Thursday, October 20, 2011

Butternut Mac and Cheeze, and Nutritional Yeast

It has been so exciting to 'turn vegan' and the past two an a half months have been blissful. I've so enjoyed changing my eating habits, reading tons of books, browsing through vegan blogs, making new recipes and using new ingredients. Nutritional yeast is a very popular ingredient among vegans. It's a good substitute for cheese on top of pastas and popcorn, it can be added into almost anything and it is especially perfect in the makings of a good Mac and Cheeze. It's light orange in colour and comes as flakes. Nutritional yeast contains many important vitamins and minerals including the coveted B12. Here's a chart showing more details for a popular brand of nutritional yeast- Red Star. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Truffles!

Let's imagine this- you've got a whole day in front of you with nothing urgent to do, no plans and no sign of plans forming. It's rainy and grey, and maybe you're even feeling a little low due to the weather, too much time on your hands, and expectations that aren't being met. (What? note: expectations kill) What to do? Why, dedicate yourself to a food project of course! So I took on vegan truffles. Luckily I'm not the kind to drown my sorrow in food, or these little pieces of heaven would have been devoured quickly without much appreciation. No, I prefer to let my sorrow ride out like a bad song that never goes away. Which is positive in this case as I  was able to savor the beauty of these little gems with all the time in the world. And I might just say, these are by far the most beautiful little pieces of joy I've ever made.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vegan Dining at the Heartwood

I have memories of tavelling Europe with my parents and sister when I was younger. We would spend the day sightseeing and when our stomachs started pleading their case, we would browse street side cafe menus and try to find a place that suited us- my sister and I both being vegetarians. My dad was always happy with the array of fresh European seafood- in salads, as appetizers, mains. But it seemed to be everywhere- in salads, appetizers, mains. Inevitably my sister and I became frustrated and cranky with the little choice other than a salad, no tuna or anchovies please, and bread. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thanksgiving Beauty




Thanksgiving has come and gone, as each precious season and holiday seem to. On the east coast of Canada we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy some of the best weather of the year for the long weekend. Waking up to temperatures of 17oC and blue skies is my kind of weather! And the leaves at the peak of their fall beauty with rich colours and that wonderful fall smell was a glorious bonus.

I spent Thanksgiving at my parents' house. As my 2 sisters live in different corners of the world and my brother in Toronto, we maxed out the family portion of Thanksgiving with the three of us- my mom, dad and I. We always manage to gather together some neighbours, friends or in this case, some new vacation home residents of Nova Scotia. We settled on a modest 6 person dinner.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sweet Potato and Arugula Salad

Here's a quick idea for a salad. I do love salads- they're a great way to put together a healthy meal packed with vegetable goodness. It's so important to eat raw foods in your day too, so salads can boost that quota. However, I generally like tossing something cooked in my salads- potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked tofu, roasted beets are some of my favourites. Here I'll show you a suggestion for a sweet potato and arugula salad.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Yellow Beans and Arugula

Another wonderful weekend has come and gone, filled with a visit to my parents' house, the documentary Forks Over Knives (a must-see), a Yoga of Awakening class, happy hour at a neighbour's place (Nova Scotian kitchen party-like), and time with friends. Wonderful people, places and food.

On Friday evening I drove to my parents' house and got to work preparing something for us to eat. I won't tell you about the 'fried' green tomato flop, so let's just go straight to the good stuff. The sesame-miso yellow beans.