hey! Thanks for stopping by Ragamuffin Diaries. I’m Rebekah, and I appreciate the fact that you’ve taken the time to look around here a lil’ bit. Hopefully you can take inspiration from something you see here!
I’ve always loved cooking; I vaguely remember the first time I tried, at a rather young age, to make something on my own: heart-shaped biscuits to surprise my mom for Valentine’s Day. My dad thankfully came to the rescue as I, unaware of different measuring utensils, tried to measure a cup of baking powder into the bowl! I’ve been continuing to explore the kitchen and figure out different recipes ever since.
Ragamuffin Diaries was created on February 25th, 2011. For months I’d been drooling over various food blogs, and a part of me kept wondering if I’d be able to “pull one of those off”. I put it off for a while, until, encouraged by my boyfriend, and hoping that, if nothing else, having a food blog would mean I’d actually record the recipes I tried, I started blogging.
I grew up in rural Alaska, and was blessed with a mom who grew a great big garden each summer & cared about making sure her children ate healthy diets of veggies & whole grains, and a dad who went hunting for moose and caribou each fall. These factors meant I was lucky enough to eat wild game and homegrown veggies almost year round, and instilled in me a love of good, nutritious food.
In the last two years my relationship with food has been continuing to evolve, as I’ve learned more about health and nutrition. On Ragamuffin Diaries, I try to follow many of the cooking and dietary principles set forth by the Weston A. Price Foundation (I’ve been very inspired by Sally Fallon’s wonderful book Nourishing Traditions).
Recently, I have chosen to not eat factory-farmed meats anymore, because of the awful impacts that system can have on our environment and our health. I still love to eat wild salmon and wild game, that I’m lucky enough to catch or have shared with me by friends, or meat that has been sustainably raised. I also love being able to get fresh raw milk, or fresh eggs from local farms. These are all exceptional foods with many health benefits! Unfortunately, the supermarket varieties available to most people can’t even be compared.
Many of the recipes here on Ragamuffin Diaries are vegan or vegetarian, because my boyfriend & I are both committed to not eating factory-farmed meats, and also because my boyfriend, Joe (who is also a wonderful recipe taster & source of encouragement!), is strongly allergic to dairy products. He is able to drink raw milk, but since we don’t always have that, I often just make recipes dairy-free. I also don’t like to use soy products (besides miso!) because I think they are difficult for the body to digest and not usually a healing food, so coconut milk and coconut oil are my favorite non-dairy substitutes.
I want to encourage you, wherever you are in the journey of your relationship with food, that any changes you want to make can be done, but don’t worry about starting too big! It recently surprised me to see that only a year ago I started trying to reduce the amount of refined sugar in recipes, and now I almost never use any refined sugar! Big changes happen with small steps, and don’t be overwhelmed. Any little change is a good one!
That’s a bit about me, and a bit about the recipes that you’ll find here. Have fun with the recipes, and have fun experimenting with them, playing around with ingredients according to your personal taste; feel free to adjust and make them your own! I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading, and that you check back in, as I continue to learn more about healthy, nutritious eating.