Hi, I’m Emily Chudy, and I’ve been working on EmilyCooksVegan since Easter 2012; it’s sort of my attempt make food fun and more nutritious for me again during my recovery for anorexia, as well as documenting my love of cooking and passion for my vegetarian diet. I also hope to inspire vegetarian and vegan home cooking in even ill-equipped university kitchens such as mine.
My decision to first turn vegetarian at age 7 was as clichéd as you could imagine: after a visit to the farm with my mum and little sister, when mum vicariously announced we’d be having lamb for dinner. I can’t remember the finer details, but I’m sure I whacked my chubby hands down on the table and refused to eat the gorgeous little fluffy creatures I’d been fawning over mere hours before. It obviously didn’t last long back then, but I did return. I’ve now been vegetarian for about 8ish years and I don’t think I’d ever dream of stopping.
In the same vein, it was pure accident and chance that made me make the transition to veganism; a well-timed snarky comment that ‘I couldn’t hack being vegan’ coincided with Lent, so I decided to have one last Lasagne-ready-meal-and-4-Muller-youghurts-based cheese-fest and then quit cold Turkey. I even gave up honey. By the time Easter rolled around, I had bought a vegan cookbook, browsed many a vegan blog (fatfreevegankitchen and Oh She Glows are my faves) and learned how to cook without liberal sprinklings of cheese; I realised, with shock, that I loved the diet and wanted to see how long I could stick with it properly.
So, I should have also mentioned that I’m insanely passionate about cooking and baking – my friends will vouch that my telly watching repertoire consists mainly of Masterchef, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and the Great British Bake Off, and I adore making myself inventive and healthy dinners instead of just ordering a pizza like a student probably should (my Dad – renowned for the best veggie lasagne in the world – would have a heart attack). Being a vegan has only made me more inventive, and inspired by my ever-shrinking budget at uni and my pledge to eat healthier (and much more), I decided to create this blog in the hopes of inspiring people to create lovely and cheap vegan and vegetarian dishes at home, and also proving to my flatmates that being a vegan doesn’t have to be ‘boring’ or ‘restrictive’, you just have to be able to cook well and know what you’re doing.
Welcome to EmilyCooksVegan.