In Desserts, Favourites on October 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM
My mom had a (self-imposed) daunting task: use up all the poppy seeds. How many poppy seeds could she possibly have? A cup or two? No, more like 10 cups of poppy seeds. As such, Rob and I were the recipients of many, many poppy seed infused desserts this summer. In particular, everyone enjoyed these vegan lemon poppy seed cupcakes. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts, Favourites on June 26, 2016 at 8:42 PM
First of all, some news. As you may have noticed, I have not been posting nearly as often this year. At first, this was due to first trimester pregnancy food aversions and fatigue and later on, I had pregnancy complications that kept me on rest in and out of the hospital. A couple weeks ago, Rob and I welcomed our baby boy into the world. He is a small fighter and will be in the hospital for a while, but we are thrilled he is doing so well for now. Between the NICU visits and exclusively pumping for him, life has been filled with fatigue and we know it will only get worse. Please forgive me for my patchy posting schedule.
Because I was in the hospital, my baby shower was cancelled with 2 days notice. My mom, of course, was already ready to party and had these delicious cupcakes prepared for dessert. While I was sad to miss my own baby shower, it meant Rob and I (with some help from my parents and brother) basically ate all the cupcakes. They actually didn’t last that long in our house.
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In Appetizers, Desserts, Favourites on December 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Looking for an easy snack? Perhaps for your next holiday party?
Allow me to suggest these Roasted Maple Rosemary Almonds and Cashews. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Desserts on November 21, 2015 at 8:18 AM
I scouted out white sweet potatoes for this recipe, but I think it would have been even better with purple sweet potatoes. Purple sweet potatoes are taking over the blogosphere! In any case, without the typical orange hue, you may have a hard time believing this is a sweet potato pie but it is. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts on November 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM
I am kind of sad I didn’t take a picture after I took a bite from one of these hand pies. The photos don’t really give the hand pies the justice they deserve. An apple pie you can pick up with your hands? Oh, yes. The escaped filling is only a hint of the delicious filling. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts, Favourites on November 3, 2015 at 7:33 AM
This post is a two-fer.
First, I made the most awesome pear butter this weekend. Salted caramel pear butter. Oh yeah. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts, Favourites on October 17, 2015 at 8:36 AM
Guys, did you see the viral BRAIN CAKE?
As someone who looks at brains on a regular basis, this is remarkably accurate and in the how-to video, it doesn’t look that hard. I think it is awesome!
But this post is not about brain cakes or even necessarily vegan fondant.
It is about something even better: The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Desserts on October 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM
Guys, I have been holding out on you. This summer, I learned how to can. You need not be scared, you can do it, too! I stumbled upon Amy Bronee’s cute cookbook The Canning Kitchen, and I was hooked. An almost accidentally vegan cookbook, her recipes are for small batch canning: perfect for a small family and nothing too overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts on October 13, 2015 at 7:20 AM
Tis the season for snack bars.
The summer is when I typically make my snack bars, aligning with my cycling adventures. However since I broke my ankle last year, I haven’t been cycling the long distances. I still cycle to work with is a very manageable 16 km, round-trip. Lately, I have a few extra meetings downtown, though, which has added an extra 18 km to my commute a few times each week. By the third day in a row, my legs can feel it! Having these extra snacks on hand have been very helpful. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts on September 5, 2015 at 7:44 AM
Yes, it is still ice cream weather. Toronto had its hottest day of the summer last week and it could never have been a better time to have a freezer stockpiled with homemade ice cream. While I love instantaneous banana-based ice creams, I had been secretly pining the traditional ice cream, too. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts on September 3, 2015 at 7:11 AM
Apparently, it isn’t a party unless there is dessert and as such, throughout the summer, I have been working on the perfect make-ahead dessert.
No oven needed, just a bit of stovetop whisking. Let it chill in the fridge and the dessert is ready when you are.
Vegan creme caramel. Read the rest of this entry »
In Desserts on August 25, 2015 at 7:35 AM
If I had to pick the best time to be in Ontario, it would be late summer.
The temperatures are warm and pleasant. The local produce is at its peak. Bursting with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and corn. I love earlier fruits (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries) but fresh warm peaches are where I am focusing right now.
With the earlier tropical heat wave, I had a hankering for a good ginger-peach crumble with an almond-coconut topping. I didn’t want a soupy bottom, so I figured chia seeds would be the perfect antidote.
Sadly, by adding a mere 1 tbsp of grated ginger, I could not taste it at all. Next time, I would add more and have noted this below. So, it is a peach crumble.
Secondly, the chia seeds sopped up a lot of the released peach juice and this was more pronounced when I ate the leftovers. Different than a traditional crumble and worth a try. I also might try grinding my chia seeds in advance to avoid lumpy chia seeds.
Other crips/crumbles you may enjoy:
Blueberry Peach Raspberry Crumbles
Rhubarb Blueberry Cranberry Crisp with a Pistachio Crust
Raw Mixed Berry Crisp
Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble
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In Desserts, Favourites on August 20, 2015 at 7:29 AM
I wish I wrote down what Rob said when he first tried these grilled peaches. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to photograph them since it was a crazy (simple) concoction I put together. However, they were pretty with their grill marks and I left Rob with a peach half as I photographed the others.
It may have been something like: “OH MY GOD. THESE ARE THE MOST DELICIOUS THINGS I HAVE EVER EATEN.” I am paraphrasing but Rob never controls his positive adjectives. If he had his way, this recipe would be “Magical Incredible Grilled Peaches”.
In any case, these were delicious peaches. I was lusting grilled peaches after seeing this beautiful post and pulled out my latest (not-so-secret) weapon in the kitchen. A mix of melted coconut oil, Sweet Mesquite Seasoning and a touch of coconut sugar was slathered on firm yet ripe peaches and then grilled to perfection. Spicy, salty, sweet and juicy. It is a bit reminiscent of fresh mango spears with chile and salt and I could see this working well with pineapple, too, once local peach season subsides.
Looking for another grilled peach idea? How about this fun spin on Grilled Peach Melba aka Grilled Peaches with a Sweet Raspberry Sauce. Happy End of Summer!
I am sharing this with Simple and In Season. Read the rest of this entry »