About me

Hi, I’m Steve.

Recipe developer, chef & food blogger. Love nature, healthy food, and travelling.

Story behind this food blog

Hi guys, I’m Steve and I am a plant-based chef, recipe developer and trainer working out of Hong Kong. I’m super passionate about cooking delicious food that not only tastes good, but is also healing to our bodies (hence the plant-based and gluten-free angle).

What’s the connection with AS?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (also know as Axial Spondyloarthritis), or AS for short, is an autoimmune rheumatic inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints. It can lead to chronic pain, structural damage and disability. AS affects millions of people around the world, yet it’s still a relatively unknown disease and many people are often suffering in silence unbeknown to others ☹️. The aim of World AS Day is to raise the profile of this disease and increase awareness of the effect it has on people’s lives, as it impacts not only physical but mental health as well.

When I was actually diagnosed with AS about a year ago (after many years of suffering symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain & stiffness, constant infections and general overall malaise, as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression), I felt like my world had come crashing down. Here I was hopefully less than halfway through my life, and the rheumatologist was telling me I had an incurable illness that would require me to take anti-inflammatories and possibly even biologics (drugs that alter your immune system) for the rest of my life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did you first get into cooking?

I first took up cooking in 2003, when I spent half a ski season working as a chalet chef/manager in the French & Austrian Alps. I loved it so much, I returned the following year for the full season.

What’s your favourite ingredient to cook with?

I love using cashews in everything vegan! They are such a versatile ingredient to make milks, nut butters & as creamy thickeners in pasta sauces and curries.

What kind of recipes will I find here?

The recipes on this website are all 100% plant-based, as well as being gluten-free. The main focus is on healthy meals that deliver a smorgasbord of delicious flavours that you can enjoy regardless of you food preferences, diet, or lifestyle.

Wanna know more? Check out the FAQ page.

Feeling heavily saddened by this news, yet determined to find a way out of this nightmare, I set about a year-long journey of intensive research. I’m happy to say with the support of my amazing family & friends and a great naturopathy doctor, whilst I’m not completely free of the pain, I’m starting to see the impact of diet on reversing this condition 🙏.

My hope with regards to my website and social media pages, is to be able to share some of the great dishes I’ve created that have been helping me on my journey. I hope you continue to support me and follow my progress here!

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.

Hippocrates

Thank you for reading

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my story. I really hope you enjoy the website and the recipes and articles I’ve posted. I’d love to hear from you guys and what you think.

Do you have questions about recipes? Wanna work together? Feel free to write to me for all inquires!

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