All posts tagged: dinner

warm winter salad with apple cider dressing

warm winter salad with apple cider dressing

Happy Thursday! This hearty winter salad is a pretty great compromise to any healthy resolutions you might have made a couple weeks ago. It’s got your servings of veg covered as well as a bit of bread and cheese (#balance) so you can feel virtuous about starting the new year off right, while not feeling entirely limited to green juices (but if you thrive on those, more power to ya). Particularly in the dark days of winter, I think we could all benefit from a little more colour in our meals on occasion: not only from the wide array of vitamins and minerals, but also to brighten our spirits because we still have a lot of winter ahead of us. Fortunately even winter produce provides an enticing colour spectrum, from red and yellow beets, orange-hued squashes, vividly purple cabbages, deep green brussels sprouts and kale. I think it’s good to find a balance between the bright, energizing foods as well as the simple home-y staples like oatmeal, rice bowls, and good bread. I’ve ramped up …

vegan gluten free spicy coconut soup

spicy coconut and pineapple soup

It’s raining pretty hard right now while I’m sitting here writing this, and just looking outside is giving me chills. So as I make myself another cup of tea and look at the pictures of this soup, I imagine it like a big warm blanket, warming my head to my toes, eliminating the word ‘cold’ from body’s vocabulary (even if only temporarily). At this time of year when people are often doing cleanses to start their year off right,  I try not to think about resolutions based on the calendar year and just do right by my body with a hot bowl of food accompanied by something starchy (usually in the form of bread or some cooked grains).  The new year brings people to not only make goals for the year ahead, but reflect on the year previous. Currently the internet is full of thank-god-2016-is-over type stuff. And on the one hand, I can totally agree: a lot of celebrities and influential musicians passed, an overtly sexist and racist man convinced people that he could successfully …

vegan gluten free whole roasted cauliflower

whole roasted cauliflower with tomato and chickpea stew

There is something so magical about pulling this cauliflower out of the oven. It looks so impressive in its whole form, coated in a golden crust of warming Moroccan spices, sitting atop a fragrant tomato stew studded with chickpeas, capers, and preserved lemon. I had April Bloomfield’s version of roasted cauliflower a while back (minus the anchovies), and I loved that it achieved something that many other vegetarian main dishes do not: it is a beautiful centre piece. While many holiday meals usually leave vegetarians with just a handful of side dishes to choose from, this colourful and bold flavoured cauliflower can become the focal point of your meal. This is a great dish to make for your Christmas gathering because the prep time is minimal, so you can spend more time with your family (who might otherwise be freaked out by the faux turkey/ham that you brought 😉 ). whole roasted cauliflower with tomato chickpea stew (vegan, gluten free) serves 3-4  olive oil 1 onion, sliced (about 1 cup) 4 cloves garlic, sliced 1 tablespoon ginger, minced 2 tablespoons preserved lemon, …

butternut squash soup with zhoug

I T ‘ S  S O U P   S E A S O N ! It hasn’t even been terribly cold yet and I am already in the routine of having my teapot/mug within arm’s reach. I know I will regret saying this later (like mid-January when I have to walk to work in a blizzard), but I love when the weather gets cooler. Sliding around the kitchen in my slippers. Baking cookies and treats, because you need something to go with all those cups of tea. Feeling inspired to cook again, as during the summer I am usually too hot to feel like going anywhere near the stove, and I get way more creative with fall/winter produce and the assorted beans/grains in our cupboards. I love soups, stews, casseroles, trays of roasted veg, hearty meals that leave you feeling warm and snuggly so you can lay on the couch wrapped in blankets, read a book, and listen to Miles Davis.  Right now all my body wants is hot bowls of food and baked goods, …

vegetarian vegan pan bagnat

turkish inspired pan bagnat

I know, a sandwich. What a terribly mundane idea for a blog post. BUT. This sandwich is different, I swear. I wrestle with myself over recipe ideas all the time, thinking “it’s been done” or “it’s boring” or “who needs a recipe for that?” or “how interesting could a vegetarian sandwich be without cheese?!”. This blog is supposed to represent foods that I like to eat regularly; sandwiches definitely fall into that category, so I unashamedly present to you my take on a pan bagnat. People have this idea in mind that vegetarian/vegan food is supremely bland or uninteresting; while that may be true of some stuff, I hope this sandwich proves otherwise. When I think about food options that I wish existed in Kingston, this type of food comes to mind. I want something fairly wholesome, inexpensive, with a lot of flavour. I was flipping through Sarah B‘s cookbook and saw the pan bagnat, which is basically a Nicoise salad on a bun. The name translates to ‘bathed bread’, because all the flavours soak into the …

vegan gluten free hearts of palm tacos

hearts of palm tacos with cilantro lime crema

I was toying around with this recipe a little while ago when it seemed that spring was first upon us, but now it’s almost officially summer. Time moves so fast! I’m trying to ground myself in the here and now by enjoying the abundance of wild green things in our garden, nibbling on the slowly ripening blackberry bush (!!), and making iced tea with the absurd amount of lemon balm and mint we have going on. Summer is treating us pretty well so far: we’ve been strawberry and raspberry picking, taken some time to relax in the county, and celebrated my older brother’s wedding a couple weeks ago! With many types of produce having such short growing seasons, it’s easy to feel like you’re constantly behind as a food blogger during the spring and summer months. It seems like people move so quickly to post about the next available produce that I perpetually feel like I’m behind, looking at other bloggers’ recipes for peach this or red currant that, while I’m still daydreaming about strawberry rhubarb pie. However, I …

vegetarian socca

socca with scallions, honeycomb and pine nuts

Much like everyone else in the world, I am hooked on the American presidential campaign. I have this page bookmarked and check it pretty much every day to see what’s happening with our neighbours to the south. Most of my recommended videos on Youtube right now consist of election-related stuff (…and bread baking). This speech by Seth Meyers (side note: man, I miss him on the Weekend Update) at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner back in 2011 gave me a few good laughs! It seems making fun of Donald Trump is a tradition that will span the ages. On a more grim note, the reality of him clinching the Republican nomination seems almost inevitable at this point, with twice as many delegates as Ted Cruz and John Kasich combined. Speaking of delegates, if the American voting process baffles you slightly (I took an entire seminar on it and still find it confusing at times), this article breaks it down to the basics. While catching up on the latest primary results, I came across this article from the Washington Post back in September, …

spring-y egg drop soup

spring-y egg drop soup

Hopefully this will be the last soup recipe for a while! It appears that it might ACTUALLY stay warm now (no more snow storms, please and thanks), so we can start gravitating towards lighter meals and forget about the potatoes and cabbage and squash for a little while. Despite being an obviously warming recipe, this soup is all about spring. We have been craving green vegetables and wanted something to reassure us that those blustery days of winter were behind us. It’s not a conventional egg drop soup in terms of aromatics, but if there’s a way to add an egg to my meal, 9 times out of 10 I’m gonna go for it. This soup also felt appropriately timed because eggs are a sign of spring! Since eggs are available year round in the grocery store it seems strange to think of them as a seasonal food like fruits and vegetables. Normally hens produce little to no eggs during the winter since all their energy goes to keeping their bodies warm. Commercial producers of eggs maintain the …

maple braised fennel

maple braised fennel + maple madness

March is all about maple, at least in Canada and the northern United States, since it is the season to start tapping the maple trees! We went to the sugar bush a couple weeks ago for Maple Madness; we lucked out with really nice weather to witness the old and new ways of transforming sap into the beautiful golden syrup we know and love. I wanted to make a savoury recipe featuring maple syrup since I feel like I’ve drifted toward a lot of dessert/snack recipes. Not that I don’t love those things, but I lately I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate and candy (thanks Easter bunny)! With spring on our doorstep, I want to get into a savoury recipe mindset since we’ll soon be surrounded by lots of local fresh produce 🙂   This has all the requirements of a great side dish: it’s fast, easy, and has few ingredients. maple braised fennel (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) serves 2-3 1 large fennel bulb, large stalks removed (leave base in tact) 2 tablespoons olive oil freshly ground black pepper …

split pea soup with roasted mushrooms

For many years I was blissfully unaware of the fact that this classic soup demands a ham hock gently simmering as the peas slowly break down into a creamy soup. Upon learning this, I decided that a vegetarian split pea deserved another dimension to create those same flavour profiles: flavourful, smokey roasted mushrooms to contrast in colour and texture to the rich sea of split peas below them. This is a wholesome, plantbased split pea that makes no attempts to trick anyone into believing it is the same as its Quebecois predecessor. Thyme is a classic herb paired with split pea, and I can’t argue with that. I took a little bit of liberty though and added some caraway seeds: similar in appearance to cumin, these seeds are common in eastern European stews and are somewhat sweet and licorice-y. They apparently have carminative properties (meaning that they help to reduce gas and bloating), which is a positive outcome for any meal with beans/pulses… just saying. Superstitious folks also suggest that caraway seeds have the power to keep lovers from losing …