Light fluffy quinoa

Quinoa- the somewhat mysterious superfood. It seems to show up at every potluck, and you know you should try it ….but do you? I have had some really terrible quinoas in my day. Cold gloppy or lifeless, so I get the apprehension. So what is the magic secret with Quinoa? does it really have to…

Lent, Borscht, and memories

The internet is flooded with recipes as tributes to Ukraine. Named an authentic Ukrainian dish. This post is not intended as another one of those posts. See it started Monday, when my darling child showed me a paper. It asked who were the first in the family to migrate to Canada – list the push…

Seeking Smarter – Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

I love watching the Amazing race. In this race people must preform tasks to acquire clues to move on to the next part of the race across the globe. In Tataouine it was a listening task. If that location sounds familiar to you, your not wrong. The abandoned village in Tunisia is the actual set…

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,…

Homemade thick creamy Yogurt

Have you ever had anything that was just …good. Not GREAT! But good. It’s like meh? Nothing to write home about but I’ll eat it. Well, that was homemade yogurt for along time, the flavour profiles just weren’t there. I did not feel the motivation to make it because it was only meh… UNTIL….now. So…

“Naturally fermented” Garlic Dill pickles

Some people cringe when they hear the word “fermented”. But old fashion Crock pickles are just that. High in gut healthy bacteria they are a great addition to your pantry. Plus they are super easy to make- no old fashion crock required. (But if you have one use it ) Georgia Varozza has a book…

Home canned Tomato soup

Tomato soup is an essential childhood staple- soda crackers or grilled cheese sandwich to go along side. I became a tomato soup expert over my many years. Which brands where worth buying and which tasted like red tempera paint mixed with sugar. Trust me it is a thing and it is horrible. With my adventures…

Nacho night- Perfect pantry meals

Thursday’s are my “no cook” night. We usually have a take out pizza. kids love the tradition. This past Thursday, we had nachos and dip. Introducing Skillet Nacho Dip. This skillet nacho dip is perfect for those who want to whip up a fast kid friendly meal. It is loaded with Mexican flavours bean, corn,…

Super Creamy Mac & Cheese

I am a huge fan of all things cheese, so Mac and cheese is a staple on the list of comfort foods. My crew however, are not a fan of most homemade Mac and cheese recipes. Many oven based recipes – the baking dries them out and they have crispy bits they avoid (I love…

Raising Rebels & Italian wedding soup

My boy came home and told of a very exciting day. A protest at school broke out to “free a student” who was wrongfully accused and disciplined and told to stand at the wall at recess. At the injustice of it all 15-20 middle school students begin chanting “FREEDOM, FREEDOM!” Reminiscent of a scene from…

Balloons & autumn Couscous salad

I love kid logic. Once when my kids were toddlers they were given a helium balloon. One day, It had floated to the living rooms 10 ft ceiling, far above the head of a toddler. In an effort to be independent – they devised a method to retrieve the ballon on their own. I hear…

Great Debate- Twice baked potatoes

Let’s talk yeast, nutritional yeast that is. What is it? According to healthline website nutritional yeast is high beneficial to a vegan diet or lifestyle. Below is beef summary of nutrition info found on their site. It is a complete protein: Nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids that humans must get from food….

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…

BBQ crunchy chickpea bombs

In school I was the library kid. You know the ones who quiet at the back and take the library books back on those trollies every morning. I even worked at the library through out high school. Which is why it pains me to say… my dog ate my library book. Yes, the rawmazing dessert…

Daniel Fast- Cauliflower steaks

Fasting – for most it is not the most fun word to hear. It is uncomfortable and often trying time. For a time such as this it is fitting. Fasting is a time to restructure priorities to strengthen relationships & faith. Our church has called a time of prayer and fasting, to help strengthen both…

Gardens, and roasted potatoes

Aside from all the crazy- I love November & December – yes it’s holiday prep but these are the months the seed companies finally slow down enough to ship out next years glorious bundles of excitement. Like those old toy catalogues we waited for each winter. Well is it worth it… it just may be……

Healthy Homemade Refried beans

I have a confession- I LOVE refried beans. I probably have eaten my weight in them. Which is why I have about 4 lbs of dry beans stashed in my pantry. Until I had kids I could buy a single can of old El Paso – chalk full of salt and preservatives and eat them…

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…

Favourite things…. Roasted red pepper Tomato soup

The first heavy frost advisory rang out from my iPad today. It meant I had to get the last of my tomatoes off the vines or risk losing them to frost. I had at least 14 cups of Roma tomotoes I popped into a roaster to cook up and freeze for later. Roasting & freezing…