Simple Vegetable Pot Pie

This was my first time making a pot pie, so be gentle. The filling was way more than I thought it would be so I ended up with two pies’ worth (and only one pie crust). I was having a bit of a nervous breakdown because it was overflowing, the pie crust wasn’t sealing, and…

No-Campfire Banana Splits

Bonfires are the greatest, but if you don’t have access to one and want the amazing food that accompanies them (who doesn’t, really) then get on board the backyard BBQ train. This is the easiest recipe, takes 5 minutes to prep and yields a great dessert. If you’re hosting any kind of get-together, these are…

Habanero Lentils

Lentils are ugly, but delicious. Since I’ve moved houses, my cooking situation has changed significantly. . You really don’t realize how many staples you need in a kitchen to make the basic things until you don’t have them. My mom always makes stewed lentils and I’ve never been able to replicate them the exact same…

One-Pot Brown Rice Paella

Before doing this recipe, I was looking up substitutions for saffron because of the high cost. Some people recommended turmeric and paprika for colour, but nobody had a solid solution for a replicate flavour. I sucked it up and bought saffron, and while it isn’t the highlighted taste in this dish, it definitely adds a…

White Bean, Okra and Buttercup Squash Stew

Cold weather always makes me want to sit inside with comfort food and go into a Netflix coma. Only problem is, when you live in a place where it’s cold a big portion of the year, you may form a permanent “winter layer”—not so desirable. This stew gives the best of both worlds by being…

Garlic Dill Pickles (Canning 101)

Before now, the process of canning was this big, looming mystery that I wanted to learn but was too scared to try. My aunt Nancy and I had this very overdue pickling date (for more than a year, actually) and it finally happened this past week. I’m a huge fan of basically all things pickled—cucumber,…

Nutella-Swirled Banana Bread

Nutella and banana are a pretty unbeatable duo. Pack the two into a loaf pan and you’ve got yourself an impressive-looking marble dessert that’s not long for this world. I’m normally all for substitutions, but I have to admit this banana bread is near perfect for look, taste and texture. I wouldn’t change a thing….

Banana Bread Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze

A few months back, my aunt and uncle got me a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer as a graduation gift. I wanted to make them something as a small thank-you, so I asked for requests. In response, they said either raisin scones or banana bread would do. Now, if you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’m…

Pumpkin-Walnut Granola

After making this granola, you’ll be laughing at how much you used to spend on it in stores (in between shoving it in your mouth). You could get really creative with this recipe if you wanted to—I had the urge to add sweetened coconut, dried cranberries and toasted almonds but I wanted to keep it…

Vegan Almond Tofu and Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin has to be one of my favourite ingredients for a few reasons. Firstly, the smell of a fresh pumpkin when you cut into it is unbeatable. Second, you can roast the seeds. Third, the actual pumpkin can be roasted, boiled, baked and grilled. Now that fall has started, be prepared for pumpkin overload. You…