Hi! I am Vivica and I love food!
I want to help you cook for your health with local, seasonal, organic ingredients combined into approachable recipes.
Let me ask you a few questions:
Do love eating yummy home-cooked food?
Do you feel like you would like to cook healthier food but lack the time and the skills?
Are you crazy busy and struggle to find the time to be better organized so you can plan your groceries and your menu for the week?
Would you like to be able to create easy, healthy, stress-free food?
What if I were to say, you don’t really need to be organized? That your basic skills will naturally start improving? That can actually learn how to “FREE-FORM” cook with less stress and with far superior results?!
It is a lot to promise, right?!
Well let me share something with you about myself:
I am very disorganized. I have terrible memory and forget things all the time (even when I run around with lists). I am terminally clumsy!
I work from home as a Patient Advocate for a wellness practice, helping people achieve success with diet and lifestyle changes. I also operate an Etsy shop for my old company Omnatura. On top of all this, I have a husband, 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 geese and 9 ducks to take care of! I live on 7 acres of land and grow a lot of our own food using Permaculture principles. Busy enough right?!
With all this, I still have to make us at least 2 meals a day as we live 40 minutes from town and take-out is simply not an option.
Being a working, certified Technician in Whole Food Nutrition, you can imagine I know a lot about the healing power of food, and what is good and bad for you….and I share this information with patients every day. But the feedback I get every time is: HOW DO I DO IT? WHAT DO I COOK???
So I decided to create a recipe blog to help people stay on the right track, creating approachable and easy recipes that will make staying healthy a piece of cake! (A Paleo cake of course!!)
So this is my mission:
I want to combine traditional foods, both from my childhood in Italy and from my long travels, with the healthiest possible way of eating and make them into easy recipes, where improvisation is encouraged and creativity is stimulated!
Does this sound like a fair deal to you? So follow me for a daily adventure in the kitchen!
Why did I start this blog?
I love food, but I also learned a lot about food through my studies of nutrition, so after cooking for pleasure for may many years, I slowly started to cook for health!
One at the time things started falling off my diet: sugar, processed foods, grains, dairy….and I started being healthier and stronger.
As I learned more and started to work with patients of my own, I started looking more and more for reliable sources of recipes that follow the dietary guidelines I was recommending, combining local, seasonal, organic foods into approachable recipes.
I could not find many resources for my specific quest, and people kept telling me how I could always make anything taste delicious, so I started writing my own recipes!
…and a blog was born so I can help you cook for your health too!
These are the guidelines to all the recipes contained here:
- Grain Free
- Dairy Free
- 90% fresh ingredients. I also use a lot what I preserve myself form my own harvest.
- All veggies are organic
- All meats organic, free range, fed what nature intended and treated better than just humanely!
- All foods local and seasonal as much as possible.
- A strong focus on organ meats, them being the foundation of health.
I was born in Italy, at a time when small grocery stores still existed. I grew up buying veggies at the “verduriere” and meat at the “macellaio”. For the first 6 years of my life my parents had a restaurant and hotel in a small resort in the mountains of Northern Italy. There I spent a lot of time playing in the kitchen, and in the pantries. I visited herds of cows out on pasture and drank fresh milk, and ate cheese made over a wood fire.
Those memories shaped my future taste and understanding of food in a deep manner.
I left Italy at 19. Lived in Germany for 5 years then in Spain.
I moved to California in the early nineties, and decided to become a photographer, a food photographer! Working for national and local magazines gave me the chance to visit (and try) many amazing restaurants. I ate and photographed my way around Los Angeles.
Then for 10 years I lived between LA and Brasil, changed career, opened a new business. But in the meantime I was always around food, helping my chef friends with catering jobs, cooking, taking pictures.
In 2009 I moved to Northern California with my husband, cats and dog.
This has been the move that closed the circle. I am back in the landscape of my childhood, mountains and pine trees!
For the last 3 years I have been realizing an old dream of living self-sufficiency. Growing my own food, being connected to Nature and the Earth.
My passion for food and the desire to help others has also found its ultimate calling: Nutrition. I am now certified as a Technician in Whole Food Nutrition. I work with Dr. Deborah Penner at Chico Creek Wellness and study for my Clinician certification.