Good Food, Good Mood, Good Health & Plant-based Eye-Candy!
Hey, welcome to Bakd&Raw! Everything you see on this blog is
homemade, from the goodness of fresh and natural ingredients. I am
the biggest fan of veggie-based brownies, the spicy Mexican cuisine,
edible flowers and beautifully decorated plant-based meals - full
of flavor and goodness. Read on for the whole story!
First of all, thank you for exploring my website. I am super excited you are here! I am Karolin or “Karo”,
for all of my friends. I grew up at the foothills of the Black Forest, in a family in love with eating fresh
and homecooked meals. While growing up, I always found my Mum – a true inspiration – in the
kitchen, preparing balanced meals with great passion and love for our entire family.
At the age of 9, I felt ready to follow my mum’s footsteps and invited the entire family to a 3-course
meal. With my cousin as my partner in crime, we tried our best winging a Veggie-Pasta in the main
course. In the following summer, I considered my mum’s backyard “a true oyster” and cut off the
entire roses as well as her beautiful lavender to create a “perfume”, I tried to sell for a few cents in
I should have known that the girl, who considered the fresh produce in her mum’s backyard as sellable
products and invites tons of people to present her cooking skills at the age of 9, would become a
plant-loving entrepreneur and "Veggie-Chef" one day.
Yet, it took me many years, a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management, many nutrientpoor
meals, a decision to move to Monterrey, Mexico and a medically untreatable Mosquito
transmitted virus to “(re)connect” with the beauty of plant-based foods after moving out of my
parents’ house. As all doctors I visited in Mexico told me that there was nothing I could do but rest
and strengthen my immune system with “healthy and nutrient-rich foods” to get well, I started a
I read one book after the other and gradually became aware of what nutrients each ingredient out
there provides us with, what foods are “extra-immune-system-strengthening” and how I could eat
healthy and balanced, but also delicious and beautiful every day! Mentored by amazing Mexican
chefs and genuinely inspired by the colorful Mexican kitchen, I started filling my tacos with plantbased
ingredients, homemade salsas, established an Avocado-Smoothie Breakfast routine and
started documenting this journey of discovery in my very personal online blog I called “Bakd&Raw”.
And this little food diary has been growing since.
Bakd&Raw is my way of sharing my passion for beautiful, wholesome and delicious plant-based meals with you.
My cooking / baking approach centers around the creation of wholesome, balanced and satisfying
meals, full of flavor, goodness and beauty! I try to only cook and eat foods that are as close to their
source as possible, so-called “plant-based whole foods”. Hence, all recipes on this blog are “homecooked
vegetarian” (i.e. made from wholesome and natural ingredients). Some recipes are
vegan and gluten-free, while others may contain little portions of eggs and dairy. None of the
recipes will contain refined sugar though. If recipes need an extra kick of sweetness, I try everything
until I have found a mix that works with organic fruits, raw honey or tiny portions of maple syrup
(nothing else)! One of my favorite parts in the kitchen is “reinventing classics” and giving them a
beautiful and healthy “makeover”. (Take a look at my favorite Veggie Brownies
my Plant-Stuffed Tacos
for example. Both are sooo delicious!) Besides, if you want to
learn more about my diet and nutrition in general, you should explore the “Foodie Resources” on my
blog! The section
is filled with food and nutrition insights!
I truly believe that being healthy starts with what we eat, but it goes far beyond food. It’s the attitude
we have towards life, the routines we maintain and the beautiful people we surround ourselves with
every day. Thus, besides inspiring you to eat more greens, this blog is here to motivate you to create
an overall “happy healthy lifestyle”. Through my blog posts, as well as through Pinterest
and my Instagram
, I’m sharing with you what I
learn every day, the magical places and delicious foods I discover and how I work on maintaining a
healthy, personal growth-oriented lifestyle day by day. I am constantly seeking healthier routines
and I’m beyond excited to take on this journey with you!