Spicy black bean soup

I was introduced to black bean soup by a born and bred vegetarian, who didn’t know how to cook anything. My college room mate and I shared a house with 2 others. Jessica was from the big city. Her family never ate meat on principle and so she grew up never eating it either. One…

Chunky Granola clusters

I am a sucker for BIG chunky granola clusters. Granola is an amazing pantry staple. There is a brand that sells those chocolates covered ones that are addictive. I am sure you know the one I’m talking about. After eating too many bags, I decided to find a way to make my own clusters. It…

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…

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…

Date Bliss Balls

According to Jewish tradition, there are seven agricultural products that God bestowed on Israel after the exile in Egypt. These are special products that the Jewish regard as Blessings from God. These are the same products listed in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 8:8.. The original Jewish translation of this text refers to the last…

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…

Flax Pancakes with Berry Compote

Eggs, how do you get around Eggs. For the everyday person, they are in EVERYTHING. As a pastry chef, I loved them, not really to eat, I hardly ever ate eggs. But for their structure. They are the glue of the pastry world. For those who are fasting, going plant based or allergic…they are annoying…

Flat bread~ by any other name

Unleavened bread, Matzo, Lavash, Tortilla, Roti, Chaipati, Kitcha, Bannock …. “Man cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 I have one child who is testing Jesus’ theory on that. He has become somewhat of a bread expert. He knows what he likes and what…

Keep those Bones! Home canned bone broth

A good stock is one of the first things you make in culinary. It is the foundation for many dishes from soups, stews to risottos and pasta. My teachers always said the signs of a good stock not just amazing complex flavour but that it gelatinizes as well when cooled. That is how you know…

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 – Honey Vanilla whipped body butter

Mask, Open door, sanitize, work, repeat. That is the way of the world these days and it is leaving our skin feeling a little more then neglected. With winter coming closer and closer and early morning temps in single digits – I knew we had to save our hides (so to speak) or risk some…

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…

DIY Baking mixes, cornbread, muffins pancakes oh my!

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…

DIY Extracts- Vanilla

One of my Pantry basics includes vanilla. I must have vanilla extract in my pantry- which is why 2017 changed how I do vanilla. Most of North America doesn’t even know about cyclone Enawo, aka the vanilla bean destroyer – but ever since it stormed across Madagascar in 2017 – I have been making my…

Mango Salsa

I am a sucker for sweet salsas. There is just something wonderful about combining a salty crunchy corn chip with the soft sweet taste of mango. I remember the first time I ever had mango salsa. My mother bought it by accident. At first taste she expected the hot spice she was used to, to…

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…

Gardeners Bounty- Raspberry Vinegar

I have been wanting to make raspberry vinegar for a few years now. With our first real crop of raspberries just coming in – I am excited I can finally tackle the project. To be honest I cannot believe it took me this long. It is super easy. It is a recipe I learned back…

Hint of Luxury – Roasted Red Peppers 2 ways

What is it about roasted red peppers that give that luxury feel. It instantly takes a dish up a notch. Hummus, pastas, soups even basic grilled cheese – I love the taste smokiness and ease of prep of reaching into a jar. Even better when you know you made the jar yourself. When I started…