Cheese 101

Cheese 101 ~ Prima Donna, a Dutch Cheese

Prima Donna ...... how can you not immediately be drawn to a cheese with such a name?  What type personality does the name make you think of?  Bold? Vivacious?  A little cheeky?  This cheese is one of my favourites, being similar to a Gouda but with more personality.  With a nutty, almost caramel-like flavour, I… Continue reading Cheese 101 ~ Prima Donna, a Dutch Cheese

Mango Carpaccio with Spinach, Dates and Candied Pecans
Appetizers, Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegan

Mango Carpaccio Salad with Spinach, Dates and Honeyed Pecans

Carpaccio on a vegetarian food blog?!  Never!  But wait!  This recipe is not your normal carpaccio and I'll tell you why .... mango makes the difference .... Historically, carpaccio is thinly sliced raw meat or fish, which is served as an appetizer, however, I decided that vegetarians don't have to miss out on this delicacy… Continue reading Mango Carpaccio Salad with Spinach, Dates and Honeyed Pecans

Kale Green Apple Romaine Smoothie
Beverages, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Kale Green Apple Romaine Smoothie

Since I'm out of the kitchen for a few days, taking care of a family health issue, I thought I would share another smoothie from Sprouting Zen's Mindful Juicing Party. This time I decided to focus on the colour green.  How many green items could I incorporate and still have the smoothie taste delicious?  Green… Continue reading Kale Green Apple Romaine Smoothie

Apple and Swiss Chard Crostata
Desserts, Quick and Easy

Apple Swiss Chard Crostata: a Neo-French Dessert

Swiss chard is one of the more healthy vegetables.  Swiss chard in an apple pie-type dessert?  Does it sound peculiar?  It's actually quite a popular dessert in France in the pie-form called Tourte de Blettes (Swiss Chard Tart), but (and here comes one of Cleo's Confessions ...) I'm not particularly fond of pie --- at… Continue reading Apple Swiss Chard Crostata: a Neo-French Dessert

Plant Based Baked Sweet Potato Nachos with Guacamole
Appetizers, Lunch, Quick and Easy, Snacks, Vegan

Plant Based Sweet Potato Nachos with Creamy Guacamole

Nachos are a dish that nearly everyone loves, but made with corn tortilla chips and a slathering of cheese, they aren't usually viewed as "healthy".  For the theme of "Healthy Snack" for The Little Plantation's 12-Day Photography Challenge on Instagram, I decided to create a healthy version of this treat.  Read on to see how… Continue reading Plant Based Sweet Potato Nachos with Creamy Guacamole

Beverages, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Red Raspberry Orange Pomegranate Revitalizing Smoothie

Jen at Sprouting Zen hosted a five-day Mindful Juicing Party last week and I decided to try sticking to a colour theme for the party.  Monday, the theme was RED and I chose raspberries, pomegranates, and a pinch of dulse to set the colour scheme. As for juicing, it's a healthy way for the body… Continue reading Red Raspberry Orange Pomegranate Revitalizing Smoothie