That crazy face you see there is (somewhat unfortunately) mine. My name’s Luci. I’m a thirty-something food fanatic, currently living near Manchester with my amazing husband and our three children.
Both my partner and I are vegans and have been enjoying this way of eating for many years now. We try to balance whole foods with processed ones, and chocolate with fruit.
Why did I start cooking?
People who have known me for a long time and learn of my love of cooking are often kind of… bemused. I was not a child who cooked. Nor was I a child who liked food of all types. I certainly didn’t develop a love of it as a teenager either… As a student in Lincoln, I cooked on a need-to-live basis only – I’d cook up a batch of basic bolognese and turn it into my meals for the week. I’d burn chips (there’s a rather.. ahem… an interesting story which involves alcohol, me falling asleep, and a lot of smoke. Oops?) and eat a lot of toast, and coco pops (dry, straight from the packet).
No, my love of food and cooking was a slow burner, originally born of necessity, to be honest. As I mentioned, I was a fussy child (I’ve since apologised to my mother). I was also a pretty chubby child and teenager, to be perfectly honest. I laugh at it now, but when you are the chubby kid, and you know it, it’s horrible.
No, I learned to cook because:
- I was fussy (basically). I would eat food if I knew what was in it. Otherwise, who knew what kind of madness might sneak it’s way in there?!
- I wanted to lose weight and figured, if I cooked healthy meals that would be a heck of an improvement to ready meals and tins of store-bought sauces.
That evolved over the course of about three years into a love of all things food-related. I love baking, cooking, eating new foods and trying new restaurants. Where five-year-old (hell, let’s face it, twenty-year-old) me would’ve turned her nose up at a “new” food, I now happily tuck in. I’ve gone from hating avocados to loving them. Before I gave up fish, I went from hating tuna and not being able to be in the same room as an open tin, to absolutely adoring a tuna salad. Weird, huh?
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If you have any questions or comments, or just fancy a bit of a chat, feel free to get in touch. You can drop me an email at the address below (just replace [at] with @ and the [dot]s with .): hello[at]madebyluci[dot]co[dot]uk