recipe: cozy winter soup

Ingredients:

4 tbsp oil, any
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 large yellow squash, cubed
2 cups Basmati rice, cooked

Steps:

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Add the garlic. Chop the onion and add it to the pot. Next add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and lemon juice. Continue to cook over medium. 

2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the stringy bits and seeds. Scoop out the rest, cubing it and adding it to the soup. Cook for approximately 20 minutes.

3. In the meantime, cook the Basmati rice and set aside. Once the vegetables are cooked through, you can add the soup to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

4. Return the soup to the pot. Stir in the cooked rice until completely combined. Serve warm.

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recipe: yule log cake

This will be my last post until 2022! I am scheduled to be induced today and so we will be busy with all things baby. Merry Christmas!

This is a festive cake that dates back 200 years. I will admit that although the ingredients are incredibly simple, the combined waiting and cooling time took me all morning to make it. However, it is worth it. So whether you’re a beginner or more experienced baker, you will be able to recreate this. Just make sure that you have lots of time set aside to do so!

Note: There is a way to simplify this cake. Instead of making the vanilla filling and chocolate topping from scratch, you can purchase readymade icing. Of course it will taste different, but it will also cut down on the baking time. It’s totally up to you!

Yule Log Cake

Ingredients:

(For the cake)
5 large eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle

(For the filling)
1 3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

(For the topping)
2 cups icing sugar

2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Steps:

1. For the cake: Heat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs together with the sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Set aside.

2. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Then fold into wet ingredients. Continue to mix well. Then pour evenly onto parchment paper and bake in the oven for approximately 12 minutes. Remove.

3. Using a clean kitchen tea towel, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Gently lift the cake out from the cookie sheet by grabbing the parchment paper. Flip over onto the tea towel and discard the paper. Gently roll the cake in the towel forming a log. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

4. For the filling: Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix until formed into smooth, thick icing. Set in fridge until cake is cool.

5. Remove cake and icing. Gently unroll the cake and spread the icing evenly over top. Then roll the cake back up without the tea towel. Wrap with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for at least 1 hour.

6. For the topping: Put all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat until completely melted. Remove and let cool.

7. Once the chocolate topping has chilled, place the cake on a stand or platter and onto a countertop. Spread the topping evenly over the surface of the cake. Remove the ends. Using a knife, cut lines into the surface of the icing. Sprinkle with icing sugar and voila! Your beautiful and delicious masterpiece is ready to serve. Merry Christmas!

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recipe: vegan pumpkin pie tarts

It’s almost Halloween!!

Full disclaimer- this recipe takes awhile to prepare. It is my promise though, that it is so worth it! Having fresh ingredients always makes a huge difference. As always, you don’t have to make this dairy-free. Simply substitute vegan butter and almond milk for those with lactose.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Makes 24

Ingredients:

(For the tart crust)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup cold water

(For the filling)
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, mashed
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Steps:

1. To begin, start with a large pie pumpkin. Cut it in half lengthwise, scooping out the seeds and stringy bits. Using a large spoon, remove the inside flesh. Then place it in a food processor or blender, and blend until it becomes a smooth paste. (This took me upwards of 20 minutes in a blender. Be sure not to add water! It will get there eventually.)

2. Prepare the tart crust. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the muffin trays and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and butter. Mix well at first, then knead by hand in the bowl. Slowly add the water, ensuring that it is well-combined before adding more. In the end the dough should be somewhat sticky but mostly crumbly. 

3. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Continue to knead until it is ready to be rolled out, cut into 24 circles, and place in the muffin cups. Once you have completed those steps, it is time to fill them.

4. Prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, almond milk, eggs, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Beat over medium speed for 2 minutes, ensuring that it is completely combined. Then scoop the filling into each tart, filling no more than 3/4 full. Place the tarts in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until filling has firmed up and tart shells have turned golden brown. Remove, let cool, and top with your favourite dairy-free (or not) whipped cream or ice cream! Or, just eat them as is.

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recipe: apple pear cake

Just in time for the fall months and Halloween, this cake is the perfect dessert for such an occasion. It’s not overly sweet, and is just warm, filling, and spicy. Try it for yourself!

Apple Pear Cake

Ingredients:

(For the cake)
1 cup apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup pears, peeled and sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup butter, plus more to grease
4 large eggs
3 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp cinnamon

(For the topping)
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp milk (or until desired consistency)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two round cake pans. Peel, cork, and slice the apples and pears. Set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter eggs, vanilla, and lemon over medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the dry ingredients next- the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add the milk and oil. Continue to mix until well-combined.

3. Pour batter into cake pans. Top one of the cakes with the apples and pears. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake in oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove, let cool completely.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Once cool, remove the cakes from their pans. Stack the cake with the layer of fruit on the bottom, and the non-fruit cake on top. Ice the top layer of the cake and sprinkle with nuts. Finally, enjoy this sweet, moist, and comforting fall cake.

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recipe: spinach, tomato & artichoke skillet chicken

This recipe is one that you can play around with. I left the options open for the type of spice on the chicken, type of oil, and really even the chicken itself! You can use any kind, so long as it’s boneless. The most important things are the vegetables and the sauce. If you adhere to what is written, yours should taste pretty similar and utterly, utterly amazing.

Spinach, Tomato & Artichoke Skillet Chicken

Ingredients:

(For the chicken)
4 tbsp oil, any kind
4 boneless chicken breasts
Chicken spice, any kind (such as Mrs. Dash)

(For the sauce)
1/4 cup butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup half and half cream
1/2 cup grated cheese, any kind (such as parmesan or mozzarella)
1 tsp chopped basil leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 cup spinach
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 cup canned artichoke hearts, chopped

Steps:

1. Heat oil over medium in a large skillet. Season the chicken on both sides and add to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on either side or until cooked through/browned. Set aside.

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Throw in the garlic and cook over medium heat. Meanwhile, add the flour, chicken broth, cream, cheese, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir until thickened. Finally, add the spinach, tomatoes, and artichoke and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes until heated through. Put your favourite pasta on a plate and top with the chicken and sauce. Enjoy!

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