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Cranberry cookies

20 minutes - 14 cookies 1b1rv

These lovelies are coloured with beets juice, but don't worry, they don't taste like it at all. If you want to serve a sweet and beautiful treat, make these today!

Happy cooking!

Rekka

Matcha pancakes

30 minutes - 2 servings 2of1ov

Have some green pancakes for breakfast or dessert. Who said pancakes needs to be a morning thing? This recipe isn't too sweet, we have the sugar-free topping to thank for that!

Black sesame brittle

20 minutes - 10 pieces 1s

Sesame brittle looks impressive when served over desserts, it looks like pieces of black coral. If you like the nutty taste of sesame seeds with a bit of sweet, you will love this recipe.

It's simple to make, but requires all of your attention. The sugar syrup becomes solid when cool ,which means every step needs to be done quickly. These are no-bake, and are ready to eat almost instantly.

These should be served over desserts that aren't too sweet, the sweet of the sesame brittle can be a bit much. I suggest serving it with fruit, or kanten (agar agar based desserts).

Spinach oatmeal cookies

20 minutes - 5 pieces 1ov1of

Wanted to make green cookies, didn't know what i wanted in them, but i knew i wanted THAT colour. Spinach was an obvious choice, plus i had some left-over from yesterday.

I've been having a lot of baking failures, I needed something simple to make that didnt involve flour.

Flour is fussy, flour is mean.

Using oats for bulk is a great, and healthier alternative to flour (plus it's hard to fuck up.) Failing at food is the worse, i can never bring myself to throw it away. It feels like a waste to trash it, so I end up storing it in the back of the fridge. In refrigerators, unlike on school buses, the cool kids don't hang out in the back. After 3 days my anger subsides, and I toss it in the garbage and deny ever making it.

On a brighter note, THESE cookies were crazy successful! Super moist, tasty and GREEN.

Plus, these don't take a very long time to make. It makes 5 small cookies, it's easy and doesn't make a mess. I never bake huge batches of desserts, but if you want more you can double or triple the recipe easily.

Rekka

Raisin beet bread

60 minutes - 1 loaf 1s1b1rv

I present to you a sweet bread that you can have in the morning for breakfast, or as a dessert.

I baked a similar bread for my dad a few weeks ago. He's truly the best dad, whenever me or my sisters ask for help, he always says yes. No hesitation, ever. He wouldn't ever think of refusing, the thought probably never even crosses his mind. Can't say how thankful I am to have someone like that in my life. Because of everything he does for me, once in a while I bring him some raisin bread.

If like my dad you like raisin bread, you will love this sweet raisin beet bread. It's halfway between a cake and bread. Adapted from one of my mom's old cookbook by Margo Oliver \"les menus de margo oliver\"

It's simple to make, and you can replace the raisins for cranberries or even chocolate chips for a different taste! If you make my recipe, just be sure to add plenty of raisins on top! I emptied a bag on it, without regret. They'll get super crispy, and will develop a sweet crispy caramelized taste. Was hard to keep myself from picking them off, Devine hates it when I do that.

Simple doctor who cake

60 minutes - 12 servings 3of

I hardly ever bake cakes, this was my first proper cake. My sister's birthday was coming up, and my parents wanted to get her a themed cake. Of what you ask?

Something old. Something new. Something borrowed...

Something blue!

You guessed correctly, you wonderful nerd you! A tardis!

They asked for a quote from their favourite bakery, they do great work but were charging a too much for it. So my parents turned to me, and my cake-baking adventure began!

My sister loves lemon cake, that part is simple. Getting the cake to be tardis blue though, is another matter entirely. That colour is unnatural, those royal blue 'raw blueberry pinterest cakes' are complete bull (they really, really are). I had to use food colouring, it's not ideal but it was necessary to get that tardis blue. I went ahead and bought Wilton's royal blue and violet colouring to mix, to get it be that specific shade. Using royal blue alone would have made it go turquoise.

The cake noob that i am, I searched around and found a very awesome lemon cake recipe by Laura, author of The Green forks. I adapted her recipe, and it turned out perfect. I referenced her cake batter recipe, while the tofu lemon curd filling was inspired by Zena Chews. Couldn't have done it without their recipes, thanks girls.

I didn't want to make an overly sweet cake, so i decided to not add frosting. Opted for a 'powdered sugar-dusted' cake. Most Tardis cakes on the internet are made with fondant, and thusly taste like liquid unicorn. I don't have the tastebuds of a 5 years old, can't deal with that level of sweet. I have no interest in tasting the rainbow.

I wanted to make a minimalistic and simple lemon cake. Then came the image of the tardis drifting through space. That image was simple, evocative. So i cut out a tardis stencil and added powdered sugar! Voila! My sister had a vegan lemon birthday cake! This cake is a safe bet, even for non-vegans. Even my parents, who dislike tofu, really enjoyed it!

Mason jar bread pudding

30 minutes - 1 serving 1b

Bread pudding was one of my favourite desserts when I was a kid. We would usually have some after the holidays, thanks to my aunt's crust-less sandwiches! She would usually just give the bag of crusts to my mom, which she in turn, used to make bread pudding.

I asked my mom for her personal bread pudding recipe, but she told me that it was best to just watch her do it. There aren't really any specific measurements, she just makes it from memory. That's the case with most of her recipes, most of them have never been written down. That's about to change though, I asked her to make a little booklet for me.

I like the idea of having a book of 'mom food', mom food is the best.

When she makes bread pudding, she makes a basin-full of it. My dad never has trouble going through all of it, he sure loves his desserts!

As much as i'd like to make a bucketload of bread pudding at home, me and Devine would NEVER get through the whole thing. I don't like eating the same thing for a week, so I adapted my mom's bread pudding into a single-serving one. The mason jar is a wide-mouthed 1/2 pint jar.

If ever you have some leftover crusts (even just a few) you can totally make this.

It's a quick and simple dessert, with a taste of home.

Mango sesame rice pancakes

20 minutes - 12 servings 1of1s

Black sesame rice pancakes, with a generous dollop of mango. Because sometimes, we all need a break from maple syrup.

Made matcha rice pancakes for Devine a few days ago, since I made a double recipe we ended up having left-over batter. It doesn't keep well, so we ate it that same night. I paired the remaining 2 pancakes with a bit of fresh mango and MAN! It tastes so damn GOOD together!

I made it into a recipe, but used ground black sesame instead of matcha. The nutty taste of sesame paired with mango is perfect. Dressing pancakes with maple syrup is fine, but the sugar high i get after is not. I feel like my heart is going to burst out of my chest, 'alien-style'.

No one likes that, i'd like my innards to stay where they are thank you!

Using fruit, instead of syrup is a good way to cut down on sugar. Mangos are sweet enough as is.

Black french toast

20 minutes - 4 servings 2of

I baked a beautiful loaf of black sandwich bread, just to use in this recipe. Doesn't the idea of black french toast sound amazing? With a banana-base, and topped with freshly cut kiwi slices no less!

It was my first time baking black bread in a bread pan; usually I just opt for free-form loaves. But for sandwich and french toast purposes, it would work better if it was in that shape. You can make your own black bread, using my basic black bread recipe - it's very easy to make.

Usually when I make french toast, i'll use a soy milk as a base. I made some recently, using The simple veganista's Banana french toast recipe. I thought the idea was brilliant - i do love bananas in my breakfasts. By the way, she has a great 'orange french toast' recipe on her blog - you should make that too.

Using bananas, makes for a more consistent morning meal. Most french toast recipes add nutmeg and cinnamon, but I prefer to just taste the fruit - Devine isn't a huge nutmeg fan anyway.

Made these on a weekday, tuesday morning french toast is great - fun breakfasts shouldn't only be reserved for weekends.

Wasabi swirl chocolate cookies

30 minutes - 13 cookies 2s

Black sesame chocolate cookies with a wasabi glaze? Yep, you heard right!

A few days ago was 'international chocolate chip cookie day'. Apparently there's a day for everything? How annoying. It was hard to ignore, had images of cookies on my twitter feed all day. So despite today not being a day devoted to cookies, I decided to go ahead and make some anyway, because yolo.

I don't know if you guys ever had this, the 'wasabi flavoured chocolate' that Lindt makes. I had some for the first time a few years back. I was intrigued by it, it's a strange idea. If you're used to having wasabi with sushi, wasabi mixed into anything else just feels weird. Why would anyone want that in a dessert? Goes to show, that sometimes it's a good idea to play around with flavours. Mixing tastes you like together will not always yield good results, but in this case, it did.

I wanted to mix the wasabi directly in the cookies at first, but after reading a lot about baking with it, I decided to just apply it after in the form of a glaze. People were saying that the taste fades significantly when heated, didn't want that! Wanted a wasabi 'punch-in-the-face' taste.

It doesn't taste too strong, and like 'Lindt wasabi chocolate bars', it adds just the right amount of kick! It isn't a 'punch-in-the-face', level of strong though, don't worry. I know not everyone likes that.

The cookie base was adapted from 'oh she glows' 's Double chocolate chunk cookies recipe. Visit her fantastic blog for more recipes!

Hop ice cream

600 minutes - 1 quart

Summers in Montreal, go hand in hand with beer. There is such a wide variety of brews here. My corner store has a TON, most are made locally too. Me and Devine like craft beer a lot, hard to not drink everyday. To help satisfy our evergrowing craving, I decided to try and make hop flavoured ice cream!

Sweet and bitter! SUPER TASTY! Felt like I used just the right amount. This ice cream is definitely for people who love the smell and taste of hops (as well as cold summer dairy-free treats)!

I wasn't sure how to 'infuse' the hops into the ice cream base, we tried making hop tea by infusing it overnight in the fridge, but the taste wasn't strong enough. Felt we would get better results and better flavour, if the hops were heated. The pouch method worked pretty well, the ice cream base was perfect! Full of delicious bitterness! Devine suggested to make a concentrate with the hops first, and then mix it into the base next time. Another experiment! We tried another batch of hop tea a few days after, adding twice as many hops and it ended up tasting too strong. We'll stick to warm infusions for now.

The hops used in this recipe are an American variety called "Colombus". We got them from La choppe a Barrock on Villeneuve et Coloniale every time we make homebrews we pick up the ingredients there! You can buy a wide variety of hop buds there, you can even get the pellet kind.

It was my second time using the ice cream maker, I got it from the 'Free stuff Montreal' group on facebook. It looks like a little red pail, super cute. The woman I got it from even had the manual! You can make ice cream without a machine, although having one helps with the 'churning' process. It saves a lot of time and effort. If i hadn't gotten that ice cream maker for free, i dont think id have one but since it's here might as well use it!

This recipe wouldn't have happened without the instructions from The Kitchn. Their vegan ice cream tutorial was super helpful. They have a ton of images on their site too, so if you're more of a 'visual' cook you should check it out!

If you too, are having too many beers these days, try and cook with hops instead. Same taste, different format!

Balsamic banana ice cream

120 minutes - 2 servings 1of

When it comes to plant-based cold desserts, Montreal has a lot of options. The places I tried are all within walking distance, because generally when I want ice cream i don't want to have to go far to get it. Luckily, the 2 places that are near my home offer dairy-free options, though often this means sorbet. While I like sorbet, the flavours are rarely as creative as milk-based ice creams. When i don't want sorbet, I just make my own ice cream at home. I have many other ice cream recipes on this blog, but some of them require a bit more waiting time and effort, which admittedly I don't always care for. Banana ice cream to the rescue! A delicious and simple alternative to dairy or coconut based desserts.

I was introduced to vanilla ice cream, with a balsamic vinegar coulis, at my friend Lisa's small, Shimokitazawa appartment. It was summer, we wanted to cool our insides. Tokyo summers are unbearably warm. I can't say I remember where I got the idea to put balsamic vinegar on ice cream, it might have been in a magazine or a restaurant. That evening, it came to mind, and we tested it out. It was fantastic! Not things i thought could go well together.

I remembered that night today, and desperarely wanted to re-create a dairy-free version of it. Lots of blogs i love have also been making banana-based recipes, i first saw a recipe on the whole foods website for it. Making it is incredibly easy, you just put bananas in the freezer. While you wait for them to harden up, you can prepare your balsamic coulis and make your appartment reek of vinegar, yay! If you've ever boiled balsamic vinegar, you know what i'm talking about. I didn't want to pour the vinegar straight from the bottle over the ice cream, making a reduction makes it more 'syrupy', and it just works better as a topping.

I don't have a powerful blender or food processor at home, so reducing the 2 frozen banana chunks to a smooth puree was difficult. It took longer than i thought it would, and because of that my ice cream was melting when the time came to take photos. So pro-tip, don't use an immersion blender. If you're desperate and/or reckless and want to try it anyways, do it in batches.

Vegemite caramel

20 minutes - 1/2 pint 2of

Cadbury released a vegemite chocolate bar earlier this year, as usual, I only found out about it this week. I liked the idea so much, I decided to make something inspired from it. Ended up making some vegemite caramel.

I currently have two vegemite jars, a gift from a friend in Australia. It's delicious, but I don't always know what to make with it. It's great on toast, but aside from that... mind goes blank.

The vegemite caramel mix of the Cadbury bar intrigued me. Vegemite is very salty, but I happen to be a big fan of salted sweets – I'm looking at you sea salt chocolate. If I added some to date caramel (instead of salt) I knew it would taste good. I have Alissa from Nourishing meals to thank for the idea of date caramel. I used deglet noor dates for this recipe, because it's what I had, feel free to use medjool dates instead. Medjool dates are great, b.ut you don't have to use them. They're expensive, and their cheaper counterpart work just fine.

I was right, it tastes amazing. Cut a few apples up, and dip them right into the vegemite caramel! You can also spread it over some toast! This is a weird mix, but believe me, it tastes awesome.

There are a few places in Montreal where you can get vegemite like, Ta pies on Park av. near Mont-royal street has some. Otherwise, you can get one of your nice Australian buddies to send you some!

Halloween pumpkin cookies

30 minutes - 15 cookies 1w1ov1s

Halloween is coming up, this blog has a lot of recipes that are perfect for it. Here is a short list of my favourite ones - Black yaki gyoza Basic black bread and Black pasta. Those recipes weren't holiday-specific, but these cute pumpkin cookies sure are! They're super soft, and easy to prepare.

Been a while since i've baked cookies.

I felt like making sweets, and since it's pumpkin season I decided to get one and make something with it.

I like these a lot, because they're not too sweet - I have coconut sugar to thank for that. Coconut sugar has a more complex taste, caramel-like. I would suggest using that if you have it, if you don't you can substitute it with any other sugar. Coconut sugar will make your cookies a darker shade of orange, almost brown. I think it fits nicely with the toned-down colour of the pumpkin seeds. If you want a bold orange colour, use white cane sugar instead.

I'm going to a themed halloween party this year, don't think these will fit with it. I'll be eating these all week instead!

Salted caramel carob chip cookies

20 minutes - 20 cookies 3of1s1w

Got up early sunday morning, with cookies on my mind. When I peeked into my fridge, I spotted a lonely jar of leftover date caramel. I decided to make some salted caramel cookies with unsweetened carob chips!

The kind people at Daybreak Mill sent me a bag of einkorn flour last week, i'd never heard of it before. After researching, I learned that einkorn wheat is pretty damn grea, it's very nutritious. Einkorn was one of the first domesticated and cultivated plants. It has a higher percentage of protein than regular wheat, with high levels of fat, phosphorus, potassium, pyridoxine (a form of vitamin b6) and beta-carotene. Another great thing about it, is that it isn't as toxic to people on gluten-free diets. This wasn't proven, but it's worth looking into!

I tried baking bread with it this week, it did not rise all that well. While it is a dense loaf, the texture is quite nice! It has a strong nutty taste, making it more flavourful than regular wheat. Einkorn bread is filling, I don't think i would use it to make a sandwich but it makes nice breakfast toast.

After my bread experiment, I decided to try and make something sweet. The dates, coconut sugar and carob chips create a strong caramel taste; the fleur de sel sprinkled overtop brings out the flavour nicely.

I can't thank Daybreak mill enough for sending me this gift, and for introducing me to einkorn flour! Their products are organic, and made with the utmost care. You can get your own einkorn flour from their website, they also have a ton of other great products. Encouraging companies that share your outlook on food and life is important. This recipe was adapted from 'Food Loves Writing'

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