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My 13 Favourite Recipes from 2013

Posted in Events/Round-Ups, Favourites by janet @ the taste space on January 1, 2014

This has been a year of many changes but equally one with many delights. Moving to another country, almost 3000 km away, was a monumental feat. With support from family, friends, co-workers and strangers, my new home in Houston has a warm, soft spot in my heart. My kitchen has changed, my recipes a bit more simple, but still delicious as ever. Without further adieu, here are my favourite recipes from the last year (no particular order). Tomorrow I will share your top reader favourites from 2013.

1. Jackfruit and Kimchi Sweet Potato Poutine with Tofu

Food seems to taste better when someone else makes it for you, but this was pure gastronomical bliss. Beer-Soaked Sweet Potato Fries + BBQ Jackfruit meat + kimchi + baked tofu, a spin-off of one of our favourite dishes in Toronto.

Jackfruit and Kimchi Sweet Potato Poutine with Tofu

2. Snow Pea & Tofu Pad Thai

Pad thai is another dish that is Rob’s culinary creation and I finally snapped photos of the most delicious version yet. Tamarind is the secret to our authentic-tasting pad thai sauce.

Snow Pea & Tofu Pad Thai

3. Dillicious Yellow Tofu Scramble and Mini Arepas

Looks like this may be found as the year Rob fed me, but judging by how often we make arepas, this is definitely a winner in our books. Here it is paired with a dill-intensive tofu and broccoli scramble.

4. Ancho Lentil Taco Salad Wraps

We are loving all.things.taco at the moment and this still stands as one of our favourite fillings. Quick, easy, and tasty. The reason why I keep powdered Ancho chiles in my kitchen.

Ancho Lentil Taco Salad Wraps

5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Balsamic Miso Dressing

Roasted brussels sprouts are fantastic but this sweet, creamy and tangy balsamic-miso dressing is a winner with anything.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Balsamic Miso Dressing

6. The Best Raw Corn Chips

I had to limit myself to one chip recipe for this round-up. While my raw beet chips are truly addictive despite their simplicity, I like the simplicity of these corn chips which are basically only corn with spices and seasonings.

Raw Corn Chips

7. Curried Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Currants (The Best Chickpea Salad Ever)

A winner for potlucks, this simple chickpea and carrot salad is delicious with a medley of curry powder, maple syrup, tahini for a dressing. It can double as a main.

Curried Chickpea Salad with Currants and Carrots

8. Better Than Chicken Soup (Miso Curry Squash and Chickpea Soup)

I never would have thought to combine miso and curry, but trust me, this soup was delicious.

Better Than Chicken Soup (Miso Curry Squash and Chickpea Soup)

9. Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)

Most of the recipes in this list of favourites have been Robbie Repeaters, aka recipes simple and tasty that Rob makes time and time again. This is a refreshing change of pace for a dip: a fusion of hummus with tzatziki. Cucumber meets chickpea. Nice to meet you, too.

Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)

10. Better Than Nutella Cheesecake (Almost Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake)

At number 10 only because I lumped my desserts towards the end, this was an epic dessert. Rich and decadent, chocolate meets hazelnut for a nutella-like cheesecake, only better.

Better Than Nutella Cheesecake (Almost Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake)

11. Rich Vegan Cheesecake with a Pecan Shortbread Crust

This was a year filled with lots of great desserts, and this cheesecake was the dessert that reminded me the most of real cheesecake. The fluffier European-style cheesecake that I adore. Cashews and tofu are combined with great results but almost overshadowed by a crispy pecan shortbread crust.

Rich Lemon Cheesecake with Pecan Shortbread Crust

12. The Best Chocolate Truffles

These were so easy to make and also, to eat, I ran out of cocoa powder after making three batches over the holidays. It is possibly to my benefit that I don’t replenish it. Although on second thought, how will I use up my lecithin before we move? ;)

The Best Chocolate Truffle

13. Cardamom, Cinnamon & Ginger Iced Tea

I have long been a fan of tisanes, but little did I know how easy (and cheaper) it would be to make my own. This has been a staple ever since. A cold beverage spiced with kitchen staples: cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.

Cardamom, Cinnamon & Ginger Herbal Infusion

What were your favourite finds from the year? Did I miss any of your favourites?

Favourite here, previously:

My 10 Favourite Recipes from 2010

My 11 Favourite Recipes from 2011

My 12 Favourite Recipes from 2012

My Ongoing List of Favourite Recipes

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  1. Laura said, on January 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    These look so delicious! Happy New Year!

  2. coconutandberries said, on January 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Aaah! These recipe roundups make my “to-make” list grow to unmanageable proportions! What a tasty year you had :)
    The ancho lentil taco wraps are especially calling to me- even though I’ve never worked with ancho chili before.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on January 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I think Ancho chiles are much more common in the US. I never saw them in Canada, either, although I suspect they are the main ingredient in “chili powder”… I have since found some dried Anchos and wondering what it would be like to make my own powder. :)

  3. Deena Kakaya said, on January 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Those truffles look so good x

  4. Jessica Eagle said, on January 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Happy New Year Janet !!!!
    Thanks for this post. Everything looks sooooooo delicious. I’ll keep in mind lots of your suggestions for the next few weeks :)

  5. Joanne said, on January 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I am so impressed with your sweet treats!! Definitely need to try some of these in the new year.

  6. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on January 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Gorgeous! I’m glad you included those sweet options as they were amongst my favourite of your recipes for the year :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on January 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Kari, you are too kind. I am finding it harder to resist the sweets lately, and I think it is all for a good cause. :)

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  8. sprint2thetable said, on January 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I loved all of these! And I’d forgotten about the arepas – I still need to make them. Happy New Year!

  9. […] you for all your positive feedback from my top 13 favourite recipes. This is the first year I also looked through my blog stats and decided to share your favourite […]

  10. Genevieve said, on January 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I love reading your yearly round-ups because I always seem to find more recipes to bookmark that I somehow missed the first time! It must be hard for you to choose favourites though out of so many!

  11. Veronica Sheppard said, on January 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    That Kimchi Poutine looks insane!

  12. Johanna GGG said, on January 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    a belated happy new year – can’t believe I am so late to visit here but how could I resist as you have so many wonderful recipes – I think the nutella cheesecake is the one I really want to try and the arepas is the recipe I loved trying. look forward to another year of yumminess

  13. […] I thought last year was filled with change, it was nothing compared to 2014. Moving from Houston back to Toronto was […]

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