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…

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…

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…

Recipe Review: Veganomicon’s Lemony Roasted Potatoes

I don’t often cook from cookbooks.  Which is a shame, since I have a beautiful and growing library cookbooks that are vegan, vegetarian, and not remotely vegan but willing (or forced) to be adapted to my tastes.  Cookies, cakes, pastries, pies?  I need a recipe’s guidance.  When it comes to savoury, I do a quick…

Sunshine Award! Whee!

I learned about something brand new on Friday…the Sunshine Award!  (I tried typing that sentence without the exclamation mark.  It’s entirely impossible.) Up here in BC, where the winter rain has set in once more and the days are midnight-black before 5pm, such an award brings an extra cozy glow and sparkle of light.  Thank…

Classic Vegan Quiche

I’m supremely eager to post about Johnny Cake, Red Bean Stew, Mise en Place versus mess, and consumer responsibility with a somewhat thin wallet.  But I promised to post about quiche quickly, so here I go. I’ve always loved a breakfast or dinner pie.  Hearty, savoury, and heavy on the pastry.  Vegan quiche, much like…

Oven-roasted yumminess

Every weekend, fella and I like to suit up and head out to Westham Island.  Now, Westham Island is, unlike some of the other, better known “islands” in Metro Vancouver, actually an island.  Yes, Granville Island, I’m looking at you.  Unlike Annacis Island, which sounds like it should be peopled with elves and giant dragonflies…

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…