When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was playing TV food chef. Standing in the kitchen of my childhood home, I did my best Julia Child impression – using my imagination to turn ramen and iceberg lettuce salads into haute cuisine. Nowadays noodles with seasoning packets have been replaced by kale, avocados, artichoke hearts, and enough garlic to keep the cast of Buffy at bay.
After getting my degree in theatre, I lived and worked as an actress in Los Angeles for over a decade, where I performed in touring children’s theatre shows all across the southland. Now I work those creative muscles making humorous vegan-oriented videos, claymation cooking demonstrations, and recipes aplenty here on Cadry’s Kitchen. When I’m not blending green smoothies, you can find me in the pottery studio making hand-built ceramics or meandering a dusty hiking trail.
I’ve always considered myself an animal lover, and over the years some of my dearest friends have been of the furred, feathered, and scaled variety. That’s why it made all the sense in the world eight years ago to expand that compassion for animals to include cows, pigs, sheep, goats, fish, and chickens. I went vegetarian, and then after learning about the suffering in the egg and dairy industries, animal secretions got the boot too.
Going vegan has been one of the most soul-satisfying experiences of my life, in which every meal is packed with life-giving foods instead of life-taking foods. That’s why I say from the outside veganism looks like limits, but from the inside, freedom. This blog is a snapshot of the mouthwatering abundance that exists in a diet of whole plant foods. Best of all, the foods we choose every day are a practical way of creating a more compassionate life.
One of the other big joys of my life is my husband, David, who you’ll find on my blog now and again as an actor, video editor, claymation creator, and number one food taster! (You can read his vegan story here or watch this video about his journey and advice for new vegans.)
We adore traveling together and checking out vegan restaurants across the globe. At home, we’re happiest cuddling our two funny and particular cats, taking long bike rides together, and catching up on our favorite British television.