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 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 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 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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In Mains (Vegetarian) on October 8, 2015 at 7:11 AM
I grew collards this year. Initially, the brassica loving bugs ate the leaves mercilessly. And quickly, too, I might add: within a week of planting. You can see the moth-eaten appearance below. I had to take drastic measures otherwise I knew I would have zero leaves for myself.
I made a simple solution of water, detergent and rubbing alcohol (recipe here) and sprayed my collard plants. The next day, the leaves were all shrivelled and covered in a white substance. At that point, I remembered I used ultra concentrated detergent and worried I had killed my plants altogether. A few weeks later, though, there were new leaves and new growth. And no evidence of any more bugs. Success!
A hardy green leafy plant, they will still be good into the fall, even after the first frost. Nice! Read the rest of this entry »
In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 6, 2015 at 6:56 AM
While I have never eaten a white chili, this definitely reminded me of my time in Houston.
This chili has no red in sight. No tomatoes. No red chiles. No red kidney beans.
Instead, we use all the white and green counterparts: green Anaheim peppers. White kidney beans and even some chickpeas. Spinach adds another punch of green. And corn, technically yellow, is almost white. The original recipe called for hominy, which is actually white, so I was the one deviating from the white/green template.
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In Mains (Vegetarian), Salads on October 3, 2015 at 7:07 AM
So, I don’t know if you remember our car fiasco from last year. The time when our car broke down en route to Toronto, the day before starting my first day at work. It was due to an electrical problem and we eventually drove it into the ground, necessitating being towed to the dealer for a paltry trade-in value.
We bought a new fuel-efficient car and figured we were all set. Read the rest of this entry »