Pesto Portobello Burger (Vegan)

Portobello Pesto Burger (Vegan)

Mushrooms are a vegan flavour-seeker’s best friend; their savoury earthiness is a godsend for those craving the comforting richness of stewed meats and broths, but not the meat itself. Even before I became a vegetarian, I was all about the mushrooms; a burger just wasn’t complete without a huge pile of sauteed mushrooms on top.Read more

Beyond Soap

I’ve mentioned my struggle with sensitive skin a few times over the years, so when I was invited to take part in an online book tour for Dr. Sandy Skotnicki’s new book Beyond Soap, I jumped at the chance. I was a teen during the 80’s. If you were there, or if you’ve ever seen anRead more

Farmhouse Scones and Strawberry Shortcake (Vegan)

Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes on Farmhouse Scones

Every farmhouse kitchen needs a basic scone recipe, and this one is as good as they come. I’ve made others over the years that are perhaps more impressive due to their various embellishments (debatable), but this one is perfect for showcasing homemade jams and spreads, and is my go-to for strawberry shortcakes. You’ll want toRead more

Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing (Low Oil)

Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing - Low Fat, vegan, tastes like Hollyhock.

I’ve never been a fan of store-bought dressings; they’re often too sweet, too fatty, or just plain boring. The only exception is a local one made by Little Creek, which was our go-to for a long time. That is, until I discovered the recipe for Hollyhock’s yeast dressing, which is almost a dead ringer forRead more

In Search of Simple

Simple living, homesteading, farm life.

First off, if you’re coming here from the “Things We Love” section of Harrowsmith’s spring issue, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! I have been a huge fan of their magazine, books, and TV show since I was a teen, so it was an unbelievable honour to be featured; I’mRead more

Eggless Benedict

Vegan Benny - Eggless Benedict, no eggs or dairy, gluten-free option.

Eggless Benedict? I know it sounds a little crazy to attempt to recreate a recipe without using the featured ingredient (I mean, it’s right there in the name!), but what if you don’t want to eat eggs, or can’t for health reasons, or your feathered friends have taken a much-needed break from laying? Does thatRead more

Gomasio (Sesame Salt)

Homemade Gomasio with Nutritional Yeast (Macrobiotic Sesame Salt Seasoning)

I’ve always had a bit of a savoury tooth. While some people crave sweets, I would much rather scarf down a bowl of popcorn or potato chips. If you combine the flavour of roasted sesame with that, I’m done for. I can’t keep those sesame sticks in the house because I won’t stop until they’re gone.Read more

No Knead Oatmeal Sandwich Bread (Vegan, Oil-Free)

No Knead Oatmeal Bread - Vegan, Oil-Free

Bread is the cornerstone of any good farmhouse kitchen. It’s such a simple thing, made with the most basic of ingredients, but is pivotal to so many of our most memorable family meals. Like rice, corn, potatoes, and other starchy staples, it is the foundation of a healthy, satisfying diet. I started dabbling in breadRead more

Furniture Rehab: Turning Cast-Offs Into Family Heirlooms – Antique Restoration and Repair

Restoring second hand furniture.

My husband and I started our family shortly after graduating from university, so there was never really a time when we had extra money for things like interior decorating. Our apartments were furnished with hand-me-downs gathered from generous family and friends, and we were totally fine with that. Years later, with the advent of FreecycleRead more

Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes

Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg and Dairy Free

Vegan truck stop – now that’s an image I enjoy more than I probably should. Having grown up with truck-driving uncles (I’m talking Smokey and the Bandit era truckers), I can’t help but laugh at the thought of them pulling in to fuel up at a roadside stop run by vegans. While that’s something I’mRead more