About

The Blogger

More Than Greens ProfileHi, I’m Sarah and I’m a twenty thirty-something Aussie expat living in London (original story, I know). I have been living here since 2009 and I absolutely adore this city.

I’m passionate about travel and I try to explore the world as much as possible, with particular focus on nature, culture, and culinary delights.

I have been a vegetarian since my late teens. After a sketchy experience with a cheeseburger, I decided that I really didn’t want to eat meat any more; I haven’t since and I have never missed it. Honestly.

Although it may have started with a bad burger, vegetarianism is now something that I’m really passionate (not preachy!) about for a multitude of reasons – animal rights, environmental issues, and health to name a few. I am much more educated about the cause and the lifestyle than I was over a decade ago but I’m continually learning.

I love to cook and (vegan) bake and although I’m no Jamie Oliver or Isa Chandra, I’ve been told that I’m a bit of all right at both. Even by meat-eaters.

The Blog
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I started More Than Greens back in 2012 as a way to share my love of vegetarian food and to show the world that vegetarians don’t just live on “rabbit food”. I never thought I would stick to it this long and I certainly never expected the blog to evolve so much over the years.

What started as a place to some post pretty basic recipes I whipped up, with the occasional restaurant review or food-related fact piece thrown into the mix, has grown into a place where I want to share so much more than food. Over the years, the phrase More Than Greens has taken on a whole new meaning for me.

More Than Greens is no longer solely about food; it is about the entire vegetarian lifestyle and everything it encompasses. From nature and travel, to animal welfare and beauty, and of course still food, I want to share everything that matters to me as a vegetarian.

Writing this blog and becoming involved in the online vegetarian and vegan communities has opened my eyes to the whole lifestyle and – something I wasn’t anticipating – even changed the way I eat; I no longer eat eggs, I have significantly reduced my dairy intake, and I have wholeheartedly embraced vegan baking without ever looking back.

Although not something that I posted all that much about, there was definitely a shift in the content on the blog because of this; more and more vegan recipes and reviews appeared but not much was removed. This means that there may be more dairy-heavy or egg-based recipes in the archives but the majority of what I post now is vegan-friendly.

This blog has also ignited a passion for photography. Although I’m still very much developing my skills and knowledge, I have come a long way since the frankly appalling photography of my earlier posts! If you find yourself in the depths of the blog archive, please don’t judge too harshly…

Finally, although you may come across the odd opinion piece on this site, I practise but don’t preach vegetarianism. I just want to share what I love, and if that happens to open someone’s mind to the possibility of a meat-free or meat-reduced lifestyle along the way… well, that’s just a bonus!

116 thoughts on “About

  1. I completely agree that there’s so much more to vegetarian food than most people think! I’m not a vegetarian but I LOVE cooking with vegetables and other forms of protein, so I actually find myself avoiding meat most days. I look forward to reading your blog and I have several vegetarian/vegan recipes on mine so maybe you can find some inspiration =)

  2. I want to be an expat in London! Jealous! It has always been a very veggie friendly city whenever I’ve visited. Love the blog!

  3. Hi there! Just came across your blog. My name is Kristen and I’ve started The Kale Project in Paris – a movement to bring kale to Paris. Follow the journey from farm to market to fork! Hopefully the next time you cross the channel from London to Paris, there will be kale here. We all know kale makes a vegetarian happy!

    Best, Kristen
    http://thekaleproject.com/

    1. Thanks for checking out my blog. I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten kale (don’t think we have it back home in Australia) but good luck with your quest! =)

      1. Oh! If you’re in London you must try it! It’s a vegetarian’s dream green and full of great vitamins, minerals and anitoxidants. It’s all the rage in NYC!
        If you try it, let me know what you think!

  4. Lovely to “meet” you! Am so happy I’ve come upon your blog! I’m a vegetarian too, but the hubs and kids eat meat still (though both former and latter have food allergies, which makes things a challenge, sometimes!) Love taking a peek into others’ kitchens and being inspired.
    Looking forward to more posts!
    anne

    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I love ‘meeting’ like-minded people to share my thoughts with and of course, talk about delicious food!

      Not sure if you’re aware of it already but a great blog for allergy-free (and vegetarian and vegan) food is lucysfriendlyfoods: http://lucysfriendlyfoods.wordpress.com

      I’m in no way affiliated with the blog, I just like it. =)

      1. That’s great, thanks so much for recommending!
        …oh, just realized, I DO get that one! Didn’t realize until I clicked on over. She does have an awesome blog :)

  5. Hello! Thank you for visiting. I agree with you about the rabbit food. I used to have people telling me that they could not live on salads alone. To which I responded, “nor can I”. I look forward to exploring your blog.

  6. I have followed your blog for a while and wondered if you were interested in submitting a post to a new event called Our Growing Edge. The event aims to compile a monthly snapshot as to what bloggers are doing in terms of new challenges with food. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things.

    A growing edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort. 

    I hope you can make it.

    More info can be found here: 
    http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge/ 
    or the direct link to the link party is here: 
    http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=233654

  7. Hey there! So glad you liked my “Is There Life After Dairy” post. Since you stopped by my blog, I had to come check out yours. You’ve got a wonderful blog here! I’m always happy to find another vegan/vegetarian to get to know. Celeste:)

    1. Hi! I did indeed enjoy it! I’ve been cutting down on dairy lately, so always enjoy reading about other people’s experiences of cutting it down/out. I much prefer almond milk to soy too.

      Thanks for checking out my blog! =)

  8. Thank you for having a look at my blog and liking my post! I’m glad I found yours as I’ve always been interested in vegetarianism, (although I’m too much of a coward to try it full time) and I love the look of your creative recipes! =}

    1. Thanks so much! Your pasta-less lasagne is such a great idea!

      Haha, I’m a bit like that with veganism at the moment. Not ready to go vegan but have been incorporating a lot more vegan dishes into my diet. If you do try any of my recipes, I’d love to hear how they turn out. :D

  9. Thanks, Sarah! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you’ve reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/br/52/11072/London/More-Than-Greens.html

    Best,
    Greg

    http://www.urbanspoon.com


    greg(at)urbanspoon(dot)com

  10. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog, and let me just say that you have some absolutely beautiful photos and recipes. I am not vegetarian, however I definitely try to limit the amount of meat I consume. I know that I will check out and make many of your recipes. I can’t wait!! PS…according to your sidebar count I am your 400th follower :)

    1. Hi! Thanks so much for such a lovely comment! And thanks in particular for mentioning my photos as they’re something I’m really trying to work on. I’m no Smitten Kitchen but I’m getting better! ;-)

      Let me know if you do try out any recipes – I’d love to hear how they went.

      Also, thanks for being Number 400! That’s amazing! :D

  11. Thank you for liking my post!!!! Yes we Indians swear by veg food by and large, but I am from the Eastern region of India where people are strictly nonveg barring beef of course and are mostly fish eaters. Personally love veg food!!:D

      1. Haha, thanks so much!

        As I say, meat-eaters are more than welcome here. I just enjoy sharing food and products that I love with anyone and everyone! :)

  12. While you are staying in Europe, do consider visiting Bruges. You can get there really easily with the Eurostar (to Brussels and then another train to Bruges). Or perhaps combine it with a day trip to nearby Ghent (which has more vegetarian restaurants per capita than any other European city!).
    Glad to have found your blog and am following! greets from belgium

    1. Thanks so much! :)

      I’d love to visit Bruges! I went to Brussels a few years ago (on the Eurostar) and loved it so I’d really like to see more of Belgium. Might have to add Ghent to my list now! :)

  13. Looking forward to reading more from your blog. I have been a vegetarian for most of my life and will try to be a vegan for a month. A little difficult when you are living outside of you home country.

  14. Thankyou for stopping by my blog to view my Granma’s Anzac bickie recipe. I’ve been looking around your blog – well done! I am not vegetarian, but have loved vegetarian cooking all my life, so I’ll be watching, and quite possibly trying

  15. Thank you for visiting my blog lovely, so nice to virtually “meet you” :) 100% with you on the “more than greens philosophy” – TC and I are fairly new to vegetarianism and have a few dietary requirements in the mix already so we’re experiencing a LOT of “Sooo what CAN you eat then” and “ooooh spiced cardboard for YOU” alongside a few raised eyebrows at our attempts to be more ethical all round. We started off gluten free because I’m a coeliac, nut free as TC has an allergy, eating only free range and then organic meat/dairy/eggs, then introduced meat free mondays and cut dairy as we realised TC is intolerant. We’ve now been veggie almost a year and neither of us has any regret: especially since we’ve been doing even more reading and researching on the subject.

    Keep up the great work :)

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’m always happy to “meet” like-minded people. Of course eating with dietary requirements then with allergies thrown into the mix is always going to be a bit trickier but it certainly doesn’t mean that we have to stick to salad! ;-)

  16. Thank you for stopping by my blog to read my experience on being vegetarian for a month. :)
    I went through your blog, and after seeing all the delicious and mouth watering vegetarian dishes,I am really excited to try your recipes! (y)
    Being vegetarian is really amazing specially for health and environment. I hope I day I will message you again telling that I am a vegetarian too now :D

    Keep up the great work! :)

  17. Lovely to meet you Sarah. I’m from the South West of the UK, next to the coast. I always thought London must be such a hectic city to live in, but on the plus side, since I love travel, it must be so much easier to fly everywhere. I end up having to spend 4 hrs on a (expensive) train to London before my flight!! Anyway, glad you like it here.
    I am loving reading your blog <3 I've been vegetarian all my life, so it's always lovely to meet others. And you have a real talent it seems for all things blogging :)

    1. Hi Ellanor,

      Thanks for such a lovely comment! :) I’m really pleased you’re enjoying my blog. :)

      London can be hectic but I live in the SW and I feel it’s a bit calmer and more “suburban” around here.

      Coming from Sydney, I understand about difficult and expensive travel and feel a bit spoilt by London’s connections.

      Thanks again for reading and for the loveliest of comments! :)

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