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Foodie Spotlight: Avant-Garde Vegan
Hello. I am Gaz Oakley. I’m 24 years old and from Cardiff, Wales in the UK. I am a trained chef and now I run Avant-Garde Vegan. About 11 months ago, after months of friends’ & family’s encouragement, I started a vegan food page. My idea behind the page was to show people that you can create almost every type of dish using plant based ingredients & show that dairy & other animal products are thing of the past!
Since creating the page, the response, feedback and following has been incredible. I often get messages from people telling me how much my food pictures have inspired them to take up a vegan diet – which is my goal. The demand for my recipes was so high I have now launched a YouTube channel where I will be uploading step by step instructions on how I create my dishes.
My dietary lifestyle
As much as I would like to eat all the food I’m always creating for my food page, I workout daily so often I eat high protein & carb meals. Lots of quinoa, beans, falafel etc. However I do love cooking Asian food, especially things like katsu curry and noodles. I’m also a keen juicer and I make interesting healthy juices daily. I try and eat raw meals at least once a day – my Raw Vegan Lasagne is one of my favourite dishes!!
My favourite recipe…
My favourite recipe from my Instagram page would have to be my Red Cabbage Soup. It’s a beautiful, light soup which happens to have the most incredible purple colour. Red cabbage is literally a superfood, and works great with the caraway seeds I added. I then served it with some Horseradish Spiced Coconut Yoghurt. Amazing flavours!!