Noodles and chill.
The French baguette meets the tangy, colourful essence of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
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
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
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
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
Shake up your pizza game with this Lebanese-style version. The toppings are easy and fun to assemble: spread some garlic sauce, hummus, tahini or baba ghanoush (I picked a roasted garlic and onion hummus), and use whole chickpeas or crumble up some spicy falafels (below). The tabbouleh, with herbs, tomatoes, bulghur wheat and olive oil, … Continue reading Tabbouleh eggplant chickpea pizza
Sometimes you need a break from avocado toast. Shake up your toast game with these toppings ranging from sweet to savoury to spicy. Sweet: espresso chocolate hazelnut butter (a.k.a. coffee Nutella) Dates provide natural sweetness, which means you don't have to add extra sugar. Soaking them overnight will keep the butter moist and rich. 2 cups … Continue reading Bread spreads: easy, vegan and life changing
Sweet and luscious, delicate and pretty—fresh figs make an easy, rich pairing with a variety of dishes (hello, cheesecake!). In Ontario, they're typically available from June to November due to the short growing season, but I've been finding black mission figs at grocery stores almost all-year round. Biting into a perfectly ripe and juicy fig feels like a … Continue reading Easy ways to eat fresh figs
January is often synonymous with "detox," launching a million juice cleanses and yoga passes. I prefer to start the new year indulging in the heartiest, most satisfying, lip-smacking comfort food—both to fill my steady hunger cravings and keep me sane during the Canadian winter. On a frigid day when my only agenda is to lounge … Continue reading Baked cauliflower mac and cheese