Gourmet Spoonie

My name is Katz. Daan Katz, and I’m on a mission: to take you out of your comfort zone, and into the kitchen.

As a wheelchair user, diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance, I refuse to let my chronic illnesses dictate my life. I refuse to cower in a corner and feel sorry for myself. That doesn’t make any of my challenges go away, of course, but I found ways to do the things that are important to me.

I started Gourmet Spoonie to create a place where Spoonies – and others – can find encouragement and inspiration to take good care of themselves by preparing their own food. For a Spoonie, this often feels like an overwhelming task, and so we end up eating take-out or convenience food – for the umpteenth time in a week.

I’m here to help you find your way in the kitchen. I’ll share recipes, how-to’s and most importantly, tips and tricks that can help you make the best of your limited amount of energy, and to avoid unnecessary pain.

My love for cooking was apparent at a very young age and was nurtured in my mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens where I’d often “help” with the cooking. I would sit and watch them prepare food, licking pots and spoons, or I’d stand on a stool, stirring in one of the bubbling pots on the stove.

All my recipes are soy free, gluten free and vegan, or have a vegan option.

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