Double Chocolate Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}

Double Chocolate Vegan Muffins

These muffins taste very decadently of rich, dark chocolate, yet they are surprisingly healthy.  I first came across the original recipe, created by Thomas, on his interesting food blog called “Full of Plants”.  His recipe is actually quite healthy as it is, but I wanted to try to eliminate any added sugars, preferring that any sugars be naturally occurring in the whole food ingredients.  I also wanted to add walnuts, as I find they go really well with the other flavours present in the muffin, as well as being heart healthy, and I got rid of the white rice flour, as it doesn’t really provide any nutritional benefit and may contain unhealthy levels of arsenic.  And, of course, I had to double the recipe because six muffins don’t last long around here. Continue Reading

Anti-Cancer Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

Anti-Cancer Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

The past six months have been a hectic whirlwind of stress and uncertainty, with several diagnoses of cancer within our family, including my own basal cell carcinoma diagnosis last week!  When we tell people of our diagnoses, so many people mention family members and friends who have also been diagnosed with various forms of cancer. … Continue Reading

Making Fresh Pasta

Making Fresh Pasta

As is often the case, I end up making something from scratch because I either can’t find exactly what I’m looking for at the store, or I can’t be bothered to go to the store in the first place. This time, it was a bit of both; I was craving some really good pasta, but… Continue Reading

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

What seems like a very long time ago now, I used to buy a breakfast sandwich and chocolate chip muffin to go with my latte, on my way to my job as a stock broker’s assistant.  Since I had to start work at 6:30am some days, I didn’t want to take any extra time away… Continue Reading

Chewy Chocolate Nutty Balls

Chewy Chocolate Nutty Balls

Not the greatest name, I know (and Shane said they’re not the greatest looking either)…but these things taste like a caramelly, nutty chocolate bar without all the refined sugar and other undesirables. Continue Reading

Bees on the Lemon Tree

Bees on the Lemon Tree

We bought a small Meyer Lemon tree when we moved into our apartment just over a year ago.  It always seems to either have blossoms, or to be forming them, so the enchanting neroli-like scent of lemon blossoms surrounds us almost year-round. For some reason, we didn’t have any bees on the flowers last summer,… Continue Reading

Einkorn Pizza Dough

Einkorn Pizza Dough

There is a recipe for pizza dough on the side of the Jovial bag of all-purpose einkorn flour, which I made the first time I made pizza using all-purpose einkorn flour.  It turned out well, but I now prefer to make it with 50% whole grain einkorn flour and 50% all-purpose einkorn. I’ve also found… Continue Reading