Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Montreal deliciousness: AUX VIVRES RESTAURANT and other vegan snacks.

When in Montreal, you must stop by Aux Vivres for an all vegan meal.

First up we tried the cornbread with veggie "butter". The cornbread was very tasty and on the savory side.

Soup of the day was a yellow dahl.

BLT Caesar for me which was ok. I'm not used to having a caesar salad without romaine lettuce. It did have some interesting "coconut bacon" which I rather liked.

For dessert, cappucino and blueberry "uncheesecake". Yum!

Snack attack! Forget about name brand potato chips. My fave are the all dressed generic brand (99 cents!) from Jean Coutu.

I was able to find vegan friendly items at IGA, my fave supermarket when in Mtl.

Shopping on St. Denis, I had to check out Cremerie Meu Meu for soy ice cream! My outfit even matched the shopfront.

I was a happy mouse with a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of peanut butter.

Homemade food by our friend Rob. Perfect potatoes.

He even made veggie burgers for me! One of our most memorable meals. Dinner with friends is always special.

Paragon restaurant in St. Leonard. Vegetarian submarine sandwich, no cheese no sauce. It has grilled onions, mushrooms and bell peppers. So tasty!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Homemade Tagine and LOLA ROSA VEGETARIAN BISTRO in Montreal.

This was my dinner tonight. I was inspired by a beautiful tagine I had at LOLA ROSA vegetarian restaurant in Montreal, Canada where I had my holiday the past ten days. I was back at work today and couldn't stop thinking of that tagine. So I came home and made this. It has potatoes, chickpeas, carrots, onions, raisins, apricots, olives and tomato. I served it with whole wheat couscous and sliced almonds.

Lola Rosa is a beautiful little bistro in the Plateau district in Montreal on Avenue du Parc.

I liked the artwork in this place. ;)

Quesadilla plate which my husband had. It had a sweet potato filling and he said it was delicious. It could be made vegan also.

Veggie burger made out of lentils and chia seeds. Looked amazing.

I had the tagine which was so delicious! It was served with what tasted like mint chutney. So good.

For dessert, chocolate banana tarte. Yumm.

The tables had drawers which housed random notes from strangers.

I left my own note.

Lola Rosa Montreal

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tasty English Muffin.

Dinner: Pan fried english muffin with veggie ham and Daiya jalapeno havarti vegan cheese. I ate it with tamarind chutney and a nice arugula salad with cranberry and fried onions. So tasty.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Life Changing Loaf of Bread".

This "bread" recipe has been going around the internet and has been blogged about many times by foodies like myself. I wanted to try it because I'm a fan of dense breads full of fiber. I buy Mestemacher german breads often and I love them. This one is not really like Mestemacher because there is no rye. It is loaded with different nuts and seeds which creates a crunchy texture. It is very dense and very flavorful. My loaf was made with flax seeds, chia, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds and roasted hazelnuts, psyllium husk and oats. It is lightly sweetened with agave and rich with coconut oil. Find the recipe here! Pictures of my loaf below.

As you can see, the loaf came out beautifully browned and golden.

I cut them into slices and topped it with Trader Joe's eggplant hummus, arugula and tomato bruschetta salad. Delicious!

I pre-sliced some and will save for later!

Asian Deliciousness.

A few asian meals that I've been craving. The first is a simple tofu and vegetable stir fry, the second is a plum sauce and sesame glazed tofu served with steamed broccoli and edamame. All served on a bed of rice with a healthy squirt of Sriracha sauce!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Victoria Sponge.

Victoria Sponge: 2 layers of vanilla cake with jam (strawberry) and cream (vegan buttercream) sandwiched in the middle and the whole thing dusted with powdered sugar. No more explanations necessary!

Edited to add: I came back to get some a few hours later and there were ANTS all over my cake! Had to throw it out. Oh well, at least I had one slice. :(

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Healthy-ish Double Chocolate Muffins.

I saw this recipe and I knew it had to be done. I have recently been worried about my sugar intake because I've noticed that in the past year or so I have been going crazy with sweets. I've been trying to cut back on sugar here and there. As far as desserts, I am looking for ways to make treats that take care of my sweet craving but with less sugar. This recipe is great because it uses mostly fruit puree for sweetness and a little bit of agave and brown sugar. I used mango and banana puree in mine. The recipe uses red beets which would have been nice too.

They came out lovely, chocolatey, moist and not too sweet. I think they are perfect with a morning cup of coffee (black, no sugar!).

1 muffin is approximately 8.1 g fat, 190 cals, 9.4 grams sugar. Still pretty high in sugar but I guess a normal muffin would have more.