Nature close to home

  Robins and birds flying all around – close to home! A little photoshop-ping and we have some nature shots right in the city.   Where is my chestnut?  This “little” (prob. was at one point) was right outside my balcony door looking at me ever since I left the one chestnut by the drain.  The little ones had been digging through my pots and spilling the soil all over so I thought I would save them doing it but…. They still like to perch on trees in the garden as others have seeds and birdhouses to draw them all … Continue reading Nature close to home

The Best Vegan Tamales in the West – Ruby’s

Amiga Ruby really does make the best vegan tamales ever.   This is my first time making it and eating it.  It’s hard to imagine anyone else who can make it as saucy and tasty as Ruby.  As you can see, lots of love and labour went into making and steaming the tamales.  It is just plain awesome having it with some organic greens and sauerkraut  along with beans.  It’s all vegan – even the cashew cheese with a twist of lemon juice on top of the tortillas.  I tested it with a cashew cheese artichoke filling with nutritional yeast and … Continue reading The Best Vegan Tamales in the West – Ruby’s

Vegan Pupusas and Corn Tortillas

We celebrated two birthdays in a unique way. Two of us learnt to make corn tortillas and watched pupusa making. We had a vegan potluck in a way. Daiya cheese and org zucchini both pulsed in the food processor. Organic greens thrown into the corn tortillas with guacamole and organic sauerkraut with the vegan pupusas along with scoops of cooked chili kidney bean (made from dried beans) sauce.  Absolutely, the best pupusa I’ve tasted.  Oh, it was my first too and really, it’s not bad even if it was vegan cheese.  The bean sauce was so tasty with some garlic, … Continue reading Vegan Pupusas and Corn Tortillas

Testing All kinds of Recipes

Fall is a good time to test all kinds of recipes from different cultures. Well, also I have to test out some recipes before taking them to birthday potlucks! Making the gringa type of corn tortilla turned out to be easier than I thought.  A hispanic amiga is going to teach me to make real tortillas one day.  For now, it’s Bob’s Red Mill Masa Harina, stone ground golden corn flour made with dried corn kernels that been cooked and soaked in limewater and then grounded into masa.   The vegan dip by Chloe and chef Roberto from The Official … Continue reading Testing All kinds of Recipes

Yummiest Kale Tropical Green Smoothie

Thanks to Doris’ dad for the fresh green natural kale! Into the Vitamixer: 1/2 frozen banana 4 chunks of frozen pineapple (equiv to about a ring) 1 orange peeled and cut into slices 1 to 1.5 c. of filtered water 1 stalk of green kale leaves 1 handful of org spinach (both stems and leaves) Blend for a minute or until smooth.  1/3 c of frozen org strawberry slices are optional.  Add more water if you like it thinner.  Otherwise, it is a nice smooth-ie! Continue reading Yummiest Kale Tropical Green Smoothie

Chia Red Bean Mylk Shake

Oops, I drank it all without taking a picture of it.  Basically, it’s sweetened cooked azuki beans that were sprouted and chia seeds added into the bowl to gel a bit overnight.  In a mixer, pour in 1-cup of almond milk and/or coconut milk.  Then spoon out 1-2 Tbsp of the pudding mix above and blend at high speed for a minute or less.  If you want, you can soak 1Tbsp of golgi berries in some water and throw this in.  It’s yum!  Kinda like the modified version of the traditional Asian condensed milk red bean shake but vegan.  More … Continue reading Chia Red Bean Mylk Shake

Banana Cake for those Bike rides!

A banana bread recipe passed onto me from a co-worker and modified a few times for that special treat on a bike trip that required some energy and nutrients.  I “veganized” the egg portion and there are links that will replace the egg in the recipe.  Go to for ideas.  I used the 1 tsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp vinegar in one of the recipes.  Other ideas included applesauce and/or soaked flaxseed in water.  Use Organic as much as possible. DRY Ingredients: 1.5 cups of org buckwheat flour (other mix in other gluten-free flours such as chestnut or … Continue reading Banana Cake for those Bike rides!

Italian Day – June 14th

The Portuguese Club of Vancouver has long line-ups year after year for their infamous Barbecue Chicken $12 plate and the Barbecue Sardines (3 and a Portugese bun) for $6.  All that smoke from the BBQ draws the huge crowds all day. The Red cars or Vespa bikes are cool displays too. The Asian Grocers from the Triple A store feature fresh fruit cups or skewers or peeled mango on a stick or a fresh young Thai coconut with a straw every year.  BBQ corn on the cob or sausage were also on the grill.  There’s also dough rolling to make … Continue reading Italian Day – June 14th