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 […]

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 […]

Tropical Strawberry Muffins (with recipe)

I put this recipe together yesterday when I had leftover pineapple juice in the fridge and a fresh carton of strawberries. These are light and fruity and a bit on the sweet side, so I don’t know if that makes them more cupcake-y than muffin-y, but they don’t need icing so I’m calling them muffins.

Lentil, Quinoa & Vegetable Stew

The first time I tried this recipe was thanksgiving weekend of last year when I went home to see the family, and my mother made this for dinner. It had grown chilly outside, what with the leaves turning colours and the sun setting early, and we were all wearing sweaters (well, I was anyway) at the dinner table. It […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract: UPDATE (part 2 of 2)

Some of you may remember my first post about homemade vanilla extract from June in which I split 2 vanilla beans down the middle, added them to 3/4 cup of vodka, and set the mixture aside. It has been a little over two months since then, which means it is time for a check in. Comparing my experiment to pure vanilla extract […]

Bits of summer: basil flowers, growing eddoes and harvesting jalapeno peppers

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Even though it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and sandles most days, that doesn’t change the fact that the days are getting shorter, kids and teachers are getting ready for school to start, and my calender screams “hey you, it’s September!!” whenever I glance at it. […]

Summer salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and homemade balsamic vinaigrette

  I was inspired to make a salad the other day when I was grocery shopping after work and realized that everything in my basket was either processed or full of starch. Potatoes, frozen chickenless nuggets, and bagels are okay but there should be something green on the dinner plate too. I immediately thought: fresh […]