Selam! My name is Helen also known as ethiopianfoodie. I have been sharing my passion for Ethiopian food on instagram and recently through my first ebook—a fully plant-based and gluten-free selection of Ethiopian recipes. The ebook covers the full range of Ethiopian dishes to help you create the perfect vegan beyaynetu (a mix of vegan dishes) served on a plate of injera. Here I'll tell you a little bit more about my food journey.
I left Ethiopia when I was thirteen years old. This is when my special relationship with Ethiopian food began. While I was at boarding school, food was the best way for me to stay connected to my culture. The school fare was very bland but I didn't mind because I had a suitcase full of food in my room. At the weekend I would cook for myself and my Ethiopian friends. Often we were joined by students from all over the world who would come to claim a "gursha" or two. They might bring along one of their national dishes for us to try. It was a great way to experience other cultures.
Since boarding school, I have lived in many different countries. Being away from home has only heightened my passion for Ethiopian food. Because I've always had access to high-quality dry ingredients—spices, flours, coffee, and so forth—I've always been able to satisfy my cravings. I know this is not the case for many people! Ethiopian spice blends are hard to come by, and the ones available in the supermarket often lack depth. By providing high-quality, hand-sourced, and traditionally blended spice blends directly to your home, I'm hoping to set you on your own Ethiopian food journey.
Amaarech is my grandmother's name and it means “she became beautiful.” For as long as I can remember, Amaarech has prepared the spices I use in my cooking. The dishes I prepare and share on Instagram are all flavoured with her amazing spice blends. Without her there would be no ethiopianfoodie! Together we have started a small-batch spice business. Our line of select spice blends are based on Amaarech's original recipes. She hand-picks all of our ingredients which are then traditionally blended in Ethiopia and shipped to the UK. We are excited for you to try our amazing blends and bring a little bit of our life into yours.