Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad with Roasted Asparagus

So, Toronto got hit with its first official snow fall on Sunday, and yes, it’s late November, but it still somehow took me by surprise. I felt a momentary sensation of delight upon opening my blinds Sunday morning and seeing the world caked in pristine, flaky white layers, but then it gradually gave way to…

Fall Fashions for the Conscientious Shopper

The fashion industry is notoriously unkind to the earth, and is known to be exploitative of both people and resources.  For anyone who is trying to make more conscientious and sustainable choices, clothes shopping can be frustrating. Cold weather clothing is especially a challenge for vegans, because so much of it uses animal products as…

Roasted Carrot Soup and Carrot Top Pesto

Carrots are one of my favourite vegetables, and one of the few I could be coaxed into eating during my fussy childhood days.  I’m partial to raw carrots, which are quick and easy to consume en masse as a snack, so I’ve probably eaten more carrots over the years than any other food.  Yes, I…

The 2021 Halloween Guide to Vegan Candy

In general, I’ve always preferred salty snacks over sweet treats, and I don’t often indulge in candy but every October, as Halloween approaches, I feel the inevitable pang for some sugary delicacies. Whether it’s driven by nostalgia or just the seasonal marketing, who knows, but it’s become an annual ritual of mine, as a way…

Ten Fall Recipes To Ease the End Of Summer

Is there really any reason to look forward to the end of summer?  If you’re like me, you probably dread the arrival of colder weather and shorter days, but there is at least one pleasant change brought in with the seasonal shift.  Autumn flavours and ingredients help soften the harsh, rocky transition away from the…

Beefless Wellington

One of the virulent and persistent questions vegans receive is why there are so many mock versions of meat dishes in plant-based cuisine. It seems to almost have replaced the “where do you get your protein from” question. The accusation is that vegans always on some level crave or desire to eat meat because we’re…

Ten Essential Vegan Cookbooks

Finding and relishing good cookbooks is a vital part of keeping your culinary experience fresh and interesting, but there are so many vegan cookbooks floating around out there that finding ones that suit your cooking style, experience and palette can be a difficult task. I find keeping a good variety of cookbooks is also a…

Apple, Fennel and Endive Salad with Lemon-Garlic-Dill Dressing

I do enjoy a good salad, but it’s easy to fall into a rut especially when you’re using salad as a quick fix. Throwing some spinach or kale in a bowl, topping it with some nuts and store-bought dressing, might make for an easy lunch, but it’s a formula that does grow stale with time….

Sun-dried Tomato and Sausage Polenta

Do you find that some foods just never get the attention or love they deserve?  Do you have a personal favourite that you feel falls too far beneath the radar?  For me, one of those foods is polenta.  While polenta is a popular food with hundreds of years of history behind it, I can’t think…

Vegan Friendly Resorts & Hotels and Stays

While the pandemic is not likely to end anytime soon, it’s inevitably that as we drift into the summer vacation season, and case numbers drop, and vaccinations rates go up, we’ll start to think  and dream of travelling again. I’ve been resistant to planning anything. Even speculating about when we might be able to return…