Hello! Welcome to my website – I’m so glad you stopped by!
My name is Ann Plough. I am a Seattle native who landed in Helsinki, Finland after a three life-changing years in Munich, Germany. I love good food and exploring new flavor combinations, testing recipes from around the world, and using as many local ingredients as possible. I’m certified as a Integrative Health Coach, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and my mission is to help you eat a better-tasting, healthier diet while living your best life, right now.
You get to eat three meals a day. Those, along with a few snacks, are your opportunity to explore and enjoy the world of food and to choose what food you eat and from whom and where you buy it. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, but it should taste and look good and be good for your body. This means seeking out real, whole, nutritious food, but it doesn’t mean expensive and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all day making it.
Eating a healthy diet can be delicious and easy. My goal is to help you do that.
As food writer Michael Pollan says, “the great thing about food is you get three votes three a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world.” I love this. I eat organic when I can – I’d rather put fewer pesticides in my body whenever possible. I eat food grown by me, picked by me, or from the greater Helsinki area or at least Finland whenever possible. I believe it’s better for me, gives me better food, supports the farmers and food producers whom I respect and admire, and is a bit better for our environment as well. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy foods that come from elsewhere as well, of course; I buy Italian lemons, Iranian dates and French hazelnuts, but try to find local apples whenever possible.
What I have noticed is that people don’t usually prefer junk food; instead, they want to eat healthfully.
However, the fact is that we are busy – running all over, working, taking care of our families, filling our life obligations. When we finally get into our homes, we often don’t want to spend hours slaving over the stove. Thirty minutes seems to be the most we want to spend in order to get dinner on the table on a week night. Any longer than that and few have the energy or the patience. So let’s keep food simple and make sure it’s healthy and delicious.
That’s the philosophy behind how I cook and it’s the philosophy behind this blog.
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Eat Simply, Eat Well.