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Slow Cooker Chana Masala (Oil-free, Vegan)

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 12, 2016 at 7:25 AM

Slow Cooker Chana Masala

I hope you don’t mind me sharing recipes from my newest favourite kitchen gadget. Rob bought me an Instapot and we’ve been slowly exploring it – both with the slow cooker and pressure cooker functions (I will be waiting a while to try the yogurt function unless someone can point me in the right direction for something easy). Read the rest of this entry »

Mexican Cabbage Soup

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on January 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Mexican Cabbage Soup

I am not sure if other Canadians will agree with me, but while the exporters should be rejoicing that our loonie is quite low, all I notice are the expensive veggies at the store. Now that the local farmer market has shuttered for winter, we’re back at the regular grocers. We took a special trip to a Polish grocer and came home, with…. wait for it… CABBAGE!  Two monster heads came to a handful of pennies per pound.  Read the rest of this entry »

Top Vegan Recipes from 2015

In Events/Round-Ups, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 2, 2016 at 7:09 AM

It is hard to believe I am still blogging after 6 years. Lots of changes this year, both high and low, but the best of the best include marrying my best friend and moving into our new home. Here’s to a 2016 filled with lots of love, health and happiness… and a belly filled with good food. Here are both my favourites and your favourites from 2015.

1. The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Look no further, these are the Best Chocolate Cupcakes, vegan or not. Light and fluffy but not too sweet. Enjoy!

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Roasted Maple Rosemary Almonds

In Appetizers, Desserts, Favourites on December 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Roasted Maple Rosemary Almonds

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 »

Salted Caramel Pear Butter

In Desserts, Favourites on November 3, 2015 at 7:33 AM

Salted Caramel Pear Butter

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 »

Revolutionary Savoury Egg Mix + DIY Vegan Cookbook GIVEAWAYS

In Book Review, Breakfasts, Favourites on October 24, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Savoury Egg Mix + DIY Vegan Cookbook GIVEAWAY

Tofu scramble does not taste like scrambled eggs. Have you ever thought that?

I imagine it might be an early reaction to a tofu scramble, with the second thought reminding yourself how wonderful it tastes, irregardless. Even my favourite dillicious tofu scramble does not remind me off eggs, unless you like lumpy firm eggs? When I first cooked scrambled soft tofu, I was one step closer to scrambled egg creation. However, while the soft tofu is creamy, silky and fluffy, the problem is that it took much longer to cook. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

In Desserts, Favourites on October 17, 2015 at 8:36 AM

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

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 »

Quick and Easy Black Bean Dip + tip for ultra creamy bean dips

In Appetizers, Favourites, Sides on September 27, 2015 at 8:21 AM

Quick and Easy Black Bean Dip

Sometimes I have no clue which recipe will appear next on my blog.

I didn’t even think I would post anything this weekend, to be honest, but I made this wicked awesome black bean dip for my cousins and it was gobbled up. I knew I had to share it soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle Eastern Cauliflower and Hummus Tacos with a Tahini-Cumin Dressing

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on September 19, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Middle Eastern Cauliflower and Hummus Tacos with a Tahini-Cumin Dressing

It is much more obvious in these photos that I like to overstuff my wraps.

With so many different parts, I wouldn’t want each bite to miss out. Read the rest of this entry »

Magical Grilled Peaches

In Desserts, Favourites on August 20, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Magical Grilled Peaches

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”.

Magical 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!

Magical Grilled Peaches

I am sharing this with Simple and In Season. Read the rest of this entry »

Southwestern Mixed Bean Salad with a Chile-Lime Dressing

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads, Sides on August 13, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Southwestern Mixed Bean Salad
This summer has been a lot of tofu.

Jamaican tofu skewers

Grilled tofu steaks

Even a tofu salad

I’ve been missing my beans.. and then all of a sudden, I had a craving for a mixed bean salad.

Southwestern Mixed Bean Salad

My last mixed bean salad was Symphony in a Can aka My 5-Minute Symphonic Mixed Bean Salad which has a more classic flavour profile: lemon, mustard and onion for the mixed beans.

This time I went with a Southwestern inspired bean salad with a chile-lime dressing. Lots of vegetables including bell peppers and tomatoes along with fresh cilantro. I worked with a medley of beans and then added in extra red kidney beans. They are perfect for salads and I don’t use them nearly enough.

Southwestern Mixed Bean Salad
I think my chile powder has been losing its freshness/spiciness so my newest trend (you may have already spotted it) is adding some Sweet Mesquite Seasoning which has plenty of oomph. Either that or my palate is warming up… Probably the former.

In any case, this salad received a lot of praise during my last barbecue. I think you will like it, too. Enjoy!

Southwestern Mixed Bean Salad

I am sharing this with My Legume Love Affair, Meat Free Mondays, and Cooking with Herbs.

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Smoky Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

In Favourites, Sides on August 6, 2015 at 7:26 AM

Smoky Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Toronto had a wicked storm this past weekend.

#torontostorm #junction

A photo posted by Neille Brockie (@vidabrockie) on

Yeah, that one. (Sorry for the rain tease for those in California!)
The next one is a video:

If you saw a plane trying to land at the Island Airport at that time (I didn’t see us in the video), I was there. We circled back and forth between Toronto and St Catharines as we waited for a clearing to land. The landing was probably the most rocky I had endured and it was only afterwards, gawking at the photos in the comfort of my own home, did I realize what we had missed.

(Hopefully they got some awesome wedding pictures)

Smoky Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Anyways, Rob and I had a very quick weekend trip over the long weekend out to New Hampshire for some relaxation and hiking in the White Mountain National Forest. Rob was in Boston for a conference but when I flew down, we opted to head outside the city instead. If you like outdoors, this is a great place to visit. We stayed with a host through AirBnB and it was almost like our own piece of heaven.

I had been talking about making Bourbon-spoked barbecue sauce for a while, but we had no Bourbon nor whiskey. Our trip to duty-free solved that and I quickly followed through with my promise of homemade barbecue sauce. Earlier this year, I made Miyoko’s zippy barbecue sauce (fabulous, by the way) and found it oh, so easy and was equally delighted with this concoction.

Smoky. Apple-infused although I couldn’t really taste the apple. And the Bourbon was in there, too. The Bourbon is more of an aftertaste after the alcohol is simmered away, adding depth to the sauce. A bit on the spicier side but I loved it. So, even if you do not like whiskey (hello, me!) and even if you do (hello, Rob!), you will love this. I imagine this will be gone by the end of the weekend. Veggie burgers really do better with something saucy slathered overtop.

Enjoy! Please let me know how you like it. Do you have a favourite barbecue sauce recipe?

Smoky Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

I am sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays and Credit Crunch Munch.

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Creamy Lemon-Dill Roasted Potato Salad

In Favourites, Salads on July 18, 2015 at 7:26 AM

Creamy Lemon-Dill Roasted Potato Salad

This may very well turn out to be the summer of potatoes and mushrooms. While not everyone likes the mayo-heavy potato salads, everyone seems to like the non-mayo salads from this summer so far.

Rob said this was his favourite potato salad yet.

Creamy Lemon-Dill Roasted Potato Salad

His Polish roots may be particularly partial to fresh dill.

Creamy Lemon-Dill Roasted Potato Salad

The dressing is a creamy, but not heavy, lemon-tahini sauce with a touch of mustard which I tossed with salt-and-pepper roasted potatoes and fresh dill. The recipe makes a lot of dressing, which was great throughout the week to dress up some of the leftover grilled vegetables. The dressing was also great when I added in some extra chickpeas.

What is your favourite recipe for potato salad?

Creamy Lemon-Dill Roasted Potato Salad

I am sharing this with Bookmarked Recipes and Tea Time Treats.

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Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Sides on July 16, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

Onwards with the BBQ experimenting.

My natural instinct when I hear BBQ is to buy portobello mushrooms. As I said, I love salads and dishes I can prepare in advance, and the Portobello Carpaccio in But I Could Never Go Vegan sounded perfect.

Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

Similar, but not identical to my grilled balsamic portobellos, these portobello mushrooms are marinated and roasted in the oven. The marinade is Italian-inspired with dried herbs and a red wine vinaigrette. I suppose the barbecue could work, too, but the barbecue was for later in the day. Once the mushrooms were cool, you slice them super thin (and had I known what on a bias meant, I would have done more of a diagonal to the horizontal plane). Then I popped them in the fridge for a few hours prior to serving. A sprinkle of capers and rosemary finished this as a really fun appetizer, with portobello mushrooms masquerading as rare meat.

Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

Because mushrooms alone do not make a meal, and I had used up most of my culinary energies, we opted for something so simple, I was worried it might not work.

I had seen Tiffany’s post about tofu cheeseburgers where she simply grilled slabs of tofu and called it a burger. She isn’t even vegan and loved it. I was intrigued so we tried something similar.

We cut up a package of super firm tofu into four slices, cut longitudinally, and grilled it. Nothing added, not even salt and pepper. Rob said it stuck a bit on the grill but otherwise it was perfect. Slightly smoky and a blank canvas to work nicely against the vibrant portobello carpaccio.

Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

Next time, we might try oiling the grills or brushing the tofu with some oil before placing it on the grill.

What do you think? Have you grilled plain tofu before?

Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

I am sharing this with Meat Free Mondays.

 

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Smoked Paprika Potato Salad + Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Favourites, Salads, Sides on July 11, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Smoked Paprika Potato Salad + Even More Vegan Food Substitutions GIVEAWAY

As Rob and I hone our BBQ hosting skills, we have divvied up the work. Rob tends to the BBQ and I work on the sides. I have never liked the stress of cooking while guests are over so I have gravitated to the make-ahead salads. And guys, this potato salad is wicked awesome. Seriously.

Smoked Paprika Potato Salad

I took some small potatoes and roasted them with paprika (the regular stuff works – I was all out of the smoked variety) along with dried tarragon, onion and garlic granules. When they came out of the oven, Rob and I had to peel ourselves from the pan. We could have eaten the whole batch together before our guests had arrived.

In the back of my mind, I was worried about ruining the most perfect roasted potatoes by adding more dressing, but I continued with the potato salad recipe which called for a white balsamic dressing with a touch of fresh dill and marjoram. Only a touch because my plants were just seedlings. I tasted again. A bit hesitant. Fabulous. No need to worry, I stashed it in the fridge to marinade even longer. We all loved it.

Smoked Paprika Potato Salad

This gem of a recipe comes from Joni and Celine’s latest cookbook, Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food SubstitutionsI don’t have the first of the series, Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, but this is a fabulous resource for people who want to create their own spins on vegan foods. Joni and Celine explain (with examples) how to replace meat and dairy from other recipes with the latest advances in vegan cuisine with an emphasis on whole foods based ingredients (barring aquafaba).

The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Substitutions

At the heart of the book are recipes for kitchen staples. Milk substitutes and vegan butter (different than Miyoko’s homemade vegan butter). There are countless recipes for different kinds of cheese (American Cheese, Cheese Balls, Chia Seed Cream Cheese) and even how to replace eggs in different scenarios

They explain how to replace eggs while in baking versus in a dish such as shakshouka, where the eggs are prime and centre, as well as in baking. Meat substitutes, including chicken broth powder, are included.

However, in addition to the staples, there are applications of the recipes. There are examples of how to veganized a recipe, comprehensive lists with substitutions but also recipes that have taken the guess work out of it for you. Personally, I prefer recipes that do not try to mimic dairy/meat recipes which is why I gravitated to this potato salad. Mayo-free, it is perfect just the way it is, without any substitutes at all.

Smoked Paprika Potato Salad

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in the US or Canada. To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me what you find the hardest to make vegan. The winner will be selected at random on July 20, 2015. Good luck!

Recipes from Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions spotted elsewhere:

Sweet Potato and Avocado Sushi
Vegan Bánh Mi Scramble

I am sharing this with Cooking with Herbs and No Croutons Required.

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