About Me


Hi! I'm Alexandra, and this blog is where I post my healthy (and tasty!) vegetarian recipes. All of my recipes are refined sugar-free, soy-free, and use whole grains. Many are gluten free and most are plant based. You can find an index of all my recipes here.

I started to focus on eating healthy vegetarian foods a few years ago when I began recovering from severe depression and an anxiety disorder, and it's had a major impact on how I feel. Eating well makes a noticeable difference in reducing my feelings of depression and anxiety, along with daily exercise and some medications - my journey has been all about balance. Better health and happiness is happening on a day-to-day basis now! More recently, I also cut dairy out of my diet, and out of the recipes I share, as I finally identified it as the reason for lifelong problems with (sometimes horrible) eczema and digestive issues. I still occasionally eat eggs, but less often than I used to as I've shifted to a more plant based diet. 

I'm currently living in northern Germany, where we moved in autumn 2016 to be closer to my family here. I was born in Toronto, Ontario, and then lived in southern Ontario until I was eight, when we moved to rural Manitoba (Canada). I finished high school and my bachelor's degree in Manitoba, and lived there for a couple of years after university before moving to Germany. 

Gardening and local food are both important to me, so you'll see plenty of seasonally based recipes here. You'll also find some discussion about various aspects of overall health, including exercise, natural beauty, and mental health.

I don't have any formal training in cooking or photography, but have read plenty of articles on photography in the past couple of years! I did work as a graphic designer as one of my jobs for a couple of years in university. I use a Nikon D7000 for almost all of my pictures as of spring 2016 and edit primarily using photoshop and lightroom.

I have is a bachelor's in anthropology, where I studied people growing local food, and the people eating it. I learned how to cook in my mother's kitchen growing up. I started out just watching, and began cooking and baking when I was around nine years old. I am also a certified yoga teacher and have been teaching since 2015.

I can be contacted at alexandra@occasionallyeggs.com.
12 comments on "About Me"
  1. Dear Alexandra, I know you already from Instagram and finally I explored also your blog. I love it! Your recipes, your pictures, your style. And that you are interested in gardening because that is what I love very much too. It's a pity that my blog is in german... Susanna

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    1. Hi Susanna! Goodness, thank you! What a lovely compliment. Wie glücklich ich deutsch bin! We're also moving to Germany in a few months, so perhaps we can connect at some point :)

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  2. What a beautiful blog. I love that you have a background in Anthropology. I was studying to be an Anthropologist at uni myself (I wanted to do ethnographic research overseas) but through a strange twist of events I've ended up as a Social Worker who wants to work in food, haha. I guess we all have a set of different passions, it's so hard to choose which to focus our energy on. Anyway, lovely to have come across your gorgeous plant based vegetarian recipe resource. I think we have a similar ethos when it comes to food... I can tell I'm going to find a lot of inspiration on here! Good luck and ALL of the positive vibes regarding your continued journey Alexandra! xx

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I was actually enrolled in grad school for anthropology and left because I wasn't passionate enough about it (not that it isn't so important, it is). I'm super lucky that I've had some awesome opportunities to do things I love now! I totally get that - sometimes I feel like I'm being pulled in a million different directions. I was working with disadvantaged children before starting to teach yoga, and I get the draw to do that too. You can make a huge difference for them, especially as a social worker. I peeked at your blog and it looks like we have lots in common when it comes to food! Thank you so much :)

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  3. I just came across your blog and delicious recipes, I've pinned a few to get started but will definitely come back and check out more! I'm curious about cutting out dairy and how long it took to get relief from your symptoms? I'm battling psoriasis and cut out sugar, red meat, and dairy 2-3 months ago. Physically, I feel better but so far there's been no difference in my skin. I'll keep it up because I love the food :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jackie, I'm happy we've connected! It can sometimes take several months for the skin reaction to go away for me - when I first changed my diet it took almost a year to clear up, and I still have a little bit every now and then. While dairy and sugar are the worst thing for my skin, and I haven't eaten red meat in several years now, I also break out (not as severely) from soy and have some sensitivity to processed flour. Those are two other common rash-inducing foods for people with skin issues so that might be something to look into. Congratulations on making that change though, and I hope you see some improvement with your psoriasis soon! I think that you're feeling better is an indicator that your skin will likely slowly improve as you stick to your new way of eating :)

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  4. What a beautiful blog! I really have to try your rye bread, it looks tempting ;-))

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  5. Hi Alexandra, I just discovered your blog and gosh is it ever wonderful! Love your photography and your recipes. My husband is partly German and we would love to visit one day!

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    1. Thank you so much, Annika! That's so sweet. You should, it's beautiful here! The north is very different from the south but all of Germany is lovely :)

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  6. I just came across your blog and I love, love, love your recipes! Your photography is excellent as well. I look forward to seeing more of your work, and trying your recipes. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm happy to have you here :)

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