Kinpira Gobo

Kinpira gobo is a wonderful side dish that you can serve alongside rice or noodles. It is easy to prepare and can last in your fridge for a couple days. Make a big batch and you can serve it all week. Prepare burdock root by peeling the root and slicing into pieces. The slices can…

Easy Homemade Pickles

My nephew loves pickles. He can eat them everyday and all the time so I wanted to make some homemade pickles for him to enjoy. This is an easy recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. First cut the cucumbers in half and place in jar. I like placing them with the insides facing…

Vegan Cheese-y Pasta Sauce

Chop and cook potatoes and carrots in a pot of water until they are fork tender. In the blender (or pot if you are using an immersion blender), blend the carrots, potatoes, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 cup nutritional yeast, 2 cloves if garlic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blend until…

Instant Pot Apple Pear Butter

This year we were blessed with an abundance of apple pear (aka Asian pear or sand pear). This fruit is a pear that has a taste that is like pears but crispy like an apple. Since we had so many pears, I decided to make some apple pear butter to savor the taste through out…

Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Some days you just want a chocolate cupcake but sometimes you don’t have eggs or milk. Here is a vegan cupcake that is sure to satisfy your craving. (*note – I did make a double batch in the pictures) In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,…

Spiced Asian Pear

As I was searching for recipes to make with my Asian pears, I came across this recipe through my coworkers. Normally she would make spiced blueberries but suggested that I try this with some Asian pears. Well it was a hit with my family and goes great with so many dishes. Think of chutney. Slightly…

Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes

I’m currently going through a mini elimination diet and have removed egg and dairy from my diet. Its hard to get rid of two of my favourite ingredients. They are found in a lot of different things like breads, pasta sauces and even desserts. I decided to try out a vegan buttermilk pancake recipe since…

Spicy Crushed Cucumber Salad

I love crushed cucumber salad. It is a perfect blend of spicy, tart and salty. The cucumber give it a fresh crunch and of course it is garlicky. For this version, I used Chiu Chow chili oil. Start by cutting up your cucumber into bite sized pieces. Smash each one. I ended up cutting them…

Watermelon Rind Pickles

Hot summer weather is always better with nice ice cold watermelon. We’ve had an especially hot summer this year with the heat dome so watermelon was always in our fridge. If you’ve ever cut your own watermelon, you would understand that there is a lot of compost that comes with it. As I was googling…

Sourdough Nutella Brownie

My love of baking is something that keeps me sane during these last couple of weeks. Some of you know that I recently had a baby (almost 3 months!). That means my creativity and spare time went down the window. Sleep deprived and constantly looking after a little one took its toll on my creative…