My name is Adi Nirren.
I created this blog with the idea of sharing my Gluten-free Vegan recipes, as well as tips and things I’d like to share on various other topics such as health and well-being, and other interests of mine.
I am 28 years old, born and raised in Haifa, Israel but I currently live in Cluj, Romania. Why? – Excellent question!
I study here. I am a 4th year student of Dental Medicine, training to become a dentist.
Another big activity of mine (including these days despite my hectic study schedule) is singing.
I am a professionally trained singer. I rarely work in music these days but as a person living a hectic student life – there is a limit to how much you can cook as a way of letting out stress and anxiety so I do engage in it from time to time. Despite the fact that I don’t do it as a profession anymore, music is a big part of my life and is expressed in all aspects of my life.
The sharp ones among you may have noticed my little musical homages in my posts.
My relationship with food goes back a long way.
I was always food-spoiled to begin with, but I was also deprived of good food. My nutrition consisted of fast food, candies, cookies, chocolates, soft drinks and basically nothing healthy. Vegetables were never part of my vocabulary. In fact, some of them “disgusted” me. (And they still do…)
When I finally moved out of my parents’ house, that’s when I started learning how to cook. After spending a few weeks eating nothing but chocolates, I had the urge to make something slightly different, yearning for a home-cooked meal. I made simple things at first and learned from my grandma some traditional Transylvanian dishes as well.
I always felt healthy, until I didn’t.
When my gluten intolerance broke, I wasn’t aware of it and for a long time, I suffered without understanding why.
I was finally diagnosed one month before I moved to Romania. I had to move here and try to go through the integration, the language barrier and this new diagnosis, and find what to eat.
In addition, I am Jewish and so I keep the Jewish law of kosher food, which means that I couldn’t eat most meat and dairy products, a thing which reduced my food choices and variety. I had nothing to do but to learn new recipes and slowly try to find some new vegetables to bring into my menu (before, I ate NONE!). In Israel, my culinary life were not very “eventful”, but as I came to Romania my state of mind changed – probably due to the distance from things and people who hurt me – and therefore my state of mind has changed so that I actually wanted to be healthier and wanted to try things such as vegetables, which was inconceivable before.
Once I was off Gluten, my body progressively started to feel better. But when I was younger my body felt quite good and now, despite the fact that it was somewhat better, the intestinal problems ceased but I was still having constant fatigue and depression and just an overall bad feeling.
At a certain point I came across an article that explained the health benefits of a Vegan diet and why animal-based food is unhealthy. As a medical student I was intrigued. I looked for additional information and quite quickly felt urged to try keeping such a diet. It seemed to me strange at first. I was hardly eating meat or dairy at that point but I was eating quite a lot of Fish and Eggs and I didn’t know if I could do it especially since I‘m not much of a vegetable eater but I was hopeful that this could make a change for the better in my body. I am sure there are still things in my diet that I can do to make it healthier (such as oil and refined sugar uses although I don’t use them so frequently) but I believe that these things – unhealthy as they may be – are still superior in health to animal-based products.
Why food blog?
Everyone that knows me and my diet keeps asking me “You don’t eat this, you don’t eat that, so what DO you eat?” (Imagine that sentencee in a Yenta Jewish accent). It so happens that ironically, the more my food possibilities were reduced, the more my variety in food increased. I became obsessed with cooking and with making various and new recipes, I wanted to try new things and feel new tastes. With time, my friends and acquaintances kept asking me for recipes and for help with different dishes. It seemed more practical to just put them all organized under one place. I was inspired by several food blogs and social media groups that I like and felt that, in addition to sharing my recipes with people, I would like to have some corner of my own to express myself and that is why I opened this blog, to express myself not just on cooking and recipes, but on other subjects that I care about such as health, well-being, budget considerations, medicine, vocals, music….. ooh, and Harry Potter! I am a proud Potterhead. That will probably be expressed at one point in my recipes as well. Beware!
My goal – as the blog’s name indicates – is to show that this type of “dietary restriction” for any reason does not mean that you have to suffer from what you eat. I hope you will enjoy the recipes and appreciate your feedbacks.
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And that’s pretty much it. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact me.