Maple Tea Cake

catherine yronwode is a woman I admire for her encyclopaedic knowledge, her business acumen, her magical skill and her absolutely fabulous honey cake.  It’s rich, moist, filled with spices and sweetness and if you want the recipe it can be found in the Hoodoo Food cookbook. Now given I can never leave well enough alone,…

Shortcut Curry

While it’s nice to spend the day chopping, sautéing and simmering – sometimes you just want dinner on the table quickly and easily. But you don’t want it to taste like tin can beans and tomato sauce… Shortcut curry it is. While there are dozens of variations on the theme, this one works by jazzing…

Basic Pea and Veggie Soup with Variations to Try

Everybody needs a basic vegetable soup recipe that’s quick, easy and empties the fridge of what’s hanging out and starting to look stupid; this is mine. Bonus: it makes tons of soup (think 20 cups or more) so there’s lots left to reheat during the week or freeze for later.  Second bonus: the turmeric makes…

Awesome Indian-Style Veggies and Grains

As so often happens, the recipe I ended up making was nothing like the one I’d initially planned on.  For starters there isn’t even any pineapple in it and the point of the exercise when I began was to use some of the pineapple that’s ready on the kitchen counter.  But it’s a good thing…

Herbal Stimulants Part 1: Coffee and Coffee Alternatives

When a client comes to consult for the first time and I ask for a dietary profile, more often than not the first thing I hear is, ‘’I’m not giving up my coffee.’’  People are personal about their coffee and there’s an assumption that the first thing an herbalist is going to do is ban…

Herbal Candy – Techniques and Uses

Disclaimer: the following information is provided purely as brain candy to the herbal geek.  Consult with a skilled herbalist prior to taking any plant-based medicine since it’s just that – medicine. Herbal candies are a wonderful way to make herbs something to look forward to and an easy way to get medicine into picky eaters and children. …

Riced Cauliflower Salad

When you’re home alone with the baby (or if you’re the only one in the house that eats vegetables), then a full head of cauliflower is a lot to get through.  This salad is what happened as a result of wanting to save half a head of the stuff from certain doom as a compost…

Eating Organic Outside a City Center

Before getting into the heart of the issue on how to eat organic outside a big center, it’s worth mentioning that I haven’t always eaten organic (as much as possible).  In fact, for most of my life it was far from a priority.  In youth, spare cash was better spent on dying my hair a…

Black Chana Hummus

The first thing I learnt to make in the kitchen was hummus.  It only involved the use of the food processor, a can opener and a knife: no crapping up my Mother’s oven range, no splattering the walls with the side effects of an enthusiastically but inexpertly wielded egg-beater.  It was a perfect compromise in her…

Making a Killer Curry Powder

Let’s start by getting this out of the way: Curry Powder is not East Indian cuisine.  Not by a long shot.  In Indian cuisine, curry is a labour of love with a masala (spices) made fresh for a dish pretty much every time.  The spice blends used will vary by dish, by region and by…