Cinnamon Buns

We weren’t big on cinnamon buns growing up – in fact, there wasn’t a single recipe in Grandma Donna’s cookbook. I have really grown to love them and have often thought of making them a Christmas or New Year’s morning tradition. I really loved a recipe I found on epicurious and adapted to be plant-based…

Tomato Tofu Curry

Ingredients 1 block of extra firm tofu, cubed Hot cooked rice Marinade 1 tbsp cornstarch 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 tbsp dry sherry or water 1 tsp soy sauce Sauce 1 tbsp cornstarch 2 tsp soy sauce 2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup ketchup 3 tbsp oil 1 cup celery, diagonally…

Fesenjaan

Fesenjaan: a delicious persian eggplant, pomegranate & walnut stew To make this recipe truly vegan, substitute the honey for agave syrup. The walnut sauce is an excellent texture for this stew and holds well with the honey which balances sweet with the sour pomegranate seeds. The little bit of spice from the crushed red pepper…

Apple Crumble Pie (aka Dutch Apple Pie)

Grandma’s recipe called this a “Dutch Apple Pie” and I thought it was so titled on account of the graham cracker crust. I have since learned that a Dutch Apple Pie is one that has a crumble topping. Grandma paired the crumble with a graham cracker crust – a delicious pie in its own right…

Sally’s Graham Cracker Crust

Adapted only slightly from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 6 tbsp Earth Balance, melted 1/3 cup granulated or brown sugar Yield: 1 9” pie crust Preheat oven to 350 o. Use a blender or food processor to reduce graham crackers to crumbs. Mix the cracker crumbs with the Earth balance…

Wonton Soup

This is a new favourite in our house. I grew up eating a lot of wonton soup because my mom liked going to Chinese restaurants and so going vegetarian and/or vegan for most of my adulthood meant that I wasn’t able to enjoy this dish at restaurants because I had never found any delicious non-meat…

Orange Cranberry Shortbread Squares

What a perfect combination! Shortbread base, custardy middle, and a crispy sweet top! I added dried cranberries to level-up Grandma Donna’s recipe. Ingredients 2 cups flour (+ 1/3 cup) 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup Earth Balance 1/2 cup granulated sugar (+ 1 1/2 cups) 4 eggs 1/3 cup orange juice 2-3…

Whipped Shortbread

This was a big family favourite over the holidays in our house. It almost wasn’t Christmas without a batch of mom’s / grandma’s whipped shortbread. In fact, I had no idea until I was well into adulthood that there was any other kind of shortbread. Ingredients 2 cups Earth balance, cold 3 1/2 cups flour…

Pecan Balls

This was a new recipe I decided to add to this year’s holiday baking list. They are a more savoury treat so if you prefer, you can add another 1-2 tbsp of sugar to the recipe. Ingredients 2 cups sifted flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup Earth balance 3 tbsp soy…

Rum Balls

This recipe brings back strong Christmas memories for me – I am not even sure I ever liked these (if I’m honest) but because my mom made them several times at Christmastime, I can’t help but have the urge to make them every once in a while. I’ve adapted mom’s recipe somewhat and I think…