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Easy Chocolate Tarts and Vitamix Giveaway!

This Easy Chocolate Tart recipe includes a chance to win a Vitamix! The Vitamix company has provided the prize that will be awarded to the contest winner.  I am a tiny bit obsessed with my Vitamix. When I first bought mine, I was so enamoured that I splurged on a second one to give my mom for Mother's Day. I knew she would love it as much as I did. She has declared it the "best gift ever" and she will often call or text me telling me about the awesome soup she made or a smoothie she whipped up. Mother's Day is just around the corner and this year I've partnered with some of my favourite food bloggers to bring you this Vitamix giveaway.  One lucky reader will be selected to win a Black Vitamix 5200. Before I share my Easy Chocolate Tart recipe, be sure to enter the contest. I'll wait while you fill out the form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms: This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States and Canada (void …

Dragon Bowls with Easy Vegan Option

*Please note: I recently updated Dragon Bowl post to include some new photos. You may notice some of the vegetable ingredients are different from the recipe. Also, the original images did not include an egg. If you are looking to make a vegan version, simply omit the egg! I’ve included the original photos at the bottom of the post incase you are attached to them for some strange reason.  If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you might be wondering if I eat anything but dessert and smoothies. If I could get away with it, I’d be eating brownies 24/7, but alas, the body needs nutrients. I’m a much better baker/sweet maker than I am savoury chef. Although, I have a strange and inexplicable gift for South East Asian cooking. Go figure. One common evening meal in The Blenderist household is Dragon Bowls. Why are they called Dragon Bowls? I have no idea, that is what they call them at a famous vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver called The Naam. My bowls don’t follow any …


Happy Macaron Day!

Today is a holiday hat trick; it’s the first day of Spring, International Day of Happiness and Macaron Day. Those things go together like spring and happiness and macarons! Of course, I live in Vancouver and it is a bit hard to get in that spring time groove when it’s gloomy and rainy outside. Fortunately, I don’t have to leave the house to have my Macaron Day macarons because I made them myself. I made Nanaimo Bar flavoured Macarons because I’m Canadian and my mom was born in Nanaimo and they are my birthright. The recipe for these macarons is over on my website. These are not vegan. I’ve never been able to get such developed feet on my vegan macarons, but I will keep trying. Nanaimo Bar Macarons – Not Vegan In the meantime, if you want to try making vegan macarons you can try my other macaron recipe. It’s very good, but not perfect. Vegan Macaron Recipe To celebrate the first day of Spring and the International Day of Happiness, allow me to …


Milk Chocolate Nut Spread

There is a movie I saw in my childhood that haunts my nightmares to this very day. It’s called The Peanut Butter Solution. The story centres around an 11-year old boy who loses all his hair due to a terrible scare and some friendly ghosts tell him to use a peanut butter potion to grow his hair back. Unfortunately, he uses too much and things go haywire. The movie is basically one big WTF. To make matters worse it has a Celine Dion soundtrack. Yes people, this is what growing up in 1980’s Canada was all about. Nightmare fuel, I’m telling you! I don’t have kids but I kinda wish I did so I could subject them to this kiddie horror. I’m mean like that. This recipe won’t help your hair grow, but I bet it tastes a lot better. I made it with walnuts, cashews and high-quality milk chocolate. Vegan readers, I recommend looking for coconut milk chocolate from Charm School Chocolate.  Good quality chocolate is worth the extra money. The recipe for this …


Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

I originally posted this raw vegan carrot cake recipe in January of 2015. Since then, it’s become one of my most popular recipes. I hated the original photos, so I made the cake again and took new photos. You can view the original photos at the end of the post. This post includes some affiliate links.  I love carrot cake but I would be mad at you if you served it to me on my birthday. It’s perfectly fine for an afternoon tea, but on my birthday I want chocolate. Don’t even get me started on ice cream cakes. I have opinions.


Hero Power Cookies!

By the power of Grayskull, I have the power cookies!!!! No He-Man fans here? Just me? I’m probably dating myself by mentioning 80’s cartoons. Oh well, I don’t care, the 80’s were an awesome time to be a kid. We had great cartoons and we had Pogo Balls. I just checked, they still sell Pogo Balls on Amazon, but they were better in the 80’s. In the 80’s, a Pogo Ball was my primary source of exercise. Now, I go to the gym and do kettle bell squats and planks. Boring! I’m usually hungry-ish before I go for a workout. I’m not hungry enough to eat a full breakfast, but I need something other than coffee in my stomach. These Hero Power Cookies do the trick. They are packed with stuff…mmmm, stuff. They sell Power Cookies at the local Wholefoods. I wanted to replicate the recipe but with my own mix of add-ins. I found a Power Cookie recipe on the  Vancouver Four Seasons website. I made several changes to the recipe based on ingredients I had on …


Vegan Pho with Zucchini Noodles

This easy vegan pho with zucchini noodles is not culturally authentic, but it tastes wonderful. The spices make for an aromatic broth and the zucchini noodles keep it light. Of course, you could use rice noodles in this recipe but I’m trying to eat more vegetables and this is a good way to trick myself.  Noodle-y shapes are inherently more fun than other shapes. I don’t have room in my tiny apartment for one of these fancy zoodle-makers. I have a small, hand-held unit that I won’t recommend because it is poorly designed.  It makes decent zucchini noodles as long as the zucchini is the prefect size and shape, but it is very hard to clean. If you want a cheap-o solution, I highly recommend a julienne peeler instead. It’s not fancy, but it does the trick. Make sure you take the time to blacken your onion and ginger and toast your spices, it really makes a difference in flavour. Pro-tip: After you toast your spices, put them in a cheesecloth bag or tea steeper so …


How to Reduce Aquafaba

Wondering how to reduce aquafaba for use as an egg replacer? This is the method I use when I’m making recipes such as pavlova or macarons. My method is not based on any real scientific method, but it has worked for me just fine! Also, I use canned chickpeas because I’m hella lazy. I start by draining 2 cans of chickpeas over a large measuring cup… I usually get about 1.5-2 cups of liquid from 2 cans depending on the brand of chickpeas. Don’t worry to much about the amount. As I mentioned, this is not a super scientific process. Next, I let it simmer over low heat until it gets darker in colour and and is reduced in volume by about 30%. You can check the volume by pouring it back into the measuring cup every once in awhile to check. Finally, I put it in a jar and let it cool before sealing it and storing it in the fridge until I’m ready to use it. I use 2 tbsp to replace an egg …


Happy Belated Birthday to Me!

Yesterday was my 37th birthday! I had every intention of spending the day at home baking an extravagant chocolate cake. Alas, things did not go as planned. Instead I had to dress up like a nurse and take the bus clear across the city for an audition.  My life is weird.  When I got home, the most I could manage to bake was a tray of brownies. So, I ended up having a hot fudge brownie birthday sundae in lieu of cake. It wasn’t a bad trade off, actually. I did make a cake a few weeks ago so it seems like an appropriate time to share the recipe. It’s a chocolate angel food cake with raspberry jam and chocolate ganache layers. It’s a traditional cake with eggs, dairy, sugar and wheat…so if you have food restrictions you might have to give this one a miss. Sorry, vegan homies! Since this recipe is chocolate based, I’ve posted it over at my Chocolate website. If you are curious about the world of craft chocolate be sure to …


Kale and Quinoa Salad with Wild Rice

Confession time, I’ve always claimed to hate quinoa. That weird, little tail it has freaks me out. Am I alone in this? Since I’m a grown-up lady and not a giant toddler, I decided to give quinoa salad another try rather than turn up my nose. I’m sure glad I did because this salad is so good it is destined become a staple in my house. It helps to be working with quality ingredients. I was fortunate enough to receive an amazing gift basket from my friends at Saul Good Gift Co. as a trade for writing this article on Canadian Craft Chocolate. The gift basket was jam packed with awesome Canadian products including GRAIN quinoa, West Coast Wild Rice and a host of other local goodies. When I think back to the times I’ve eaten quinoa salad in the past, it was always some well-intentioned variation of a Greek Salad. Greek Salad is…not…my…favourite. No wonder quinoa never managed to win me over, until now. This salad is crunchy and filling thanks in part to the wild rice. A big serving makes …