Born in Dordrecht, Zoran is of Yugoslavian extraction and Samantha is British, but she lived in the Netherlands for over 30 years. It was there that we met each other.
After a varied career, Samantha turned one of her hobbies into a profitable business, starting a successful vegetarian bakery in 2005.
The business really took off a year later and soon Samantha needed more space, literally, to be able to meet growing demand. We decided to sell our home in Dordrecht and move to France, where we bought a plot of land in 2007. Zoran gave up his job as an IT engineer and Samantha continued to fulfill increasingly large orders. In September 2009, we became official residents of France.
As the bakery and the main house took shape, Samantha found out she was gluten intolerant. The discovery prompted us to change our diet and switch to a gluten-free lifestyle. With Zorans’ help, the bakery business had become professional and was quickly expanding, pulling in big clients like Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Brussels airways.
Samantha started to give gluten free and vegan cooking lessons, which she very much enjoyed. These new activities were incompatible with the pressures of a professional bakery and finishing the house, so we stopped the company at the end of 2015. This move enabled us to spend more time on the house and focus on the lifestyle we envisioned.