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,…

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…

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…

Couscous and Butternut Squash Salad With Avocado-Tahini Dressing

This past Sunday was by far the nicest day for weather that we’ve had in months and I finally had the opportunity to emerge from my basement apartment where I’ve been in isolation for the last seven weeks and spend a few leisurely moments reading in a sunny corner of the back yard.  I’m very…

Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

During this lockdown, with the days passing indiscriminately, without much distinction from one another, the most eventful and exciting moment of any week is when a grocery delivery arrives.  I don’t know exactly why, but it’s reassuring – maybe because it provides some consistency and it’s something that is, to an extent, controllable.  While many…

Kimchi and Spinach Pesto Quesadilla

Kimchi, in case you didn’t know, is a popular Korean side dish of fermented cabbage and other vegetables.  It’s so popular in fact that there is even a kimchi museum in Seoul.  And yes – LG also marketed an air conditioner with a Kimchi based filter under the premise that it may help kill the…

Pasta Salad with Spinach and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

One of the very first vegan recipes I really gravitated to, and started making regularly, was from a cookbook by master chef Robin Robertson.  It was for a macaroni salad, simple enough for a neophyte plant-based chef, but really popping with flavour.  I ate it for lunch, I ate it for dinner, I ate it…

Creamy Pumpkin Fettucine with “Meatballs” and Carmelized Leeks

There are definitely more and more signs of spring appearing in our cloudy, grey horizons, and we’ve even had a few days of warm weather, but we’re still a while away from the sweet, rejuvenating days of summer and I think, with all that’s going on in the world right now, we could all use…