CarrotsKitchen aka Carolin Vater

Hello there, first of all, I want to thank you for visiting my gluten-free food blog! I am right at the beginning of my adventure “CarrotsKitchen” & I am so happy you’re interested in it.

Now, what is this adventure exactly? Who is CarrotsKitchen? That’s me: Carolin Vater. A girl, born in Germany, raised in Spain and influenced living in great cities, such as London, Dublin, Toulouse and Zurich.

My dream is to open my own coffee shop with gluten-free food. Gluten-free food for everyone – not just people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. A place, where only soul-food exists – no additives, conservatives, unnecessary sugars, etc. A place, where everyone feels comfortable & is always welcome.

I will explain, what exactly led me to this blog below…

Well, about 1 year ago, when I took a time out, due to high stress levels at work, I also realised I’m gluten intolerant. Though I do not have celiac disease, my body just doesn’t really like gluten, I suppose. The genetic modifications on wheat etc, might be one cause for this phenomenon increasing so rapidly in our society…

As a food lover & passionate cook, this meant quite a few changes for me. Especially in relation to food. As a German, I am used to have my “Brotzeit” nearly every evening. Quite quickly I realised, that there is no great gluten-free bread, that you can buy in supermarkets, bakeries or anywhere else, really. Gluten-free flour mixes nearly always contain additives to boost raising or even make it possible at all. As a passionate cook, I didn’t really like these options, so I decided I’ll try my own bread. Luckily, taking a gap year at the time, I had time to experiment a lot with gluten-free flours. After failing a few times, I found great recipes, which I will share with you in this blog.

At the age of 26, while re-thinking what I’ll do next with my life, I decided it has got to be something related to food. All my life, I have been addicted to food, nutrition and everything that goes along with it. I started cooking as a little girl, when my parents had me standing on a chair next to them while cooking. I just didn’t wanna do anything else then stirring the food – a habit, I still didn’t get rid of until today. All my life, though, I had wondered, what I could work as, what I could study, etc. I ended up becoming a banker, nearly suffering a full blown burn out only to end up doing this blog.  My life literally went full circle.

I often think, it is funny, how something so obvious, like me working in the food industry, took me 27 years to figure out! I guess some things just happen, when they’re supposed to happen.

Now, I’ve been dreaming of opening my own coffee shop for a very long time; making lists, planning dishes, etc. There was always one big problem though: I have a tendency to move countries or cities quite frequently. Not really the ideal basis for opening a coffee shop… While searching for an alternative, I realised, if nothing else, I could at least start my own food blog: share my recipes & insights, criticising restaurants & slowly branding my name: CarrotsKitchen. For everyone wondering, Carrot is a nickname of mine. As it is a vegetable, it was an obvious choice, really. Also, my signature dish is a CarrotCake, so I felt like it goes well together. 🙂

For now, I set myself the goal to start CarrotsKitchen live & in color – here with my blog. While doing that, I’ll be saving up, until I can open my coffee shop. 

Until then I want to discover old, gluten-free recipes – the ones that never contained gluten to start with. Spending my time travelling through different countries, cooking with people from different cultures and walk through life with an open mind, I hope I’ll be able to find & collect such recipes.

All this is a big dream and still far away, but I always remember a quote from Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”. So, now, at 27, back to university, I decided NOW is as good a time as any. There’s no perfect moment to start my own business. Therefore, I want to welcome you to the world of CarrotsKitchen!

Thanks to everyone, who’s supporting me! 😊

Love, Carolin 💕

Check out my Recipes & Blog for more info…

2 Comments

  • Stefan Limmroth

    Liebe Carolin,
    durch Zufall bin ich auf Ihren Blog “Carrotskitchen” gestossen und ich bin sicher, dass Ihr Traum vom Coffeeshop wahr werden wird. Toll, dass Sie den Mut hatten, Ihrem Leben noch einmal eine ganz neue Richtung zu geben. Es ist für uns alle so wichtig, dass wir nicht an unserer Bestimmung vorbei leben. Da sind Sie auf guten Wege. Die Website macht außerdem einen sehr frischen, modernen Eindruck. Kompliment.
    Ich selber bin im Juni pensioniert worden. Die letzten 8 Jahre war ich Lehrer am Johanneum und dort habe ich mich besonders wohl gefühlt. Zum Glück hatte ich immer das Gefühl mit “Kunsterziehrer” meine Bestimmung gefunden zu haben.
    Nun wünsche ich Ihnen weiter so viel Schwung, Dynamik und Temperament und das wichtige zusätzliche Quäntchen Glück!
    Ihr alter Lehrer S. Limmroth

    • Carolin Vater

      Hallo Stefan!
      Vielen Dank fuer deine liebe Nachricht! Es freut mich, dass dir mein Blog über den Weg gelaufen ist. 🙂 Wenn ich fragen darf, wie hast du den denn eigentlich gefunden? 🙂
      Ich wünsche einen schönen neuen Lebensabschnitt – hast du schon etwas geplant?
      Vielleicht klappt es ja nächstes Jahr mit einem grossen Klassentreffen – 10 Jahre!
      Herzliche Grüße,
      Carolin

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