberley is that she is neither vegetarian or vegan, Kimberley follows a plant-based diet. The Little Plantation is a result of Kimberley stopping to take time and reflect upon what is important to her, plant-based food, nutrition and creativity, and pursuing dreams are all hugely important to Kimberley, so in May 2014 The Little Plantation was born. This is the reason we wanted to ask her a few questions about her blog and love for food:
1.What inspired you to start your blog?
I started the The Little Plantation because I was really concerned about how our society’s meat-heavy food choices were impacting negatively on our health and our planet. I knew that if I preached about it in long essays no one would take note, so instead I started the food blog, to give people healthy and delicious recipes as an alternative to the traditional meat and two vegetables. Over time the importance of creating beautiful photography to showcase plant-based food as best as I can has become more and more important to me. So much so that I gave up my ‘real desk job’ in late 2015 to focus on food blogging and food photography alongside my studies as a nutritional therapist and my work as a yoga teacher.
2.Where do you find inspiration for recipes?
Inspiration is all around us! For me it can be a gorgeous meal I had at a restaurant that makes my heart skip a beat and gets me going in the kitchen with the aim of recreating it. It’s often a beautiful family recipe that I’m keen to veganise. Or just simply the internet – pinterest and instagram are fantastic places to get inspired as are food blogs by fellow pant-based enthusiasts. Finally, there is the good old cookbook. I’m currently still drooling over The Naturalista: Nourishing recipes to live well! It’s filled with lovely, quick plant-based recipes with food photos to die for.
3.What is your favourite recipe in your blog and why?
My most favourite recipe is probably my vegan blackberry crumble. It’s SUCH a simple, easy, modest recipe yet it hits the spot every time. I made and shot the recipe whilst travelling in some quite remote parts of the Andes with very few ingredients at my disposal and no proper oven to speak of. Yet somehow it came out perfectly.
4.What would be your dream destination regarding food?
Japan! No doubt about that. It’s one of the few places on earth I have yet to visit and I’m 100% sure I don’t want to make my way to heaven without having done so.
Thing is, I just love the delicate way they prepare food, the attention to detail as well as the awesome flavour combinations. I’m intrigued by how they pickle and preserve their food and how they’ve upheld their long standing food culture despite the strong opposing force of Western fast food cultures.
5.What is your most spectacular kitchen fail?
The last one that comes to mind was a soup I made when I was travelling. We were staying in an airbnb with a couple who were on the verge of splitting up. Let’s just say the atmosphere was tense ;). I promised to make dinner one evening to lighten things up, but I couldn’t find the spice cabinet and didn’t know where the salt was, so the soup tasted of nothing. SO embarrassing! And mood around the table that evening was even worse than all the other nights before! Oooops! But thankfully I can laugh out loud about it now.
6.What’s your favourite part about being plant-based?
Making vegetables the star of the show means you have to be more creative and a bit bolder than your carnivorous counterparts. It’s exciting, it’s fun. It’s eating in technicolour, just better. I love it!
Plus, I feel sooooo much better now that meat no longer is part of my diet. It’s quite liberating. You should try it sometime 😉
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