Merry Christmas

Holiday 2013

A few weeks back, in the approximately 1 spare minute he had while getting ready for work, Hubs agreed to model some brussels sprouts for me. Looking at them now, I can’t stop thinking of sleigh bells. Hence- brussels sprouts as a holiday image! It kind of works… right??? Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! xo

Csilla - December 25, 2013 - 10:39 am

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Polenta Breakfast Porridge

Porridge for breakfast is da bomb. Much more gentle on the system than dried, hard toast, porridge is also more relaxing and much less shocking on your tummy as you break your overnight fast. (super cool tidbit: breakfast = break + fast) Usually I’ll just use some leftover grain from the day before, add a bit of water, and then let it simmer until the porridge looks nice and creamy. But what to do on days when there isn’t any grain?! Enter polenta porridge. Make it sweet with maple or brown rice syrup, or a little savoury with a bit of umeboshi plum chopped and added in. Either way, it’s simple and quick. If you make a little extra (and it’s not too runny), pour the leftovers into a pyrex dish, let it chill, then cut into squares and fry for your grain at dinner or lunch. I especially love polenta porridge for breakfast alongside a bowl of miso and a plate of greens- a supercharged way to start the day!

Mandy - October 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

I wanted this so bad I made it for dinner with steamed collards. I love this post it again is a great reminder how simple, quick and amazing real food is. I almost ate out tonight! Keep up the great work!

BlaineArin @ Feel-good Food - October 9, 2013 - 10:39 am

Nothing like some good porridge for breakfast! Looks great. I’ve never gone for greens in the morning, but I can’t say why I haven’t – greens are the best.

Elyse @myveganp - November 11, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Your photos are just beautiful! Love the recipes and inspiration. So glad to have found your site!

Shauna - November 18, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Hi Elyse, Thanks for stopping by- I’m glad you found my site too!! Thanks for the nice words.

[…] this morning: Polenta Porridge topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and leftover lemon pudding (yummy!), green tea. Yup. After all […]

KiKi - February 3, 2014 - 8:52 am

I made me some *polenta porridge* this morning… Absolutely delish!

Shauna - February 3, 2014 - 10:08 am

Awesome!! Just wait until you try the “polenta cakes/french toast” omg.

Friday Night Dinner – Tonight!

Hey Friends! I’m doing a little dinner along with the Macro Centre of Toronto tonight!! (Friday, September 27th) If you don’t have dinner plans already, it’d be great to see you! We’re having a little vegan-macro Mexican fiesta- fresh tortillas, lime-spiked black beans, guac, vegan sour cream, pressed salad, rice, a chunky kabocha/corn/cilantro soup, nishime corn, and vegan cheesecake for dessert!! yummers!! To register click here it’s a steal at only $25. Dinner starts at 6:30. See you there!

Sesame Almond Nori Crunchies

Guys,* is it just me, or are nori snacks exploding in popularity? It seems like every store has them now- I’ve even seen them at Costco! It’s nice to see seaweed gaining popularity. There are so many great benefits of sea vegetables!! But the prepackaged convenience snacks from the store often have a lot of poor quality oil and salt added in too- and seriously- seaweed grows in the SALTY ocean! Do we really need to be adding more? No.  Good thing it is ridiculously easy to make your own sea snacks at home.

Remember those sesame snap bars? My mom and I loved those things back in the day. Super brittle and sweet. There was always a secret stash in a kitchen drawer somewhere. Well, these are kind of like those, minus the corn syrup, and instead amped up with nature’s finest. Loaded with sesame seeds, almonds and nori these babies are super jam packed full of calcium and iron, amongst other good things. Sweetened naturally and balanced with just a bit of good quality shoyu, they are the perfect sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy. There’s a reason Hubs has named these crack snacks!

I’ve adapted these slightly from a recipe in The Milf Diet by Jessica Porter. If you’re allergic to nuts you could replace the almonds with pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or both. These would also be yummy with pecans or other nuts, or a combination! The next time I make these I’m going to experiment with various spices… curry, cumin or garam masala, or for sweet, maple or almond extract w/ cinnamon… if you try something that you love, let me know!

 * It doesn’t matter if it’s a group of men, women, or both… usually I just say an all encompassing “Hey, Guys!”

** also – super thanks to Michelis Contractors for letting me shoot in their gorgeous reno!! That kitchen is a DREAM!!

Sonja - September 17, 2013 - 8:36 pm

LOVE the Kitchen. Definitely going to try these!

Shauna - September 17, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Sonja- I know! Isn’t is so beautiful?!! Some day I’ll have a kitchen like that of my own!! Let me know how they go for you- hope you enjoy!!

Gabriele - September 18, 2013 - 10:10 am

looks so wonderful – you are a riot. i will do them as soon as possible.

Shauna - September 18, 2013 - 10:25 am

Thanks, Gabriele! Enjoy!!

trick or treat? sweet or salty? | écologikai - November 1, 2013 - 12:38 am

[…] I love Nori! I love it on sushi, I love it on my rice (Furikake), I love to snack on Nori squares (especially the wasabi flavoured ones from Costco… or was it from HMart?).  I have a friend who has been big on macro diet and exercising and you can really tell her perseverance is paying off.  Thanks to her, I started Pinteresting macro diet recipes. And lo, I stumbled upon this super addictive recipe from SCM (She Cooks Macro). […]

cathy - November 17, 2013 - 7:03 pm

Just made these! Waiting (rather impatiently) for it to cool so I can break into pieces and shovel ’em in my face! Just stumbled upon your beautiful blog and bookmarked a bunch of recipes to try.

Shauna - November 18, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Hi Cathy- haha!! That’s how I feel when I make/eat these too. Keep me posted with how the other recipes you make turn out!

Veronika - March 30, 2014 - 7:38 am

I am so excited to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing, it looks wonderful!
I was just wondering whether to use toasted or untoasted nori for this?

Millie | Add A Little - September 28, 2014 - 2:36 am

This sounds literally heavenly – right up my street!

Shauna - September 28, 2014 - 9:27 am

Thanks, Millie- It really is! I always have to double or triple the batch when I make them because for some reason (ahem, hubs) they disappear VERY quickly!! Keep me posted on how they turn out for you :)

Shauna - September 28, 2014 - 9:33 am

Thanks, Veronika! You could use either- it’s going to get all toasted up in the oven anyways so if you’ve got untoasted it’s totally fine.

Jan Bartel - February 21, 2015 - 3:59 pm

I can tell just by looking at your pictures that it’s going to be yummy.

Thanks for sharing.

lacinato kale

It’s no secret that I adore kale. It’s delicious water sauteed with dressing, as pesto, and as light and crispy kale chips. So, when I recently picked up drawing again, it was one of the first things I sketched. It’s been intense around here and on the days when I haven’t been cooking for my client it’s been challenging to feel creative in the kitchen. Drawing has been a nice way to feel inspired outside of that space. Naturally, since I love food, it’s starred in my sketches so far. For you recipe lovers, worry not, there’s a gigantic list recipes floating around in my head just waiting to be shared with you. Soon! For now, some facts about lacinato kale. Happy Monday!