Stuffed Squash

I wanted to create a stuffed squash recipe as part of my holiday dish series leading up to Thanksgiving, which for us here in Canada falls on the second Monday in October. I knew I wanted to incorporate wild rice and make the rice filling appealing for my middle daughter, who doesn't particularly care for squash. When it comes to our kids we don't force them to eat anything, but we do ask them to at least try a bite or two before they decide that they don't like something. We also try to present more than one food option for each meal, so that they have a choice. I stopped by Hutten Family Farm at the Halifax Brewery Market and immediately gravitated towards their Long Island Cheese Squash. I asked if this squash would be a good pick for a stuffed recipe, and was told that it would be…

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Basic Vegetable Broth

I love the Nourishing Vegetable Broth recipe on my blog, however I wanted to come up with a simple broth recipe that included ingredients I typically have in the fridge. This broth comes together in 15 minutes at high pressure in an instant pot or pressure cooker, and is chock full of amazing flavour. It is a wonderful way to make use of carrot tops, which we often bring home from the market. If you don't have a pressure cooker or instant pot you can easily make this broth on the stove top, it just takes a bit more time. But the resulting flavour is well worth the time invested, and making your own broth allows you to control the level of salt and ingredients included. Feel free to play around with the veggies you add, I tend to stick with these core ingredients but you could easily add any…

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Pistachio Rose Latte

This latte recipe was inspired by a lovely night out with a friend in Toronto. We visited a restaurant that featured Pistachio Rose Mylk on the menu, and I have been itching to re-create it ever since. Pistachios are expensive, and while they do add a lovely flavour to the milk you could also use plain almond milk. I've added a few variations below, using rooibos tea and dandy blend for a variation on the base recipe. That being said, it is lovely on its own. Enjoy! Pistachio Rose Latte Ingredients ½ cup almonds ½ cup pistachios 4 dates, pitted and soaked in 1 cup boiling water 3 cups filtered water ½ tsp ground cardamom ½ tsp rosewater Pinch Himalayan salt Directions Soak almonds and pistachios overnight or pour boiling water over nuts and let soak for at least 30 minutes. While nuts are soaking, pour 1 cup hot water…

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Creamy Tomato Soup

When I was a kid I loved Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup, especially paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. I no longer eat Campbell's canned soup and stopped eating dairy 9 years ago, and my stomach and skin are much happier for it. I am not saying this is the right choice for everyone, but for me, it made a significant difference. It's amazing how you can eat something for years, without realizing the negative effect it is having on your body.  My husband makes a mean smokey cheddar, using Miyoko Skinner's Artisan Vegan Cheese book, so I usually hold off with my grilled cheese goodness until we have a batch on hand. My Dad and Step-mom were in town for a visit last week, and I was inspired to try my hand at crafting a recipe using a batch of Slow Roasted Tomatoes I had stored in the fridge.…

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Braised Navy Beans with Garlic and Sage

I fell in love with a version of this dish when we travelled to Italy for a friend's wedding many years ago. I was so impressed that the dish contained such a simple combination of ingredients, and yet the flavour was incredible. I have been experimenting with variations on this theme for quite a while now, and have finally arrived on an ingredient list and cooking method that I am really happy with. The directions below are for an Instant Pot, but you could prepare this recipe on a stove top also, cooking the beans for about an hour and a half, and then adjusting your temperature to medium-low for the second part of the recipe. Or use canned beans and skip directly to the second half of the recipe. I will confess - I adore garlic, and this recipe contains a lot of it! That being said, I don't…

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Smoky Corn Chowder

I've been playing around with developing a corn chowder recipe for a few months now, as it took a few tries to find the perfect blend of smokey and spicy I was looking for. I have found that many chowder recipes are very thick and creamy, however, mine has only a hint of cream. I found that adding a smaller amount of cream created a nice balance of flavours. Late summer/early autumn is the perfect time to indulge in delicious, locally grown corn. I bought my spray free cobs of corn at the Halifax Brewery Market. I have included directions for roasting the corn prior to adding it to the soup, as I find this adds a nice layer of depth to the flavour of the soup. That being said, I have tried this recipe using frozen corn and it is still delicious, without this extra step. I have added…

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes

I received an email from Elmridge Farm last week indicating that they had an overabundance of tomatoes all ready at the same time, thanks to Hurricane Dorian. I placed an order for 25 lbs of field tomatoes, unsure of exactly what that would look like prior to walking down to the Halifax Seaport Market. It turns out that 25 lbs of tomatoes are A LOT of tomatoes! We managed to sort out how to get them all home (reusable bag + space left in our grocery cart) and then I was left with the question of what to do with all of this tomato abundance. We put a selection of tomatoes aside to use this week in addition to slow-roasting 10 pounds of them. One batch of the recipe below fits comfortably in a quart size mason jar for easy storage in the fridge or freezer. These tomatoes are delicious…

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Braised Red Cabbage

When it comes to holiday meals, I have always enjoyed side dishes far more than the main protein on offer. This is a very good thing, now that we are following a primarily plant-based diet! I absolutely love the blend of sweet and savoury in this dish. Garlic helps ground the sweetness of the apples and cinnamon adds a bit of extra sweetness without a whole lot of extra sugar. I have found that adding a bit of maple syrup at the end of the cooking time on the onions and the garlic helps caramelize them nicely. I have used smoked salt in this recipe, but plain sea salt would be delicious also. This dish also has the added benefit of being inexpensive to prepare. Everything I have used (save perhaps the smoked salt) can be easily sourced at your local market, and cabbage definitely ranks as one of the…

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Kale and Navy Bean Soup

Savory is an herb that I first discovered when we moved to Newfoundland in 2009. I re-discovered it when we moved to Halifax recently, as it is locally grown here in Nova Scotia. I used Summer Savory for this dish, which has a slightly lighter flavour than its Winter Savory counterpart. I would have to agree with the Vegetarian Flavor Bible's assessment that it contains earthy flavours similar to mint, pepper and/or thyme, perfect for a Kale and Navy Bean Soup. If you don't have access to savory, thyme is the recommended Vegetarian Flavor Bible substitute. Kale is one of my favourite leafy green vegetables, it is hearty and full of flavour. Kale is full of antioxidants and glucosinolates, which help with cancer prevention, and is also anti-inflammatory. It helps the body to detoxify and supports cardiovascular function. Kale has gotten a bad rap over the past few years for…

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Vegan Parmesan

This Vegan Parmesan recipe was inspired by Sarah Kramer's recipe in Vegan a Go-Go. It adds a lovely umami flavour to finish off many different dishes, including Kale and Navy Bean Soup, Pumpkin Pasta with Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms and Pasta with Slow Simmered Marinara Sauce. I have added hemp seeds to the recipe, for a delicious boost of omega 3 goodness. Vegan Parmesan Ingredients ⅛ cup sesame seeds ⅛ cup hemp seeds ⅛ cup nutritional yeast ¼ tsp sea salt Directions Combine all ingredients in a spice grinder and process until mixture achieves a coarse, grainy consistency. This mixture can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for several weeks.

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