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Moroccan Coconut Corn Chowder ( Vegan/dairy free)

Moroccan Coconut Corn Chowder

The sky is grey and trees once hanging heavy with snow are now bare due to 25 km winds. It’s amazing how much a landscape can change with just a gust of wind. Though mild temperatures persist, it feels more like a blizzardy day, one where you’d  hunker down with a big bowl of stew and your fuzziest blanket. Ice pellets falling from the sky are in the immediate future and the wind gusts are proving to challenge even the strongest ravens (and those things are fierce in the north…and the size of medium sized dogs. These are seriously huge birds!). It’s time for comfort food. Again…

Comfort food. Perfect for cold days, low days, sad days, days on the ski hill with the kids, days that are blustery, after a night of not sleeping well or for days spent outside frolicking in the snow with good friends. Seriously, when is it not the right time? Depending on who you ask, comfort food can vary greatly. However, it’s usually associated with dishes someone you loved used to make. What they often have in common is some kind of startchy goodness like rice, potatoes, pasta or bread and some type of creamy texture mixed in for good measure. Comfort food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy though and with New Year’s resolutions falling like flies in late fall, this one won’t leave you with any guilt at all. Little potatoes, corn, and butternut squash all surrounded in a coconut milk broth and warming spices to wrap you up in proverbial blanket of coziness. Continue Reading →

By on January 21, 2015 in Blog, Chickpeas, Coconut Milk, Corn, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Eggplant Stuffed With Chai Spiced Quinoa (or Stuffed Sweet Potatoes)

Roasted Eggplant with Chai Spiced Quinoa

Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, pepper and anise, all spices that embrace you like a blanket. They whisper comfort and warmth while still being tantalizing and sexy. Maybe it’s because they feel exotic. When the weather turns grey and the air starts to nip, I turn to chai tea inspired spices. Whether it’s in a cup of tea, a bowl of quinoa porridge or a comforting bowl meaty of stew, a combination of a few of these spices are sure to make an appearance on my table. It’s no surprise that I heart Chinese 5 spice, and this braised chicken dish so darn much. I’ve since used that recipe, substituting lamb and beef. Both versions were fab! Continue Reading →

By on December 5, 2014 in Blog, Eggplant, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Quinoa, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Tunisian Spiced Tomato Chickpea Soup

Tunisian Chickpea Soup

For better or worse, having a dog forces me to get out into weather I may not otherwise go out in. Today I’m grateful for that.

Did you know that Vancouver has a magic hour on rainy days? It does.

The catch is you gotta be willing to venture out in it.

It happens about an hour after sunset. It’s still light enough to make out the outline of the Downtown skyline and the neighborhoods’ West Vancouver. Yet, it’s dark enough that heavy sheets of rain blur out the lights. Each little light, a TV screen of thousands of private stories, all muted like lighted candles in a smoky bar. Then there’s the layers of sound-the lapping of the waves, car tires speeding through wet pavement and the staccato of each drop smacking the hood of my raincoat. The darkness provides privacy and the orchestra a soundtrack. It feels comforting and peaceful. I love the rain.

There’s the smell of salt, sea, and the vestige of hot oil coming from the local pub. And of course, there’s the added bonus of the smell of wet dog. I’m not in a rush to get home even though I’m wet to my toes. I just want to take it all in. After all, I’m just a visitor here.

Strangely, this darkness, the smell of rain and ocean and the feel of wet sand under my boots make me crave soup; a thick and hardy soup made of tomatoes, garlic and chickpeas.

Tunisian Spiced Chickpea Soup

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By on November 2, 2014 in Blog, Chickpeas, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Soup, Tomato, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vietnamese Braised Chicken with 5 Spice (Vegan? Try it with Winter Squash)

Braised Chicken with 5 spice

Isn’t one of the best things about traveling exploring the food that is so uniquely of that culture?

The different flavors, vegetables used in different ways, spices I’ve never heard of, food I’ve never seen. What can I say but amazing.

Well it is for me, but I’ve always been a little bit of a gourmand, aka piggy.

What can I say. I love food. LOVE it.

It seems a little strange to be thinking about Vietnamese dishes as I sit and look out the window. It’s currently snowing and -12 degrees C (Joshua is American, so that’s 11 F for all of you South of the border). And even though it is cold, it is stunningly beautiful. The tiniest snowflakes are falling with almost no wind by the thousands every millisecond. In Vietnam, the high today is 31 C/89 F. In a country that rarely experiences cold except in the far reaches of the north western parts of the country, the majority of vietnamese food is a little spicy and almost always hot, braised, in soup form or stewed. I don’t know about you, but if I lived in a country that rarely saw temperatures under 22 C/71 F, I think I’d choose to live off salads, not eating Beef Pho  (beef and noodle soup) for breakfast. But that’s just me.

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By on December 3, 2013 in Blog, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Photography by Kamila Gornia

I am happy to welcome Kammie today. She is a such a multifaceted person that I’m not sure where to start. Between working on 2 degrees, her day job at Social Media Marketing agency as a project manager and strategist and being a freelance photographer, I’m not sure where she finds to time to run a website and share her wonderful recipes and her journey with all of us. But I’m happy she does!

Hey there Beyond The Peel readers! My name is Kammie and I am the blogger behind Sensual Appeal, where I share everything that is delicious, mindful, and happy!

Raise your hand if you love Autumn! *raises hand*

Ahh… yes. I love Autumn. It’s, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love the weather – the temperatures are perfect, it’s not too cold and not too warm. The leaves are turning beautiful tones of yellow and red and falling on the ground. It’s also the season for all Fall flavors which includes APPLES.

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By on November 19, 2013 in Blog, Breakfast, Brunch, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Main Ingredient, Oats, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

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