living abroad, traveling and fresh food inspirations


Hi, I’m Olive Aguas and welcome to the Bee’s Knees Kitchen, the raw food blog aimed at discovering healthy, simple recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth and hungry belly!

Growing up in Oregon, good food was a part of everyday life. I come from a family of passionate foodies and many of my early memories are infused with flavors and scents of food being cooked in the kitchen, rich with the bountiful ingredients of the Pacific Northwest.

A few years ago I started to explore the world of raw food and this blog was created as a result of my desire to chronicle this journey. Living in the heart of Western Europe, I wanted to share my recipes with family and friends back home.

My aim has always been to create healthy meals and desserts that use the same basic ingredients and are easy to prepare. I also believe that eating raw food should be a sensual and mouth-watering experience – no rabbit food here!

I always take my inspiration from  fresh, seasonal produce and as a food addict I’m constantly exploring new flavors and creating interesting and unique dishes to satisfy my keen palette.

Welcome to my kitchen – pull up a chair, grab a plate and join the conversation celebrating food that’s nutritious, delicious and beautiful.


24 responses

  1. hey Carla,

    great Pictures! and we love the cake that paddy brought today as well… we need to talk soon about diets…

    March 3, 2010 at 11:58

  2. Hello! I found you via Thanks for creating and posting such delicious looking foods! My husband and I have just decided to go raw and your blog is such an inspiration. Keep it up! 🙂


    June 8, 2010 at 16:43

  3. Bubbles LaRue

    This blog was such a great find for many reasons. The recipes are laid out for some of us who are kitchen challenged. The pictures leave no surprises as to what you should have when completed.

    Last but the most important is that everything tastes great for a person like me who tries to eat healthy but stumbles some days.

    Thank you for such a great lay out of great recipes, beautiful photo’s, and making it soooo easy to prepare food that isn’t full of junk.


    June 18, 2010 at 02:51

  4. Heather

    I love it that you use a few central ingredients so that I don’t have to go out and buy tons of different things just to make something I won’t make again for awhile!! Have you ever considered allowing a local bakery to sell your creations under your Bee’s Knees name? Wouldn’t that be cute?

    June 19, 2010 at 22:54

  5. Britta Marie Duncan


    I love your blog. Your pictures make everything look so good , your presentation of each recipe make me want to try them all. Also I want you to know since I had to have a tumor removed from my stomach at the end of April, I can eat only certain things. Your blog has helped me lose 20 lbs, just eating fresh or steamed. To bad you are so far away because my garden is full of fresh vegtables and I would love to share them with you. I too love to mix all sorts of greens and fruit for a healthy salad, plus I now have a bee hive that will be providing fresh honey for my sweet tooth.

    I am very proud of you , your beautiful both on the inside and outside. Aunt Marie

    June 23, 2010 at 19:18

  6. yummmy happy to have found a rawfoodie in Germany 😉 who writes in English ,-) Have a wonder full week.

    July 5, 2010 at 09:52

  7. LOVE your blog, I found it on and literally have tried a large handful of your recipes these past few days! I cannot wait to try more! I have featured your lemon icebox cookies on my blog! haha They were amazing by the way! Cannot wait to try more of your yummy treats!

    July 27, 2010 at 06:42

  8. What a stunning blog! So well organized, with thoughtful inspiring words, loads of information, and pretty pictures. What more could a reader want?! Thanku 🙂

    July 31, 2010 at 21:14

  9. Your blog is amazing!!! Love your profile picture too:)

    August 6, 2010 at 19:57

  10. Laurie

    These are such beautiful pictures and the ingredients look fabulous! I am so excited that you are doing this! I’m keeping this website close to my heart (and stomach!).
    Love, Laurie Scriven

    August 11, 2010 at 01:15

  11. I LOVE your site! Thanks for all the lovely recipes and beautiful pictures. ❤

    August 11, 2010 at 18:10

  12. hi carla,

    nice to meet you at the potluck last week!

    i really like your blog, such wonderful recipes & beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing! i can’t decide which recipe i want to try first 🙂

    in joy


    August 13, 2010 at 08:04

  13. What wonderful words! I love your story and I love how open and caring you seem with these words. I’m happy to be able to share your journey of raw too. 🙂

    August 13, 2010 at 19:38

  14. Hannah

    Liebe Carla,
    Deine BeesKneesKitchen Rezepte sind einfach ganz große KLASSE, ich bin total begeistert.
    Übrigens, “Green for Life” von Victoria Boutenko gibt es jetzt endlich auch in deutscher Sprache.

    September 26, 2010 at 14:08

  15. Love your blog! Gorgeous desserts that look absolutely divine and approachable!!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:25

  16. Heather

    I continue to love your site! I haven’t yet made it to trying one of your recipes (sadly) but I will soon! I just haven’t decided which one! I am thinking the lemon cookies, but then I see the lime pie, with avocados, which I LOVE, and all the other fantastic ingredients in all of your recipes and I can’t choose!!! Good thing you use a lot of the same central ingredients, as I mentioned before, and it wouldn’t be hard to try one, two, three, or all of your recipes!!! I soooo enjoy your posts. Thanks so much! You have a beautiful family as well. God bless you all and thanks again!

    October 26, 2010 at 23:40

  17. I’d like to try out your recipes, they look so tasty & healthy. Your instructions are also written very well. I haven’t tried raw food cooking before, but I’ll do my best. Thank you for posting!

    November 2, 2010 at 22:34

  18. Gila

    Liebe Carla,
    Deine SacherTorte war sooooooo lecker! Leider habe ich Dich beim Rohkost-Brunch am Sonntag nicht persönlich kennen gelernt! Wirst Du das Rezept von Deiner super Torte veröffentlichen?
    Liebe Grüße, Gila

    January 24, 2011 at 23:04

  19. pavlina Näser

    Hi Carla,

    nice to meet you at the potluck last week!

    Ich lese sehr gerne in Deinem Blog und lasse mich inspirieren von Deinen wunderbaren Rezepten! Die Fotos sind wunderschön, Du auch!
    Ich freue mich schon über das Rezept von der Sacher Torte! habe Deine Himbeeren Pralinen und Clementinen-Törtchen ausprobiert! Beide haben phantastisch geschmeckt. Danke Carla
    freue mich Dich beim nächsten Potluck zu sehen!

    January 26, 2011 at 09:16

  20. hiii! Oh mann your recipes look delicious! Beautiful picture by the way~

    February 9, 2011 at 08:01

  21. I just found your blog and I love it so far. Love the recipes i have been scanning. I look forward to following you and trying some your recipes. I have been really trying to go at least 70% raw and this is going to be huge help.

    April 8, 2011 at 20:57

  22. Denisa

    Hello Carla, I just found your blog and I’m loving it! such a wonderful recipes and pictures. I also live in Germany… you find it hard to eat out? And do you know of any “raw restaurants” in Germany?


    June 25, 2011 at 07:22

  23. Gina's Raw Kitchen

    What a great find…your recipes/photos and travels are truly inspiring:)

    I have been raw for the past couple of months and am also starting to document my journey as I feel so passionately about this way of life….it’s hard to remember what was good about meat/eggs/flour and cheese in the first place.

    My body/mind and spirit have never felt so united.

    Love and light and happy travels.


    March 30, 2012 at 20:37

  24. How fun! I would love to join the French pastry course, but I am in Hamburg. However, next time I am in Amsterdam, I am going to take a look at upcoming courses!

    May 10, 2012 at 11:08

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