About Me

Picture of Aster wearing a black turtleneck and a bright yellow apron.
I was born on a Wednesday in 1991. Two years later, my sister stole my thunder by arriving the day before my birthday and we’ve been a close-knit duo ever since. Some twenty-two years after that, I graduated from Theatre Studies at Utrecht University, having previously studied costume design at Utrecht School of Arts. All throughout my studies I’ve worked as a vegan chef and as a carer. Since then, I’ve integrated the durational craftspersonship that came with embroidery into slow recipes and fermentation, be it sourdough, nut-based cheesemaking with mould (the good kind), or various fermented drinks. I have been working on finalising and sharing recipes and how-to’s for a few years now, and the countdown to launch has finally started. You can sign up to get a reminder for when we go live at Smashing Dishes, for either the Dutch website, or the English one.



Utrecht University (UU) — MA Theatre Studies, 2015-2016 (3.81 GPA)

Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) — BA Theatre Design, 2009-2013 (with Honours)

Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht (CGU) — 2003-2009

Work & experience:

My sister and I have been working together as vegan caterers at Zus&Zo since 2009.

Past projects and designs are featured on the portfolio page, including written works with a summary. A more encompassing summary of my MA thesis was published in the 9th issue of Danswetenschap in Nederland.


IELTS says that my English is as good as it can get according to their test: Band 9, Expert User. My French and German are nowhere near as good, but I did take them in high school. My Spanish is purely fictional.