What’s up in my kitchen

A whole lot – that’s what!

First, I’ve been continuing to make it my own and embracing my open shelving. I’ll need to share an update with some of my new wedding gifts making their appearance.IMG_20160417_161448

Second – a whole lot of smoothies! I’ve really been loving that Blend-tec lately. As I was waiting to see a specialist about my tummy issues I saw a naturopath who suggested I add a daily smoothie with l-glutamine and protein powder. That was an opportunity to try a whole bunch of new recipes… favourites include: Snickerdoodle Smoothie from Tasty Yummies, this Red Velvet Smoothie with Cashew Cream from Keeping it Kind’s book “But I Could Never Go Vegan” and a Sunshine Breakfast Jar from Faring Well. Although most mornings it’s just a combo of whatever is in my fridge and freezer!

And the third big update is obviously making everything gluten free and learning a bit more about gluten free substitutes. For instance – gluten free panko breadcrumbs didn’t seem to work so well pre-baking for these veggie burgers. The regular panko are on the right and pretty perfect – the gluten free were sticky messy globs.


However – the oven did it’s magic and both burgers turned out just fine. These baked eggplant burgers from the Tolerant Vegan were incredibly delicious. A burger with hummus in it has to be a win in our home! And the gluten free buns were okay – but I’ve also learned that I only ever need one – I’d rather have a second burger bun-less thanks!IMG_20160625_185542

I picked up both of Deliciously Ella‘s books to help me through my detox and transition and those have been so helpful. The other night I made her quinoa pizza crust and was really happy with it. And I’ve had her speedy porridge all the time!

And finally, just a few favourite recipes over the last few months include:


Back on a new track!

The first half of 2016 was a bit rough for me. My last couple posts give you an idea… I caught some sort of stomach bug which led to more severe gastro-issues and finally in the last few weeks a celiac diagnosis. So I am now officially a gluten-free vegetarian (with lots to learn).

photo by Brittany Lee Photography

photo by Brittany Lee Photography

I also got married(!!!) so wedding planning took a lot of the rest of my spare time. After the wedding we went on a honeymoon to Iceland and I definitely saw the value of a gluten-free vegetarian resource so I’ve decided to get back on track and try to post more regularly. I referenced many blogs while in Iceland trying to line up my next meal. But the vegetarian/vegan places weren’t necessarily gluten-free and the gluten-free recommendations certainly were not veg-friendly!


I have been wanting to work on my baking skills for years now and I now have so much more incentive – gluten-free baking is a whole new challenge and I can’t wait to share and figure it all out!