BBQ Seitan Steak Fajitas

Food can transport us to other warm, pristine places, and fond times, with such authenticity that we can even forget or at least more easily ignore all the storms brewing in our lives, whether they be an ugly winter storm or an internal maelstrom. My trip to Spain over the holidays is still fresh in…

A Guide to Madrid, Spain

I didn’t quite know what to expect when I arrived in Madrid. It was my first trip to Spain, and rather than head directly to the ever-popular Barcelona, I decided to spend a few days (including New Year’s) in Madrid. Despite being the countries’ capital, and home to over three million people, Madrid does not…

Easy Vegan Meals

I do enjoy cooking but it’s winter – a season of darkness and cold. It’s dark by the time we get out of work, and it’s dark when we wake up in the morning, and most days, by the time I get home, I’m ready to just curl up somewhere warm and hibernate. Under the…

10 Turkey Alternatives for Your Vegan Holiday Feast

STORE-BOUGHT TofurkyThe OG turkey alternative, vegan trailblazers and in many ways still the champ.  Their product line has expanded significantly since launching the original plant based roast in 1995.  They have a ham flavoured roast too now, which I prefer to the original, and a Holiday Feast package, that includes the roast, plus gravy, and…

Toronto’s Best Vegan Smoothies

Ah smoothies! When you’re feeling a bit worn out and undernourished, and craving some quick nutrients, nothing quite hits the spot like a hearty smoothie. And they make for a richly satisfying and healthy meal – the good ones anyway – when you’re in a hurry or just don’t feel like preparing food. Since smoothies…

Monthly Updates – What’s New in the Plant Based World.

Restaurant Openings Have a restaurant opening in your city you’d like to see covered? Send the details to plantandpine(at)gmail.com Soy Boys (471 Church Street) Finally a fully vegan restaurant in the Church-Wellesley village! Soy Boys is a take-out burger joint with a simple, straight-forward menu of burgers, waffle fries and soft serve. Let’s hope that…

Vegan Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while the crassness of these kind of commercially fabricated and arbitrary “holidays” may be a bit much, there’s also nothing wrong with taking a moment to pause, reflect and celebrate love, particularly in time when there is so much turbulence and heartbreak.  Does it need to be on February…

Meal Delivery Options for the Greater Toronto Area

If you’ve ever felt a pang of guilt for not spending hours in the kitchen preparing elaborate, fully balanced and beautifully presented meals for yourself and/or family, you’re not alone.  Social media and food influencers present meal preparation in an increasingly unrealistic manner, as though everyone can and should be able to dedicate a ridiculous…

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

We are well into soup season and with the amount of the stuff that I’ve already consumed it’s inevitable that I’d start to tire of some of the standard options, but there are certain classics whose appeal never seems to fade. Tomato soup was a fixture of my childhood, a feature player at many mealtimes,…

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown-Butter Sauce

The magical thing about making pasta, particularly from scratch, is how it can feel and taste so luxurious, and make you feel like a Michelin star chef, or at least an accomplished and prestigious home cook, but also be one of the easiest and most affordable dishes you can make.  And while there is much…