Hi, welcome to my blog! ๐Ÿ‘‹

My name is Anna. I live in Finland with my husband, two children and two dogs ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ• I’ve been blogging since 2021 – you can find my Finnish food blog at https://melkeinvegaani.com.

Since I now have readers from all over the world, I decided to create a second blog entirely for my global readers in English. This way I can make sure that the recipes don’t contain any special ingredients that can only be found in Finland.

I’m passionate about food, because I find cooking really relaxing. I’ve been cooking for over 20 years, but I’m new to the vegan diet. Because familiar flavours are important to my kids, I often make veganised versions of familiar home-cooked meals. I test different products and techniques to find the best substitutes for familiar animal products.

When I started to increase the amount of vegetables in my diet, I found that many vegan recipes tasted very foreign to those of us who were used to meat. My kids were downright resistant to any lentil and bean stew. I started to develop recipes that would appeal to all of us, regardless of our background.

Why I went vegan ๐ŸŒฑ

I never thought I would go vegan. We used to eat meat and dairy at almost every meal, you know – just the basic everyday food for a family with kids.

However, in 2019 I became seriously ill and with that I became interested in the health benefits of vegetables. The benefits of a plant-based diet were undeniable, so I started to add plenty more vegetables, fruits and berries to my diet.

My initial intention was to change my diet to be a little more plant-based, but not to make it a special diet, not even close. It sounded really difficult and restrictiveโ€ฆ


But my vegetarian experiment unexpectedly went a bit off the rails. We used to have one vegetarian day a week, but somewhere along the way it turned the other way around and we had just one meat day a week. Eventually, even that started to feel redundant.

Yes, I’m a turncoat! ๐Ÿ˜†

What we eat ๐Ÿด

Since I’m the main cook in our family, I kind of accidentally changed their diet as well. My husband turned vegan, too, so we now have two vegans in the family.

However, our kids follow a regular diet outside the home and we also buy dairy and some meat products for them.

I eat 99% vegan, but I still use honey sometimes. When travelling, it is sometimes so difficult to find vegan food that I may eat “regular” vegetarian food as a compromise when travelling.

Why I started this blog โœ๏ธ

The purpose of this blog is to store our new favourite recipes in one place. With my new diet, I’ve had to learn how to cook a number of completely new dishes, and in the process I’ve literally thrown many old favourite recipes in the trash.

By the way, we have a policy that each member of the family has their own cooking shifts. So I also publish recipes on this blog under the tag “kids cooking”. These are particularly easy and simple recipes, suitable for beginners.

Give feedback! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

Getting feedback from my readers is the best, so feel free to send me a message if you have any questions – I aim to reply to all messages and comments within a couple of days.

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