Hello and welcome to Picasso’s Artichoke. My name is Marta, I’m a vegetarian chef, and a world citizen based in Antwerp, Belgium. I like to experiment with food, creating my own recipes and giving my own twist to well-known dishes.

I created this blog to combine my two big passions: cooking and art. In my blog posts, I present dishes inspired by works of art; paintings, sculptures, art prints, installations and so on. Inspiration may come from the composition, colours, shapes, theme, or the story behind the particular artwork, whatever stimulates my cooking creativity. Art is a subjective matter and every person perceives it differently. My dishes are my own impression of a given work of art.
You can read more on the story behind the blog in this post.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

       ― Pablo Picasso

As for the culinary side, I’ll do my best to present a variety of diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, raw… all with one exception – meat.

When I was 15 years old I made a conscious choice to stop eating meat, years later I also eliminated fish from my diet. My choice was motivated by ethical, philosophical, environmental, and health reasons. Although I still eat vegetarian, for a number of years now I dress in vegan fashion, abstaining from wearing leather and wool, and whenever possible I use vegan cosmetics. These days many people turn to vegetarian or vegan diet for health reasons, so I hope everyone will find something interesting here, even the meat eaters.

I’m very happy to see vegetarian and vegan diets on a rise. It can only benefit us all, as we have this one planet we call home.

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”

       ― Thich Nhat Hanh