Hearty Vegan stew

It is no surprise that I love gnocchi. I try to find as many things to do with it as possible. I blame my Irish roots, anything potato is good in my books. You are able to find vegan gnocchi in larger stores but this stew is just as good with reg Yukon gold potatoes….

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Creamy Vegan mushroom soup

Mushroom soup is one of my favourite comfort foods. During the 21 day Daniel fast one must remove dairy, which systematically cuts out all dairy. One could replace it with coconut cream but sometimes you just don’t want that coconut flavour… like in the case of wild mushroom soup…so often times that means you go…

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…

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…

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….

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…