Vegmap is Updated!

I have updated the Vegmap for Ottawa, and ADDED a new map for Montreal!! What a wonderful day!

Enjoy exploring and eating, everyone!

This was part of a chef’s menu at Cafe My House in Hintonburg Ottawa. This restaurant is a gamechanger, combining the wine bar concept with raw vegan dishes.

The Pleasure of Picnic Planning

It’s Labour Day weekend and we are celebrating by labouring on a picnic extravaganza. It gives me great pleasure to plan out a picnic – from the menu to the logistics. Thinking about the menu and making sure everything fits together harmoniously, the cooking order, storage, timing, how to transport and serve, appeals to my inner organization-obsessed nerd. In the lead-up to Home-Made Month in October, we’ll cover some of our new recipes developed over the past few months, and feature some new guest writers. Maybe, I’ll even update the vegmap for Ottawa!

Our menu for the picnic potluck:

Others will bring:

  • Mango Slaw
  • Porcetta

We’ll post photos on our next update, with some new recipes!

Happy September, everyone!

Man-killer Cupcakes

I’ve been trying to think of a proper name for these bad boys because it takes too long to say “chocolate stout cupcakes with oreo cream cheese icing”.  The best thing I could come up with so far, is something that describes what happens when these cupcakes are served.  All the guys (and ladies and undeclared) kind of make that “ooughmgh” sound when they have one in their mouths.  If these cupcakes were people, they would be the kind of people who come to your party and fix your broken chair because they’re awesome like that.

This cupcake is so badass it’s got a mohawk.

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Instant Oatmeal

It’s been a cold winter so far, and the thought of drinking a cold breakfast smoothie before heading out to -20 C before windchill, regardless of how delicious it is, just doesn’t jive.  Being the kind of person who needs a fast breakfast that I can either eat at home or at work (sometimes I’m just not awake enough to want to eat at home), I pulled together this instant oatmeal mix that is not only delicious but also nutritious.  If like me, you live near a bulk dry goods store, this instant oatmeal mix is also cheap.

Mixing it all together

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Smoothie of champions: the Black Forest

For the whole of Home Made Month and October Unprocessed I’ve been having smoothies for breakfast.  The first week was a bit of an adventure for my taste buds.  I couldn’t quite get the balance right.  Sometimes it was too sour, other times too viscous, or had no taste, even once or twice with a weird taste… well you get the idea. Until one day, at around day 12, inspiration hit, and BAM.

Black Forest cake in a glass.

I wouldn’t mind at all if all my days started like this.

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Homemade Nutella

Does one need an excuse to make homemade nutella?

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Pumpkin Doughnut Bites

Nothing says autumn like something made with pumpkin and apple. On the first day of the 2014 edition of Home Made Challenge, which coincides with October Unprocessed, in two separate conversations the topic of doughnuts came up.  And whenever doughnuts peek into the cluttered confines of my mind they tend to grow roots and stay in my mind until I have satisfied my craving.

Two-bite pumpkin doughnuts filled with homemade applesauce. Totally vegan.

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