Welcome to my
website. My name is Emer and the recipes you’ll find here
have been created and collected over my last 20 years as a
vegetarian. Let me tell you a bit about my background.
Aged 16, vegetarianism changed my life. Don’t
worry. You’re not about to get a lecture about not eating
animals. Although a love of animals and a desire to protect
their rights did lead me to vegetarianism as a teenager, what really
happened then is that I discovered food. For the
first time in my life, I thought about the food I was eating, where it
came from and the effect it had on my body.
Growing up in Ireland in the eighties, dinner in most households almost
invariably involved a chunk of meat, potatoes and some overcooked
vegetables (peas or carrots usually). I was lucky.
My mother was a good cook and very supportive of my decision to stop
eating meat. She even learned to cook some veggie food but I
knew that if I was going to take this step, I would also have to take
more responsibility for feeding myself.
Back then, vegetarian food felt very exciting and new to me.
Suddenly by choosing to exclude a handful of foods from my diet (meat,
chicken, fish) I seemed to be opened up to a whole world of new
ingredients and tastes. Vegetarian cooking has
always gathered influences from across international ingredients and
cooking traditions. And because as a vegetarian, I couldn’t
just slap that chunk of meat on my plate, I was forced to be a little
bit more creative, something which I found thoroughly
And so began a love of cooking. When I was a teenager, I loved spending
my Sundays experimenting with outlandish dishes for my bemused family -
just for fun. In my twenties, my little rented
house was the place my friends always gathered to eat and
drink. These were not proper, grown up dinner parties of
course. Just relaxed evenings with friends where
the conversation and the wine more often than not took centre
stage. But there was always lots of good food.
And somewhere along the line, I was lucky enough to meet Joe who just
happened to be a brilliant vegetarian chef. Many of our early
dates were spent in the kitchen cooking together. How could I
not marry him?? (I did, of course)
Later, we began
teaching vegetarian cookery classes together and also did our years at
farmers’ markets, selling vegetarian food. In fact,
most of the recipes you’ll find here are OUR recipes rather than
It does seem that as life moves on, there is less and less time for
recreational cooking. Priorities change and these days I have two beautiful little girls to feed too. So for me cooking has become even more important while life has given me less time to do it. But I still love good food.
And I love cooking. So I just couldn’t live on ready meals
and frozen pizza. I find the idea depressing. Food
is too important to me for that. These days I want easy,
healthy food that is quick to prepare, doesn’t cost the earth and above
of all, tastes great – everyday food.
I really hope you enjoy my site. I am not a professional chef. I am a home cook and my recipes reflect twenty years of life and cooking as a vegetarian - from vegetarian teenager to vegetarian dinner party host to vegetarian wife to vegetarian mom!
So if you need any help on your vegetarian journey or you just want a decent easy recipe, I am more than happy to help. Just say the word!
And if you have any questions or
comments about any aspect of the website, about vegetarian cooking or
just vegetarianism in general, just click on my Contact Me page to get in
touch. I would really love to hear from you.