Hi! I’m Rhian and I make Japanese cuisine-inspired, easy, undetectably vegan + gluten-free recipes!
Firstly, I’m so glad you’re here! Thank you so much for checking out my site and reading my posts, it means so much to me 🙂
As I’m lactose-intolerant myself and understand that not being able to eat whatever can be quite challenging, a lot of the recipes I’ve posted here have been created with a range of food intolerances/dietary requirements in mind, so all recipes on my blog now all vegan and mostly gluten-free. I think there are so many advantages to eating more plant-based meals, because they’re generally quicker and easier to prepare, ingredients are cheaper, and it’s infinitely better for the environment, not to mention all the health perks.
Nearly all of my recipes are inspired by Japanese cuisine (which I’ve learnt from my Japanese mother). This is because Japanese food tends to be very healthy and offers different and interesting vegan and gluten-free alternatives that most people don’t already know about! I try my best to use ingredients that are easily available outside Japan, and for any unusual ingredients, I make sure to write where you can buy them.
Japanese food is naturally very healthy, but it’s unfortunately not very vegan or gluten-free! This is because dashi (stock made from fish) is used in most dishes, and so is soy sauce (which contains gluten). Therefore, if you’re vegan/vegetarian or gluten-free it can be hard to find a Japanese restaurant that caters to your needs and it can also be hard to know how to cook Japanese food yourself at home as there are hardly any vegan/gluten-free Japanese food blogs written in English.
And when I say inspired by Japanese cuisine, I’ve interpreted this word in a variety of ways: some of my recipes might just contain one ingredient that’s Japanese, an ingredient used in a particular way that I’ve been inspired by a Japanese dish for, a Japanese dish that I’ve made vegan/gluten-free, or an authentic Japanese dish that’s naturally vegan/gluten-free!
Although I create my recipes with various dietary requirements in mind, my main aim is to create delicious dishes that can be enjoyed by conventional eaters too – that’s where the undetectably vegan + gluten-free part comes in! This is why I make sure that none of my recipes call for ingredients such as “vegan butter” or “lactose-free cheese” – I aim to create dishes using naturally-occurring ingredients that serve as good substitutes for the flavours or textures that would otherwise be lacking in a vegan or gluten-free diet. For example, I’ve found that miso is a good substitute for cheese and cream in savoury dishes, coconut yogurt works wonderfully instead of cream cheese in desserts, and peanut butter works well instead of butter in many sweet treats – and all of these are delicious ingredients in their own right, with flavours that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of dietary requirements or food intolerances.
You may also notice that the vast majority of my dessert recipes are free from refined sugar. This is because I have a massive sweet tooth and I’m always craving sugary things. However, as I have a family history of type 2 diabetes, I realise that I shouldn’t eat too much sugar. And just because a cake is vegan or gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy if it’s packed full of sugar! This is why I try my best to make relatively healthy, naturally sweetened (using things like dates, apples and maple syrup) sweet things that make me feel satisfied without messing up my blood sugar levels.
If you’re new to my site and not sure where to start, I suggest you check out my FREE ebook of the 10 most popular recipes on my website in 2016! Just follow this link here to download it.
If you have any questions about anything or any suggestions for what you’d like to see on my blog in the future, please feel free to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to hear from you!