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…

Tempeh & Beet Hummus on Sourdough Toast

Hummus is one of the superheroes in my vegan life – it’s always there in a pinch, providing sustenance, simplicity, and flavour when and where it’s most needed.  Like a lot of great food, it originates in the Middle-East (Levant) and has been a staple there for centuries.  An interesting aside, in a region that…

Rigatoni with Basil-Avocado Pesto & Roasted Fiddleheads and Squash.

There are several reliable indications that spring has arrived in Ontario. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a lot of the rain, a less than pleasant, but pivotal herald of the new season.  But with the wet deluge comes other more amiable spring things. It’s finally holding at a mostly pleasant temperature, the…

Pierogi Pizza with Dill Pesto

Sunday has been my regular meal prep day for quite a while now and I find myself increasingly looking forward to my routine – it provides some consistency, a momentary reprieve from the general chaos of the week. I find cooking calming, and I get a sense of immense satisfaction when it’s all done and…

Rice Noodles with Peanut-Miso Glazed Lotus Root and Wasabi Dressing

The New Year has me craving new culinary adventures, new foods, flavours, and experiences, but sometimes the standard supermarket fare does not provide much inspiration.   When I lived in Chinatown, I got hooked on the rich variety of gloriously affordable fresh produce, can goods and imported products unavailable elsewhere.  I still frequently return to the old…

St. Lawrence Market Tacos

St. Lawrence Market is one of Toronto’s most renowned and iconic landmarks and a  favourite destination for both local and visiting foodies.  First established as an open-air market square in 1804, it was once the center of city social life and a gathering spot for York’s growing population.  The first official structure was built in…

Tofu and Dill Salad Sandwich

Eggs freak me out.  I think they always have, even before I went vegan, but they were an integral part of my early food experiences.  I ate them often enough, despite the bizarreness of it all.  I can even distinctly remember lapping up those yolk rivers, that would dry on to my plate from the…

Potato Gnocchi with Dill-Beet Sauce

I’m new to the world of Gnocchi.  For the longest time, I would pass by it in the grocery store, sometimes casually picking up the package and scanning the ingredients list, but for some reason, Gnocchi doesn’t often show up on the vegan radar.  I didn’t really know what to do with these special little…

Basil-Avocado Pesto Fettucine

Pasta is one of those foods that has become synonymous with vegetarian and vegan cuisine.  For restaurants, it’s often the go-to option when hungry vegetarians show up at a table.  It requires very little effort to modify, and unlike something like the standard garden salad, it’s substantial and filling.  Even at home, it’s often prepared…