Hi, I’m so glad you’re here!
My name is Ewa and I live on a little Island surrounded by water. Some of you might like to call it England. I haven’t always lived here though. I grew up in Poland. It was a beautiful outdoorsy, playing out till dusk kind of childhood, with lots of drawing, painting, cooking with mom and of course bread-making with my dad. I still remember those super lazy Sunday mornings, hair up in a messy bun and both of us covered in flour from head to toes, making bread at 8am. Ah, those were the days.
We eventually moved to England where I grew up and at the age of 15, I decided to give up meat and become vegetarian. My parents weren’t happy with my decision, and refused to cook meals ‘especially’ for me, which is when I started experimenting with food and making up my own recipes. And I fell in love with it!
Where do you get your food inspiration from?
I believe that cooking should be fun and recipes, flexible. I love food and this makes it really easy for me to become inspired to cook, and want to cook. I get my inspiration from pretty much everywhere, from traditional cookbooks, cooking magazines, Youtube videos, Instagram posts and.. local grocery store sales! If I see any good quality ingredients discounted, I buy them, then I try to come up with new recipes to utilise them.
Do you make a mixture of Polish and English food, or just whatever takes your fancy?
I cook and eat whatever takes my fancy. As much as I love traditional Polish cuisine, typical meals often contain a lot of meat, which I don’t eat. This means that Polish cuisine isn’t usually my go-to. I do however love a good “zupa ogórkowa” – a Polish soup made out of sour pickled cucumbers. It’s delicious, trust me.
What would you say to someone who has never baked/cooked before?
Have no fear. Cooking is fun! So don’t be scared to experiment and get a little creative. My most successful dishes come from concocting something with leftovers. Start with something easy, like a soup or a veggie stew, you’re bound to have some lovely vegetables in the back of your freezer. Soups and stews are some of the most underrated meals and also the most forgiving. They are the perfect place to start! Also, try to replace dried spices with fresh ingredients, such as onions, garlic, basil, thyme, lemons – the flavour of your meals will improve dramatically!
What inspired you to start blogging?
Just over a year ago, my interest in veganism turned into something more active and I decided that it was something I wanted to do. Living in the middle of Pershore in Worcestershire, where I have no access to fancy ingredients, going vegan seemed pretty much impossible. I struggled to find easy-to-follow vegan recipes and the ones I did find called for ingredients I’ve never even heard of, which is why I decided to start my own blog. I have never had a professional lesson and I am just an ordinary girl who loves cooking and attempting new recipes, and I just hope I can inspire others to not only start eating more heathy but also to encourage them to experiment in the kitchen. And to prove that healthy eating, really isn’t that hard.
So what is Let’s Eat Smart?
Let’s Eat Smart is a website devoted to simple, healthy and enjoyable cooking. You will notice that most of the recipes on here are vegan. Although I don’t ascribe to any one diet, I do try and eat what I like the most, which happens to be a lot of plants. This blog is also a community. I welcome readers to like and review my recipes as well as share their own. If you would like to share any of your recipes, please do! You can either create an account and submit a recipe for me to review, or better still, email me the recipe and I will try, photograph and publish it for you. Thanks for spending time on my site & I hope you enjoy.