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 💕