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"Naturally" GLUTEN FREE baking/dessert recipes, without weird ingredients

For a decadent and delicious filling, simply blend together 2 cups melted chocolate chips, 14 oz can coconut milk (I use lite), 1.5 cups peanut butter. Put on top of your favourite crust (I like a no-bake GF almond-coconut crust) and refrigerate until set. Easy peasy!

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The Tiffin Box

+1 for BlogTO who introduced me to The Tiffin Box. A hole-in-the-wall tiny resto, mom-and-pop kind of place. Small Indian menu but it was actually very good. Not spicy but flavourful. Not oily, either, which is a problem for most restos, IMHO. Nice dosas, too. A great CH find. Has anyone else been?

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/the...
(I don't think they have their own website

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This End Up - Dundas and Dufferin - Great Casual Restaurant

Reviving an old thread. I hadn't heard about this resto but went this weekend and really liked it. Some of the Yelp reviews mentioned it being hipster but I did not get that vibe. The food was delicious, plentiful and nice vegan (and omni) options. I was immediately drawn to the "Dal Frites" but really liked the coconut bacon BLT.

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Vegan bakeries in Toronto

Lots of options to choose from but my favourite vegan bakery is Through Being Cool. They honestly have the best donuts, vegan or not... get the chocolate glazed raspberry filled one. OMG delish. There is also APIEcalypse Now although I found their sweets to be too sweet for me.

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Tempeh for the first time

Under $4 is good. Ambrosia, Tutti Frutti and Essence of Life seem to have the best prices.

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Need Easy Vegan Snack for Casual Cocktail Party

Look through the table of contents of "Vegan Finger Foods" for some inspiration. Otherwise, hummus or muhammara with some veggies or other dippables would be really simple to bring.

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Tempeh for the first time

I will be honest, it is still hard to find tempeh in Toronto. Where are you located? Fiesta Farms, Essence of Life, Whole Foods, Ambrosia, all come to mind among those that sell it. Perhaps the MEGA Loblaws but it hasn't hit mainstream here, yet.

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Native Foods Key Lime Pie recipe

I have never been to Native Foods, but Peacefood Cafe's raw key lime pie has shared their recipe and it is very good. You might want to try that recipe, too, for guidance.

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Reserving Vegetarian/vegan meal for flight?

Oh, great to know. I'll keep that in mind next time

Do you use a pressure cooker?

I recently got a pressure cooker and like it so far. When thinking of the sizes, if you use beans, I am told the foam could overflow so you want a bigger size to keep that contained.

Otherwise, just know that stove top and electric pressure cookers have different high temps. I think most cookbooks assume you have a stovetop cooker with the shorter times. I don't know whether it is really feasible to do vegetables for short amounts of time in an electric cooker.

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Soy Curls

I really like soy curls!
I think it is important to reconstitute them in flavoured water and then ring them out a lot prior to adding them to your dish. (I have added them straight to a soup once and that was ok, but not ideal).

I generally use them in stewy dishes. Paprikash comes to mind but I have also used them in stir fries.

I haven't tried it yet but the BBQ soy curls from Vegan Diner is supposed to be a great recipe.

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Beyond meat?

I rather liked the Beyond Meat chicken strips. The beef crumbles were not as stellar but if you can grab some free coupons, definitely try it out to see what you think

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Reserving Vegetarian/vegan meal for flight?

I just flew Lufthansa and Air Canada over seas. I could not pick vegan but asked for oriental veg and asian veg. Air Canada had no special meals, just the veg and non-veg option for everyone.

Asian veg is more likely to be curry, vegetables, rice. Oriental is more likely noodle based (I had a veg noodle dish for breakfast).

Air Canada had a tomato/spinach/cheese wrap and a tomato/cheese pasta for the two meals.

Personally, I would just bring my own if you are picky.

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seeking a vegan pad thai recipe. anyone?

Simple is best. For us, we use a recipe that uses soy sauce instead of the traditional fish sauce but the authentic flavour comes from tamarind.

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A vegan, a person who's gluten free, someone with a nut allergy and an anorexic walk into a bar…

Lots of great options suggested. Go for a vegan risotto, bean-centric meals (dal is a great idea, or an Ethiopian w'et with gf injera), vegan tacos with corn tortillas, tofu scrambles, even hummus and roasted vegetables, etc.

A vegan pad thai with tofu and rice noodles could also work

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May 21, 2014
blinknoodle in Home Cooking

Taking my mother to dinner

Hugo's. I love their authentic Mexican which is still very approachable

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Apr 07, 2014
blinknoodle in Houston

What would you serve at a mustard tasting party?

I am back with an update. You guys had fabulous suggestions and we ended up serving our spread of 12 mustards with small boiled white potatoes, roasted cauliflower, cornichons, hummus, pretzels, chips and some sausages for the meat eaters. Beer, too. Everyone thought the potatoes were the best way to try out each mustard. :)

Thanks again.

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Apr 04, 2014
blinknoodle in Home Cooking

Avocado ideas

Avocado + kimchi + lime = delicious

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Uses for Kimchi

Totally loving kimchi this year.

Our favourites:
1. Sweet potato fries, jackfruit pulled pork with kimchi and mayo (aka Korean poutine)
2. Chickpea flour pancakes with kimchi inside and overtop
3. Kimchi and avocado with citrus
4. Tofu scramble (or eggs) with kimchi

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B12 and D low natural source's?

I recommend reading this excellent website for great nutritional information pertaining to being vegan:
http://www.veganhealth.org/

B12 is a must-have supplement for vegans. B12 can be added to non-dairy milks and nutritional yeast, but it is best to make sure you are getting enough through supplementation

Vitamin D is also mostly from enhanced foods (non-dairy milks), but also can be found in mushrooms.. and of course, the sunlight. Best to supplement as well.

I also recommend Becoming Vegan Express or Vegan For Her as required reading before becoming vegan.

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Any new restaurants you're looking forward to or wanting to try?

Finally made it to Torchy's Tacos, specifically their new location in The Heights. Very nice tacos.

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Jan 04, 2014
blinknoodle in Houston

What would you serve at a mustard tasting party?

I am planning to host a mustard tasting party... and wondering what to serve with the mustard. Your immediate thought might be bratwurst/sausage but I am catering to a veg-crowd.

I am thinking pretzels and beer but wondering about other main-type dishes.

Any help would be great. :)

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Jan 04, 2014
blinknoodle in Home Cooking

Best dried-bean cookbook?

I really like The Great Vegan Bean Book. Not spicy, mostly simple bean-based recipes you can make on a weeknight. She also highlights more exotic beans you can buy through Rancho Gordo (and also mentions substitutes).

For those averse to vegan beans, I also recommend Pulse. I actually love the name of this book but it can be hard to locate with such a generic name (it is ISBN 1862059861). I think meat and veg-centric eaters would appreciate this book with its flavourful combinations of recipes.

I actually have Bean-by-Bean as well, but her recipes have a bit more miss than hit for me.

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Jan 04, 2014
blinknoodle in Home Cooking

LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

Bean soups are a staple in my kitchen, so I look forward to following this thread.

My latest bean soup was a spin on Mexican mole in soup form. I sauteed onions with hatch chiles, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and Ancho chile powder and mixed it with tomatoes and chocolate. Pureed that into a slick cream. Brought stock up to boil and added some vegetables (zucchini, carrots and corn) along with chickpeas and cooked brown rice. Seasoned with lime juice, tamari and cilantro. Served with tortillas.

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Do you have a go-to vegan cookbook for "everyday" cooking?

I think you will really like IDI, then! Quicker recipes that actually taste good.

I also really like The Great Vegan Bean Book (since beans are my vegan protein of choice), although you may need to increase the spices/seasonings.

I am also really liking the 30 Minute Vegan's Soup's On, too, mainly because I love soup. I use the recipes as a guide, though... I think it is worth the extra 10 minutes to chop and saute an onion in oil, instead of aiming for a 30-minute soup.

Please let us know which books you end up preferring. :)

Do you have a go-to vegan cookbook for "everyday" cooking?

It all depends on your pantry.. ingredients like nutritional yeast or tofu may seem odd to most people but quite common for vegans.

With that being said, my favourite cookbooks for every day is Isa Does It (check out theppk.com as the recipes are very similar). Worth mentioning are the books by Tess Challis which ended up turning me vegan.

Supermarket Vegan is also fairly basic.

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Dec 28, 2013
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan
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What bakery in Houston sells the best Tres Leche cake?

We did the El Bollilo vs Mi Tienda Tres Leches taste test this weekend. El Bollilo won. The frosting was the key to the win. Not too sweet. Also, fyi, Mi Tienda's slices are the same price but twice the size!

But, if you go to Mi Tienda, their fresh churros are much better than El Bollilo... and Mi Tienda has fresh corn tortillas.

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Dec 11, 2013
blinknoodle in Houston

Any ideas for packing own vegan food to take for holidays or travel in general?

My go-to meals involve lots of beans... they are filling and cheap. They travel well. Use them in a dip like hummus, or a bean salad (I have a lentil, apple and currant salad everyone loves) or try something like a soup or stew, if they will break out the bowls for you. Raw kale salads also travel really well but aren't filling unless you add a protein source.

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did any GREAT vegan cookbooks come out this year?

Depends on what kind of recipes you like. My favourite vegan cookbooks this year have been Isa Does It and The Great Vegan Bean Book.

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Pearland

Definitely not a recommendation for a main dish, but we head over to Pena's in Pearland nearly every week. They have the knock-off cronut but we enjoy their donuts best.

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Nov 23, 2013
blinknoodle in Houston