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Blogger Spotlight: The Edgy Veg

Candice Hutchings is the founder and creative inspiration behind The Edgy Veg, creating carnivore-approved vegan food that you ACTUALLY want to eat!
Blogger Spotlight: The Edgy Veg
Blogger Spotlight: The Edgy Veg
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Meet Candice!

Candice is a foodie through and through, so creating vegan versions of her favorite meat or dairy-heavy recipes gives her a lot of excitement and satisfaction. She is a very passionate animal activist and foodie and loves that she was able to turn both her passions into a thriving business with meaning and purpose.

How was The Edgy Veg born?

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Candice working hard on her vegan creations!

I started the blog and YouTube channel after I made the decision to go vegan. I found that (8 years ago) there weren't any fun, exciting, indulgent recipes and that the vegan world was very much aligned with health, wellness, and extreme-diets, instead of simply being a compassionate way of living. I saw a hole in the industry for delicious, indulgent and, often, junk-food-like dishes.

What was your favorite childhood meal?

I had a very unique childhood. My dad was in the Canadian Armed Forces based in Germany and that's how he met my German mother. I grew up traveling between Canada and Germany on a regular basis but really identify with the European culture, lifestyle, and, of course, food.

I grew up on simple foods made with heart and soul. For example, when we ate pizza, we went to a pizzeria, we never ordered in, and the pizza was real, Italian-style pizza made by Italians, and my meals were very traditional. Breakfast was always homemade wheat bread or German pretzels with cheese, honey, or jams, and lunch was a hot meal, usually soups, pastas, or the like, always with a fresh salad, and ingredients my Omi and Opa grew in their garden. I became very picky with ingredients at a very early age. Our dinners were very similar to our breakfasts--light but hearty, and eaten very early in the day.

What was your favorite meal growing up?

My favorite meal growing up was German-style, super-thin pancakes (not crepes) with powdered sugar and jam. My Omi made the best pancakes in the world. They were the size of a large dinner plate, and it didn't matter what time of day it was--when she asked me what I wanted to eat, it was always pfannkuchen. To this day, I still have a very emotional connection to German pancakes, and eating them brings back many childhood memories.

What’s in your bag and what are your kitchen essentials?

I wear a backpack everywhere I go. I am a minimalist, so my bag is never very full, unless I've just gone grocery shopping. I always carry my laptop, 2 hard drives, phone, multiple vegan snacks, lipstick, a wallet, and a notebook.

In terms of kitchen essentials, I can't live without my stand mixer. I make everything from homemade seitan to pizza dough and ice cream in that thing.

I also cannot live without my cast-iron pan. It is heavy, deep, and oh-so-pretty! I use it on the stove as a frying pan, but can also bake in it! It also photographs well, making for easy, pretty food photography.

What is the best or weirdest thing you've ever eaten in your travels?

Luckily, because I'm vegan, I haven't had to be exposed to many odd foods. But, the best food I've ever had was from a 2 Michelin star restaurant in Spain. There was a union strike, so we were able to get in last-minute and had the entire restaurant and all the Chefs to ourselves.

The Chef created a personalized, 13-course vegan molecular gastronomy meal with wine pairings, which included liquid mushrooms and deconstructed apples. It was the best food I've ever eaten.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Being able to leave a corporate, traditional 9-to-5 career, and create a business with a meaning for social good. I wake up every day with a purpose and drive, and it feels great.

Describe your dream kitchen.

My dream kitchen is a minimalistic, all-white granite kitchen with copper or mixed metal accents and hardware. It would have tall pantry-like cupboards to hide all the appliances and ingredients and ideally have a large, antique rolling ladder to reach the tight spots. Think Belle from Beauty and the Beast and how she slides across the library shelves, haha. It also would have a huge resto-size gas stove with a large copper hood and exposed brick backsplash.

I would describe my style as clean and modern with a touch of antique charm.

My perfect day would be...

Spent in bed eating pastries and drinking mimosas, falling in and out of sleep.

When I need liquid courage, I drink...

High-quality tequila.

My guilty pleasure is...

Spending way too much on gourmet food products, like high-end jams and jellies, oils, and exotic spices.

I wish I had the superpower...

To teleport because I want my travel time back, haha.

What are your favorite recipes on the app, and why?

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

The Best Vegan Lasagna

The Edgy Veg

I love everything about lasagna, from the cheese sauce to the meat sauce and overall sounds of “OMG THIS IS SO GOOD” that my stomach makes!

What is your advice to people who aspire to be in your field or do similar projects?

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Just be yourself. I started YouTube trying to be very professional, and to mimic the cooking shows I saw on TV. The end result was a show that I didn't enjoy and that didn't reflect who I was as a person. Create content that you enjoy and chances are many other people will also enjoy it! Let your personality shine, and then create content consistently!

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