Hello! I’m Elaine, I’m the food photographer, recipe developer and stylist behind the food blog, Wandering Chickpea. I am currently a student at UC Santa Barbara studying Communication but I also love all things creative–drawing, painting, any type of art. I’m also passionate about taking care of my body and staying fit and healthy. I’m a runner and lifter, so I know the importance of fueling your body with real, whole foods …but I also LOVE good food. I do my best to dream up creative recipes that are easy to make and make you feel good but also taste delicious!

I have a dairy, egg and nut allergy so the recipes you’ll find on my website are allergy friendly with many plant-based options. Everyone is alway so surprised to find out that I love to cook. Because of my diet restrictions a lot of people assume that I just eat lettuce and plain chicken all day but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! I’ve never seen my allergies as a disadvantage, they actually come in handy when it comes to developing recipes because it forces me to think outside the box. I started Wandering Chickpea for anyone—with or without diet restrictions, who loves drooling over pictures of food on the internet and cooking delicious family-friendly meals.