The Best Handmade Dishware

We eat with our eyes first – so says the ancient adage presumably coined by Apicius, a 1st century Roman gourmet and potentially the world’s first cookbook author.  With such historical thrust behind it, as well as a wealth of modern-day research and documentation of this phenomena, we can be fairly assured of this statement’s validity.   Some…

Coconut Panna Cotta

My first exposure to Panna Cotta came from Instagram where variations of the cream and gelatin-based treat have shown up increasingly on my feed.  The platform makes an ideal showcase for the simple but very photogenic Italian dessert. Every time I’ve seen one, moulded into a perfect cylinder or served elegantly in a glass, as…

Beefless Ravioli

I recently wrote nostalgically of an early food memory I have of Blueberry Muffins. Now it’s time for another food memory that I think a lot of us of a certain era may share. Did ya’ll eat a lot of the canned Chef Boyardee Ravioli as a kid? I certainly did. Along with Kraft Dinner,…

Blueberry Muffins

One of my first fully formed food memories revolves around blueberry muffins.  When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I’d accompany my mom and brother to his weekend swimming lessons in the next town over.  While he was at his lessons, my mom and I would go to a nearby restaurant for breakfast….

Linguine with Artichoke and White Bean Sauce

I don’t cook with artichoke’s nearly enough. When I do I’m always pleasantly surprised by the results but their flavour potential and nutritional bounty seems to get neglected in favour of more glamorous vegetables.  I’m now vowing to look past the prickly exterior (yeah, let’s be honest I’m going to be using the canned variety…

Classic Potato Salad

This summer’s socially distanced picnics might not quite be the same comforting and pleasurable seasonal rituals that we’ve come to know and love, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy all our favourite picnic foods. Potato salad has always been my favourite picnic food. The first time I tried it was at a picnic…

Cherry Cheesecake

Cheesecake is my favourite dessert.  The smooth, creamy cake with a thin graham wafer crust and just the right of amount of crunch in the base – how can you not love it?  When I first went vegan I thought my cheesecake days were behind me, but thanks to Sweets From the Earth and my…

Polenta Poutine

COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of many of our favourite annual events. We’ll be missing out on a lot of the beloved traditions that give shape and value to our busy lives.  For me, one of the more gut-wrenching of these cancellations it that of the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival.  I’ve written about this festival…

Beet Pasta With Tofu Feta

I had planned to go to Italy for the first time this summer and while traditionally a lot of Italian food is not very vegan friendly, I was looking forward to being immersed in the country’s rich culinary atmosphere even if just as an observer.  Well, that trip didn’t happen for obvious reasons (hopefully I’ll…

Fruity Couscous Cake

I haven’t felt much like cooking lately.  The amount of time spent indoors over the last few months has gradually eaten away at my motivation and productivity, that and it’s also not fun to have an oven on for a long time when it’s 30 degrees out.  I’ve been pretty content in the last couple…