In Mains (Vegetarian) on January 26, 2016 at 7:25 AM
I remember someone told me they didn’t like curry because it always tastes like curry powder. Well, if you always use the same curry powder, of course they will be similar. Most of the time, I don’t use curry powder and try to use the individual spices to create new concoctions each time.
Examples: Martinique Sweet Potato Coconut Curry, A Riff on Massaman Curry, Cauliflower and Chickpea Balti, Cauliflower Dal with Panch Poran, and our favourite Nepalese Dal Bhat. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Sides on January 23, 2016 at 8:19 AM
While I may end up apologizing for too many cabbage recipes, I shall not apologize for too many bean recipes! With the United Nations declaring 2016 The Year of the Pulse, it is exciting to see people discovering (or re-discovering) their love of such a humble nutritious super star. Read the rest of this entry »
In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on January 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM
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 »
In Mains (Vegetarian) on December 23, 2015 at 7:52 AM
Before I was vegan, the only Indian food I liked was butter chicken. Then I met Rob and we explored lots of great, naturally vegan curries. While we have veganized some of Rob’s favourite curries (see this Vegan Khao Soi), I never even thought to veganize butter chicken.
Until of course, I spotted a healthier version that was mostly vegan, except for that chicken. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads on December 5, 2015 at 11:37 AM
It took me a while, but I finally broke out the winter squash. I always feel like I need a few recipes to work through one butternut squash. This one is a winner and I encourage you to try it out.
This Butternut Squash Farinata is basically a variation on my Mediterranean Crustless Chickpea Flour Quiche with winter herbs including thyme and sage speckled with silky orange jewels of butternut squash. Here it is paired with a lovely, albeit optional, Spinach Salad with Farro and a Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Together, it makes such a lovely meal, it is worthy of a special occasion. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on December 1, 2015 at 7:36 AM
With a bold title, Eat Like You Give a Damn, it seemed fit to share this lovely cookbook around the holidays. With the American Thanksgiving/Thanksliving wrapping up and Hannukah/Christmas season quickly approaching, it should be a season for giving a damn. No?
Eat Like You Give a Damn is a vegan cookbook by Herbivore Clothing’s Michele Schwegmann and Josh Hooten and recently won Vegweb’s Favourite Cookbook of the Year. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Salads on November 17, 2015 at 7:04 AM
You know it has been a great vacation when you get back and kind of forgot where you left off from life.
No kitchen meals buffered in my head. I even forgot one of my passwords at work.
Rob and I returned late Saturday so that we could regroup on Sunday. I forgot what was in the kitchen but thankfully found a sweet potato and carrot to make a quick batch of Gena’s Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry (omitted the ginger and used Penzey’s new curry powder – The Now Curry – which was spicier than their Sweet Curry Powder – but lent a nice complexity to the dish). 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 Book Review, Breakfasts, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 31, 2015 at 8:31 AM
It took me three years but I finally bought millet again.
While I have shared a few recipes with it, I loved it most of all popped and found in granola. This time, I was intrigued by Meghan Telpner’s millet crust. Soak and cook millet, then press it into a pie plate. And voila, instant gluten-free, whole food, texture-a-plenty pie crust. Read the rest of this entry »
In Mains (Vegetarian) on October 27, 2015 at 7:51 AM
My lunches do not normally look like this. But it was so pretty, I had to snap a picture of my lunch to-go earlier this month.
One of the first things I moved into my office was a mini-fridge so I could easily store leftovers. I might bring a big batch of beans and a large salad and keep them in the fridge all week until nothing is left, replenishing through the week and supplementing with a fresh apple each day. By the end of the week, I might cobble together all the remnants for a take-away lunch. Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Breakfasts, Favourites on October 24, 2015 at 8:31 AM
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 »
In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 20, 2015 at 7:33 AM
I don’t know about you, but have you felt more busy since September? There is something about the sun-filled evenings that relaxes me in the summer. Between weekend commitments, a shorter evening and the cooler weather, fall lends well to becoming more productive and prioritizing the important things in life.
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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 Sides on October 10, 2015 at 9:26 AM
Somehow (Canadian) Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year. With the recent balmy weather and let’s be honest, no events that necessitate bringing a Thanksgiving dish this year, it has barely crossed my mind. All of a sudden a long weekend is upon us as we scramble to do all.the.things over the next few days.
Still thankful? Absolutely.
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