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…

Living In full colour- Berry Parfait

There has been numerous uptakes in creative hobbies during the pandemic. Everything from beads to breads graced the tables of those weathering the pandemic storm. Relaxing and creating something new. I read a blog post with a you tube link to a avid paint by number painter claiming adult paint by numbers are the way…

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…

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…

Rainbow rolls

I love wraps. I think I love them because it doesn’t feel like your eating a salad. Also it is just as customizable as any taco. When given the option between a wrap and a salad my youngest will always choose wrap. This list below is a selection of optional ingredients – only choose what…

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….

Summer time popsicles – 3 healthy ways

With climatologists warning that this summer could be hottest on record, we are finding inventive ways to cool off. Popsicles or lollies are a simple way to do that. Conventional store bought lollies are nothing more then corn syrups, food colouring and artificial flavours. We are a smoothie crew. With some who desperately need the…

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…

Rice pudding – Traditional & Vegan

Rice Pudding is classified as a poor man’s food. I cannot remember exactly when I had rice pudding for the first time. It was during the big 80s recession, in a run down rental property my biological mother could barely afford. Bouncing cheques to buy diapers. From what I remember she did not home cook…

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….

Simplicity – apple sauce 4 ways

9 years ago, we had to have a maple tree removed from our front yard. A huge branch blew down and almost hit our house. That particular tree was 19 ft away from our home and cast wonderful shade over our front sunroom. Fast forward to this week: the struggle of online learning has wreaked…

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…

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…

What’s for breakfast ? Coconut rice & fruit

What to eat for breakfast? That is the question I am hearing these days. My family normally would eat hot breakfast of eggs & toast. Or cold cereal with milk. After cutting out animal products my husband struggles to find suitable breakfasts that fills him. I knew eating breakfast without animal products or refined sugars…

Vegetarian chilli

Growing up I was never allowed to help make chilli with my father, unlike the spaghetti sauce where my job was to stir. Some how chilli required a great deal more secrecy. I never was sure why, perhaps it was simply the fact that as a child, if I knew what went in I was…