About Me

Hi! I’m Elinor. Creator, Pastry Chef turned healthy, self-taught cook, wife, succulent lover, Australian, Israeli, with a dash of German too! Quite the cocktail, right?

Welcome to my little corner of the net, Let’s Brighten Up. A healthy vegan food blog that’ll brighten up your eating experiences, views on food, and refined sugar free baking!

Influencing You Through Your Taste Buds

I have found my purpose and created a platform where I can share and show you just how incredibly delicious a vegan meal or sweet treat can be without animal products, processed ingredients, or refined sugars.

A Little Background As To How It All Began!

After having worked for many years as a pastry chef, baking hundreds of cakes, cookies, pastries, and sweets every day and constantly tasting each variety to ensure they were 100% up to standards, I started questioning what I was eating. As I became aware, I understood that I wanted to change my entire lifestyle, and embrace a healthier one. I stopped tasting all the goodies I baked because I didn’t want to continue filling my body with all the refined sugars, flours, processed ingredients, stabilizers, and pasteurized eggs, that were used to make them.

I LOVED my profession, but stopped tasting all the goodies… That was always the best part!

Change was starting to happen. I was working long and stressful hours each day, had no social or family life, and desperately wanted to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

So, I found the courage to quit my job and figure out if I might need to consider a career change. With nothing on the horizon, I knew for certain that I couldn’t continue down this path. Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a decision I made lightly at all. I LOVED my job, well the baking part of it, and loved getting my hands, apron, and sometimes ears covered in chocolate and flour.

After travelling with my hubby, and having time to think, shortly after I returned I began weighting the idea of starting a blog, since it always sounded like such a dream job. The comfort and ability to work from home, the flexible hours, and being able to spend as much time with our future children as possible.

After thinking it through many times, I decided to give it go, yet knew the first thing I needed was a name. I wanted something that would stand out and at the same time have many different meanings. I began brainstorming extensive ideas, and talked them all through with my Father, but none of them stood out. Then suddenly he said LET’S BRIGHTEN UP.

Let’s Brighten Up… The Meaning 

Let’s Brighten Up! It automatically stuck and had a positive ring to it, plus also had many meanings. Let’s Brighten Up could relate to your views on food, health, life, sweets, and treats, eating experiences, body and soul. It was love at first sight!

So, I chose the name and created the blog.

At First I Wasn’t Vegan

In the beginning I decided to focus on vegetarian and vegan recipes, and wanted to keep them kosher, so my family could enjoy the recipes I would be posting. But I quickly came to realize that when I posted vegetarian recipes, my lovely little vegan sister was missing out! Since I didn’t want to exclude her from any recipe, I turned the entire blog vegan. Am I the number one sister or not?! 🙂

And Then It Happened 

It was a few months later when I accidentally came across a few HORRIFIC videos of the meat and dairy industry, that I was brought to tears, woke up, and the rest is history!

My Love For The Kitchen 

My passion for cooking began while I was working in a restaurant many years ago. Although I ended up pursuing my passion for baking, none the less, my passion for cooking remains. The kitchen is by far my favorite part of the house. It’s my “man cave”, where I’m in my zone, and where I’m most at peace with myself. The kitchen is where I connect with my creativity, and where most of my inspiration is born. It’s where I crank up the music and do my weird happy dance. Well that’s not entirely true as I do that throughout the entire house…

My Love For Fermentation

Occasionally you’ll find that I post a random fermented or pickled vegetable recipe. They have many health benefits, are extremely delicious, and I can’t get enough of them, like my homemade dill pickles that I’ll always have a jar of in my fridge. You can read more here.

homemade dill pickles

Where To Start?

If you’re new here, I’ve handpicked a few of my favorite recipes for you to try out.

No Bake Pecan Bars 

Vegan Maple Cake

Date And Walnut Cookies

Chick Pea And Walnut Burgers

Vegan Fish Fingers

Nutty Roasted Cauliflower Florets

Baked Homemade Seitan With Peanut Butter Curry

I’d love to get to know you all, so please feel free to leave a comment or contact me here.

Much love from Elinor, Let’s Brighten Up xx