Rising up with a dairy intolerance and dislike of meat meant she was primarily consuming a vegan eating regimen.
However Niki had struggled to seek out meals that she actually loved till she began cooking plant-based dishes for herself.
This ignited a love of meals that continued to flourish and travels round India, the Center East and the Far East additional fuelled her creativity as she tried to duplicate the delicacies at dwelling.
After leaving college, she labored in meals advertising and social media earlier than launching her personal vegan meals weblog, Insurgent Recipes, in 2015.
It might be the beginning of recent profession and result in her changing into the writer of 5 cookbooks; the most recent, Across the World Vegan Cookbook: The Younger Particular person’s Information to Plant-Based mostly Household Feasts, has lately been printed by Wellbeck Youngsters’s.
On the time of beginning her weblog, she says a vegan eating regimen was principally related to belongings you couldn’t eat and regarded by many to be fairly bland.
Niki was decided to share among the “unimaginable and inspirational” flavours she had found throughout her travels to nations which have an extended historical past of consuming plant-based meals.
“I all the time had a need to be extra artistic and work for myself with a backdrop of this large love of vegan and plant-based meals,” she tells Weekend.
“I began the weblog not essentially pondering it could allow a change of profession however as a result of I wished a artistic outlet for all my recipes.
“Once I began, there have been no vegan choices obtainable. Nut roasts and hummus was the most effective you possibly can hope for. The rationale I referred to as my weblog Insurgent Recipes was on the time folks thought vegan meals was actually boring, uninspiring and uninteresting.
“I believed there was some superb plant-based meals on the market,” explains Niki, who lives in Shrewsbury. Her recipes are packed filled with the likes of greens, fruits, beans and pulses in addition to attractive flavours, textures and colors.
On the subject of contemporary components she likes to make use of what’s in season and says ordering a veg field or looking the produce stalls on the market corridor gives inspiration. “It helps me to be artistic,” she explains.
“I all the time like utilizing beans and pulses. They’re very versatile, low cost and nutritious and I feel they style scrumptious,” provides Niki.
On the subject of crafting new recipes, loads of trial and error goes into creating the proper dish.
If Niki is impressed by one thing she’s eaten whereas travelling or in a restaurant, she is going to begin by figuring out its key components earlier than making an attempt to recreate it. “My means of creating a recipe is to have it in my head or write it down so I’ve one thing to work from,” she explains.
She then heads to the kitchen to check out her concepts, making adjustments as she goes till she’s proud of the completed recipe. As soon as it’s been examined just a few extra instances, Niki will submit it on her weblog and social media channels for folks to attempt at dwelling.
“I as soon as printed a recipe for mushroom wraps and inside half an hour numerous folks had made them – it utterly blows me away,” she tells Weekend.
Little did she know, when she began her Insurgent Recipes weblog, that veganism would turn out to be increasingly fashionable.
Supermarkets are stocking ever-increasing numbers and kinds of merchandise and eating places and quick meals chains supply a far wider selection of meals.
She pitched the thought for her first cookbook, Insurgent Recipes, which was printed by Bloomsbury in 2019, amid the rising curiosity in veganism.
Since then she has written 4 additional books, together with Be Extra Vegan, My Vegan Yr and Rainbow Bowls.
Her most up-to-date, Across the World Vegan Cookbook: The Younger Particular person’s Information To Plant-Based mostly Household Feasts, was printed only a few weeks in the past.
It options greater than 75 easy-to-make dishes specifically created for younger grownup readers, impressed by her worldwide travels.
“I’ve tried to verify the directions are so simple as attainable and simple to grasp,” explains Niki.
The recipes embrace spaghetti fritters with sticky tomatoes; sunflower seed muhamara with za’atar flatbread; spring greens spanakopita pie; bunny chow with candy potato and chickpea curry; and ginger malva pudding.
Niki says the latter is one among her favorite recipes within the ebook, including: “It’s like a sticky toffee pudding however easier and made with apricot jam. It’s actually sticky, gooey and wonderful.”
Across the World Vegan Cookbook: The Younger Particular person’s Information to Plant-Based mostly Household Feasts by Niki Webster (£14.99, Welbeck Youngsters’s) obtainable now.