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…

Radicchio Salad with BBQ Chick’un and Chickpeas

Have you ever had the experience of trying a particular food for the first time and wondering why you haven’t been eating it your whole life?  That was my experience with Radicchio. I’d see it in the grocery store, sitting in the produce bins, all shiny, fresh and red hued, and passively acknowledge its existence,…

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad with Roasted Asparagus

So, Toronto got hit with its first official snow fall on Sunday, and yes, it’s late November, but it still somehow took me by surprise. I felt a momentary sensation of delight upon opening my blinds Sunday morning and seeing the world caked in pristine, flaky white layers, but then it gradually gave way to…

Roasted Carrot Soup and Carrot Top Pesto

Carrots are one of my favourite vegetables, and one of the few I could be coaxed into eating during my fussy childhood days.  I’m partial to raw carrots, which are quick and easy to consume en masse as a snack, so I’ve probably eaten more carrots over the years than any other food.  Yes, I…

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…