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

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

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

Lebanese pizza

Tabbouleh eggplant chickpea pizza

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

chocolate-oatmeal

Post-party hangover cures for vegans

Last night's holiday soirée had the cocktails flowing, and you found yourself sipping a bit too much prosecco. So when it comes time to treating your hangover the next morning (or afternoon), make sure you're prepared. For starters, don't come home from the party to an empty fridge. Keep it stocked with the supplies you'll need … Continue reading Post-party hangover cures for vegans