First and foremost, and as a starting point for everything I do in my life, I am a mother.
Biologically speaking, as the mother of a boy of 6, and in addition, I am the (food) mother in the community I liv in for a whole bunch of kids, teenagers and adults aged 6 to 58 years.
Next, and most often through it, I am a lifelong food and health enthusiast to the core of my cells, and the summary of all my experiences is that the food that is essential to our well-being in life is as diverse and individual as it is individual human being.
In an autodidact way, I have developed my knowledge and skills in interaction with my surroundings, depending on which environments I have been in over the years.
For a number of years in the Youth House, I have been responsible for the implementation and running of the folk kitchen. All servings in this context were vegan.
But most of all, it is through the beforementioned form of housing, in daily interconnection with 4 other families, that I have gained the most in-depth, long-term insight into our differences in terms of diet, health and preferences. Through first-hand experiences with disease, autoimmune disorders, allergies, etc.,
I have seen how we can help the reversal of these on the way, via precisely the diet that is healing for the individual - whether it is vegan or meat-based.
This has, more than anything else, led me thoroughly through virtually every conceivable (and unimaginable) composition of ingredients, from raw food to grandma's simmering dishes, paleo and carnivore diets, from sweet to sour to fermented, from gluten-free baking techniques and date confectionery to old-fashioned lemon cheese, kombucha, kefir and keto-coffee brewing.
As part of the children's home schooling, we have had gardening ‘from farm to fork’ integrated daily, and I strive to ensure that a tasty part of the meal plan's raw materials can be brought from our own utility garden. In conclusion and most importantly in all of this, my inexhaustible passion stands for the pure and cutting joy of food, which for me is best felt when I see it arise in other people.
I look forward to being able to contribute this to this year's The Tribal Vibe Village Festival.