Hi there! My name is Steph and I’m a Toronto based vegan recipe developer, food photographer, and content creator. I specialize in vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free treats. When I’m not in the kitchen, you can find me drinking oat mylk matchas, exploring vegan restaurants, traveling, researching green beauty trends, making holistic tonics, searching for sustainable clothes, hanging out or practicing yoga!
Four years ago, I was introduced to the world of veganism and natural health when I met my best friend’s vegan family. This introduction occurred at a very influential point in my life, a few months earlier I lost my dad in an accident, switched to a different university, and said goodbye to many toxic relationships.
After a few months of witnessing and experiencing the vegan lifestyle, I started taking courses at university about animal rights and animal sentience to further educate myself on the animal agricultural industry and veganism.
Whilst taking these classes, I quickly began to realize the unjust ways in which animals are treated within the agricultural industry. It didn’t take me long to decide that I could no longer participate in a system that causes so much harm to innocent sentient beings. So I went vegan and started to explore things in the kitchen.
Fast forward six months later (early into my vegan journey), I was sent to the hospital after eating a bad chestnut. I was at home sick for a month with heartburn, breathing difficulties, inflammation, and congestion. My doctor didn’t know what was wrong with me, so I decided to see a naturopath and she suggested that I take an IGE test and the results were a lot to take in. I could no longer eat nuts, legumes, most grains, potatoes, most oils, and sunflower seeds. When I received the results, I felt very overwhelmed and defeated. I remember thinking to myself that it would be very difficult to continue being vegan. However, I knew in my heart that veganism was now a part of me that I could not walk away from.
When I looked online for vegan recipes that I could eat, there was a serious lack. So I had to get creative in the kitchen and start making recipes of my own that would nourish and heal my stomach. After a few months, I started to feel a lot better and more confident in my cooking and recipe development skills. One day, my best friend joked about taking photos of my recipes and putting them online. I dismissed the idea at first, it didn’t seem like something I could do or wanted to do… I was in school for Sociology? It didn’t make much sense to me. The more and more I thought about it though, the idea started to make sense. I saw a gap in the vegan recipe market and I wanted to fill it. I wanted to provide recipes to people like me.
And then one day a little over two years ago now, I created a little blog called Sugared Coconut and posted a mermaid smoothie bowl.
This blog has allowed me to grow so much personally and creatively. Thank you for being here and supporting me along this journey. I can’t wait to see where it takes us!