This olive and rosemary tart is a little out of season for this time of year. It’s something I made way back when I was living in Australia. After such a grey day, however, we could use a little ray of sunshine. In any case, if you pair this with a nice glass of full bodied red it makes for a great appetizer or sharing food at a holiday gathering. I also love the way olives taste after being warmed in the oven.
I got really into making chia pudding when I first went vegan. The magical transformation that takes place when you soak those little seeds was fascinating to me. At a certain point I learned that basil seeds gel when you soak them as well. I was stoked about that. Then I just kind of forgot about chia seeds. The novelty wore off I suppose.
It’s officially getting cold and dark. Over the last week or so I suddenly feel the need to carb-load like I’m about to run a marathon. I swear my calorie intake is enough to support a body-builder. Yesterday, a friend was kind enough to justify my new found eating habits with the change in light. Apparently, we crave carbs when we get less sunlight. My body is going into full-blown hibernation mode! Hence, the warming winter bowls.
Harissa is another one of those food trends. You know the ones. This is how they work; the Western world spots a new flavour on the horizon and next thing you know Subway has a squirt-bottle full of the good stuff in which to drown your footlong. Not really. Not yet. You can, however, find harissa at Walmart.
This roasted tomato and eggplant spaghetti is the perfect meal for a cool or rainy summer night when you’re not trying to beat the heat with a cold supper. Toronto’s disgusting heat kicked in for a few days two weeks ago and I was glad to have some rain. It’s good for the garden and cools down my sweltering house. I served this for dinner on a drizzly evening while a friend was visiting from out of town. It can be a simple one-pot meal that you cook ahead and eat throughout the week or you can dress it up with some garlic bread and salad — which is what I did.
I adapted the recipe from The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright. The original recipe is entitled “Eggplant Bolognese Pasta”. In my recipe, I added some red wine and opted for roasted tomatoes rather than canned. I love taking advantage of the beautiful, cheap vegetables at the markets near my home in Toronto. Both tomatoes and eggplants are in season from approximately July-October. Rather than doing dried chili to spice things up I used chili oil because I had some on hand. It makes the dish that much more decadent. Finally, I added a pinch of rosemary out of habit.
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Welcome to March. That point in the winter when you wonder why you have chosen to relocate to a frozen tundra when you lived in Sydney, Australia not six months ago. While it is true that I miss the fine weather and the white-sand beaches I could never sacrifice the community I current have here in Toronto for a sun-tan.
Tofu scramble is one of my absolute favourite breakfast meals in the world. I started making this long before my vegan days began. It’s a friendly way to introduce yourself to the dreaded, supposedly bland food. Well, it’s true that tofu is bland but if you season it properly it should take on the flavour of the spices you use.
A week ago I posted a photo of this spaghetti with cauliflower Alfredo and grilled radicchio on Instagram. It was an impromptu meal that I threw together with leftover ingredients. Anyways, I think it’s my most liked post yet, which is funny given the circumstances. It was so easy to make and the photo was shot at my dining table in the worst lighting ever.
This sweet potato stew is one of the many vegan dishes I whipped up at the cottage last week. Every year, my family rents a cottage in the little town of Westport. I have been away for the past few years and therefore have not had the opportunity to go. While it was certainly a lot of time with the little kids, it was also a time to relax, unwind and come up with some new recipes. This hardy stew is definitely a keeper with autumn right around the corner.
Between the squash, cherry tomatoes and chunky pesto I just whipped up from our pseudo-herb garden, I finally had the makings of a meal. This recipe is ultra simple and summery. It looks pretty on a plate so could be good for an easy dinner with friends. Enjoy.