How to make Kefir

Today I’m posting a review of kefir grains along with instructions for making your very own kefir at home. The people at Kefir Kitchen have generously sent me a free sample of their grains (the starter bacteria), all the way from Turkey to Canada, in exchange for a written review of the product. In case you’re wondering what the heck […]

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How to make vegetable broth from veggie scraps

Do you ever feel bad when you throw away veggie scraps, even if they are going into the compost? I know I do. It’s not as if there is anything wrong with the leftover bits of parsley and thyme, or with that one dinky carrot sitting alone in the crisper bin. It would be nice to do something with them, but […]

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How to Make Kimchi

I keep hearing about fermented foods and how great they are supposed to be for our gut health. A good deal of this talk (from where I’m sitting anyway) comes from yogurt commercials. In these commercials, health-conscious women walk around their kitchens talking excitedly about the health benefits of their favourite yogurt brand. Live cultures! good bacteria! Eat yogurt for […]

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Smoky Apple BBQ Sauce

Shouldn’t apples be part of the main dish too, sometimes? It’s that time of year for apple crumbles and apple pies, apple muffins and apple cider. Any baked good that exists can and will be stuffed with apples. It’s glorious. But should we really have to wait until dessert to have our apples and eat them too? Of course not! […]

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Love yogurt? Make your own – make it Greek, even!

I have a confession to make. I wasn’t planning to post about yogurt until I had mastered it. The plan was to be like Bruce Wayne in the movie Batman Begins, when he goes off to the mountains and trains to become a kick-ass superhero. Only instead of learning ninja moves, I would learn to make yogurt from all types of milk – almond, coconut, cashew, soy – the […]

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Creamy Carrot Soup with Parsnips and Coconut Milk

When I was younger and lived with my parents, my mother took two different recipes and mixed them together to make a creamy carrot soup flavoured with curry powder and parsnips. When I moved out on my own, she gave me the recipe, and I altered it by replacing the cream and dairy milk with coconut milk and soy milk. The result is a savoury vegan soup […]

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Homemade Truffles with Variations (Vegan!)

These truffles are rich and creamy and perfect for the holidays. The secret ingredient: cashews blended with water to serve as a cream substitute. I got the basic recipe from the Food.com website, then grabbed flavouring ideas from another website and put it all together. When making several flavours, I like to make a big batch at once and pour the plain chocolate into separate […]

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