Pears, carrots and raisins team up with the unlikely candidate of green tomatoes for a deliciously tangy-sweet mincemeat. This is a vegan recipe, perfect for pie or tart fillings at Christmas and it freezes well, too! This won me first prize in the Ontario Greenbelt Fresh Association's contest in 2008.
I found a recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake online at http://www.domesticgoddess.ca/recipes.php?recipe=10193 and tweaked it to suit the tastes of my family. They loved it! This is a very dark, rich, moist and heavy cake, so small slices are encouraged.
I love anything and everything from Louisiana, and the food is no exception! This is a blend of herbs and spices that I came up with that is as close as I can get to the Creole flavour without actually being there.
Gluten free, vegan, nut and soy free they are, but who am I fooling? They are brownies for Heaven’s sake!! If the coconut milk and vegetable oil don’t make your weight-loss angel’s hackles rise, the corn syrup, brown sugar and carob chips might!
No chocolate, but packed with the bright lime and graham cracker flavour from the classic treat! A touch of tangy cream cheese adds just the right about of taste and texture. Make a double (or triple!) batch and keep them in the freezer to prolong their life – not that they’ll hang around long!
Who doesn't love these rich, chocolate-hazelnut balls? Crunchy bits of hazelnut wafer and buttery ground nuts are bound with Nutella and wrapped around a whole hazelnut for a decadent gift you can make any day.
With beets and pumpkin for health-promoting antioxidants, chickpea flour and peanut butter for protein and oats for all-important fibre, these are mighty (and mighty tasty!) treats for your four-legged friend.
Adapted slightly from Vicki's Vegan Kitchen (Square One (2011)). This is a super tender, but easy to work with pastry dough that can be modified for savoury tarts by simply removing the sugar and nutmeg. This recipe is best suited for bottom crusts, but rolled thinly it can be used as a topper too. This is also delicious made with sweet potatoes, especially for apple pie.
The flavours of my favourite shrimp jambalaya, but without the rice or okra common to the dish. I actually love this saucy mix on Israeli couscous or even pasta! If you can't find fish stock (I find cubes in Italian markets), use clam juice or vegetable broth. I use Recipe #471261 as my Creole seasoning.
This year's "centrepiece" dish for our Italian Christmas Eve feast, this is based on my mom's memory of a 5-star meal she had when out in Moncton on business. It's so close you could swear it was catered!
Using my "Rich and Creamy Ricotta" as a base, this is a light but very flavourful alternative to cream cheese frosting that works wonders on carrot, spice or coffee cake! You can even use it to fill cannoli in a pinch.
Adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, these are like dense, chewy bites of all the best bits of carrot cake! The nuts are optional - I often leave them out (or add toasted sunflower seeds instead!).