Sunday, May 13, 2012

And then there was food porn

As promised, here is a collage of the food items that filled me with the calories that allowed me to bike, read, write, think, eat, and, well, cook. I hope that you enjoy them. And, while I'm here, I'd like to thank you for reading my previous post. You are wonderful—yes, I'm talking to you!

Love, 

Vegan in Suburbia


I literally went through a half-litre container of this baba ghanouj every week. Here, I spread it on Happy Herbivore cornbread.

After Christmas, my mum sent me back to Toronto with Aux Vivres's veggie butter. Praise the Heavens.

Poutine with two types of potatoes (mmhmm) and Daiya mozzarella-style cheese. Oh, and St. Hubert's accidentally-vegan gravy (it goes by the very appealing name of "brown sauce"). Bazinga!

The Fries at Hogtown Vegan. Dude. Just... dude.

Oops. I took the photo a little late; we'd quickly devoured the Tofu Wings at Hogtown Vegan, but, well, here ya are.

My mum got the Unchicken Burger at Hogtown Vegan...

... my sister got the Mac and Cheese and Unchicken Fingers...

... and I got the Unchicken Caesar Wrap. Holy mother.

A vegan dish of risotto and grilled eggplant that the chef concocted at an Italian restaurant in Mississauga. (Forgive me: I forget the name of the place.)

If you go to Live, would you please do yourself a favour and order these cannelloni? Guys, this is a raw dish, and it blows minds.

Vanessa (@NessaToutSucree) ordered these luscious zucchini noodles. Che bellezza!

Seriously, though. Are these cannelloni not fabulous? Omnomnom.

We didn't have room for dessert but... Who am I kidding? There's always room in one's dessert stomach. Vanessa ordered a parfait; I, something maple-y (they say variety is the spice of life, but I will often stick to what I like. Maple pleases me, so I stick with the maple. Here, I was not disappointed [I am endlessly disappointed by tea that attempts to be maple-y, but that's a story for another day]).

Gnocchi and pesto: the quick, fool-proof meal.

My room-mate's coloured plates prove that I ate this dish on several occasions. I promise you that leftover gnocchi, refried in a bit of olive oil, is possibly the greatest meal that one could ever consume—greater than gnocchi that is not left over.

My mum and I celebrated Valentine's Day together over Skype, and she treated me (thank you, Interac e-transfers!) to Thai food; she ordered Chinese food in Montreal. This is Spicy Eggplant with Thai Basil.

Pad Thai

Tofu and Peanut Butter Sauce. Alas, I hadn't found, in Toronto, any restaurant that could replicate Soupes et nouilles's greasy, flawless rendition of the meal. One day...

How pretty is this eggplant?


This lasagna provided endless quick, delicious, dense, and nutritious meals at the end of the semester, and it froze and reheated magnificently. It was filled with tofu ricotta, slices of eggplant, handfuls of baby spinach, and sundried tomatoes, and it was topped with tomato sauce and Daiya cheese. Drop me a line if you'd like the recipe; I improvised it all, so I hope that I can be somewhat helpful.




I felt inventive one night, as well as defeated, so I made stuffed red peppers with béchamel sauce. I say "defeated" for this reason. Though I have often been annoyed by the absurdly high price of organic peppers, and, naturally, never purchased them, I one day saw a price that I thought reasonable, so I picked up not one, but two of these devilish veggies. When I arrived home, checked my bill, and saw that each of these bad boys cost me four dollars, I was beside myself with dismay. Four dollars for one vegetable?! I could buy sixteen organic, fair-trade bananas for that price! Blurgh. I was determined, then, to make something—prepare for an overused adjective that is now devoid of meaning—epic. I whipped up some rice, mixed in some veggies, herbs, and spices, and put together some vegan béchamel, a recipe I obtained from an old vegan cookbook that I'd picked up in Italy some years ago. Et voilà! :) It was really tasty, though the béchamel was a little oily.



Magic Oven pizza? Trust me: It's phenomenal. And they're inspiring, to boot!


They call this the Black Magic, and it truly was nothing short of magical. And then, really: vegan pizza delivered to your doorstep? Sure, it's expensive as sin, but is it ever delicious! Plus, if you're a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association, you get 10% off! And, if you're a genius, like I am, you'll forget about this discount and pay the full price—like I did!


When my sister visited me in the late winter, she regaled me with my mum's cabbage rolls. Oh, were these delightful.

On another occasion, my mum, sister, and I had dinner together on Skype; my mum, like on Valentine's Day, treated me to Thai. Thanks, Mamma!

Glass noodles and funky mushrooms = smiles

Simple and delightful: ciabatta with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea-salt crystals... with a side of pasta.

Okay, I'm kidding: the bread was a side to this whole-wheat penne, garlic, spinach, nutritional yeast, and Mum's tomato sauce.

I had a tonne of vital wheat gluten to use up before I moved back to Montreal, so I did what any self-respecting vegan would do with such an abundance: make Veganomicon's Chickpea Cutlets. I submerged these flavourful cutlets in tomato sauce and melted Daiya on them.


10 comments:

Josiane said...

I only have one word: yum! :)

Alvaro said...

All the food looks great!!!
...now I'm very hungry

jess said...

o.m.g. i made my first ever trip to hogtown vegan last night and those tofu buffalo wings? they. were. incredible.

wowza.

Vitamins for Skin said...

Yum! So hungry now... I want to try it all

Nicole <3

Jennifer said...

I moved away from Montreal 8 years ago, and oh my dearie do I ever miss Aux Vivres. Their vege lox sandwich in particular...

I've been trying to recreate their veggie butter. I think it's fairly simple... perhaps tahini, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, and nutritional yeast? What do you think?

Kris said...

Merci, Josiane et Alvaro :D

Jess, I TOTALLY get what you mean. I mean, they don't even attempt to shape the wings like wings, and that's part of the appeal—they are simply, deliciously fantastic.

Nicole, I hope that you DO get to try it all one day! :) Thanks for stopping by.

Jennifer, you sound like you're on the right track. Tahini and lots of nutritional yeast sounds appropriate. What about peanut butter? It's certainly very oily, so maybe simply peanut oil. Or... heck, I don't know. I still find it super funny that they don't label the ingredients—it's a secret, man! Sigh. ;)

Gina said...

Jennifer, I am addicted to the "Aux Vivres" veggie butter!!! Not even knowing what I like so much into it. Thanks for your intuitive list of ingredients of the "Aux Vivres" veggie butter: It all look yummie!!! Would you mind sharing the exact proportions of the ingredients please? Thanks! =D

Jennifer said...

Gina, I don't have a clue what the ingredients are! I made a couple of guesses, but it's been years since I was in Montreal so I'm not even sure I'm remembering it properly... sorry!

Gina said...

LOL!ok. Thanks anyway Jennifer! =)

Jennifer said...

I just visited Montreal, and the waitress actually gave me the recipe... Apparently it's just canola oil, sugar and nutritional yeast! The magic must be in the chapati!