Hello, from Nikita at La Cocina Encantada! Thank you for stopping by. See this post for the meaning behind La Cocina Encantada. 
I live, work, study, and of course cook in Portland. I find nature continuously inspiring and love verdant pacific northwest for its lush and wild charm. I love cooking, baking, drawing, painting, photography, almost anything crafty, running, yoga, and spending time with people I care about. I am a 23 year old nursing student, CNA, Certified 200 level yoga instructor, wife, and aspiring domestic goddess. 

I believe in eating real food: minimally processed, no weird additives, heavy on the fresh produce and whole grains. I also believe in eating delicious food. I love experimenting with different types of ethnic food, gluten free food, vegan food, raw food, and herbs and spices of all kinds. (Note: While I like trying these things out, the only diet I adhere to is vegetarianism. ) Healthy food should be creative, inspiring, and yes taste good! While I strive to make healthful recipes, I never sacrifice taste for "low cal" or "low fat." Everything in moderation is key! I hope to share some of my recipes and thoughts on food or heath issues here.

Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge

I also try to balance my love of food with plenty of activity! Being active for me stemmed from wanting to get in shape, but I have found it to be important for so much more than that. It clears my mind, releases endorphins, and gives me more energy for my day to day activities. My favorite activities are yoga and running, but I also enjoy hiking, swimming, biking to work, lifting weights, and attending occasional classes at my gym. 
I am pretty new to the blogging thing and this is very much a work in progress. Please feel free to leave a comment or say hello, I'd love to hear  from you!
xo/ Nikita

14 responses »

  1. Hello from another nursing student! When do you finish and become registered? I’m in my final year now, and should finish in December. I cannot wait! Although the responsibility is scary x

    • That’s great you will be graduating soon! I won’t graduate til May 2013 so I still have a ways to go!

  2. It’ll be worth it, and the last 3 years have flown by for me so I’m sure time will fly for you too. Plus, I’m 29 so I’m late starting my nursing career! :)

  3. Just found your blog off of 101cookbooks. I love your focus on fresh natural foods and your series on healthy eating on a budget sounds just like what I need! I’m also focusing on fresher foods but it can get really pricey!

  4. Hi there! I’m a blogger on WordPress as well, and I’m a vegetarian of almost three years. I’m delighted (encantada) to find your page and become your newest follower.

    I would like your help with a project – I’m writing a post about how Jell-O pistachio pudding mix is not vegan, and I would like to link to your recipe in that post. Would it be ok to do so? I warn you – my writing is rather edgy and is full of potty mouth, therefore if you would rather not have me link to your recipe, I would understand. However, I would like to celebrate people like you who make REAL food, so please let me know if this would be all right.

    You can comment back here, or you can contact me at my blog at http://www.tiffany267.wordpress.com. Thanks for your time and thanks for the recipes.

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