About Passionatefood

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Passionatefood aims to provide inspiration for those who choose to nurture themselves in a natural way in the pursuit of health and happiness. Passionatefood aims to support people in the transition towards a more natural diet.

The editorial team consists of individuals with a passion for natural food, who love to share their insights into nutrition and cooking, and who have their dietary roots in a longstanding natural food tradition.

About natural food traditions

There are many long-standing natural food traditions around the world. They were designed and have evolved for the benefit of a healthy and happy life. They have survived over thousands of years, and so have been tested from generation to generation, and every generation recognised it's value and passed it on.

They have many things in common and have only a few differences. They all are generally vegetable diets, promote respect for the ingredients and savour moderation. Most of these traditions avoid alcohol and use very little sweet foods. Some do use milk-products and eggs, some in moderation, and others do not. Some would occasionally include a little fish or meat, some would never.

As each tradition has developed in a different climat, a different eco-system, with different vegetation, and with distinct cultural beliefs and traditions, you may find the ideas, principles and concepts of these traditions are quite different. Looking at the culinairy side you will also recognise how the flavours and textures of the food are quite distinct. And yet the nutritional side of each of these traditions is very very similar. That is why we can get culinairy inspiration by looking accross these natural food traditions.

Ayurveda developed on the Indian subcontinent and is closely tied with the Vedic traditions. The Sattvic diet is from the same family. An Ayurvedic diet aims to tune in with a persons physical, mental, and spiritual make-out. In general, Ayurveda is a mild vegetable diet avoiding alcohol and sugar, and also avoiding root vegetables and eggs.

A Hindu diet is a vegetable diet and includes milk-products. Some will occasionally have some meat.

A monastic Buddhist diet will be vegetable and avoid alcohol. Sweet foods are rare. It may avoid root vegetables and occasionally include dairy and eggs.

A monastic Daoist diet will be vegetable and avoid alcohol. Sweet foods are rare and dairy and eggs are not common. Some may avoid grains and legumes.

Changming has common roots with a Daoist diet. Changming is a mild vegetable diet avoiding alcohol and sugar, and also avoiding nightshade vegetables. It includes milk only in yoghurts, and eggs only in cakes and omelets. Some will occasionally have some fish and poultry.

Japanese natural food traditions became known as Macrobiotics. It is a mild vegetable diet avoiding alcohol and also avoiding nightshade vegetables. It may include some fish.

A Vegan diet is a strictly vegetable diet and avoids any meat, fish, milk-products and eggs.

A vegetarian diet is a more modern term for avoiding meat-products. It usually includes all milk-products and eggs. It may or may not include fish.

Health-food is a modern term to distinguish more healthy foods from less healthy foods. Natural food traditions simply call it 'food'.

About using this website

The little search box is your access point to all the content on this site.

  • Use a search phrase to find recipes containing that phrase. You can search for dishes, ingredients, techniques and descriptions in recipe’s and images. The most relevant results are shown first. Note that ‘ice’ finds ‘ice-cream’ but also ‘rice’ and ‘spice’.
    If you are just looking for inspiration, you may like to search for 'nothing', which will allow you to browse through the dishes and preparations.
  • You can apply a filter to limit the search results to only those recipes. You can filter on nutritional tradition such as ‘Ayurveda’ or ‘Vegetarian’, you can filter on cooking techniques such as ‘tempering’ or ‘steaming’, filter on cuisine such as ‘French’ or ‘Mexican’, filter on all kinds of collections such as ‘nut based sauces’, ‘pasta dishes’, or ‘cookies’, and more.
  • You can choose how search results are presented, to suit your preference for images or text.

On every recipe page you'll find a few suggestions that may be of interest to you. These suggestions usually take you to other preparations that use the same main ingredient(s), use similar techniques or serve a similar purpose, plus a random pick that may take you into uncharted territories.

Some of the tags on the bottom of each recipe link to more information. We hope to gradually build and enhance this information.

We love to hear from you. If you like you can share your thoughts on the forum on every recipe page.

Behind the scenes

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This website is a publication of Golden Orange Publishers, The Netherlands.