About The Blog
Oh My Veg is a celebration of vegetarian food. It’s about recognizing and honouring the amazing variety of things you can eat with a wholesome, healthy, and fulfilling plant-based diet – about inspiring ourselves to do better, eat better, and live better. I want to expose vegetarian food to a broader audience and help make it accessible to as many people as possible.
Whether you’re already vegetarian, vegan or plant-based, whether you’re omnivore or flexitaran, a complete beginner in the kitchen, home-cook or chef; working on a tight budget or unlimited budget; cooking for one or a feast for twenty – my hope is that you’ll be able to find endless inspiration of gorgeous recipes for you to try.
I firmly believe that cooking is one of the purest forms of expression and love – whether that may be cooking for yourself or cooking for your family.
Hello everyone! My name is Ellanor, and I’m the cook, writer and food-photographer behind Oh My Veg. I was born in a small, seaside city on the South-West coast of England to a spiritual Mother who believed in raising me as a vegetarian. I have so many lovely memories connected to my childhood – every weekend we’d camp on the wild beaches or in the high, forgotten woodlands and cook on an open campfire. We’d scramble across stone walls and overgrown hedgerows to harvest the sweetest little wild strawberries, buy fruits from the tiny farm baskets on the sides of the roads and cook buttered garlic mushrooms on the gas stove of our camper-van, sharing the grove with wild ponies and all the sunshine you could ever want. We grew beans and berries and potatoes on our little patch of land in the city, and spent just as much time in nature as at home. We cooked and ate simple food; fresh sauteed vegetables or ribbons of pasta garnished just with olive oil, fresh herbs or smoked salt. It was an idyllic life.
I left all that behind when I moved to Manchester in 2018. It might seem strange to you that I left a simple life behind for bustling, busy, metropolitan Manchester with it’s little terraced brick houses – but I moved for love. My partner Nikhilesh and I have been building our own little life here, with a little brick yard where I grow my peppers and tomatoes, and try to bring a little of the simple life into the city.
Manchester has a different charm. It was here I discovered markets brimming with fresh coriander, mangoes, papayas and pomegranates … golden turmeric, rose syrup and sweet jaggery all the way from India. Nikhilesh and I visited the markets every week and over time I learnt to cook a whole new type of food – to embrace the alchemy of spice! Indian food has become an essential part of my life, just as Nikhilesh has. You can find any number of recipes here from my childhood favourites to traditional Indian classics – you can see my Recipe Index for a full list. You can also follow me on Social Media to get daily inspiration from my recipes!