Hi! I’m Jhanelle Golding. Welcome to From The Comfort Of My Bowl! I have been cooking and developing vegan recipes for 8 years, including easy-to-follow comfort food dinners and satisfying desserts.

I was born and raised in Jamaica and have been exploring new cultures and cuisines for most of my life.

My vegan journey began in October 2015. I stopped eating meat cold-turkey (no pun intended). Since then, I’ve learned how to recreate some of my favorite meals since childhood, including Jamaican Rice and Peas and Jamaican Vegan Stew Peas, which made the transition much easier.

Photo of jhanelle golding, recipe developer for from the comfort of my bowl.

I have a Bachelor’s in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Technology, Jamaica. While in school, I wanted to travel, so in the summer of 2014, I took my first solo trip abroad.

So far, I’ve visited and lived in different cities and small towns in the US. I’ve lived in the Southern United States, discovering new favorites such as Hoppin’ John and Charleston Red Rice. I lived in Japan for over a year and traveled to Singapore, South Korea and throughout South East Asia.

Currently, I live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Woman with bag looking at white temple in thailand
White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

I have yet to visit many captivating places, but I can assure you that the world is wonderful if you are prepared to learn and expand your beliefs. Even though we are all different, many things still connect us. One of which is food.

Plate of vegan nasi campur from bali
Vegan Nasi Campur in Bali, Indonesia

I was a bit scared that going vegan might not be easy as I grew up in a family used to eating meat. But I soon realized that vegan food didn’t need to be complicated. I started sharing my recipes on Instagram to document my journey. In July 2019, after much encouragement from my partner Eric, From The Comfort Of My Bowl was started.

I also discovered vegan baking, and operated a home baking business in Jamaica for 4 years, making everything from vegan chocolate chip cookies to vanilla birthday cakes. It was a great success, and I was even featured in the Jamaica Gleaner.

But 2020 happened, and unfortunately, I could not continue.

With experience in traveling and tasting different cuisines, I believe that veganism can be covered from many different angles.

My goal is to show everyone that it is not difficult to prepare tasty vegan dishes from all over the world. 

And what can be more satisfying than sharing a bowl of Thai Red Curry with your family or friends? 

I strive to learn something new every day, and even if it doesn’t come out perfectly, there is always something to take away from any mistake. 

You don’t have to be a pro in the kitchen to prepare delicious food, nor do you have to be vegan to enjoy vegan dishes. All you need is some curiosity and a bit of imagination.

I am humbled that you have shown interest in my blog, and I hope you’ll find a bit of inspiration while you’re here.

In the meantime, check out my other site Easy Vegan Cookies.

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  1. Thank you, Jhanelle for sharing your Vegan Fruit Cake recipe. My mother recently passed away, and she was a wizard in the kitchen especially during Christmas time where she would make fruit cake for family and friends. Her fruits have been soaking for over a year, and I plan to utilize them with your recipe, since I am a vegan as well. I will share the results when I do, and I look forward to more inspiring recipes from you.

    Thanks again,

    1. I am so sorry for your loss Gem. Your mom reminded me of my Grandma, who also used to bake Christmas cakes for friends and family. We looked forward to them every year. I hope you enjoy this vegan version. Let me know how it turns out. I’m here if you have any questions.

      – Jhanelle

  2. Charles H. Rooney Jr. says:

    Thank you, Jhanelle for your Jamaican Vegan Tofu Curry. I enjoyed the recipe with Jasmine rice. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo. I have also subscribed to your site.

    I was impressed with the Aluminium stew pot you used to cook the tofu. I have an aluminium frying pan (12 inch) that is very old. Handed down through the family.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for your recipes.

    Sincerely, Charles

  3. I love how you format your recipes – showing the ingredients in the directions yet linking them to the # of servings. Brilliant.

  4. The vegan pecan pie says to prebake for much too long I believe.
    Also I would like to know a substitute for the liquid lecithin if you have one you’ve tried. I just don’t have any on hand. I’m going to try cocoa butter, melted.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Some recipes recommend par-baking a pie crust at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time. But I find that it bakes more evenly at a lower temperature for a longer time. There’s more explanation in this Serious Eats article.
      You could also leave out the lecithin if unavailable. I haven’t tried it with cocoa butter but let me know how it turns out.

      – Jhanelle

  5. I’m a new vegan and in charge of my family’s Thanksgiving meal in Mississippi this year. They’ve been supportive about my veganism but… a little hesitant about what I’ll be cooking! I’m so glad I found your site with some honest-to-goodness traditional Southern dishes they will love.

  6. Wow, you enjoy a lot of the same foods I do. I purchased Afro-Vegan when I wasn’t entirely vegan and converted that same day. I have eaten Bryant Terry’s meals for 80% of my dishes the past few years, including his newest book Vegetable Kingdom, with the occasional Dutch oven recipe or homemade vegan pizza, tacos.. etc. Now I’d like to make one of my childhood favorites, Cuban guava pastries so this will come in handy. Vegetable Kingdom has a squash / sesame hand patty recipe that is similar to Jamaican hand patties… I might have to put some vegan cream cheese in that dough.

  7. 5 stars
    Hello! I am commenting to let you know that your site links from Pinterest aren’t working…I saved one of your recipes previously and I tried to access it today from Pinterest and I wasn’t able to open it. I also went to my browser and tried just typing in your website name and it said no server connection. I googled your site and was able to open this page somehow. Hopefully this is just an issue on my end but I’m just commenting so you can maybe check your links annnnd I also want your stuffed shells recipe! Lol
    I hope all is well and look forward to trying out many of your recipes!

    1. Hi Sydney! Thank you so much! I just checked with different browsers both on desktop and mobile, directly on the site and from Pinterest. I’m not having any issues on my end. Maybe it was a temporary glitch? Thanks again for alerting me though. If you’re still having any issues just let me know and I can send you the recipe in an email.

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you Jhanelle for this wonderful vegan dish, I am cooking it at this moment and it smells so good, I can’t wait eating it will be delicious!

  9. Secrets & Leeks says:

    I only just found your site today. You so need to get a page on FB for us to follow. I only found you because someone posted this recipe in there. Much easier to let us follow in there. I hope to see you in there.

    Kind regards

  10. Hi Jhanelle,

    Funny thing I received a link to your biscuits and gravy on my google news feed. At first not knowing I instantly knew it was you after I seen your hands in the video. In the back of my mind it was you and YUP it is! Even though I know many of your recipes I’m sure I want to try this. Looks delicious. Email me sometime, would love to catch up since our Japan Time.


    Tiah Lee

    1. Aww Tiah this is made my day! So cool! We definitely should catch up. I’ll be emailing you again later.

  11. Hi Jhanelle! Just found your blog searching for sourdough toast toppings (super random!) & I love your space here. I’m so impressed with how much solo traveling you’ve done! I spent about a month in Bulgaria last summer, and it was my first totally solo international trip. I hope you’re doing well and I can’t wait to read more ❤️

    1. Hi Sara! Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I hope you had a great time in Bulgaria. I’ve always wanted to go! Best of luck with all your future travels.

  12. I would love to subscribe but don’t see how. Please advise…

    1. Hi Jana. Oops! I recently changed my theme and forgot that the signup form no longer exists on that page. I’ve added a link now. Thank you for pointing it out!