Island Getaways + Summer Links

August 14, 2016
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Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.Rumi

My holiday this year was a last minute mash-up of a bunch of little ideas thrown together that just kind of worked. This year the family opted out of planning a big annual to-do, since we’re looking ahead to next summer and planning a big Europe stint to celebrate my next *big* birthday (but hey, they are ALL big aren’t they?). I’ve compiled a few of my fave moments from visits to my folks place, a night at my older brother’s new remote cabin, and a few days in beautiful Whidbey Island with the best of friends.
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Vegan Sunflower Pâté + A Garden Tour

August 6, 2016
Vegan Sunflower Pâté
 Vegan Sunflower Pâté + A Garden Tour


Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.Confucious
This recipe has really been a long time coming on the blog, with 100% thanks to my mom, who never fails to adequately prepare for a visit from her kids with a freshly made pan of this delicious vegan pâté (among other delicious goodies, including her famous frozen brownies). Every time I visit her, I realize once again how good this recipe is – and one so indispensable it will save you a little cash if you tend to buy these types of things (which can be pricey in the stores, and bless those who are producing these great products). The base recipe is easily customizable, so feel free to try it once and then shake it up with added fresh herbs, fresh garlic or minced fresh jalapeno, or even mushrooms for added flavour. I like it plain jane, leaving the variety to the toppings on my sandwich or the goodies in my salad bowl – but hey, once you ace it, have fun with it and make it your own!
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Chickpea, Swiss Chard & Basil Salad

July 19, 2016
Chickpea, Swiss Chard & Basil Salad
Chickpea, Swiss Chard & Basil Salad

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.Arthur Rubinstein
Ah, this salad. This is one of my favourites that I’ve literally been making for years. So many years in fact that you (those dear readers of mine who have been with me from the start) may have even seen it here before – as I had posted this recipe in the early days and it was removed when I shuffled posts around and removed some that I no longer felt were representative of where I was at the time. That’s right – way back in the days when I was just starting to have fun here – with time to spare (or the illusion of time amongst all of the existing pressures I was under). It’s crazy how long ago that seems, and I was just reminded of this while visiting a dear old friend this past weekend.
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Grilled Corn, Tempeh + Summer Vegetable Salad

July 6, 2016
Grilled Corn, Tempeh + Summer Vegetable Salad
Grilled Corn, Tempeh + Summer Vegetable Salad

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.Albert Einstein
This salad is the result of last week’s trip to the Farmer’s Market here in Vancouver, where I was pleasantly surprised by the haul I got for the seemingly very little money I spent. The produce this year is just incredible, from the berries and cherries to the greens and veggies that are overflowing everywhere. We’re still eating tidbits from the market trip almost a week ago if you can believe it, and I’m itching to go back for another crack at this delicious bread and more importantly, this hand made local butter – just a few of my favourite finds from the last visit.
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Cumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles

July 2, 2016
Cumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles
Cumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles

I failed my way to success.Thomas Edison
Hey everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful holiday weekend. This recipe is a new one created using lentils from GRAIN, grown by my best friend and business partner’s dad Bob Wallace in Tyner, Saskatchewan. I simply had to share it here as it is a lovely fresh take on everyone’s favourite dip. Once again, it’s evident that I’ve struggled to post regularly here (at least I did not pass the one month mark!), but please stay tuned as summer is here, complete with more time to create, play, and connect.  
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ShiraCumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles