All posts tagged: chocolate

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Chocolate Pots de Crème with Vegan Option!

If you are looking for a zero-fuss dessert for a dinner party, look no further. You can whip this up in the morning or the night before. That gives you one less thing to think about while you are entertaining your guests. If you can boil water, you can make this. You don’t even need a bowl and spoon. All the magic happens in the blender. Bonus! I recently figured out how to make this vegan using aquafaba. So, now my vegan friends can get in on the action.  

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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. 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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The Yoga of Baking

I’m taking a break from marathon watching House of Cards in order to write this post. Everyone needs to power through the season so we can talk about it without spoilers. I’ve got theories I want to discuss and I can’t until everyone is caught up. So get to watching, okay?! That way we will have something to talk about other than “the dress“. 

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The Yoga of Baking

This week’s Yoga of Baking features a chocolate beet cake. Don’t be scared! Look how pretty it is? I’ve combined beets and chocolate together before in a smoothie. Beets are a divisive food. I happen to like them, but I know some people feel they taste like dirt. This cake does not taste like dirt but it did have a beet-y smell to it. If you are totally beet-adverse, you should probably skip this one.

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Midnight Espresso Smoothie – Vegan

My bananas are all green. If you ask me, green bananas do not belong in a smoothie. So, this smoothie is banana-less. This is perfect for that mid-day chocolate craving. It also has a little hit of espresso to perk you up. I put a little coconut whipped cream and chocolate chips on top to make it pretty for the photo, but you don’t need to be so fancy.

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Gabor Chocolate – Winter 2014

I wish you could taste these truffles. I took these beauty shots at the Gabor Chocolate Winter Collection launch party.   I don’t have any recipes for you, but if you imagine really hard you might be able to taste the flavours. There were five inventive combinations. My favourite was the vanilla custard with lemon verbena. The lemon verbena was grown in Gabor’s own garden.

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Vegan Chocolate Pecan Fudge – Almost Raw

This year, I got a certificate in chocolate making from Ecole Chocolat. I’m not going to profess to be a chocolate expert, but I do take chocolate pretty seriously. I love reading about it, cooking with it, talking about. I’m a total chocolate devotee. As a chocolate enthusiast, I’ve read a lot of articles about chocolate trends. One trend that comes up time and time again is “raw chocolate”. If you read the research, you will find that “raw chocolate” is primarily marketing hype. That is why you won’t find me using raw cacao products in my cooking. I use good, old-fashioned, roasted cocoa bean products! That being said, I try to source high-quality cocoa products; preferably direct trade. It’s not cheap, but when it comes to chocolate; I believe in spending money!

Red Velvet Smoothie – Low Carb and Vegan

I love smoothies! I’m sure that is obvious since this blog is primarily focused on blender recipes. That being said, I’ve been pretty stingy with the smoothie recipes. It’s not that I’m hoarding them. It’s just that I rarely follow a recipe when it comes to smoothies. I just toss whatever sounds good in to Ye Olde Vitamix and cross my fingers. That is not always the best system. Sometimes you get a blender full of sadness.