That geeky vegan
Hi! If you are reading this, it is probably because you’re family or friend and I’ve bored you with yet another link to my website or my YouTube channel and you already know me pretty well. If you don’t fit any of these qualifications; Welcome to my blog! I hope you like it so far 🙂
I am Jalisha, that is: “Dja-lee-sa”. I’ve heard so many variations on my name that I am used to it by now. I am 20 years old and I live in The Netherlands. No, not in Amsterdam. There are other places here where you can legally enjoy some weed (just kidding mom). If you’re reading this as one of my friends, you probably think: “why has she started a food blog? She can’t even cook!”.
Because there is no raw minced meat in a vegan diet and I can’t get sick from it, that’s why. And also because I love to cook. I’ve always been around food in my life. My parents used to own a restaurant together and I could always be found in and around the kitchen. No one was surprised when I said I wanted to go to culinary school.
Until I actually went to culinary school. I hated it. I absolutely hated it. With every fibre of my being. My classmates (besides the few friends I have made), the teachers, the lessons, I hated it all.
My teachers, however, thought I was doing something good and they let me do an internship at a Michelin Star restaurant. I lasted for around 3 weeks until I wanted to quit the entire class.
But that had other reasons, too. I was, and still am, mentally ill. I can now talk about it without feeling ashamed. I suffer from depression, anxiety and some other stuff I won’t get into and I get treated for it.
“I am what I am and I’m not ashamed”
These illnesses have taken over my life in many different ways. I can’t go to school, I can’t properly keep a job, and so on. There are many days where I don’t even want to get out of bed, and I won’t. Those days are the worst days in my life, and they still happen very often. So when I told my therapist that I don’t go to school and basically don’t have anything to do during the day, she suggested many different things. Again, to my annoyance because those things included getting a job.
I already had an Instagram where I occasionally posted photographs of my food and I really liked the positive feedback I was getting. After many months of feeling stuck, I had a revelation.
Why not start a blog? It will motivate me to write (which I love), to cook and most importantly, get up in the morning. That was everything I needed!
Not long after that I started making the website, made a YouTube channel and started filming myself while cooking. I feel happy, I AM happy. I’m finally doing something I love!
But what do I love? There are many things, actually. I love my family, my boyfriend and my friends. I love cooking, obviously. But why does this title say “That geeky vegan”?
I love animals, all of them (except spiders). That’s why a year ago, I decided to go vegan. How could I say that I loved animals and still eat them? That just didn’t add up in my head.
I also love breathing, and I haven’t had an asthma attack since I went vegan.
Okay, what more do I love? I love geeky stuff. I love Star Wars AND Star Trek, really you just can’t compare the two, they’re both awesome franchises. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are also things I really love. I dream of having a house big enough for a geek-room where I can put all of the geeky stuff. I play some games, like World of Warcraft. But I also love make up, nice clothes and painting my nails.
I always have a book with me. I never leave the house without one.
If you’re still reading this, I want to thank you for clicking on my blog and I hope I have inspired you to cook some of my recipes!
Have a great day 🙂