Traditions – Vegan Banana Pudding

My husband has an annual tradition of “trying” to make parsnip fries. It’s now about 3 years 4 years running. I have my husbands permission to tell you all how it goes down… What happens is this. Our pastor calls a Fast at the start of the new year. The fast is essentially a vegan…

Roasted red pepper ‘Cream’ sauce – Vegan

I am pretty flexible. I don’t like routines and seldom legalistic. Somedays my husband wishes I had a bit more structure. That is the way our house approaches the Daniel fast, we are flexible. Some say you MUST ONLY EAT RAW veg at every meal. Call be a bit of a rebel but I say…

Grilled Polenta and Ragout – Vegan.

When I think Betty Crocker, I think of gingham, of old out dated recipes from my mothers era and those boxes of cake mixes on grocery shelves. So this dinner recipe really surprised me. I stumbled upon it when searching for Vegan and Daniel fast friendly dinners. After reading the recipe I looked to see…

Happily ever after- No Sugar Fruit Crumble

As a child I always wanted to be a princess. Who knew in 2021 we would wake up and realize we’re living the Disney dream…. literally. So – if we take covid as plot development – we are well on our way to a good old fashion happy ending …but in all seriousness, during this…

Cashew cream – your secret to non dairy

Cashews can take the place of heavy cream in a recipe, it is true. If your avoiding dairy and think Creamy Pastas, soups and parfaits are gone – they can still be on the menu ! Cashew cream – sounds weird to those used to milk or cream. But Soaked cashews when puréed turn into…

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…

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…

Tomato Bacon and Spinach Pasta- Leftovers

Christmas is wonderful time for many things, sharing & caring of friends and neighbours. The much anticipated parcels, packages and leftovers! Yes, the seasonal holiday foods tend to leave more then one leftover in the fridge. Especially if plans got a bit changed with lockdowns – I am just as guilty – round here we…

Food conspiracy- Dry Ranch mix

I have one child who is developing his taste for veg slowly. Very slowly. Dip is often requested. When it comes to creamy salad dressings I always questioned why creamy dressings could be shelf stable. If you think about it too long, you begin to wonder about all those food conspiracies. How much gunk really…

Yellow dresses & Earl grey lattes

What is your best outfit? Not only the one that is your favourite, but your best, probably cost a bit too much, or has sentimental value and you won’t let go of? You know the one that that you probably haven’t worn in ages since no event really warrants an outfit that special… Ok maybe…

Festive Friday- Salted Caramel PopCorn

Kernel popcorn stand was a big Christmas treat. My sister and I would walk past the stands in the packed Christmas malls and the smell of buttery goodness would waft through the halls. The brightly packaged tins of crazy flavours of popcorn made a yearly appearance at our house. Next to dill pickle (YUCK!) my…

Festive Friday – Checkerboard Cookies

Holiday Baking is a Christmas tradition in most houses. Since my mother was a business woman and not the cooking type – we did not bake cookies at Christmas. Instead we were given beautiful cookie trays and baskets from her employees as gifts. As I got older, my mother sold her business and I strived…

Lick the spoon – Pumpkin Spice Bars

I have learned many lessons over the years cooking. Like never trust the cookbook times, Vanilla extract makes the dessert and never omit salt completely. It was my son who taught me the most unusual lessons about culinary terminology … My eldest was 3 the Christmas I learned my most unique cooking lesson. We had…

Winter Blahs? DIY Tex mex Seasoning

What is it about winter that brings out the hot and spicy flavours of Latin America? If your like me I eat the most Mexican style food in the winter. Perhaps it is the wistful thinking of warmer weather, perhaps it is how it just makes your whole body cozy and warm. Maybe it is…

PreFab movement – Home Canned pineapple

I recently read a November 2020 article in chatelaine – What pre cut produce is actually worth the money ? Some of the items on the list made complete sense like mushrooms – which in my store are exactly the same price as whole. Others listed like pineapple openly stated that they knew that you…

Festive Friday – Homemade Party mix

It’s Festive Friday once again. So why not take advantage of the time and the sales. After all who knows if we will end up in lock down again. So each Friday we will bring you a new Festive Holiday favourites from our house to your phone or tablet ….you get the idea. Right now,…

Question of Faith – Apple Turnovers

What do you want out of life this season? This was a question our pastor posed from the pulpit. She encouraged the people not to be domesticated christians, but to be vibrant Holy Spirit filled warriors. As I sat there and thought, my mind drew a blank. What did I want out of life this…

Christmas already ? – Christmas jam

I went shopping today, and what did I see- Eggnog. Yes eggnog! the world has officially gone crazy. If it hadn’t already. I know other shops have decor and gift ideas but even the grocer has fallen victim to the extra early Christmas bug- Blame the pandemic – the need to make up lost revenue….

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…