Red Bean Rundown

When my skin is hungry for sunshine and my ears are craving that island lilt and sing and my bones long for home, only certain things satisfy.  Some of those things can be purchased at inflated cost…(yes, $2.99/lb guavas, I’m looking at you).  Others are a little more accessible.  This Red Bean Rundown fits into…

Homeward Found

Found: ticket home. Found: old back yard. Found: teenage bed, teenage desk.  Grammy’s mirror (scoured Vancouver for one of this general style.  Directed to thrift shops.  Came back empty handed). Found: food.  Sweet potato, cassava.  Paw paw (it is NOT papaya, not in my hand, not in my mouth).  Okra fresh from the farm down…

Easy Green Lentil Curry

Green lentils hit the spot.  They cook quickly, are inexpensive, they don’t need to be presoaked, and they are rich in iron, protein, and fibre. As you can see, despite their name, and the slight pale green hue they have when raw, they cook up to a reassuring dinnertime brown. This recipe is quick, simple, and…

Almond French Toast Sticks

Here’s my dirty food blogger secret:  every six or seven days, I get grumpy. Not with blogging.  Not with eating.  Not even with cooking.  With planning.  What to make?  Do I have the necessary ingredients on hand?  How long will it take?  Will all diners be present at the time when I plan to serve it? …

Almond Shortbread: Better Than Unbuttered Cardboard

Around the old water cooler at work, conversation veers towards the topic of snacks   I suggest that something tasty to nibble on might perk us up for our next meeting is a round of something tasty to nibble on.  True, we could also replace “meeting” with “series of emails, and leaving work half an hour early”,…

Oven-Fried Tofu

Every once in a while, I hear someone making an adorable comment as they enjoy or remember a tasty vegan dish or meal.  “It’s so good, you wouldn’t even think it’s vegan” or “I don’t know how they make it taste so good.” Um.  Really?  It’s not hard.  The ‘secret’ to tasty vegan food is…

Spicy Peanut Quinoa

When my big sister went off to university in the UK, she came back bearing new knowledge.  Something to do with medicine.  More importantly, though, she returned to the islands enriched with tidings of new good things to eat, including a Ghanaian peanut stew.  Spicy, creamy, tomato-y, hot and lush, on fire from ginger and…

Roasted Red Pepper Pizza

I’m an excited girl.  Here’s why: Yup.  I made pizza.  100% from scratch. Well, I didn’t mill the flour myself, and I used Daiya, not a homemade ‘cheese’ or similar topping, but the dough and that tasty bright red sauce?  All me, baby. Breadbaking hasn’t been my strong suit since moving to the cold, distant…

Simple Pleasures: Fresh Potatoes

Growing up, potatoes meant russets.  That was alright.  Baked potatoes were cool.  The russet could be cubed, boiled, then seasoned and deep-fried into naughty little homemade hash browns, or stripped down to nothing and transformed into slivers of crisp, seasoned Hasselbacks, or made into a potato salad.  The potato was something that needed stuff done to it…

Curried Tofu Bites

What to do with tofu? It’s one of the most common questions that arises when faced with a block of soybean curd.  Many a person has told me (sadly) “I don’ t like tofu”, usually followed up with such explanations as “It tastes bland” and “I don’t like the texture.” This is kind of like…

Vegan Buttery Sauce: The Sauce of Tastiness

Back in 2010, I spread my wings and launched myself over to Eastern Canada for a little trip.  I spent a few lovely days in Toronto, a week learning aromatherapy massage in Guelph, and another glorious week partying it up in Montreal with one of my best friends. Montreal was fantastic.  The architecture was gorgeous…

In honour of the Feeders

Feeder: a person who expresses love through the preparation and gifting of delicious edibles.   I’ve been blessed by the presence of many a feeder in my life.  My mother, who is known for producing fresh batches of bread and well insulated containers of frozen soup and tucking them into my suitcase at the end…