My name's Cherry and I'm a vegan primary school teacher who likes making stuff. I live in Warwickshire with my husband Stuart and our baby daughter, who are also vegan.
I started cooking on my own when I was only 8 or 9. I was very lucky that after cooking with my mum when I was a tot, she was happy to let me loose in the kitchen and make whatever I liked. I used to get out the recipe books and make all kinds of things - all of them sweet! Cake was my speciality. In particular, massive trays of chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing.
I decided to go fully vegetarian when I was 16. I was perfectly happy with that and felt that I wasn't causing any suffering to animals.
It didn't dawn on me until I was 21 that eating eggs and dairy actually DOES cause animal suffering, and that I didn't need to be doing that.
"But what about cake!?" I thought. I immediately began experimenting with vegan chocolate cake, and created this website shortly afterwards so that other people making the transition to veganism had chocolate cake too.
Since I went vegan, I've become even more interested in food and nutrition, and eat a FAR more varied diet than I ate before I 'gave up' meat, eggs and dairy.
I'm always at a bit of a loss to answer the inevitable "so what DO you eat?" question, because if I started listing everything I'd be there all day! I love trying new food and creating new recipes,
so my website has continued to grow. I don't get anywhere near as much time as I'd like to update Parsley Soup, but I do try! I have had lots of lovely emails and comments over the years and it's brilliant to know that my recipes are still useful to people.
© Cherry 2012. Questions, comments & corrections welcome. Email Cherry at Parsleysoup.