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Spice Box Overhaul: Use Mason Canning Jars to Organize Spices

When I first moved out on my own, I only had a few spices, and would buy new ones as needed. My initial solution was perfect went I only had about a dozen and wanted to keep them fresh in… Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Pan Stuffing

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d share one of the recipes that has been a hit with our family. Being a vegetarian, I kinda throw things for a loop, so I found this amazing vegan stuffing that’s… Continue Reading →

Vegetarian vs. Chicken: Flexitarian Enchiladas

When I was little, my dad had a health scare and needed to eat more low-fat and low-cholesterol food. He also went on big cooking/baking sprees when I was a kid, leaving the kitchen a disaster zone, much to my… Continue Reading →

Poached Salmon Pâté with Dill :: Recipe

My boyfriend’s brother really loves to cook, but the only person in his family who likes salmon is their mom. As she doesn’t live here yet, I got to be the taste tester and sous chef when PO decided to… Continue Reading →

Garlicky Seafood Stew with Crusty Bread

I honestly can’t recall why I initially wanted to make this recipe, but I am so glad I did. Maybe it was inspired by a menu, or a discussion of what we wanted to eat (garlicy seafood). So no entertaining… Continue Reading →

Cranberry Orange Muffins with Oats & Applesauce :: Recipe

I had leftover applesauce from Hanukkah, and it (unfortunately) wasn’t the nice homemade stuff. It was basic, store-bought, unsweetened applesauce. And because I prefer savoury latkes with sourcream and chives, there was most of a jar left over. I decided… Continue Reading →

Scone Success with Homemade Clotted Cream :: Recipe

Don’t you hate it when you buy a bunch of obscure (or at least not typical to your household) ingredients for a recipe, and then plans change? This is how I ended up with buttermilk, mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, and… Continue Reading →

Hazelnut Truffles = Homemade Ferrero Rocher

Every Christmas, my boyfriend and his brothers make chocolates. They make rum balls and Nanaimo Bars, and then Tiramisu and Chocolate Cake with a Rum/Brandy/Coffee-soaked sponge base. This year, I asked to add a new chocolate to the mix: hazelnut… Continue Reading →

Spice Market Packets with Quinoa :: Recipe

I’ve made this great, easy recipe twice now, and I can definitely see myself making these often. The recipe—Spice Market Sweet Potato and Lentil Packets—is from the Vegetarian Times website, which is an incredible resource with awesome search functions. I… Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Korma in the Slow Cooker :: Recipe

I love the flavours of Indian cooking, but I cannot handle the heat of the spices. After researching different types of mild curry, I decided to try my hand at cooking a vegetarian korma. I combined a couple of different… Continue Reading →

Quick Update on Real Life

I cannot believe it’s already the second week of July! It feels like time is flying by fast. I’ve been up to nothing much, but at the same time a lot. Do you ever get the feeling you’re accomplishing nothing,… Continue Reading →

Carrot-Orange Bran Muffins :: Recipe

I’ve been craving carrot-orange muffins since I saw them at Tim Horton’s a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, everything at Tim Horton’s seems to be loaded with sugar, so I decided to make my own. These carrot-orange muffins are made with… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Vegetarian Collection from Canadian Living

The thing that makes this cookbook, Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection, so accessible for non-vegetarians, is that (I believe) these are all recipes originally published in Canadian Living magazine, which is not a strictly vegetarian audience. I am no master… Continue Reading →

Vancouver’s German Christmas Market

The first inaugural Vancouver Christmas Market will hopefully become a new tradition here. After visiting the German Christmas Markets in Manchester, England I was very happy to hear we’d be getting our own. While it’s not quite like the ones… Continue Reading →

Crafty Mojo

I’ve made substantial progress on my shawl! I am quite impressed with Argante and may even knit Gaenor. It would look quite gorgeous with my new Unwind Yarns. Unfortunately, today I have totally lost my crafty mojo. It’s not the… Continue Reading →

Richmond Country Farms

One of the best things about summer is all the local produce available. There are many local farmers markets operating throughout the Lower Mainland, and I occasionally stop by the Main Street market after work on Wednesdays. However, it is… Continue Reading →

Carrot Ginger Soup :: Recipe

This fat-free vegan-friendly recipe will make any soup lover’s tummy smile. I combined a couple recipes to create this bad boy: a carrot-coriander soup that called for milk to make it creamy, and a butternut squash soup with ginger that… Continue Reading →

Making Friends … Hot Tea Month week 4

Whom have you met because of something related to tea? Share something about this person and how your relationship began and blossomed. Most people I’ve met have been through something else when we discover we both share a love for… Continue Reading →

My Own Tea House… Hot Tea Month week 3

This past week’s topic/discussion prompt is: If I could have my own Tea House this is how I would run things….. I have been to several tea houses, surprisingly not that many in England though. My favourite one is The… Continue Reading →

Hot Tea Month Blog-a-thon… week 2

Week Two: January 10-16, 2010 “Tell us about your favorite teas. Do you prefer black, green, white, red, or herbal? Do you like added flavors such as fruit, flowers, vanilla, chocolate, or spices, or are you a purist?” My tried… Continue Reading →

January is Hot Tea Month

Last year Ruth and Chan hosted Hot Tea Month Blog-a-thon at the Knit1 Tea2 Swap blog. This year, Ruth is going it alone at a brand new Hot Tea Month blog. I made some more buttons this year for Ruth… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s Festivus — More Photos!

Last week I told you all about the Knitter’s Festivus Miracle Swap. We had a lovely dinner, lots of fun exchanging gifts, and I had included photos of the FO I gifted to Kyrsten. I have been amiss about posting… Continue Reading →

The Call of the Crock Pot

I bought a crock pot. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while but wasn’t sure if I could find enough vegetarian recipes for it. Turns out there are lots of options. Last week when I got it ($20… Continue Reading →

Julie & Julia (movie)

Today (home sick, stomach flu?) I watched Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I had wanted to read the book first (as always) because the story is based on two books, Julie & Julia by Julie Powell… Continue Reading →

UBC Apple Festival

This is one of the weekends I look forward to the most in October (besides Halloween). The UBC Apple Festival is an annual event held at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical Gardens here in Vancouver. This is the… Continue Reading →

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