Hello, everyone! My name is Ivana and I am a food blogger. 

I come from Serbia, a little country in Europe, where I used to work as a teacher. I fell in love with a Dutchman and moved to the Netherlands to be with him. In July 2015 we became parents to a beautiful baby girl. We became a family…

As I was growing up, I had a typical Serbian diet: meat, meat and meat. And then I grew up and became aware of the origin of meat – a living animal. So I became a vegetarian. I was actually never very fond of dairy and with eggs I have had a battle my whole life. My parents just couldn’t make me eat eggs. As my mum didn’t know how to cook without meat, I started digging through the pile of vegetarian/vegan recipes and I discovered that I love cooking. So, thanks mum!

Why flexible vegan then, huh? First of all because my body is quite flexible. I love yoga (what a surprise a veggie loving yoga!) and can’t imagine my day without it.

Further I do think that vegan diet is great. However I also think that any kind of extremism leads to isolation and possible violent behaviour and I just think that the art of food and cooking should not be about it. Agree?

As a vegan/vegetarian/flexitarian//herbivore/etc I have my ups and downs. My idea here is to show the eating side of the veganism. This is a cooking website only! So on my website you won’t find any activism that I was/am involved with. I would like to share my recipes with as many people as I can without calling anyone a name: vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian (whatever that is), omnivore, herbivore… Those are sometimes just rude names.

I have read somewhere something that made me really think about what am I doing. It goes something like this: we tend to set some strict, unwritten rules to ourselves and stick to them without ever asking ourselves if it’s sometimes better and more humane to break or update those rules.

So this was a little bit about me and the art of the Flexible Vegan. As it is very noticeable, English is not my native language so I apologize for all the mistakes I am making. At the moment I am using three different languages in EVERYDAY conversation: Serbian, English and Dutch. It can be very confusing but I am really doing my best. On the other hand, this also means that you can write to me in 3 different languages: English, Dutch and Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. Great, right? 

We are all different and that is the beauty of this world. Imagine a world that would walk, talk, think and cook like me. What a dull little world would it be, wouldn’t it? The beauty is in variety! And that goes for my food too.

Stay healthy and happy. And love someone.