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Breakfast Hack: Tangy Hibiscus Yogurt (dairy-free), Warm Peaches, and Honey

July 7, 2016

Breakfast Hack: Tangy Hibiscus Yogurt (dairy-free), Warm Peaches, and Honey

Breakfast Hack: Tangy Hibiscus Yogurt (dairy-free), Warm Peaches, and Honey

Y’all ready for this? It’s tangy, it’s sweet, it’s summery and fresh….

Ok so since I jumped on the freelance train I’ve had to change my daily habits quite a lot, basically build a new routine from the ground up (almost), and let me tell ya, it ain’t easy! But it’s getting there.

One of the things I’ve had to really focus on is getting a good breakfast that doesn’t annoy me. I’m like that, I need a good breakfast to start the day or the whole thing just goes to the shitter – DIVAAAA, but for reals, cannot take oatmeal on the daily, especially in the summer. Hence, I decided to take steps to be a bit more gourmet about breaky. Yogurt is my absolute fave, but me cannot has dairy, so I’ve gone for those dairy free options which are not the best tasting. I still want to have the nutrition of the dairy-free yogurt but sans the chalk-and-dust after taste of some brands.

To solve this problem I used a plain non-dairy yogurt as a base and I totally accessorized it with ground tea, fresh summer fruit, honey, and nuts. IT WAS SO GOOOOD. And yes, you heard correctly, ground tea is a thing and I’m using it on almost anything these days.

Check out the full recipe after the jump to make your own! (Take the basics and add your own twist).

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A Floral Spring Salad with Poached Eggs and a Hello All!

May 24, 2016

Spring Salad blooms by Artful Desperado

Floral Spring Salad and Poached Eggs

Floral Spring Salad and Poached Eggs

HELLOOOOO. My dear dear friends. It’s been so long! First of all, I am so sorry for taking my sweet ass time to come back here. Better late than never!

The last couple months really pushed me to the limit and I got ganged banged left right and centre (and not the hot kind of gang bang, but more like, the work type). One thing though that was pretty sweet it’s that I got to host some awesome workshops with my buddy Joann Pai, one in Italy and one in Russia (!!), I’ll be sharing some of those photos later on. For now let’s talk about salad!

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Huevos Rancheros with Charred Kale, Tomatoes, and Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

January 5, 2016

Huevos Rancheros with Charred Kale, Tomatoes, and Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

Crispy Spicy Garlic Chickpeas

Huevos Rancheros with Charred Kale, Tomatoes, and Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

YAY! First post of 2016! Lucky for all of us it’s a healthy-ish one.

After completely destroying my stomach during the holidays with the consumption of dairy (in vast quantities), I decided I gotta give my gut a break…for a week or so at least! Don’t worry, I’m not trying any of the “new me new you” crap. I am more of a “eat whatever makes you happy” and yes, hence I am sharing with you today a recipe that’s a total favourite of mine; a staple in every Mexican table, but with a twist.

Cue: Huevos Rancheros! The traditional recipe utilizes salsa, cheese, and whatnot. For this version I am choosing something healthier but packed with flavour: charred kale and tomatoes and crispy, spicy, garlic chickpeas. All homemade, all super easy to cook.

You can make this recipe your new best bud in the morning, or you can make your friends drool over brunch with it. Either way, I think you should give it a go! Get the full recipe after the jump

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The Year in Food: Best of 2015

December 30, 2015

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Ooh la la! That time of the year when “the best of” lists start popping around has come, friends! 2016 is here! (well, almost here) and holy shit did time go flying. I must say this year was one for the books in terms of work and overall life lessons, and happy to say they were all positive things.

A few key personal lessons I learned this year were:

– I gotta get an assistant; it’s impossible to do 30 things at once and keep it all together.
– I need more “me” time; gotta block it in my schedule or it’s never gonna happen. 2015 was a year when stress ran high and ain’t gonna take it again. You with me?
– Say no more often; I (and I’m sure lots of you) have a bad habit of saying yes to a lot of things, this year I finally started embracing the power of NO and I think 2016 will be the year when NO will come out easily than ever before. Phew.
– Less dairy; I am lactose intolerant and I gotta deal with it. Would 2016 be the year when I finally start “just having a bite”? Probably..NOT…but maybe!

And obviously the year couldn’t be over without a little trip down memory lane – more like – foodie memory lane! You guys we cooked so many things together! And we virtually eat WAY too many goodies, but hey, I wouldn’t change it for anything. LOVE sharing recipes with you. LOVE this great community and most importantly, LOVE all the great comments and support you have given me so far.

So I say THANK YOU!! (sappy paragraph alert!) Thank you all for following me along this great journey of food and photography. I wouldn’t be here without you! (for reals, you are pretty damn special). I read ALL your comments on the blog and on Instagram and I sometimes have to pinch myself because I cannot believe how great and positive you all are. Thank you from the bottom of my chocolate covered heart.

OK, and now, let’s fucking eat with our eyes! Here are the most popular and some of my favourite posts of 2015. If you have any favourites I didn’t include let me know in the comments.

Happy new year!!

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Cornbread with Peaches and Bourbon Syrup (Dairy-Free)

September 1, 2015

Cornbread with Peaches and Bourbon Syrup (Dairy-Free)

Cornbread with Peaches and Bourbon Syrup (Dairy-Free)

Cornbread with Peaches and Bourbon Syrup (Dairy-Free)

Cornbread with Peaches and Bourbon Syrup (Dairy-Free)

We are in an in between weather stage here in Vancouver, it’s a little bit chilly but still feels somewhat summery. Also, we just had a nasty ass storm that knocked down trees and power lines and the city was a mess! I was fortunate not to lose power, but friends all over the city were having candle lit dinners and eating all their food before it went bad (wait..that’s a normal day for lots of us, right?).

Anyways, I wanted to take advantage of the lovely light produced by overcast skies (which I kinda miss ONLY for photography purposes, but not ready to let go of the sun!) so I decided to make a recipe a little bit on the fall side, but still with a touch of summer. This recipe was passed on by my lovely friend Glenda (yes, the good witch), who prepared it for us last week at her BBQ party. I was in love with it!! And basically tried to eat it all, but pretended to be polite and took small bites at a time.

I added the peaches, because summer, but you can definitely leave them out if you don’t have them handy. Alrighty, let’s bake some southern comfort!

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Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

August 25, 2015

Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Vegan Sriracha Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Outdoor movie season is coming to its last weeks (noooooo!) so you better make this RIGHT NOW. Well, I mean, you can make it later in the season when you stay indoors, but whatever, I just want an excuse to make you whip up a batch of this spicy, crunchy, salty, smoky popcorn. It’s SO good, just ask my coworkers, they destroyed the bag in like 10 minutes (at 10 am, yup, they’re pros).

If you’re not into the vegan bacon part, no worries, you can sub for the real thing, or even take it a step further and add pancetta! The base, which is the deliciously coated popcorn, can be paired with lots of things, even other simple plain caramel popcorn, or chocolate? I’ll let you pig out on your brainstorming of foodie ideas.

Go get your kernels, blankie, and favourite movie, and let’s make a batch!

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Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

July 19, 2015

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

I made this recipe for La Crema and I must say it was a total blessing! I was getting ready to go on a trip and had all this beautiful produce from the farmers market and didn’t want it to go bad, so I whipped up one of those “kitchen sink” recipes that turned out SO GOOD.

There are juicy tomatoes, spicy chimichurri made from fresh herbs, and everything is topped with crispy chip-like kale. Seriously yum.

You can find the full recipe over at La Crema’s blog. Perfect for a “cleaning the fridge” weekend dish!

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Recipe created in partnership with Jackson Family Wines. All views my own. Word.