Chocolate & Pudding Pie

I used to eat a lot of pudding both before and after I went vegan. Fortunately, there are a lot of pre-made vegan options and many of the powders are vegan friendly if you use plant-based milk. For some reason, my pudding love tapered off, maybe because I reached my saturation point, but recently it’s…

Potato and Broccoli Soup

There’s very little that I like about winter.  The thought of having to contend with the snow, ice and cold tends to make me recoil.  This year, so far, winter has been a very different experience, and I’m seeing it unfold largely only in periphery with limited glimpses from my basement apartment windows.  One of…

Miso-Peanut Udon Noodle Stew

Anyone who has tried to piece together a fully functional meal from disparate cupboard and fridge remains knows that random recipe concoctions can go very wrong sometimes, but once in a while you stumble upon some really nice combinations.  Working with ingredients on hand is great practice and pushes you to think about the ingredients…

Pumpkin-Oat Cinnamon Rolls

As of this past Monday, Toronto is back in a COVID lockdown.  Our case count in Toronto, in Ontario and in much of Canada, is wildly out of control.  Unfortunately, despite knowing full well there was a second fall/winter wave coming, and that it would likely be much worse than the first, our provincial government…

Harvest Vegetable Pot Pie

It’s about that time of year that we start thinking about hibernation foods.  Most of us do not have the luxury of hiding in our homes to ride out the brutal winter months (or safely shelter from COVID outbreaks), but nevertheless, having our pantry and fridges well stocked with hearty and ready to go food…

Scrambled Tofu Quesadillas

I’m not sure why exactly, but I’ve always had high expectations of breakfast.   Maybe because it’s the introductory meal of the day and can sometimes set the tone for the rest of the morning.  For example, start by eating something that your bored with and that mood will likely continue.  I find breakfast foods are…

Tofu Mini-Quiche with Kale Guacamole

The benefit of the COVID lock-downs (one of the few) is that I get more time for cooking. The downside (one of the many) is that there’s no one to share all that food with.  For me,  one of the greatest pleasures of cooking is indulging your friends and loved ones with your latest successful…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spinach Pesto

Fall is in the air, the trees are turning, the breeze is chilling – excluding the glorious, high 20s degree  weather this past weekend –  and the COVID cases are rising,  It feels like the perfect time to shelter in place and bury ourselves in the comfort of good home cooking, of substantial warming meals…

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…