The $13 Chocolate Bar

A decade ago I was living in Toronto, working in a fancy boutique in a fancy neighbourhood. I’d often treat myself to lunch at Pusateri’s Fine Foods, a fancy gourmet grocery.

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I hit up the deli counter for some balsamic chicken breast and roasted vegetables and made a beeline for the cashier. You had to move quickly in this place if you wanted to avoid impulse shopping. Just when I thought I was safe, something caught my eye while I waited in line. It was a bar of chocolate by a brand I’d never heard of. It was clearly an Italian brand. The packaging was grown-up. This was no Dairy Milk. It was my turn at the cashier so I grabbed the bar and added it to my pile. When in Rome, right?

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Making Changes

It is spring and that means I’m feeling compelled to get my life in order. I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The book is really making me think about my physical and mental space. I want to be surrounded by stuff… 

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Fruit and Granola Breakfast Parfait

Some days, I’m content to cut up a bunch of fruit and make a fruit salad. That is the easy and sensible thing to do. Then, there are days when a regular old fruit salad won’t do. On those days, I make breakfast parfait! This parfait may look complicated, but it is very easy. All… 

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Grain-free Granola – Vegan and Gluten-free

Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was this woman who decided to make granola. She went to Whole Foods and bought nuts and fruit and cacao nibs. She mixed those lovely ingredients in a big bowl with some melted coconut oil and maple syrup. The mixture was lovely and… 

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Growing The Blenderist – March 2015 Income Report

This is my once a month, super-nerdy post for other bloggers. If you come here for the recipes, you might find this post boring. I’m sorry! This post is all numbers and blog geekery. This post also contains a number of affiliate links.

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Vegan Coconut Mango Panna Cotta

Last week, I shared this Vegan Chocolate Panna Cotta recipe. It was very popular, but I’ve heard there are some people in this world that hate chocolate. To those people I say, “Chocolate is the best, your tastebuds are broken”.   I’m a kind person and I don’t want these chocolate deprived people to feel… 

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Vegan Chocolate Panna Cotta

Last week, I decided to play around with some kanten (a.k.a. agar-agar). Kanten is made from algae and it is a great substitute for gelatin in many recipes. Kanten comes in several forms. I used the granulated form. You can also buy flakes or sticks of it. For my first experiment, I created this vegan chocolate… 

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Triple Layer Coconut Oil Cups

Yesterday was a good day. The photography gods were smiling on me. There are some days when I can’t get a decent photo of my food to save my life. It’s usually a combination of my own impatience and less than ideal lighting. I had 3 desserts to photograph and I managed to get them… 

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The Blenderist’s Top 10 Vegan Desserts

I celebrated my 1 year blogging anniversary this past March. If you forgot to get me a present, I forgive you. I didn’t make a big deal out of it.You can get me two presents next year. I was reflecting on the year by reviewing my statistics, because that is what blogger nerds do for… 

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This is not an Orange Julius

I loved hitting up the food court for an Orange Julius when I was a kid. As an adult, they are just way too sweet for me. That is saying a lot because I would mainline sugar if I could. I love that this recipe is refreshing, like fresh squeezed orange juice but it only… 

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Growing The Blenderist – February 2015 Income Report

This is my once a month, super-nerdy post for other bloggers. If you come here for the recipes, you might find this post boring. I’m sorry! This post is all numbers and blog geekery. This post also contains a number of affiliate links.