What would you like to cook?
In summer, the blogger likes nothing better than ice-cold watermelon.
It's the TV's fault! Even as a child, Lauren loved watching cooking programmes and wanted to reproduce each dish straight away. This is how she began experimenting with ingredients and creating her own recipes. These days she prefers to cook at home with husband Ben and provides her food community with delicious vegan recipe ideas on a regular basis.
Lauren's blog "Lauren Caris Cooks" has been around since 2015. For passionate foodies, it is a veritable treasure trove of simple and tasty vegan recipes and creations.
Do you have a "secret ingredient" that gives your dishes that special edge?
I recently discovered just how versatile miso paste can be. Besides being an excellent base for noodle broth it can also be used in salad dressings!
Which fragrance evokes positive memories for you?
Bread fresh from the oven reminds me of many a childhood trip to France. Hopping on the Eurostar and travelling the 35 minutes through the Tunnel to Calais, spending a wonderful day in France and then returning home in the evening with fresh French bread in my backpack – these are some of my favourite childhood memories.
What food can't you stand?
I can't stand nori. It's a shame because I've been wanting to make vegetarian sushi for a while. If only it didn't involve nori!
What's the most important seasoning in your kitchen – aside from salt and pepper?
Smoked paprika! It's incredibly versatile and I use it in everything from roasted vegetables to potato wedges.
How do your culinary creations start?
When I'm developing a recipe, I usually begin with one key ingredient and build the recipe around it. I have a book called"The Flavor Bible". It contains a huge repertoire of flavour pairings. I take my seasonal ingredient and use this book to find a couple of matching flavours. Then I think about what kind of dish I want to cook. Pasta? Or risotto? It's a great opportunity for me to get creative with seasonal ingredients.
Which kitchen utensil could you not do without?
My garlic press – I can't live without it!
Plus brightly coloured Swiss chard and other similar ingredients ensure that my recipes are visually stunning.
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