More Ottawa and Montreal

We’re finally home from our little trip! It’s true that it’s nice to get away but it’s even better to come home. Fortunately for us, we ate like kings while we were away…

The brunch at Café My House was calling our names and I’m so glad we decided to give it a try.

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THOSE SMOOTHIES!  The green one was mine and it was mango-cilantro.  It tasted a bit like a fresh roll in the best way possible.  I’m growing cilantro on the balcony this year and I’ll definitely be throwing some into smoothies.  Jenn’s was a typical cocoa-banana concoction which was super tasty as well, though not as interesting or refreshing as mine.

Jenn and Trevor both had the waffle BLTs with coconut bacon.  I had the tempeh benedict, which was fresh baguette, kale, eggplant, smoky tempeh and a really amazing hollandaise sauce.

And my favourite restaurant ever, Aux Vivres in Montreal.  I don’t know what it is about that place, but the food is just incredible and fresh, and I just love Montreal, so it all comes together to create such a lovely experience for me every time.

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Jenn got the Bouddha Bol, I got the coconut bacon BLT (they were one of the first places around doing coconut bacon!), Trevor got the tempeh burger.  I also got le creamsicle smoothie, which is coconut milk, orange juice, carrot juice, dates and vanilla and tastes exactly like its namesake.  Also, the chana paratha appetizer is INCREDIBLE.  I have to master paratha at home.

Another day, Trevor and I went back and we got more of the paratha, this time with their house veggie butter.  SO GOOD.
I also got their famed Dragon Bol which has an incredible Dragon sauce, and the Coconut Cashew Pie was my birthday cake, since this meal took place on my 30th birthday.

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Soooo much amazing food to be eaten.  More to come!

 

 

Chocolate Donuts

Donuts!  I have both a donut pan and a mini donut pan and recently was itching to find a recipe to satisfy my craving (since vegan donuts are a stupidly hard thing to come by).  I was out for a bit on Saturday and when I came back, Trevor had made these.  Uh-huh.  Now, some might argue that baked donuts is an oxymoron of sorts, and that it’s more like a cake with a hole in the middle.  Fine, whatever, but what a mighty fine holey cake it is.  And it tastes like donut, not cake, but perhaps that’s the hole tricking me.  Who knows?  Anyway, donuts!

The recipe is from Tahini Too over here and is definitely worth you taking the time to make.

– Crystal

Cherry Almond Balls

I really like raw desserts – no baking, just whole ingredients and no refined sugar.  I made these to satisfy a sweet tooth and really liked them. They are both tart from the dried cherries and have a marzipan flavour from the almonds and almond extract.  So good!

Raw Cherry Almond Balls

1½ cups pitted dates
½ cup almonds (not smoked or roasted, just plain and raw)
¾ cup dried cherries
¼ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
½ tsp almond extract (optional)
A pinch of sea salt
Put almonds in food processor and pulse a bit to break them up, but not turn them into almond meal.  Add the dates and pulse again to incorporate.  Add the cherries, coconut, almond extract and salt and process until finely chopped and fully combined.  
Roll 1″ balls of the mixture, packing tightly, and place on a plate.  Place plate in fridge and chill until firm.  
– Crystal