Creamy white bean potato soup

This hearty and wholesome soup is a winter delight. Goes wonderfully with a blazing fire. The  aromas of lavender, rosemary and thyme are calming after a long day at the office, or on the slopes. Soup/stock 1 cup small dried white beans – soaked overnight (I use a dried variety of yellow wax beans from…

Dry Garlic Tofu Ribs

These are reminiscent of the ribs that my best friend in elementary school’s Korean grandmother used to make us for a snack at recess. My mother would also make a ‘dry garlic’ rib sauce like this and jar it. Keep any leftover sauce in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a month. I…

Fresh Tabouli Salad with Pistachios

This is a light and refreshing parsley-based salad from the Middle East. It is traditionally made with whole bulgur wheat kernels, but quinoa can be used in a wheat-free version. Couscous is also sometimes used, but couscous is just a very tiny form of pasta (traditionally rolled by hand). You can find whole wheat couscous,…

Spelt Cranberry Muffins

Ingredients Dry 2 cups spelt flour ¼ cup ground flax seeds (meal) 1 ts. baking powder 1 ts. baking soda ⅛ ts. sea salt (if using unsalted margarine) Wet ½ cup raw/brown sugar (demerara, turbinado, muscavado, whatever you have, like or chose) ½ cup vegan margarine – at room temperature, especially if a firm variety 1…

Fabulous and easy vegan French Toast

After posting this recipe on a Twitter account I was using when I ran a food company (back in 2008) I ended up with almost 500 new followers in a single day! This French Toast is so much like the traditional version that I have had people who don’t like eggs tell me ‘it’s too eggy’! I…

Ranchy dip

This is a delicious vegan alternative to traditional ranch dip. Creamy, tangy and unbelievably dairy/egg-free; start dipping! Ingredients ½ cup soft/silken tofu 1 tbs. (heaping) nutritional yeast 1 ts. dry parsley leaves ⅛ ts. paprika (Hungarian is best) ¼ ts. granulated garlic 2 ts. white wine vinegar (rice vinegar will also work) 1 tbs. olive…

Spicy Turnip Fries!

I love turnips and find they are under-used and underestimated. Unfortunately, most of the turnips (also known as rutabagas) that you find in grocery stores these days are coated with wax, and this wax may contain casein—a dairy protein. Although this recipe suggests not peeling the turnips, if the waxed ones are all you can find,…

Smokey Canadiana Split Pea Soup

Made with split peas, smokey tofu ‘ham’ bits, caramelized onions and a dash of pure maple syrup, let this protein-rich and hearty soup warm your soul this winter. Stock 1 (450 g) package of dried green split peas 4-6 cups of fresh clean water 7 whole cloves of fresh garlic (peeled)  (you can use less)…

My WordPress Saga

So, in 2010 or so my vegan food company was flopping (it happens to the best of us), but I didn’t want to give up on the food industry entirely. So, I tried to trademark “Pagan Vegan” for products, etc. in Canada, but I didn’t use the appropriate SCC Code (standard industrial classification) and my…