About

The Messy Cook

Hi. My name is Kip, or Catherine if you prefer, and I’m a messy cook. I love spending time in the kitchen and sharing my disasters and discoveries.

I moved to England from my native Maryland (USA) in 2001 and have been here long enough to consider conversations about the weather interesting. I am self-employed and my work consists of a range of projects from t-shirt design to food writing. I like to make stuff, and Messy Vegetarian Cook is fueled by that enthusiasm.

Other interests include travel, beer (I co-organise London Vegan Beer Fest), spending hours in book stores, cats, wine, cartoons, and science.

The Messy Vegetarian Cook is a repository of veggie recipes, reviews and information, my own personal thoughts, and documentation of proof of my future as a crazy cat lady. My goal is to show it’s possible to eat a varied and delicious diet devoid of meat. I avoid the annoying weight loss, detoxing, dieting language that creates body shame. I am not a nutritionist so I don’t know what’s healthy. I think the self help movement is damaging and only serves to make people feel like they aren’t good enough, so you also won’t find that here.

I am messy and not at all together. My flat stays moderately tidy only because my partner cleans. My kitchen is tiered with stacks of unheard of ingredients I probably won’t touch for two years. I mostly like cats more than humans.

Equipment

In the past I have shot with a Canon EOS 450D and a Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 lens. Now I use a Canon 6D with 50mm f1.4 and 24-105mm f1.4 lenses. Most restaurant photos are taken on a Galaxy S3. I process all photos in Lightroom.

Get in Touch

The taste testers:

Every kitchen needs a couple of of keen foodies to sample the goods. No one said from which species they must come.

Duncan the Cat

Meet Duncan

Dillan the Cat

Meet Dillan

 

Relationships and Disclosures

  • I’m a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
  • I sometimes complement pages with Google Adsense to earn money to support the site and supplement my income (which is made 100% from internet based sales and advertising).
  • I’m a participant in the Zazzle and Cafepress affiliate programs.
  • I review restaurants and products from time to time, but never under a dishonest agreement (i.e. I will not accept payment, nor freebies to write a positive review.

12 Comments

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Edwardvs-Badilla-Vindasi/500770720 Edwardvs Badilla Vindasi

    Hello Kip, I stumbled upon your site and I have to say… it's amazing, I really liked your recipes and can't wait to see more. Greetings from Costa Rica.

  • cottoecrudo

    Those kitties are gorgeous!

  • Bozzograo

    Hi there!
    I stumbled upon your blog, I am vegetarian and have 2 cats as well!
    Your blog is really nice, recipes are clear and the whole thing is not messy at all.
    Did you know that “Kip” in Dutch means chicken? just to let u know, well done for the blog
    Angela
    Visit my blog if you like, http://www.bozzograo.net/littleworld

  • http://www.bozzograo.net/littleworld Bozzograo

    Hi there!
    I stumbled upon your blog, I am vegetarian and have 2 cats as well!
    Your blog is really nice, recipes are clear and the whole thing is not messy at all.
    Did you know that “Kip” in Dutch means chicken? just to let u know, well done for the blog
    Angela
    Visit my blog if you like, http://www.bozzograo.net/littleworld

  • http://muffintopped.wordpress.com/ Emily

    Hi there! I stumbled upon your site off the PPK (I'm Emily458). I have to know: where did you get your apron because I'm jonesing for it reaaaaal bad.

  • http://www.messyvegetariancook.com Kip

    Hi Emily, I made the apron and it's for sale <img border=”0″ height=”1″ src=”http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-2421575 -10463747″ width=”1″>here and also different styles are available at The Veganista. I'm glad you like the apron, anyway :) Thanks!

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com windycityvegan

    I have four very discerning feline taste testers lazing about my own kitchen: Brodovitch, Goblin, Maudine and Ichiyo. My toddler, though – she gets the final word.

    Love the site, glad you’re participating in MoFo. Oh, and now I’m off to see if you have a recipe for making my own soy milk . . .

  • http://www.messyvegetariancook.com Kip

    I need to add a decent soy milk recipe!

  • http://www.messyvegetariancook.com Kip

    Hey, thanks!

  • http://www.messyvegetariancook.com Kip

    and I think they know it ;)

  • http://www.messyvegetariancook.com Kip

    You haven’t seen my kitchen after I’m finished preparing a meal ;)

    I did know about the Kip/Chicken thing- I learned of it years ago when in the NL I kept seeing my name on loads of fast food menus. Cracks me up.

  • Tannis

    A Canadian vegan of 22 years and a faithful (rabid) fan of Corrie St.  I learned today that Betty passed at the wonderful outrageous age of 91.  In honour of her I hopped online searching for a vegan hotpot recipe and voila – here you be. 

    I’ll switch out the tempeh for lentils on my first go round and will let you know how it turns out. 

    We have 7 cats.  Yup, 7.  All rescues and now living the high life.