Dinner, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Brussels Sprouts and Apple with Persimmon and Pomegranates

Christmas is approaching fast and we're all looking for tasty, yet creative dishes for dinners over the holidays. Well, here is a dish that will become a holiday favourite and one that you can make all the year through. It's our Christmas present to you and I'll tell you why .... Brussels sprouts. Whenever I… Continue reading Brussels Sprouts and Apple with Persimmon and Pomegranates

Carrot and Fennel Soup with Pistachios ~ a healthy comfort soup for any meal
Quick and Easy, Soups, Vegan

Carrot Fennel Soup with Pistachios

With my Christmas shopping already complete and the season in full swing, I thought I'd take a break from Christmas recipes to share something more mainstream.  Soups are so wonderfully comforting this time of year.  For autumn, I shared my Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup but I thought I should begin to share more… Continue reading Carrot Fennel Soup with Pistachios

Egg Nog Rice Pudding ~ a delicious creamy dessert with a spicy nutmeg Christmas flavour!
Desserts, Holiday Cooking, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Creamy Eggnog Rice Pudding (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

Eggnog and Christmas ........... Christmas and Eggnog.  The two go together like Valentine's Day and hearts, or birthdays and balloons.  Whenever I see Eggnog appear in the stores, I get a rush of that Christmas cheer that starts me smiling.  This year I was able to try some Grass Fed Eggnog and wow, was it… Continue reading Creamy Eggnog Rice Pudding (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

Pumpkin Blueberry Baked Oatmeal ~ a delicious way to start a morning!
Breakfasts, Quick and Easy

Pumpkin Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

With this Pumpkin Blueberry Baked Oatmeal recipe, we hoped to make inroads into a category that we haven't explored before ....... breakfasts.  With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you want something that's healthy and filling, as well as being flavourful.  I think we've nailed it with this one! With so many… Continue reading Pumpkin Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake Feature
Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy

Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake

I love fall when the wild mushrooms shoot through the dense undergrowth of leaves and pine needles, their odd shapes like small little characters in nondescript attire.  I love morel mushrooms and lobster mushrooms (which oddly do taste like lobster!) but I must say my absolute favourite is the Chantrelle mushroom.  With a thick, meaty… Continue reading Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake

Quinoa Pomegranate Festive Salad
Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegan

Pomegranate Quinoa Festive Salad

Is there a more cheerful looking fruit than the pomegranate?  It's bright red seeds and scarlet juice add a celebratory touch to anything it garnishes.  Only nature could have made such a merry, vibrant colour! There used to be a quaint organic store near me that made a wonderful quinoa salad.  I've copied their recipe… Continue reading Pomegranate Quinoa Festive Salad

Pumpkin Kidney Bean Curry ~ Yum!
Dinner, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Pumpkin Fireside Kidney Bean Curry

Pumpkins ...... they remind us of autumn and Halloween, orange meadows and cool, crisp evenings.  Can you hear the crunch of the leaves as they scuttle across the ground and the chill swish of the breezes?  Eerie pumpkin faces often look at us on October 31st, as they act as doorway decoration for the scariest… Continue reading Pumpkin Fireside Kidney Bean Curry

Watercolor Potato Salad
Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegan

Rainbow Potato Salad

Potato salad can immediately remind you of picnics and summer days, yet I enjoy making them from mid-summer into the start of fall, when the potato plants are wilting and the potatoes are ready to be dug.  This year I planted a number of different varieties in my garden: creamy German butter potatoes, bright red… Continue reading Rainbow Potato Salad

Kale and White Bean Soup
Quick and Easy, Soups, Vegan

Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

When the brisk, slightly chilly breezes of autumn begin to whisk around, I start to crave warm soups made with all kinds of cold weather garden ingredients, such as squash, beets, cabbage, and in the case of this soup, kale. While kale has become more popular as a vegetable, many people still remember the tough… Continue reading Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

Sun-dried Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic ~ a recipe from the markets of Southern France
Appetizers, Quick and Easy

Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Who doesn't love images of the South of France and, particularly visions of the many tasty French food creations.  Markets abound, not only in each city, but in each village, with cheeses, meats, and produce displayed in arrays of creativity and with a certain cultural and regional pride. The array of culinary works of art… Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal