About Us & Press/PR

Vanessa & Louise-Claire are Vegan Foodies who have teamed up to create delicious, kind and sustainable foods. We aim to make veganism easy, fun and to de-scarify (new word- we’re going there) vegan cooking.

We both love finding the yummiest food there is out there and we want to share our discoveries with the world.


Initially I started out blogging about vegan food and gardening at Poppy and the Bees, which has now been morphed into The Vegan Larder. Poppy & the Bees came about because I had just moved to a gorgeous village at the end of the Central Line, and spent a summer digging, growing, picking and then experimenting with cooking all the produce from our garden. I love to cook, in an easy-going, vegetable focused way, that is tasty, fun and welcoming, so we have loads of friends come & visit- whether for a Sunday lunch, a party or a whole weekend.

So I found myself scribbling recipes on bits of paper for people to take away, or promising & forgetting to email what I had done… and eventually thought it might be easier to just write a blog about my food & the vegetables that we have grown that have inspired the dishes.


After a while I decided that I wanted to ‘level up’ the blog and had hit on the idea of creating a vegan subscription box for those who were a bit scared about how to cook vegan food. At around the same time I had this idea, I met Vanessa through mutual friends , and we spent a few weeks chatting, going to vegan events and even a few cooking sessions. We decided that maybe two heads were better than one when creating a new business and our new venture was born!


I adore food innovating & have a love for experimenting with cooking, veganising traditional favourite foods and making veganism accessible, easy and rewarding. I work with food as I’m a strong believer in its power to produce positive change, whether that’s in health, socially or environmentally. Food should always be a source of enjoyment, and part of my mission in starting a food consultancy is to ensure vegan options in businesses are always a delicious experience for the consumer, and that businesses can truly benefit from the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle movement.

I’ve also been heavily involved in the vegan community for over three years, and deeply inspired by the people I’ve met, and am now working with. Coming across such incredible products from startups and more established vegan businesses has driven me to help get these out even more into the public domain, whether through the subscription boxes or food consultancy.

Vanessa is also part of a group called Badass Vegan Women, who inspire women in the plant-based movement through inspiring stories and events.


What we do: 

  • Vegan Subscription Box (coming soon)
  • Plant Based Recipe Designers
  • Food Consultancy for restaurants, cafes & caterers : To help create delicious plant based & vegan food options.
  • 1:1 mentoring service for those who would like to go vegan / cut out some animal products, to develop meal plans, give them cooking lessons and even teach them how to read labels and what to shop for

Our other specialities: 

Vanessa: Connecting, Creating Networks, Change Management, Epic Chocolate Brownies & generally being super organised.

Louise: Photography, Marketing , E-commerce, Perfect Pasta & getting the annoying nitty gritty bits done.



  • Reply
    Emma Sarah Tennant
    February 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Love your new-look website, it’s beautiful!

    • Reply
      February 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Emma! It’s very much a work in progress but it’s getting to where I want it to be…

  • Reply
    June 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Hey Louise,

    I just came across your blog and it looks really interesting, I am trying to eat more of a plant based diet and your recipes look amazing 🙂


    • Reply
      June 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you Cheryl! Glad you like them! Let me know if you make any of them & how you get on! x Louise

  • Reply
    Frances Happ
    August 15, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Hi Louise Claire, I can’t seem to access your ingredients and method for the lentil hummus. I just wanted to know which particular lentils you recommend. We’re having your caponata tonight.Looking forward. Fran

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Fran!
      Oh- The whole recipe has completely disappeared! I’ll pop it back up soon. The lentils I used were green lentils, the method is pretty much the same as ordinary hummus!
      Hope you like the Caponata! x Louise

  • Reply
    December 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    As it’s that time of year, any suggestions on a whole Xmas dinner?

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      I have lots of bits to make a whole?…

  • Reply
    Cheryl Mills-Smith
    December 11, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Hello how can i cancel my subscription please ?

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