Today’s interview is with Lauren Caris of Lauren Caris Cooks about balancing life and blogging, inspiration and failures in the kitchen.
Lauren is the creator behind the successful vegan food blog Lauren Caris Cooks, whose aim is to use whole foods, which are seasonally sourced to prepare easy and quick meals. After moving to Switzerland in 2014, she came to a realisation that supermarkets there weren’t stocked with an infinite range of produce. She had to adapt, be smart and cook with what was in season. Her creative talent has led to some drool worthy meals including Marinated Pumpkin Quinoa Salad, French Toast with Caramelised Banana and Berries and Chocolate and Ginger Cupcakes. Not only does Lauren develop the recipes but is also the food stylist and photographer.
Lauren’s content is ever expanding with videos, how to’s, recipes and interviews. The mood of her blog is uplifting as she writes with a tone like you’re talking to your best friend, easy and effortless. Read on to find out her go to meal, what’s missing from Switzerland’s food scene and her biggest failure in the kitchen.
Find Lauren’s recipe for Easy Pumpkin Bread here. These are perfect for cold autumn days.
You are constantly creating new content. What are your cooking inspirations?
I have several! A lot of the time, my inspiration comes from things I’ve eaten, or produce that I see while I’m out. Of course there are many chefs and food bloggers that also provide inspiration. I have a favourite book called “The Flavour Bible” which I use nearly every time I develop a recipe, it’s a huge cross reference of ingredients that I’ll use to think of new creative ways to cook or combine ingredients.
What is your favourite part of food blogging?
Definitely the photography. Before I started blogging, I had never used a DSLR and knew nothing about photography. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do, and I’m SO glad I found out because it’s one of my biggest passions now!
How do you balance life and a successful food blog?
I’ve been blogging for 2 years now, and working on it full time for 1. The first year of blogging full time was definitely a challenge, it’s very hard to know when to stop at the end of the day. Partly because I enjoy it so much, but also because most of the work is ongoing tasks that don’t really have an “end” point. This year I’m trying to focus on really taking the weekends off to make more time for social activities and just getting out of the house and doing things!
Do you have a go to meal you make after a long day of creating content?
If I’m not eating what I’ve cooked during the day, stir fry is my absolute go to! It’s so great for using up any veggies you have leftover, and you can whip it up in about 15 minutes. It’s a great, reliable and quick dish to have on hand!
Are you team sweet or team savoury?
Ooooh hard one!! But probably team savoury.
If you had to pick only one, what’s the main or dessert that you would recommend to your friends?
Right now I’m obsessed with these Coconut Curry Ramen Noodles, I just can’t get enough of them and I think everyone would love them!
What’s your biggest failure in the kitchen?
I once tried to make a tomato pasta sauce with lemon, and I wasn’t following any kind of recipe. I added WAY too much lemon and the whole thing tasted so bad I had to throw it out!!
Anything missing from Switzerland’s food scene?
I think veganism is slowly growing in Switzerland and gradually companies and restaurants are offering more and more options, but there’s still a way to go. I’m very excited to be working and blogging in Switzerland at this time!
Do you have any major goals set for the future?
One of my biggest goals this year is to launch an online plant based cooking course. It’s still in the planning stages at the moment but watch this space! Teaching other people how to confidently cook plant based food is one of my biggest passions, so I hope this will be helpful for many people.
Photos by Lauren Caris