Pumpkin pie has always been a staple in my home on the holidays. It’s rich creamy texture blended with fragrant pie spices is warm and comforting and brings back many happy memories of childhood. That’s why when I decided to try a vegan lifestyle I was a little hesitant to try a vegan pumpkin pie. I tried recipes made with tofu and I wasn’t happy with the taste. I tried other recipes made with coconut cream. They’re better but many recipes don’t have enough spices.
Harvest pumpkin pie is a vegan recipe using coconut cream with the tasty spices I remember. If you don’t like pie spice try cutting the spices in half and tasting before baking the pie. You can also use either pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger separately.
I love fresh, crunchy salad but I have to admit that if a salad takes too long to prepare it isn’t a week night staple for me. That’s why I like kitchen sink salad. Kitchen sink salad is easy to make and easy to adjust to the season. Just use any vegetables you have hanging around in your refrigerator. Add four cups of salad greens to three cups of mixed chopped vegetables. You can also cook up some sweet potatoes to add to the mixture. Yum!
The mustard lemon dressing is olive oil based. It’s made with the goodness of Canadian maple syrup, mustard, garlic and lemon juice. I prefer a tart dressing so this recipe is not too sweet. So if you like your salad sweet add a little more maple syrup.
Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator and use it as a marinade for Tempe or Tofu. Sop up the marinade with Homestyle Bread. Delicious!
It’s Thanksgiving again in Canada and at this time of year pumpkin spice baked goods and drinks are found just about everywhere.
Pumpkin spice drinks can be costly but there is a simple solution. Cost effective pumpkin spice syrup is easy to make and when added to your drinks can give you the fall taste you love at a fraction of the cost.
It contains only 5 ingredients and can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin. Just make sure if you use the fresh version that the vegetable has been processed and is very smooth
Cost effective pumpkin spice syrup can also be used in baked goods. Try making a pumpkin muffin and infusing the centre with the filling after baking. You might have to thicken the recipe a bit more to do this.
You can use the syrup in many drinks. Try adding a tablespoon to your coffee or making a quick latte. I like heating almond or cashew milk and adding a tablespoon to the hot mixture.
If you like a stronger spice flavour simply add more of the syrup to your beverage.
A sure sign of spring is fresh produce from the garden. Rhubarb is one of the first crops ready. I like to use the fruit in crisps and pies. I also use it in this Rhubarb Bread Pudding recipe. The rhubarb mixture is just tart enough so that the bread pudding is not overly sweet. If you love rhubarb use more rhubarb filling.
2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp water
Combine ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Simmer until mixture is soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
Apple crumble muffins are tart and sweet at the same time. They have the best ingredients of the old fashioned apple crumble assembled in a muffin that can be taken anywhere. Enjoy with milk, coffee or tea.