We are Vanessa & Louise-Claire; seasonal plant based food specialists who create delicious, kind and sustainable foods. We support people in going plant based or just trying more plant based food. We aim to make veganism easy, fun and to de-scarify (new word – we’re going there) plant based cooking.
We have a free online community where we are sharing practical advice and supporting people on their plant based journies. Join our community – How To Go Plant Based.
We see food and eating as one of life’s greatest pleasures, and love finding and creating the yummiest food, and sharing our discoveries with the world.
Initially, I started out blogging about seasonal 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 in London, and spent a summer digging, growing, picking and then experimenting with cooking all the produce from my garden. I love to cook, in an easy-going, vegetable-focused way, that is tasty, fun and welcoming. This means 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.
Then I met Vanessa through mutual friends. 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 have a passion for food innovation, seasonal eating and supporting people in moving to sustainable plant based diets. I have a love for experimenting with cooking, veganising traditional favourite foods and making veganism accessible, easy and rewarding.
Food should always be a source of enjoyment, hence why I want to support people in their diets to not only be healthy but to eat food that is exciting and tasty. I’ve been able to use our work in food consultancy 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 plant based community for over six years, and deeply inspired by the people I’ve met and work with. I have a passion for connecting people to help businesses grow and innovate, and further expand the plant based and wellness network.
What we do:
- Plant Based Recipe Designer
- Food blogger and review the best vegan food on the market
- Food Consultancy for restaurants, cafes & caterers: To help create delicious plant based & vegan food options.
- Plant-based Eating workshops and talks on the practicalities of plant based eating
- Plant Based 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 skills and specialism:
Vanessa: Veganising traditional dishes, Connecting People, Creating Networks, Epic Chocolate Brownies & generally being super organised.
Louise: Food Photography, Marketing, E-commerce, Perfect Pasta & getting the annoying nitty gritty bits done.