Sunday, April 29, 2012

Salad Dressing

As a person that just throws stuff together and hopes for the best, this next recipe will be a bit hard for me, but I will try to give you proper measurements!

This recipe basically comes from the ingredient list of Okanagan Caesar Little Creek Dressing.

1/2 cup Organic Sunflower Oil
1/2 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice from 1 Lemon
1 Clove Organic Garlic (I actually use Garlic powder...easier)
1 tablespoon Tamari Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1 tablespoon Organic Mustard
Pinch Sea Salt
Pinch Black Pepper

Add everything together in a glass container with a tight seal and shake, store in the refrigerator.

I also added 1/2 tablespoon Agave Syrup this past try and it sweetened it just right. It would depend on if you like your dressing a little sweet.

I bought this dressing and it was delicious, but wanted to be able to make my own. I haven't gotten the combinations right just yet to taste exactly like Little Creek, but it is still quite yummy!

Tofu Scramble

I make a tofu scramble every weekend. I usually make it when I have more time as I like to take my time with it. When I'm cooking I also tend to get lost in my thoughts, so it's always nice that I have some time set aside to cook and daydream :)

I originally took this recipe from The Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, but have made it my own over the years.

4 Mushrooms, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 package of Tofu (depending on how many you are cooking for!)
1 cup Kale (or Spinach) chopped
1/4 cup Daiya Cheese (I usually use Cheddar)
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1 Green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1 tablespoon Tamari (soy sauce)
1/2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (adds a nice 'egg' colour)
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

In a medium size fry pan, add the Coconut Oil and Mushrooms, put aside until other ingredients are combined. Combine all the other above ingredients into a medium size bowl and toss.

Heat up mushrooms on med/high heat for roughly 2 minutes or until tender and then add the Kale(or spinach). Cook for a minute and then add the rest of your ingredients, turning everything over every 30 seconds or so. It doesn't take too long before you will have a yummy breakfast!

 You can also change up the flavors but adding your other favorite veggies and seasoning. Today I added Red Pepper and Olives. I usually also add Red Pepper Flakes for a nice punch.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Coconut Frosting

Say whaaaat?! Yes, I tasty! I belong to an Art Collective and we will be having a show soon titled "Nosh". Each of our pieces are being accompanied by a recipe and I chose this cake recipe 1)I have an awesome picture of a cake already...less work 2) Who doesn't like chocolate caaaaake???

The recipes for the show are supposed to be family recipes passed down throughout the generations, but since I am the only vegan in my family ever, I guess I have to start my own traditions!  My mom would make the best desserts and cakes, so I am in a way honoring my family...vegan style :)

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water (or apple sauce if you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 f. Add and stir dry ingredients into mixing bowl. (I sifted some of them as my sugar was a bit lumpy.) Add all wet ingredients together in a smaller bowl and whisk. Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with large spoon until smooth. Spoon into greased (I use Earth Balance) and floured pan. Bake for 30 mins. Let cool completely before frosting.  

 2 cups organic powdered sugar (if not organic, it isn't vegan)
1 cup earth balance
1/4 cup coconut milk

Whisk or blend all ingredients together until icing is smooth and creamy, adding powdered sugar or liquid as needed.

AND THAT'S IT! Pretty simple, ya?

I found this recipe here on the Instructibles blog. They use a glaze, but I didn't want to go that route. Instead I chose the frosting from

Let me know if you try this recipe, if you modify it and how it turned out! I have read a lot of posts on this type of vegan cake and some people can't even tell it's vegan! woot

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Food, Inc.

I watched Food Inc. this week. I typically avoid documentaries that have to deal with slaughterhouses or mass farming because it makes me SO upset. I cried about 3 times during this doc.

This film was good, but I had to cover my eyes a couple of times when they showed the animals being hurt. I can't believe that we as a society have a view that animals are just here to provide a meal. How egotistical... It makes me sick.

I am the last person that needs to be 'woken' up about what is going on, but I think it is a GREAT idea to be educated. I find that with a lot of my friends I am the only one they know who is vegan and they tend to ask me questions, so it is never a bad thing to have the knowledge. Although, I do find more and more people I have a conversation with have opened their eyes a bit to the problem, which I'm sure, has a lot to do with documentaries that are finally being made to expose what is really going on.

Anyhoo, I highly recommend watching this doc. Even if you continue to eat meat, you really need to know where your food comes from and how it got to your plate. (Oh, and for those of you who think you are lessening the problem by just eating chicken...please watch this film!! :P)


I can't believe it is Sunday night already! I feel like I just wrote last weeks post. Time sure does fly!

So! My new juicer! AMAZING! I love it. I have been having a green juice every morning for 10 days now. I feel pretty much the same, but the juice is amazing. (I think I might have mentioned that already - heh) I do know it's doing something because I had a bit of a hangover this morning and felt 100% better after having my juice.

So delish!

As I have mentioned before, I am going to start posting more recipes. I have made a new shiny page (up top beside 'books')and it will have links to all the recipes I post. I am going to try to aim this blog toward more health conscious posts rather than my personal life. Why?, you ask. Well, I don't have too much to talk about to be honest! I have gone through a lot of old posts and this has been kind of a diary for me. I guess I needed it at the time, but I don't feel like I do anymore.

I will, of course, still tell you some things, but it won't be like the older posts. Some things just need to be kept to myself. Be more mysterious, ya...that's it!

Most recipes will be from another site until I have time to actually write my own. I will have a link to it's original source. Like I mentioned on my recipe page, if you have a recipe you would like me to try post a comment and I'll see what I can do!