Baked Barley (and/or Buckwheat)

The calendar may say summer, but the thermometer said 4 degrees Celsius this morning. That begs for something warm baking in the oven. Result: baked barley.

Crunchy Spring Salad with Chive Dressing

Spring is finally kicking into gear up here in the North and the chives are up along with the mint, try this beautiful bright green dressing featuring the two.

Samosa Pie

This one I owe to my sister. It’s chatting in her kitchen on a Sunday evening that I witnessed her bake samosa filling into a pie crust and mentally declared it genius.

Convalescence Soup

My North American answer to the kitchari of India and the congee of China is this soup.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

This health-boosted version of the comfort food classic has a golden potato topping, lots of vegetables, lots of garlic, layered over a rich and salty-savory lentil-chickpea blend.

Beet & White Bean Dip

While hummus will always hold a very special place in my belly – sometimes it’s time for a change. This technicolor dip is where it’s at today.

Basic Veggie Pâté

This is a basic all-purpose veggie-centric spread that works beautifully on crackers, toast, in sammiches or pan-fried and crumbled on top of a salad.

African-Style Beet Greens

While mushed or creamed greens will never win prizes for appearance they’re comfort food with a nutritional punch.

Jerk Tofu and Veggies + Rice and Beans

There’s no way to kick off the grilling season like some smoky, spicy, jerk sauce smothered all over a thick slab of tofu and a side of juicy vegetables.

Savory Kale Cake

An unusual and veggielicious side dish to serve with a soup for lunch or as a centerpiece at brunch.