Crispy tofu

People have strong opinions about tofu. It’s right up there with health and politics on the list of things people just avoid at the table. I have an uncle that loves tofu, I think that is where my love of it comes from. My husband used to be a tofu hater, but then the annual…

Paper, words & Matzo Balls – vegan

The Online learning can provide interesting insight into your child’s life. Sitting quietly in the other room listening to the teacher read aloud from their daily reading novel moved me. Their novel of choice Jakeman by Deborah Ellis. This particular passage Jake and this fellow companions found their social worker’s reports. One for each child,…

Winter ratatouille- vegan

ratatouille – pronounced – rat.Ah.Tooie – we are not referring to a Disney movie about a rat but a wonderful dish out of southern France. Traditionally it is served with lovely roasted summer vegetables. We have altered this dish to fit our northern climate and the readily avail cold season vegetables. It is just as…

Daniel Fast spotlight- recipe sources

It is that time of year again…fasting time. Ever wonder how you never realize it is already here. Then your like AHHH what do I eat… What is Daniel fast? Well it is the fast that Daniel went listed in the bible. It is basically a vegan diet – in plants whole grains, water etc….

Fruits of labour – Kabobs

We have a teacher in our lives who uses a banking system in her class. If you do your work, on time and participate you get paid in a virtual account. You can then cash in your hard earned cash in at the end of May or June at there class store. The store has…

Butternut squash risotto

Risotto, it is one of the first dishes you learn in culinary school. It was also the dish my head chef detested it with a passion. Perhaps it was because he suffered through marking students attempts at making it too many years. “Wallpaper paste…” is what he fondly called it. Now most risottos are made…

What’s on the grill?

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her Ephesians 5:25 Summer is fast approaching and if your like our family that means grilling season. My husband has blessed me with his support of my plant based lifestyle change thus far. I sit and think about this, it wasn’t…

Dressing? stuffing?….Cornbread stuffing.

Whatever side of the pond your on the side dish of bread cubes roasted in turkey juices is quintessential part of Christmas and thanksgiving dinners alike. Round here, we make our own bread to use for stuffing the week before the event. I usually use Challah at my house it has a nice texture with…

DIY baking mixes …..Instant Falafel mix

When it comes to instant mixes falafel might not be the first one you think about. Without a doubt is sure makes life easier if your a falafel fan! We went on a falafel kick early spring- Inspired by a vegetarian style fast- with a store bought instant mix from a bulk store. They were…

Comfort food… Potato Bacon soup

Cold rainy days of fall means comfort food. Comfort food means many things to many people. For some, it’s ice cream sandwich, for others it’s a big plate of pasta. For me, it’s anything with potatoes. I could eat potatoes 100 different ways, and never tire of them. I blame my Irish roots for that….

Too much of a good thing – Small batch Peach BBQ sauce

Have you ever overdone it on a good thing? For my sister it was cotton candy ice cream. My mother it was dish-wear. For a friend it was wall paper… it looked good in the store. BBQ sauce and I have an assorted past. One summer I got it in my head I was going…

Breaking the Fussy Eater- Canned Sloppy joe

It may seem a little deep South to consider canning ground meat. I have found recently in this dead heat, home canned meat is extremely handy and tasty to have on hand. I totally understand why they can it now with all this heat – (insert Canadian whine about 40 degree temps) The evening went…

I will not can in a box – Beef stew (canned)

Ok I will admit I had huge fears when it came to canning. Ok not regular canning – pressure canning. It – along with many great things in life – has become taboo – I had heard the stories of great aunt Lucy having her canner explode. Stories of low acid veg going bad and…

Behind closed doors – Vegan Bouillon Base

If I asked you what was tucked away at the very back of your cupboard right now, could you answer without looking? Do you actually know what is behind your closed doors? Perhaps we may want to take inventory, while we still have spare time. Until we took our doors off our cupboards to paint,…

Ghost of Sauces past… Home Canned Pasta Sauce

Food memories, they are a strong force. I have read in psychology books that when a memory is coupled with taste or smell it lasting power is strengthened. That is why particular foods have effect on us. How your mother made bread, or dad’s burgers. I don’t have many distinct food memories that I can…

Fandoms and Summer Rolls

Like Lucas and Trekkie fans – there seems to be two very different camps in tofu. Those who refuse tofu, call it a product of a Sith lord, that it throws of the balance of the force and it should be eradicated off the face of the planet. Then there are those for it, see…

Pie Crusts & Happy Thoughts

What are your happy thoughts, the kind you think of and immediately smile? Perhaps it’s your Bff, your kids, or even your dog. Maybe its a song on the radio, your latest nail polish color or binge watching your netflix drama. Summer, summer makes me happy. Clean sheets on the line, kids running in the…

Food Scars and Pizza

Do you have a food scar? You know, a food you had that left such a negative impact on your life that you will never eat it again. I do. For me, it’s my mother’s tuna casserole. Ask my sister … she knows of said scar. If you wonder what is soooo terrible, let me…

Savor the Now – Coconut Curry soup

This week has been CRAZY ! Comfort food is the name of the game. The comfort food of choice today is Coconut curry soup. Due to the virus threat our schools have been closed for the next 3 weeks by our government. I have also been told that some grocery staples are no longer stocked,…