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…

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…

Quick and Easy Granola Bars

Granola Bars used to be one of my favourite after school snacks. The Quaker Oats Chewy Chocolate Chip were my favourite – don’t try and convince me of the merit of crunchy granola bars – and they continue to elicit a strong nostalgic response.  They would be enjoyed with a tall glass of cold milk…

Baked Tofu and Yogurt Sauce

Yogurt sauce is a fairly common culinary component but it seems to have not gained as much traction with the vegan community, maybe because even some plant-based veterans are not that familiar with the variety of vegan yogurt options available.   It is, after all, a somewhat recent innovation.  Given that the yogurt we are most…

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…

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…

Strawberry Waffles with Pear Compote

Well, how many weeks of lockdown has it been?  I’ve completely lost track.  The first chunk seemed to go by fairly quickly and April…what happened to April?  We’re already in May, but I’ve noticed that, as this isolation drags on, the days are now passing more slowly, sometimes painfully so. I definitely felt as though…

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…

Almond Butter Cookies

“Today me will live in the moment, unless it’s unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie” – The Cookie Monster Well, it’s been quite the week hasn’t it? Hopefully you’re all safely socially isolating, staying inside and finding some comfort and renewal in the small pleasures of home. For my own well-being, while…