Mushroom Pâté

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I love pâté, all kinds of pâté, but last year I tried a new to me pâté. At my friends wedding she had these amazing picnic baskets set out for all of the guests. Each was filled with an assortment of goodies and treats among which was a delicious mushroom pâté. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? This version was such a fantastic alternative to the traditional liver based variety. So I went home and thought, why not try and make it myself?

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Dutch Baby with Roasted Pears and Toasted Hazelnuts

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Our first autumn on the east coast has welcomed us with all sorts of vivid shades of oranges, reds and yellows. And as the cool fall weather is setting there is nothing more comforting than a warm breakfast. The first time I had dutch baby was a little over six years ago, when my partner and I took a trip to the Kootenays to visit some of his family. Adrian and talked of dutch baby stating that it was one of his favourite breakfasts, but I didn’t quite understand what all of the fuss was about. What is a dutch baby anyways? Adrian’s step-mom, Jill, whipped one up on our first morning with them and I have been hooked ever since. The crispy edges, puffy and eggy texture makes the dutch baby somewhere between a waffle and a pancake. Simple to make, requiring only a cast iron pan and a blender, means that dutch baby the perfect dish for weekend brunch.

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Oat Milk

Oat Milk

It was only a few months into our relationship when we figured out that my partner is lactose intolerant. Milk, cheese, butter, ice cream… all things that I would have to stop cooking with. Fortunately I had dabbled in vegan cooking before our relationship began, which made the prospect of cooking without dairy a little less daunting.

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Garlic Pizza Knots with Marinara

Bowl of garlic pizza knots with marinara sauce.

These garlicky knots of pizza dough make a great snack or appetizer. I love eating these when I’m cozied up on the couch watching a good movie. These are WAY better than popcorn, in my opinion. No bits of popcorn seeds getting stuck in your teeth, or dry bits of popcorn nearly choking you to death. Nope these are pillowy soft and the perfect vessel for flavourful marinara sauce (or even honey if sweet and salty is what you crave).

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Breakfast Cookies

Somewhere between a cookie and a muffin, these nutritious treats are sure to keep you full and give you energy to start your day. Subtle hints of spices are enough to make these cookies interesting, and I suppose the dried blueberries and chocolate chips may also be factor. Make them the night before, for a quick easy grab and go breakfast for those busy weekdays mornings.

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Scallion Pancakes

In Highschool, I could count on my youngest sister (in elementary school at the time) to cook up some pretty fantastic midnight snacks. While I was out with friends, Megan was at home watching Martin Yan—do you remember that guy? With his catchphrase “If Yan can cook so can you!”—Then, when my friends and I got home, Megan was more than happy to cook up her newly found recipes which were quickly devoured. Scallion (aka green onions, yes they are the same thing) pancakes were always a hit, and definitely a snack that would be made again and again.

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Quinoa Tofu Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

With a mouthful of a name this bulgogi recipe is far from the traditional beef based Korean dish. Nevertheless this vegetarian filling leaves vegetarians and carnivores alike satiated and content. Packed with protein, tofu and quinoa are marinated in a korean style bulgogi sauce and then pan-fried until golden brown. It’s easy to feast, guilt free, on delicious lettuce wraps, with crunchy carrots and cabbage topped with quick pickled cucumbers.

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Arugula Beet Salad

Arugula Beet Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts

A trip to our local farmers market has become somewhat of a Saturday norm. Rain or shine we are always sure to get there early, before the flocks gather and queues form at market stalls. The energizing beat of djembes hums in the background as we head straight to the bread stall, the egg guy, the blueberry grower and our favourite veggie farmer. We waste no time, we know what we want buying nearly all of our groceries for the week, whatever is in season. What we cannot find at the market, we pick up at our favourite organic groceteria as we make our way home.

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A Confession of Bagel Love

I love bagels.

After having lived in Montreal for several years, I make a point of bringing back bagels each time I visit. I have even been known to have an empty suitcase in tow for the sole purpose of bringing back the amazing St.-Viateur bagels. Dense and chewy with a faintly distinct sweetness Montreal bagels are always cooked in a wood fire oven. Although there are a handful of Montreal-style bagelrys here on the west coast, nothing compares to a true Montreal bagel hot out of the fire torn apart and dipped directly in cream cheese.

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Garlic Herb Oven Fries

Oven fries

French fries definitely fall into the category of my top five favourite foods. That may be a bold statement, but I don’t think I could ever get sick of a good french fry. I like to use russet or kennebec potatoes. Both varieties have good starchiness, which lends to perfect final texture: crispy exterior, fluffy interior.  A great accompaniment to a burger or a sandwich, and equally amazing on their own. I could eat an entire plate, maybe even an entire tray of these fries.

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