Hi there, I’m Amy and I’m super happy you’re here.
I’m from South Africa and have always been quite the creative one – I can definitely thank my mom for this!
I studied photography when I left school and then went to teach English in Thailand for 2.5 years. During this time I got to see amazing places and experience different cultures. It was while living in Thailand that I stumbled upon raw food and my journey to becoming a vegan began. I was always really unhappy about my acne and my weight. I never truly felt comfortable in my own skin and one day I decided that only I could change this. I started with smoothies instead of rice and pork for breakfast and transitioned all my meals over to fruit, salads and soups.
When I cut out all processed sugars and processed food, I quickly began to see results and within 6 months I had lost 10kg and felt unbelievably good. My acne cleared up and my migraines reduced drastically. I was sold on eating clean. It was during this time that I fell in love with food and making tasty food from simple items. I remember my go to salad was a corn, cherry tomato and coriander salad which was delicious.
I started dreaming about the idea of returning home to share my passion of healthy food with South Africans and make it accessible.
This dream came a reality in 2014, when my business partner and I opened up a food stall at markets selling raw vegan food. 2 years later we opened up a vegan restaurant. While it was a dream come true, it also came with a lot of sacrifices. Work took preference over everything else and long hours and stress took a toll. My long term relationship ended in heartbreak and I decided it was time to start taking better care of myself again.
When I wasn’t looking, he came along and swept me off my feet. I was so incredibly blessed to have someone come into my life at a time when I didn’t even know I needed it. 10 months later we were engaged and within 12 months we were husband and wife. 2018 will always be one of the most magical years of my life and also one of the most challenging.
The restaurant took a knock with the drought that hit Cape Town and this affected tourism a lot. We saw that we were experiencing financial difficulty and started taking measures to alleviate this difficult time. Our efforts were bold but failed us and eventually we had to make the toughest decision to close down. This itself came with so much pain and grief – a love and joy that had to come to an end. I sometimes feel like I failed it but I realized we did everything we could and it wasn’t our fault.
In October 2018, we had our official wedding celebration and then boarded a plane to the USA where my husband would start his new job and I would embark on a new journey of self discovery.
So here we are…
Welcome to The Hungry Herbivore by Amy Ares and I do hope you enjoy all my recipes.