Puttanesca Penne

Puttanesca penne is a pasta dish originatingย from Naples, in Southern Italy. It is thought that some women (let’s call them ladies of the night) used to make this pasta dish to attract men (let’s assume they were looking for company) with its pungent flavours. Real talk (and after having made it, that totally makes sense…

Montreal Eats: Aux Vivres

One of the pioneers of vegan restaurants in Montreal is Aux Vivres, circa 1997. This eatery serves up some of the best plant-based brunch, lunch and supper in town, and does so in a cute 50’s diner-style decor. The red-leather booths and metallic accents remind me of a classier Nickel’s. On the menu, you will…

Zoats, It’s What’s For Breakfast

Zoats? Zucchini in oats is the best thing since greens in smoothies. I love sneaking greens into things as they provide extra fiber and antioxidants without altering the taste.   Here’s how to get these zoats into your belly. Zucchini Zoats with Berries Ingredients: 2/3 cup steel-cut oats 1/2 cup grated zucchini 1/3 cup soy…

Mexican Black Bean & Corn Salad

It’s back to school time! And this period of the year always reminds me of my own experience. Leaving the home nest to attend university, moving into a residence, meeting international students from all around the globe, honing my overall self-discipline and last but not least, learning how to become my own chef Boyardee. And…

Autumn Butternut Squash & Kale Minestrone

One of my favourite things about living in Montrรฉal, Quรฉbec is the 4 seasons and all of the respective activities and foods they bring. Today’s soup is one that literally tastes like a fall harvest and is made with butternut squash, which is literally taking over the fruit and vegetable section at the market ๐Ÿ˜‰…

Popcorn, Dark Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Trail Mix

Got a hankering for popcorn with a twist? Look no further! I’ve always been a die hard popcorn fan. IMO, it’s the king of snack foods. It’s crunchy and airy and fluffy and satisfying. Plus, it’s the ultimate companion during movie nights. Contrary to popular belief, popcorn is and can be healthy. That is, when…

Fattoush

Live it up like you’re in the Mediterranean with this salad, which is boundย to make your day!ย  Fattoush is a Middle-Eastern salad which is great in hot weather because all of the veggies that make it up are high in water, making it a hydrating delight (drink your salad?)! It is made with crispy and…

Orange & Cardamom Date Squares

Today’s pastry recipe is one for a buttery, crumbly, ooey-gooey and naturally sweet date square in which the cardamom and orange make its flavour pop (I wish I could also say “snap” and “crackle”). Date squares are a childhood favourite, and this is truly the type of recipe a grandma would bake, so I plan…

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Vegan Lemon Pie Squares

Snow is knee-deep in stormy Quebec and I’ve been on a questย for bright and sunny recipes to help meย feel like I am living where there is white sand and turquoise water. Indeed, when my toes begin to freeze over, I love envisioning myself in more tropical and exotic regions, hence today’s recipe – lemon pie…

Traditional Three Sister’s Bean Stew

Today’s recipe is a homage to Iroquois Indians and their dietary staples (throwback Thursday, nutrition edition). In the olden days, the Iroquois were known to cultivate corn, squash and beans, a wondrous combination commonly referred to as “the Three Sisters”. These three sisters/crops had an interdependent relationship: the tall corn stalks allowed for beans to…

Golden Juice

I’ve just gotten back from a trip to windy but beautiful Copenhagen. While abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the extent to which Danes are into their fresh-pressed juices (or should I say “friskpresset” juices – yes, that’s me Danish word dropping, what can i say, it’s my claim to fame, given the fact…

Fab Lavender & Rosemary Scones

ย  Scones. Half-bread, half-cake, scones are perfect for accompanying high tea and come in a plethora of varieties. I love scones. They take me back to the days when I was a bitty child, days of reckless carb abandon, when I would eat 4-5 scones or biscuits per mealtime. Nowadays, I tend to encounter scones…