Welcome! Peas Love & Jalapeños is a blog dedicated to my favorite meals that I make for my husband and three young daughters. I stick to healthy, mostly vegan food, using simple, whole ingredients whenever possible, with a little “something else” when necessary. “Something else” meaning that while I’m fairly adamant about cutting out animal products from the food I prepare and the majority of what I cook is 100% plant-based, if that lasagna is going to taste better with a little cheese, I’m going to use the real stuff. And I will never turn down a non-vegan cupcake if offered to me. I hope you enjoy my recipes and that they may inspire you to give a plant-based diet a shot, if you haven’t already!
A little background on me:
I was raised in Berkeley, CA by travel-loving foodie ex-hippie parents and was influenced early on by some of the best food on earth. Yes, Berkeley is home to the famed Chez Panisse, and while I would eat there today in a heart beat, the “best food on earth” I’m referring to are things like spicy Pakistani curries, Malaysian roti canais and Ethiopian doro wot. Berkeley is a rich and diverse ethnic melting pot, and as a result, a culinary melting pot, offering an impressively wide selection of gourmet cuisines from across the globe…which, in my opinion, majorly contributes to making Berkeley the glorious city that it is.
I was also surrounded by friends from all corners of the world, and from an early age I was intrigued to learn how to cook the dishes I tried in each of their homes. From the injera and vegetarian stews at my Ethiopian friend’s home, to the ghormeh sabzi and fesenjoon at my Iranian friends’ homes, to the manjar blanco we used to devour at my Peruvian friend’s home, I got first-hand tastes of these various cuisines, learning a bit of each of the languages and cultural traits along the way–and all without traveling more than a few miles from home.
My husband is from Mexico City and much of my cooking is also inspired by the fascinating culinary culture of Mexico and from what I soak up by spending time in his family’s kitchen.
I became a semi-vegan in high school, following in my older brother’s footsteps after he read Diet For a New America, and the rest is history.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my blog!