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…

Blueberry Muffins

One of my first fully formed food memories revolves around blueberry muffins.  When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I’d accompany my mom and brother to his weekend swimming lessons in the next town over.  While he was at his lessons, my mom and I would go to a nearby restaurant for breakfast….

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…

Fruity Couscous Cake

I haven’t felt much like cooking lately.  The amount of time spent indoors over the last few months has gradually eaten away at my motivation and productivity, that and it’s also not fun to have an oven on for a long time when it’s 30 degrees out.  I’ve been pretty content in the last couple…

Coffee Brownies

I have such an emotional attachment to brownies. I can’t think of any other dessert that generates as much enthusiasm from me. The very last time I went to a grocery store before this pandemic lockdown I stopped in at McEwan (Chef Mark McEwan flagship market at Yonge and Bloor) on my way home from…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Bake

Being housebound for the past two weeks has been an interesting experience.  I’m trying to approach it as an opportunity, having been given an unprecedented amount of time at home to dedicate to my own pursuits.  At times it’s been pretty tough, but as I settle more into this self-isolation thing, I think I’m learning…