Roasted Endive with Truffled Caramelized Leeks [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

Buying truffle oil? Look for the legit stuff. And then make this.

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Roasted Endive with Truffled Caramelized Leeks

White truffle oil is rich and fragrant; a little goes a long way. Be sure to seek out white truffle oil made with actual white truffles. Many pseudo-versions use perfumes instead of the real deal.

Makes 4 servings

4 endive/chicory, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
5 tablespoons (30mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Fine sea or Himalayan salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 large leeks, thinly sliced (just the whites)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (2 to 3mL) white truffle oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Put the endive cut-side-up on a baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons (30mL) of the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25 minutes, until tender and starting to char on the edges.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until golden and starting to caramelize, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the truffle oil, starting with 1/4 teaspoon, adding more to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Top the endive with the leek mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Brined Herb Tofu [gluten-free, vegan]

Earlier in the week I posted a recipe for homemade mustard that was spiced with smoked paprika, and it was pictured with herb-infused brined tofu, which I promised would come later this week.

So it’s later this week.


The tofu is reminiscent of feta with that salty, brininess to it. Getting some good tofu here is the way to go, as well as taking the time to press the water out of it beforehand. After that, it stores well for about a week, and I actually froze some, too. If you’re going to do that route, opt for defrosting it then pressing it in a few paper towels to soak up excess moisture, otherwise it tastes watered down. Continue reading

Yellow Mustard with Smoked Paprika [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

While I transition to my new site, my recipe posting has slowed, but they’re all stowed in my computer waiting to be shared.

It will take me awhile to bring to fruition, so in the meantime, here’s a recipe to tide this site over. I’ll post a couple of samples from my new book, too — along with detailed information and updates about some excitement that will go along with it.

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On the top left, you have some homemade mustard that was spiced with smoked paprika (so good), along with herb-infused brined tofu. These were two elements for an article on ultimate sandwich making and, I have to say, they are definitely two of my top components of an ultimate sandwich.

This was the first time I’ve made mustard from scratch, and I’m surprised that I’ve never made it before; it’s definitely easier than any condiment, and condiments are easy to make.

Mustard today. Tofu to come this week. Here it is, folks. Continue reading

Book launch! >> September 19th at the United Way FallFest

Plans this Friday?

If you’re free, I’ll suggest you head down to United Way Fall Fest to launch their Fall Fundraising Campaign. On Friday, September 19th from 4 pm to 10 pm, a load of food trucks, artisans, live entertainment, kids’ activities and other fun things are happening at Oakes Park in Niagara Falls.

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But wait! There’s more! You can join me there for my book launch for my third book, The Allergy-Free Cook Makes Pies and Desserts! Folks will have the chance to meet me (though most of you have!) and purchase a signed copy of all of my books. A 45 minute baking Q&A and workshop focusing on gluten, dairy, egg, and soy-free baking will start at 5pm.

Pre-orders are available, as I have limited copies. Reserve yours now!

Fresh Mediterranean Skillet [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

It’s been a busy week after arriving back from the Veggie Fest this weekend in Naperville. I met a ton of great folks and it was definitely a blast.

IMG_1397If I met you while I was there, be sure to drop me an email and say hello! And thank you to everyone’s support in buying all three (yes, including the third) books!

Fresh Mediterranean Skillet

Loads of flavor come together in a simple skillet that can put dinner on the table in no time. And don’t shy away from doubling the amounts; it tastes even better the next day.

Makes 6 servings

1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil (I used Della Terra‘s, but if you don’t have access to it, use extra garlic and basil)
1 tablespoon Basil Olive Oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 (14oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14oz) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained and cut into quarters
4 whole roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes or 3/4 cup sliced sundried tomatoes
1/4 cup black olives, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon capers
4 cups packed baby spinach or other greens
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Traditional Balsamic Condimento, or aged balsamic vinegar, to taste
Fresh basil, chopped

Heat both olive oils in a skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cannellini beans. Cook for 1 minute, stirring often.

Add the artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, black olives, and capers. Cook for 1 minute. Add the greens and lemon juice. Cook just until the greens have wilted.

Bring to high heat and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and fresh basil, cooking until fragrant.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Picnic Potato Salad [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

We all have our favourite version of potato salad. There’s the creamy mayo and egg version “just like Mom use to make”. Or that smoky and warm German masterpiece with a wine vinegar tang. Then, sometimes, trusting our tastebuds, we let potatoes shine tossed with Thai red curry paste and coconut milk, or a Mediterranean version with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and robust olive oil.

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And then there’s this, with the not-so-traditional role of the acid taken over by pickle juice.

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Fresh Broccoli Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

There are plenty of updates that need to happen, both in terms of recipes that need to be posted (dozens!), updates about events (starting to be listed here), and details about the third book (also here). But it’s about time I post a recipe.

So let’s talk broccoli salad. I love it. I love all variations of it. My favourite, in fact, is roasting broccoli in the oven with red onions, then tossing it with a mixture of tahini, lemon, and garlic. And then there’s this: a no-mayo variation of the classic with a tangy vinaigrette using summery flavors. I love this one.

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And once you make that and still have a hankering for broccoli, try tossing it in an olive oil-based vinaigrette using dark balsamic and a bulb’s worth of roasted garlic cloves. Add capers, olive, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and cherry tomatoes for good measure and you’re set.

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Chilled Spring Pea and Tarragon Soup [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

Am I too late for spring peas? I might be. But if I’m not, or you smartly froze some, then give yourself 20 minutes* and make this soup.


So the photo is a little blurry, but let’s be frank: eating, learning, laughing, and having a great time (in this case, at a Della Terra workshop) is the priority. Photo-taking? A quick snap of the smartphone gives you the right idea.

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Grilled Romaine Salad with Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette [gluten-free, soy-free, vegan]

By now, I’m sure all you lucky people who have grilling machines in their backyards are putting them into good use. I’m living vicariously through you, deeply inhaling that those char-scented wafts as I meander around wishing I had a backyard.

That aside, once in a grand while I have access to one, and then I do things like this.

Grilled Romaine with Sundried Tomato Vin

Grilled lettuce and greens might seem a little out of the ordinary if you’ve never done it before, but trust me, it’s the best way to enjoy salad in the summer. I’ve done a Grilled Caesar Salad before (in this super old post), which is what got me started with this salad-on-the-grill kick.

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Hamilton Veggie Fest – today! (Details inside)

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If you’re heading to the Hamilton Veggie Fest today, I’ll be speaking at 12:30pm on everything to do with gluten-free and vegan baking — bring your questions!

I’ll also be at a booth (find me across from The Naked Sprout) selling my books at a discounted price, and dishing out some secrets on some upcoming excitement.

And if that doesn’t interest you, well, you can at least come by and win this little diddy worth over $100:

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See you soon?