Kitchen Stories with Hannah from @twospoons
It's always fun when I get to make a Kitchen Story about a food blogger that I've followed for a very long time. One of these bloggers is Hannah who you might now as @twospoons on Instagram. I think her food photos radiate her amazing and kind personality. Not to mention how talented and creative she is in the kitchen! I'm so happy to have you on board Hannah.
I really appreciate how honest Hannah was about her own story in this interview. Her story is one of the most touching ones yet and I'm so incredibly thankful she wants to share it with us. Hannah is a true inspiration and I think we all can learn something from what she is about to tell us.
Read the full interview with Hannah below and make sure you check out the delicious recipes she was kind enough to share. If you want to follow Hannah on her social media channels I've linked them all at the end of this post, so make sure to keep scrolling.
Hi Hannah, tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Hannah and I am a plant-based food blogger for Two Spoons. I am Canadian born and raised, but now living in France.
You create nourishing plant based recipes that come in all colours of the rainbow that we get to take part of on your Instagram and blog. When and how did get into cooking? How about plant based foods?
My plant based journey started in my early 20’s after being diagnosed with IBS. It was a very stressful time in my life where I lost my first boyfriend, and my first love, to cancer. I developed serious stomach problems and visited many GI specialists who told me I'd have to pop pills for the rest of my life. It was so debilitating, and after a year of struggle I searched for another solution; turning to food for medicine. I cut out many foods including processed foods, dairy, gluten and refined sugars. It was hard at first, but it taught me how to cook healthy and wholesome meals that allowed my body to heal, and eventually led me to the world of plant-based eating. Since then I've introduced foods back into my diet, like whole grains, but I've chosen to continue a plant based lifestyle because of its benefits to health, humanity and the environment.
Name three must haves in your kitchen.
Nuts, chia, and fresh fruit! It doesn’t matter what kind of fruits they are, but there needs to be plenty!
Pick one: breakfast, lunch or dinner? Why?
Breakfast food for sure! When I’m not eating it, I’m thinking about it. I find breakfast to be so wholesome and comforting, and the most beautiful to look at. The best part about going to bed is knowing that when I wake up it’s breakfast time again!
Would you like to share your favourite breakfast recipe?
My favourite breakfast at the moment is Pink Chia Pudding with Figs! Before bed I combine chia with homemade walnut (or almond) mylk. Then I add a pinch of pitaya powder for a nutrient boost, and to give its gorgeous pink hue. In the morning I decorate the bowl with some chopped banana, figs, buckwheat and bliss balls. It’s figgin delicious!
Find the full recipe here.
What would your perfect food day look like?
Oooh it varies depending on the season, but at the moment with the weather cooling I’d like to wake up to a warm bowl of cinnamon spiced-porridge with almond butter and apple compote. For lunch I would have a warm pumpkin, or butternut squash soup with freshly baked bread. And for dinner, I’d have a warm buddha bowl with lots of roasted veg, quinoa, avocado, chickpeas, nuts and seeds. I’m getting hungry just thinking of it!
This pumpkin soup is my favourite at the moment. Perfect for my perfect lunch!
You’re originally from Canada, but nowadays we can find you in France. Do you have any places, shops, cafes in your local area that you would like your foodie friends to know about?
I ’ll be honest by saying that I really struggled finding my staple food favourites when I moved to France. Fresh foods I used to buy year round, like kale or berries, are only available in France when they’re in season. I was used to having an abundance of options at my fingertips all year round, so it was hard at first to feel like I was ”living without.” But, in the process I’ve really learned a lot about our harvest, and the benefits of using local and seasonal ingredients. They are so much tastier, are more nutrient rich, and better for our health.
My advice to my foodie friends would be to celebrate the French way of life and shop the markets! Farmers markets are in every city, and almost every day of the week. There is something very special about supporting our local farmers, learning about the harvest, and actually needing to wash our vegetables from the earth that still clings to them. I feel so much more connected to food now, and more thankful for the process that goes into getting them onto my plate.
We all have a sweet tooth, don’t we? What do you prefer to have when you’re in need of a sweet kick? Feel free to share a recipe with us as well.
I’ve got a BIG sweet tooth! I love to make raw vegan cakes because they are so beautiful, creamy and decadent. But they require time to make, so they’re not always lying around (I’m no superhero!). A quick and easy go-to dessert recipe, when I need to kick that sweet tooth is a warm apple crumble (perfect right now with that cooling weather). It’s really easy to make and is a popular favourite with the loved ones.
And, when I’ve got absolutely no time for cooking, my sweet tooth fix is dried fruit. It’s like candy! I have a serious addiction to dried bananas at the moment, which I’m contemplating starting therapy for. I literally eat like five a day, and they’re basically a stick of sugar. I suppose they don’t call me Hannah Banana for nothing…
Here’s a few recipes...
Do you have any other big passions in life besides your beautiful vegan food creations? Would be wonderful to hear a little bit more about them.
I am a ballerina! Not a pro, but I started ballet at four years old and passed all the exams finishing with my Advanced 2. Today I still take classes twice a week. Dancing is part of my soul and I don't think I'll ever quit. I imagine one day I'll be 85 and still doing piqué turns across my kitchen.
You’re such an inspiring foodie and woman. Where do you get your own inspiration from? Any other foodies or bloggers out there that inspire you?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my fellow food bloggers who give me so much inspiration. My Instagram feed is a flux of beautiful food posts from foodie friends, which have me drooling over my phone!
To name a few, I’ve been inspired by @bos.kitchen, @oatmeal_stories, @odilejp @thefitfabfoodie @vanelja and @talinegabriel. What’s even more special is that I’ve come to build a friendship with many of these bloggers and others in the community. I wish I could name them all. The plant based community on Instagram is so supportive. We are all hoping to make the world a little more magical, rooting for each other, and inspiring each other to step outside of our comfort zones to try new ways of cooking and creating. It’s a dream come true, and an honour to be a part of this community with so many talented bloggers who I can call my friends.