Barbara Shevkun is responsible for the blog Rawfully Tempting and that she is.
If you are interested in introducing raw, vegan and vegetarian cooking into your repertoire then this blog is a must read.
Barbara does not lecture, she just shares her experiences, fabulous tips and delicious recipes for those who want to give it a try. We chatted up with her recently to get a sneak peek into her blog.
FriendsEAT: When someone asks you about your blog, what do you tell them?
Barbara Shevkun: I started this journey into the world of raw vegan and vegetarian cuisine in order to reclaim my health and vitality. Instead, I am having a love affair with food! I have not only discovered a source of energy that I never had before, but I am also experiencing a sense of well-being and peacefulness. I am in LOVE with real food, with flavors, textures and colors. Apparently my passion is contagious because friends around me can see the change in me, and are asking for more recipes and even classes! They are excited to explore what I have found…To make this journey fun and rewarding, I find and create super enticing recipes that titillate the taste buds and share them with readers, hopefully impacting their lives in a positive way.
I strive to prepare meals that are healthy, nourishing, nutritious and energizing, while also filled with color and texture. While my goal is to include as many living foods as I can, I realize this will take some transitioning. For now, the content will be a melting pot of raw vegan and vegetarian cuisine.I love creating, and I absolutely love it when my creation is pleasing to others.
I am no expert in the field and I have no prior training. I am just a journeyer exploring the world of RAWfully Tempting food!
FE: How has Food Blogging affected your waistline?
BS: I have lost almost 20 lbs since I began this journey, which was one of my goals. I still have a long way to go, but many raw foodies find that a positive side effect of eating so healthy, is weight loss. I eat gourmet desserts, chocolate bars, cakes and brownies…all raw and filled with wonderful nutrients!
FE: Do you think you have to be a good cook to be a good blogger?
BS: I think you really need to be passionate about your subject. I am not sure you can be passionate about food blogging if you can’t roll up your sleeves and get happy actually creating something. I could be wrong. Perhaps there are those that enjoy the writing part, but not the getting your hands dirty??
FE: Even dream jobs come with moments of doubt. What makes you want to hang up the fork and keyboard?
BS: It is time consuming. This past week, I had an awful ear ache that went into my jaw and I couldn’t eat solid food. I was conscious that I didn’t want to go too long without posting something in my blog. It keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure! But I look at it as a good thing. It kept my mind on something other than my pain.
BS: Ani Phyo, Russell James, Matthew Kenney. On the spiritual side: Ekchart Tolle, Marianne Williamson
FE: Do you respond to comments made to your posts?
BS: Absolutely! I love when someone takes the time to post a comment.
FE: Is food blogging your main gig?
BS: Right now, it is my main gig.
FE: When creating recipes for your blog, what are the most important things you consider?
BS: Taste, Texture, Simplicity, Availability of ingredients
FE: Theres been a foodie explosion over the past few years. Why do you think that is?