A Weekend Affair

This is a collection of recipes for when you've got time to roll up your sleeves and make some magic happen in the kitchen! The recipes are a bit more involved than those you'll find in Quick and Easy, but the results are worth the wait! Try making your own Veggie Burgers from scratch, roll up a batch of Salad Rolls, or try some Homemade Granola.

maple apple walnut granola

A simple, naturally sweetened granola made from wholesome ingredients and autumn flavours. Your kitchen will smell amazing when you make this! I’m a bad Canadian. Or a bad blogger. Or maybe both. I never get my act together and post something for Canadian Thanksgiving, which, as an expat, seems to sneak up on me every… 

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Indonesian black rice pudding

A luscious black rice pudding made with coconut milk and palm sugar. Vegan and gluten free, this is a traditional Indonesian breakfast. We spent a few days in Ubud, Bali, in December. It wasn’t our favourite part of the trip – I blame Elizabeth Gilbert for ruining Ubud – but it’s definitely where we ate the… 

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beautiful beet burgers {vegan}

A beautiful vegan burger patty made from beets, beans, and quinoa. Great in sandwiches, or crumbled into salads. Make a big batch and freeze them for future meals. The perfect veggie burger is, I think, an elusive thing. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good veggie burgers out there, but it’s a trick… 

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borscht

One of the things I think I love the most about the holiday season is how steeped it is in tradition. I’m fascinated by how other cultures celebrate during the holiday season, and it’s been fun embracing Swedish traditions. My parents are here for a short but sweet visit this week, and I’m taking them… 

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better than nutella

Yesterday I did my one and only day of Christmas shopping, for the one and only item I’m going to buy this year. It’s already wrapped and stashed away for our annual expats holiday family dinner, which includes an increasingly ruthless game of White Elephant. I daresay the little gift I got this year will pale… 

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whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples

Paul and I are off to Amsterdam tomorrow for a weekend of marathon running (him) wandering the canals (me) and general good times (that’d be both of us). He very often chooses somewhere in the Netherlands for his fall marathon (nice, flat courses) so we’ve also passed through Rotterdam and Eindhoven, but it always means… 

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roasted butternut squash soup with coconut, miso, and lime

This roasted butternut squash soup is silky smooth, with a trio of delicate flavours that come together in the most incredible way. And it’s vegan to boot!   Just like that, we’re into October. October is one of my favourite months. Canadian Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, so this is the month of… 

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kale and walnut pesto

The season is changing. This was clear as we slipped past the equinox over the weekend; a sunny Saturday gave way to a stormy Sunday, complete with flashes of lightening and thunder so loud and close it shook the windows of our apartment. On Saturday, while it was still nice out, I did a fly-by… 

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kamut and zucchini fritters

It always takes me a bit of time to shake off my vacation. Or maybe it’s shimmying back into work life that takes a bit of effort. Whatever it is, it’s nice to be getting back into a bit of a routine. Part of our routine, for now, is heading to the farmer’s market on… 

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coconut bacon – the real maple kind

Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians all around the world! I thought we should have something Canadian today, and what’s more Canadian than bacon? Maple bacon! You know, the real maple kind…   So, coconut bacon. Does it taste like bacon bacon? To be honest, I have no idea. I haven’t had… 

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how to make your own almond milk

When I first moved to Sweden I had a list of foodstuffs I needed to source out in order to ensure my happiness. Among other things, tofu, nutritional yeast, and soy milk were must haves. I’ve always been a soy milk girl when it comes to non-dairy milks, though I know that these days it… 

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chipotle black bean burgers

The last couple of weeks have been a tad on the bonkers side. There were several really long days and one super late night at the office, the morning after which I dragged my tired self out of bed and gave myself a pat on the back for having pre-packed my lunches for the week… 

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Coconut Banana Granola

Use up your brown bananas in this healthy Coconut Banana Granola Recipe! Easy to make, vegan, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this homemade granola is perfect for breakfast or afternoon snacks.  I run a rescue operation for unwanted bananas. I don’t discriminate against age or colour, if there is a neglected, speckley banana I… 

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kale and butternut squash salad

Yesterday morning I was enjoying a champion breakfast of tea, cold pizza, and a backlog of low-quality advent calendar chocolates, when it occurred to me how unbelievably close to Christmas we are. Between a run of epic thanksgiving dinners thrown by my American expat friends, the company Christmas party, festive drinks happenings, and holiday potlucks,… 

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kale and black bean breakfast tacos

I read today that all any good, nutritious, and budget friendly meal needs is a grain, a bean, and a green. I couldn’t agree more. There are few things I find as comforting as having a big ol’ pot of beans cooked up and on standby in the fridge. Except maybe a big ol’ pot… 

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panisse, two ways

Although I have been vegetarian for over 20 years now, there isn’t any profound moral, political, or ethical reason behind it. I’m a vegetarian because I’m a picky eater, and the thing I’m picky about is meat. I plain old just don’t want to eat it. People ask me all the time if I miss… 

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curried devilled eggs

Have I told you before that I hate Easter egg hunting? Like, for real hate it. Am traumatized by it. Why? Because I can’t find the dang eggs. Can. Not. Find. Them. In my house Easter egg hunting was a colour coded thing. My Dad would hide eggs in the living room, then each child would… 

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poached eggs on crispy polenta

Well, hello December. Did anyone else blink and practically miss November fly by, quick and cold? November was interesting in Sweden; I’ve found the darkness really disorienting – as did I the nearly endless light in the summer months, but that was disorienting in a much more enchanting way than the wall of darkness now… 

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curried potato chickpea patties

Personally, I think November can be a real jerk of a month. I do love early autumn, with the crispness in the air and the leaves turning colour, even the leaves falling and the slightly bittersweet melancholy atmosphere. But there’s not all that much I like about November. The weather is bleak and cold, the… 

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