I told you we had another gem from the talented Vancouver bakers, Kelsey Mackintosh and Shael Faber! Here’s a baked Cake Doughnut recipe glazed with amazing Raspberry Chia Jam to celebrate the 5th day of Hanukkah! (more…)
Today celebrates the third day of Hanukkah and we thought what better way to celebrate than with Jelly-filled Vegan Doughnuts! These delicious morsels come from our friends Kelsey Mackintosh and Shael Faber, head bakers at a Kitsilano Gluten-free bakery here in Vancouver – lucky us!
Well it was my (Sam Shorkey’s) very first attempt at a “savoury” type pie and I have to say, this little gem was just as satisfying as any dessert pie! Perhaps not my mom’s maple but deliciously flavourful and a hearty dinner nonetheless! “Galette” is a term used in French cuisine to describe various types of flat, round or free-form pastries. Broccoli is a high-fiber, cholesterol-lowering, tasty vegetable that combines nicely with the fried onions and salty black olives in this dish. For those interested in trying a yummy dessert variation, check out Bridget’s “rustic” Apple Galette.
This past Monday I had the good fortune to attend a book signing, wine tasting and canapes at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, to celebrate Food Network chef Lidia Bastianich‘s new book, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking. There weren’t too many options for me there food wise, aside from a very interesting Fava Bean and Dried Fig Soup, which I will share soon. As I was flipping through her book I noticed a lot of veg-friendly recipes that could easily be made vegan, including this Stuffed Eggplant Puglia Style. I subbed out cheese for nutritional yeast, used sage instead of mint, and added crumbled sauteed tempeh to make a complete vegan meal, and it was all so delicious!
I have made a lot of different banana breads in my day, and I have to say that this Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is top contender for best yet!
Apple season is upon us and I can’t deny the many varieties of apples available on the West Coast. They are in season, affordable an fresh from the trees. They are also high in Vitamin C which we all need extra doses of to fight off those coughs and sniffles.
I scoured the web and put together some of my favourites, must-tries and one of my own to highlight the Fall Apple Harvest.
It’s me, “Salsa Sam” Shorkey, and since my recent VERY positive juice cleanse experience, I’ve been enjoying a green juice every morning. In doing so, I’ve also been trying to come up with uses for the copious amounts of wasted pulp! I saw a “pulp cracker” recipe on my friend Danny David’s page aka “Raw Fitness Guy” and it prompted me to get creative too. And well, since we all know what a sucker I am for ridiculously healthy vegan desserts, I was determined to invent some low-calorie, gluten-free sweet treats that were low in sugar, carbs & salt and yet could still satisfy my sweet tooth.
Well Bridget and I (Sam) were just discussing a topic we discuss far too often! As I make it very public, I am a huge dessert addict. I love anything and everything sweet. Dates, coconut, agave nectar, maple syrup and yes even protein powder– I ADORE IT ALL. I couldn’t really care less about salty or savory and yet, I would pretty much eat a pile of dog crap if it was covered in powdered sugar. Well, I would at least lick the sugar off of it
Well I just woke up and when I looked into my fridge I noticed a bag of carrots that were starting to look pretty dried out so I wanted to make use of them ASAP. I decided to make some “healthy” carrot muffins for breakfast. I sweetened them with iron and magnesium-rich molasses, didn’t use any salt (baking soda only) and added a whole lot of carrot to these bad boys. You could definitely use some chopped nuts in this recipe too but I wanted to keep the fat content down. The end result was ridiculously good. This recipe will make about nine or 10 muffins.
Well my bodybuilding competition is finally over which means it’s time to get back into my healthy vegan baking! Those of you who know me know that I’m a HUGE dessert addict and I still can’t believe I managed to give up sugar for so long in order to win that show!
Hey guys, so we realized we’ve been sharing meal time recipe ideas for weeks now but no desserts! I mean, here we are claiming to be decent vegan bakers and haven’t shared a single recipe. Awkward!
I scoured the web looking for the perfect Pumpkin Pie recipe, and I may have just found it on the Vegetarian Times website. It got great reviews and had fairly simple ingredients, so I took the plunge, (I’ve had bad vegan pumpkin pie experiences in the past). It turned out fabulously! I made a few slight modifications, and was over-the-moon with the results. A custard-like filling and perfect crust (no butter!), with the fragrant spices stealing the show. This will not be a disappointment at your holiday table.
Gluten-Free Almond Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
Jen’s sister Lindsay is always posting pictures of amazing vegan, gluten-free delights, so we asked her to share some of them with our readers – yay! These Gluten-Free Almond Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting look incredible and don’t have a long list of complicated ingredients.
I made these muffins on a whim this morning, so I could use up some sad looking fruit in my fridge. These two pears and two bananas were on their last legs aesthetically, but I knew they would be extra sweet and juicy for muffins. A Crispy top from the sprinkled sugar and a really moist, not-too-sweet centre, these Banana-Pear-Oatmeal-Spice Muffins were a delightful start to the day.
These are super fun to make, and eat! And as Jen pointed out, kinda looks like deep-fried rats, so would be perfect for nibbling on while handing out goodies to the neighbour kids. A bit labour-intensive, but worth it. And this vegan cheese recipe that I linked to below, is AWESOME!
The other night I had a few people over for some legendary Quinoa Burgers (actually just the patties) and Gluten-Free Baked Onion Rings from Healthiersteps.com. The burgers were, as always, an incredible hit, and the onion rings were also a crowd pleaser.
I don’t often impress myself with a meal. I ho-hum and receive the praise of others graciously, but more often than not, I think I could have done something better. That is not the case with this recipe! It was an amalgamation of a non-vegan Mushroom Tart recipe on epicurious, and a recipe for Basil Cashew Cream from the Millennium Cookbook, which I altered slightly. The combo was to-die-for! Flakey puff pastry (what an incredible product!) and wild mushrooms from Hui’s Organic Mushrooms in Aldergrove (available at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market) were SO DELICIOUS!
The cherries at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market this week were incredible! I had to use them to make a delectable morning morsel to highlight their peak ripeness. I found a recipe that wasn’t vegan, and made it vegan and healthier, and it worked out (!)…it doesn’t always. The almond extract is a sweet compliment to the ripe, yet slightly tart cherries…Good Morning!
Over the long weekend, my man and I took a trip out to the Sunshine Coast to attend the Roberts Creek Arts Festival. It was two days full of art, creative spaces (and people), surrounded by lush,west coast greenery. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. On Saturday, we drove up to the Sechelt Farmer’s Market, which turned out to be mostly baked goods and crafts, with a few produce vendors to be found. The common thread between them all were big, magenta-hued stalks of rhubarb. They were everywhere! As someone who has never cooked with rhubarb before and love to try new ingredients, it was an obvious choice.
Another winning PPK recipe, this awesome animal-free version of the Southern staple accompanies a variety of dishes, and has been repeatedly validated with the ‘is this really vegan?!’ suspicion. It’s a perfect accompaniment to theAromatic Curried-Chili with a peppery glass of red.
Now I must confess, I made a grave mistake while veganizing this recipe for a Rustic Apple Galette. That is perhaps why this slice looks more lumpy and pie like than it should, though I am still posting because it was absolutely delicious and I am confident that it would have been equally pleasing to the eye had I followed the instructions exactly. I foolishly substituted wax paper for parchment paper – don’t do this! About five minutes after I put the galette in the oven, I started to smell burning wax, because it was burning!
Recently, the only vegan muffin in White Rock became unavailable when Small Rituals, a cute local coffee shop, shut their doors. The muffin itself wasn’t fantastic, but if you’ve read the post ‘Vegan in the Burbs’ you’ll understand that I’m in a ‘beggers can’t be choosers’ position out here!
Looking for an easy vegan chocolate cake recipe? Well look no more! This recipe was created from a few different sources including ‘Are You Sure That’s Vegan?‘. It is simple, moist and delicious-just look at it!
Based on this low fat vegan banana bread recipe, I made this banana bread with a few modifications. Instead of walnuts, I added coconut. Instead of soy milk, I used the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss that was so generously donated for our launch party. I also used agave syrup instead of sugar, and whole wheat flour. This is probably an even healthier version than the original, but the coconut makes it taste decadent.
Coconut Banana Bread
1/3 cup Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine)
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Cream together Earth Balance and agave. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a greased bread pan. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes (the original recipe said 50, but mine took a little longer). Enjoy!
- The Vegan Project
This is a standard muffin recipe that I like to play around with a lot. I had no sugar in the house but did have two large squeeze bottles of agave from Costco (which by the way is the best deal in town for the stuff-2 x 480 ml bottles for $9!). These muffins are filled with sweet lemon flavour with bursts of tangy berries in every bite while hearty spelt flour gives them weight and packs them full of fibre. Enjoy!
The yummiest vanilla cupcakes ever! Topped with a smooth and decadent avocado icing…