Isa Chandra’s Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

This is yet another from the “Isa Does It!” cookbook. I am completely won over by her very simple, delicious and vegan recipes. As I am sitting mid-air on the way to Germany, I try my best to remember the days which I guiltlessly ate this chocolatey sweet moist cake first thing in the morning. There is absolutely no taste from the zucchini. All of the goodness of that beautiful vegetable adds to the moistness and the healthy-fibre of the cake.  Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies (Vegan)

It looks like spring is slowly approaching.  Some days the breeze is warm…yes, I said warm! Please don’t fall back to the cold dark days, Toronto.  It’s been a while since brownies last made an appearance in the kitchen which is why I am just popping in to share my all-time favourite vegan brownie recipe. I found the Almond Joy Brownies from Hangry Tales  and have made some changes over the many times I baked them. Check out Hangry Tales for many delicious  and healthy recipes 🙂 The coconut flour gives the brownies a unique distinction, but if you don’t have it at home feel free to substitute with ground oats.  This recipe is slightly more dense than a regular brownie, and the melted chocolate adds a subtle richness. At the same time, I think it has the perfect amount of sweetness and does not have the tooth-sticking gooey feel as it is a little more crumbly. I hope you enjoy it!   Continue reading

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rosemary is one of the must pungent and aromatic herbs. It is said that rosemary in Latin (rosemarinus)  means “dew of the sea”. It’s no secret that my love for fresh herbs and gardening is growing, especially after seeing my host family’s beautiful herb garden in Monaco. They grew mint, sage, rosemary, basil, thyme, chives and a few others. I wish I could find a picture of it now but I may need to do some reorganizing of my files first. On a taco night dinner we had, host dad made a mojito for me using fresh mint from their garden and coconut water instead of alcohol. It was my favourite drink of the summer. Continue reading

Coconut Matcha and Spiced Date Balls

Something that hasn’t appeared in the kitchen for a while are date balls. There is usually a package of dates lying around but the thought of pulling out the blender has been a long shot. Not today! I am inspired by the many holiday recipe posts, especially CaylaCooks’ date balls post. These date balls can also be molded into a container and sliced into bar shapes like Larabars for on-the-go snacks.  Continue reading

Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival 2013

As terrible as it is already being a slow blogger, there are far too many things get put off and on hold. After coming back home I developed a serious cold.  A sandpaper-like throat, cracked voice, sniffles…the ones that usually only appear once or twice a year for me. I’m suspicious that it might have had something to do with sitting next to the guy with the flu on the plane for 9 hours. Other than that, September has been so great. Some of the highlights of the weeks..

Cravings let loose. Bibimbap —check. Although it is usually eaten with rice, surprisingly it’s even better in a sandwich.
Mango slushi makes everything better. I was literally as happy as in the picture.

The Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival took place in the beginning of the month by the harbourfront.

It was such a blast seeing the event with a good friend. We were already full from the samples but still got a few small items for dinner and dessert. Continue reading

Dutch, German and Canadian Girl Time

A bit of a re-cap of the weekend.

Being at a church again just what I needed. The atmosphere of the Eglise Protestant Baptiste in Menton was so friendly and welcoming. If you know me, putting feelings into words is not my forte. But there was something so heart pounding yet calming about it. I really enjoyed that there was a lot of worship and singing.  Some familiar but mostly new, we sang in French so it was good practice too.
At one point the lady sitting beside me broke into tears, although I had only just met her 15 minutes earlier, I put my hand on her back and gently patted her as she took time to collect herself. I was also on the edge of letting loose tears, but if I did I’m not sure how long it would have lasted. I guess it was emotional and touching to be back in a church and to be feeling close.
Dutch, German and Canadian at one table. After morning service, we stayed in Menton for lunch. It was incredibly hot. I cannot handle the heat, all I could think about was taking a dip in the sea. Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

I only realized now as I write that the video had the recipe in the description box. I wish Laura (from the video) mentioned her measurements as she was making the recipe. My measurements were approximately estimated, but they worked out too. The coconut shreds are replaced by the medjool dates.

Vegan Chocolate Truffles
Adapted from Taste Made

1 1/2 cup walnuts, soaked in water overnight
7-8 medjools dates, pitted
3  to 4 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
3-4 tbsp coconut oil

cocoa powder for dusting

1. First blend the walnuts to small pieces. Add in dates and the rest of the ingredients. Blend until desired consistency. I like to leave some chunks of walnuts for a crunchy bite.
2. Refrigerate for 30 mins or until the batter is firm.
3. Roll 1 tablespoon of batter into balls. Roll in cocoa powder.
4. Keep refrigerated.

Here I was thinking of a way to make these look nice.
Of course, just throw on some garnishes.  Some ideas for garnishing: cayenne pepper, matcha powder, sea salt, dried tea flower.