Swiss chard

Rooftop to table: spaghetti with roasted swiss chard, eggplant, tomatoes and carrots

Downtown Toronto may be known as a concrete jungle, but the University of Toronto campus is blessed with lush pockets of greenery -- towering walls of ivy, manicured beds of perennials and even a tropical bamboo garden. Every day this plant-obsessed lady feels grateful to work in such a picturesque setting. I recently learned of another … Continue reading Rooftop to table: spaghetti with roasted swiss chard, eggplant, tomatoes and carrots

baked French toast with blueberries, figs and maple syrup

Baked French toast with fresh figs and berries

  After a long, steamy summer in Toronto, it feels like Mother Nature declared tropical season over with a dramatic wave of her arm. To help ease the transition into autumn, let's shift our appetite to French toast. Baked in a sweet, creamy batter. Topped with oats, almond slices and coconut flakes, and a sprinkling … Continue reading Baked French toast with fresh figs and berries

pineapple rice bowl

Pineapple boat with spicy fried rice

This summer I'm having so much fun dishing up food in bowls made from food, like this vodka watermelon slush last week. Here, pineapple is sure to impress the party as a vessel for Thai-style fried rice. It's also ideal for noodles, salads, fruit, smoothies and yogurt bowls. When you're done, don't toss the leafy crown—the … Continue reading Pineapple boat with spicy fried rice

vodka watermelon slush bowl

Vodka watermelon slush

Summer's quintessential fruit makes a cool cocktail when vodka enters the scene. Refreshingly sweet and tangy to keep you hydrated during a heat wave, it's even more fun when the slush is served up in a watermelon bowl. Prep time: 10 minutes Blending time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes 1 medium watermelon juice of … Continue reading Vodka watermelon slush

eggplant black bean tacos

Eggplant tacos with spicy black bean sauce

The Chinese eggplant—smothered in a thick black bean sauce, loaded with ginger and garlic—is a staple of Sichuan cooking and versatile with rice and noodles. Here, the classic dish is reimagined as tacos. Pungent, salty and slightly sweet at the same time, it's a lip-smacking, greasy way to spice up your taco night.     … Continue reading Eggplant tacos with spicy black bean sauce

savoury French toast

French toast with portobello mushrooms, roasted garlic and thyme

The classic French toast recipe—cooked in butter and cream, drenched in maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon—is adapted here into savoury bliss on a plate. This vegan version calls for thick slices of bread dipped in a chickpea flour batter, fried in coconut oil, spiced with turmeric, thyme and roasted garlic, and topped with sautéed … Continue reading French toast with portobello mushrooms, roasted garlic and thyme

tiny kitchen

17 space-saving, money-saving tips for a tiny kitchen

When I think of my dream kitchen, I fantasize about sexy appliances. A shiny Italian espresso machine. Pots and pans hanging and gleaming from the ceiling. If I had a dutch oven, a wine fridge, a masticating juicer and a full set of Japanese chef's knives, my life would be easy and fulfilled. Mark Bittman, … Continue reading 17 space-saving, money-saving tips for a tiny kitchen

jackfruit curry rice

Thai lemongrass coconut rice with curried jackfruit and veggies

This vegan version of Thai chicken curry shows that jackfruit is a game changer. With its meaty-yet-tender texture and ability to absorb flavours, the Southeast Asian jackfruit is a versatile staple and ideal for vegans. Work it into your stews, salads, sandwiches, stir fries, burgers and tacos. You can find canned jackfruit in Asian markets … Continue reading Thai lemongrass coconut rice with curried jackfruit and veggies

red miso udon soup

Spicy red miso soup with udon noodles

A steamy bowl of thick, chewy noodles swirling in a rich, fiery broth is a good idea any time of the year. And especially now, as many Canadians are feeling the deep freeze and #BombCyclone is part of our daily lingo.   Misonikomi udon is a popular specialty in the Nagoya region of central Japan. The … Continue reading Spicy red miso soup with udon noodles