My name is Sasha and I love food and cooking: I like to balance my time between mastering the art of getting up in time for 9am ward rounds, and cooking creative vegan food.
A lot of what I cook is inspired by the flavours of my childhood, growing up in Singapore. As a student, I also know quite a lot of the time, plant-based eating can be expensive, and I am here to tell you it doesn’t always have to be the case.
I am currently working on my first cookbook with Murdoch Books, which will be out in January this year.
I am currently studying in med school and so becoming a doctor has something that has always been part of my plan.
But this was before I got into social media and cooking, so who knows where I will go from here!
I spend so much time in the hospital, and in lecture theatres, so whenever I do have some free time to myself I make sure I spend it as best as I can.
And while most of the time, for me, it means getting in the kitchen and cooking, because cooking makes me so happy, it also means that sometimes I just relax and put on a face mask and watch some Netflix.
My Instagram account initially started as a way for me to document the food I cooked for myself, and my favourite meals, and I thought it was funny because so much of the food was cooked in the microwave (I was the microwave granola queen in sixth form), as that was the only thing I had to cook with.
I had to pick one highlight, it would be being able to connect with all these amazing, talented people who are so good at what they do.
It’s been so lovely to be able to connect with them, with people who are so similar to me and also those who are so different. I have learnt so much from them and made some lasting friendships along the way!
It can sometimes get quite stressful, and it can take over your thoughts.
I am sure you have heard about the Instagram algorithm change and all that jazz. And as much as I want to be the kind of person who just ignores it and keeps doing what they are doing, it’s so easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of emotion whenever something you worked so very hard on doesn’t do well. I am getting much better, definitely, and trying to keep to what I want to do as a creator, instead of pandering to whatever performs the best. But it’s still a work in progress.
The one thing that stands out for me was the recent Tesco vegan campaign, where I shot photos and a video for one of their vegan recipes on their website.
It just proved to me that plant-based eating is finally getting the recognition it deserves. I remember 2 or 3 years ago, trying to find a meal deal that I could eat was such a struggle. And now Tesco is doing so much for veganism! It’s fantastic!
Nearly two years ago now Provamel invited me to their event in Ghent and it such an amazing weekend.
I got to experience a city I would have never been to otherwise, and it was absolutely beautiful! We also got to stay in little personal tepees one night, and we ate such good food!
Top five Instagram accounts to follow?
Oh, this is a tough one as my favourites are always changing!
Just picking five off the top of my head
- Favourite food? Dhal. Always dhal! I grew up eating it, and it was such a staple for us every lunch or dinner.
- Favourite drink? A good cappuccino
- Favourite recipe? At the moment – it’s my parsnip cake with cashew frosting. So aromatic and perfect for spring!
- Best place to eat out? I adore Mildred’s in London!
- iPhone or camera? Camera!
- Type of camera? I use a canon EOS 500d, which is quite a basic camera but I love what I have been able to do with it. Although I do plan to upgrade once I can afford it!
- Lightroom or VSCO? Lightroom! Much more flexibility and it’s totally worth every penny.
- Favourite filter? I use my own presets, and also use those I have bought or been given from @tohercore and @local_milk
- Favourite way to edit pics? With a big cup of coffee, comfy clothes, and FRIENDS playing in the background
- What’s your top Instagram tip? Try to make some friends. Talk to your audience and to the people you follow – building relationships is the one thing that an algorithm change cannot take away from you, so make the most of it!
- How much time goes into a normal picture found on your Instagram account? More than I’d like to admit, haha! Probably around 1-2 hours, styling, shooting and editing it. Not including the cooking time, of course, since that varies quite a bit.
- Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
- Blog or YouTube? I love spending time (hours and hours) on youtube, so I’ll have to say that.
- Last thing you googled? ‘Bifascicular heart block ECG’ – I am a medical student currently on my cardiology placement, so I was just brushing up on what heart traces looked like!