Sweet Redemption: Humble Blackberry Crumble

After the bitter humiliation of last week’s cherry pie, I’ve redeemed myself!  Easy and tasty blackberry crumble. I love blackberries.  When I was in university, I often went for a summer forage in the forest, availing myself of huge buckets of free blackberries.  As time went on and I moved away from the almost-impossible-to-deplete blackberry…

Tomato, Corn, & Basil Soup

This dish is a bridge.  A link between sweet, crisp corn in searing summer and the call of soups and cozier fall dishes.  A reminder of the commonalities that link us.  A connecting point between past and future. It comes from The Healthy Kitchen, by Dr. Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley, a book my father…

Cherry pie humiliation

Fella’s birthday was coming up.  Having heard him declare on multiple occasions that his Favourite Pie Ever is cherry, I decided to take on the challenge.  Oh yeah. Best cherry pie ever.  Eat my dust, artificially flavoured Safeway crap. This challenge has been taunting me for some time.  Last summer, just before fella’s birthday, he…

Conquering the Gourd: Vegan Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini fills me with dread.  Recollections of childhood traumas flood my taste memory banks: I am awash in bitter-skinned, slimy-seeded, mushy horror. Last year, fella’s mum gifted us with a large summer squash.  I tried to evade the gift of the gourd, but it still ended up in my fridge, where it quietly rotted for…

Anti-recipe #1: Honey Mustard Chickpeas

Confession: I oppose recipes. Perhaps that’s too strong.  They’re nice for ideas and suggestions.  Inspirations, possibilities.  Like a good honey mustard sauce recipe, which I was looking for the other day, when trying to find a way to make tofu (my craving) in a way that both the fella (a tofu-hater) and I would enjoy. …

Fun with waffles …

Waffles have always been a treat.  Growing up, they were an occasional pleasure, the pimped out Cadillac of breakfast foods.  The pancake’s fun and fancy big sister.  They were also made on a 1970s cast iron combination griddle and waffle iron that was guaranteed to make the first batch stick with the type of enthusiasm…

Believe, try, create: what my (non-vegan) parents taught me

Every once in a while, my veganism elicits sympathy. Sorry you can’t have this! You’re vegan?  It must be so hard … Don’t you miss (insert favourite food here)? Not so much.  I’m not lonely for lack of meat, eggs, or dairy.  Take my vegan dinner at a local restaurant last week: zucchini tarragon crepes…