Hi, I’m Maitri Alexandra, and I started cooking to relax.

In September 2018 (two months after we got married), I started supporting my husband through a high-conflict custody battle for his kids that is still going on two years later.

In August 2019, I left a stressful work environment where I was getting frequent migraines.

Then in March 2020, coronavirus hit and we’ve been sheltering in place with three kids for months.

It almost feels like too much to handle sometimes.

But what helps me get through these challenges is the simple act of coming back to my hands: kneading dough, chopping vegetables, creating meals that nourish and sustain us while giving me something useful to do.

What also helps is sharing my recipes with a global community – and discovering that we’re all cooking for our own fun or healing or useful reasons.

My life in a nutshell before 2018: I grew up in Canada, studied molecular biology, moved to California, started and sold two software companies, had two kids of my own, survived 10 years of chronic pain, and fell in love with mindful movement practices: yoga, tai chi, dance, meditation, cooking.

From all this life experience, I’ve learned that we can use suffering to awaken more strength and creativity.

So I must be incredibly strong and creative now, right? 😀

Pouring the creativity back into food, I love to experiment with things like plant-based treats, artisan breads, international cuisine, and kid-friendly, planet-friendly fare.

It’s kind of an eclectic mix of ideas that keeps evolving, but then again so am I.

Underneath it all is a deep need to focus on sustainability now, because if we don’t have a planet to live on, nothing else matters.

If you’re new here, you could start with:

Thank you for reading this and for being part of our global family for sustainable living. You rock! 😀

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Sending you lots of love! <3
Maitri Alexandra