Double Chocolate Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}

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… Continue Reading

Polenta Soldiers {gluten-free}

Polenta Soldiers {gluten-free}

I’ve been making these polenta soldiers for quite a while, but just thought today to share the recipe. It’s easy to cook up, and makes a nice change from toast. Prepared this way, the polenta is crispy and salty and tastes great dipped into a boiled egg (or over easy with tomatoes). Continue Reading

Chai with Rooibos

Chai with Rooibos

The first time I tasted chai was in an Indian restaurant in Ottawa when I was in university. I had never tasted anything quite like the sweet and spicy concoction; it’s comforting and warming, and I think mildly addictive. While I do enjoy the convenience of chai tea bags, the flavour of homemade chai is… Continue Reading

Apricots with Yogurt and Honey Orange Flower Syrup

Apricots with Yogurt and Honey Orange Flower Syrup

About a year ago, I purchased Diana Henry’s cookbook, “A Change of Appetite”. I’ve been wanting to make her Yogurt with Honeyed Saffron Syrup, Almonds, and Apricot Compote ever since I first saw it in the book, but somehow I only just got around to it now. I’m really sorry that I didn’t make it… Continue Reading

Hummus

Hummus

The existence of hummus is yet another example of the seemingly endless usefulness (and deliciousness) of chickpeas. I feel the same way about hummus as I do about falafel; they are both so rich, satisfying and flavourful, it’s hard to believe they are also so nutritious. Continue Reading

Whole Grain Sourdough Einkorn Bread

Whole Grain Sourdough Einkorn Bread

My sourdough bread experiment has come to fruition tonight with my first-ever einkorn sourdough loaf! The whole process of creating the sourdough starter was quite fascinating, and also pretty fun. At first I thought my starter was going funky because it bubbled up like crazy the first two days, and smelled kind of like old… Continue Reading

Elk Cove Vineyards

Elk Cove Vineyards

This afternoon, Shane attended a business meeting at the Elk Cove Vineyards through the company he works for (the vineyard is one of the company’s clients). The vineyard is located about one hour away from Portland in picturesque rolling countryside. Continue Reading