Ten Fall Recipes To Ease the End Of Summer

Is there really any reason to look forward to the end of summer?  If you’re like me, you probably dread the arrival of colder weather and shorter days, but there is at least one pleasant change brought in with the seasonal shift.  Autumn flavours and ingredients help soften the harsh, rocky transition away from the…

Beefless Wellington

One of the virulent and persistent questions vegans receive is why there are so many mock versions of meat dishes in plant-based cuisine. It seems to almost have replaced the “where do you get your protein from” question. The accusation is that vegans always on some level crave or desire to eat meat because we’re…

Ten Essential Vegan Cookbooks

Finding and relishing good cookbooks is a vital part of keeping your culinary experience fresh and interesting, but there are so many vegan cookbooks floating around out there that finding ones that suit your cooking style, experience and palette can be a difficult task. I find keeping a good variety of cookbooks is also a…

Apple, Fennel and Endive Salad with Lemon-Garlic-Dill Dressing

I do enjoy a good salad, but it’s easy to fall into a rut especially when you’re using salad as a quick fix. Throwing some spinach or kale in a bowl, topping it with some nuts and store-bought dressing, might make for an easy lunch, but it’s a formula that does grow stale with time….

Sun-dried Tomato and Sausage Polenta

Do you find that some foods just never get the attention or love they deserve?  Do you have a personal favourite that you feel falls too far beneath the radar?  For me, one of those foods is polenta.  While polenta is a popular food with hundreds of years of history behind it, I can’t think…

The Best New Vegan Restaurants in Toronto.

The pandemic has ripped through the restaurant industry not once but multiple times now, with each successive wave pummeling their well-being and ability to survive.  These aren’t just businesses, they are the embodiment of people’s dreams, of their sweat, blood and tears.  We often frame our memories with our experiences with food, and for owners,…

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…

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…

Tofu and Vegetable Breakfast Casserole

It’s kind of amazing – I never really tire of tofu.  This infinitely versatile flavour sponge is so often featured in vegan cuisine that you’d think my taste buds would have grown weary of it, but no, it hasn’t happened yet.  I’m as much a fan as ever and still love experimenting with new recipes. …