Vegan weekend adventures in Ottawa fall 2023

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The fall season in Ottawa is a few weeks so you have to enjoy it. This summer was mostly rainy but it was heat wave weather at the end September straight to the colder windy days of October. If you are new to my blog I have lived most of my life in Vancouver and moved to Ottawa last year. I moved to Ottawa with my mom and last fall was dealing with her pancreatic cancer so I didn’t have time to enjoy Ottawa fall things. My mom passed away last October and this year I didn’t have many commitments which left me time to explore the Ottawa beauty and vegan food.  There really isn’t enough time to explore everything and work there is always something going on. I have also gone from not having much of a social life to having to vegan friends in the last couple of months. The beauty of Ottawa is it really is a big city small town at least in the vegan market community. Hotpotatoco one of the vendors at the market introduced me to one of my vegan friends that will be known as the other vegan g

November 8, 2017 using an Instapot for the first time vegetarian pasta




I used to have a multicooker which I loved the problem is once the pot scratched on the inside I couldn't find a replacement pot. I always knew the Instapot would be better because of the stainless steel pot and the slow cooker function but it was always something I didn't need. I had a pressure cooker and the soup maker.

When I saw the Instapot was going on sale at London drugs for $60 off I told my friend I would give her my electric pressure cooker. The pressure cooker was too big for the small meals I make and I wasn't using it. The instapot was sold out before I got it but my friend still got my pressure cooker and she is happily pressure cooking large batches of ginger tea. My microwave has also stopped working and I decided I don't need a new one.

The only problem I have been having with no microwave is warming food I have to do in a frying pan and cooking pasta.  This makes more dishes than I want to wash. I figured the instapot will help me as I can heat food and cook pasta with one pot to wash. I bought an older version at regular price of $109 and debated on if I should return it and wait for a sale or just keep it and save money on eating out.

After reading lots of reviews I decided to keep it and open the box. I intend to make pasta in it tonight. I have unboxed it and am reading the manual now. It says to do a test run with water so I am going to go do that now. Right now I love the look of the stainless steel pot and am happy that it came with a spoon and a ladle.


The water is successfully cooking in the pot for my test run. I can smell the water cooking, it smells like the new plastic I am assuming this is just the newness smell. I can't find a recipe on how to cook pasta for my version of the machine so hopefully my experiment works out.

The test run is done. I was wondering how I would know when it is done the pot beeps and switches to keep warm. The instructions say unplug the machine and wait for it to cool. I don't know how long I have to wait for it to cool. The pressure didn't come out of the seal like my other pots used so I am curious what will happen when I open the pot. I don't know how long I have to wait for it to cool. After I waited 5 minutes I turned the dial to vent and a lot of steam came out luckily I know from my past cookers that could happen so I used an oven mitt to open it could be dangerous.






My ingredients are in the pot now I started with sautéing onions, mushrooms, and zuccinni which worked great. Then I added a bag of pasta, the jar of sauce, seasoning, and 3 jars full of water. I am using cheaper ingredients because I am not sure if it is going to work out. There is no pasta setting so first I pressed the button for multigrain and it said 40 minutes then I set it to rice that was 10 minutes. I started it on rice and then decided 10 minutes will be too long my past cookers took 6 and google says 4 so I manually put it to 5 minutes. I have noticed this cooker takes a really long time to come up to pressure I am hoping my pasta will turn out though.


Now the pot has beeped that it is done. I have turned it off and waiting for it to cool so I can open it and add the cheese and basil. I like how every time I open or close the lid it beeps the same beep that happens when you win on a lottery ticket makes me think I am a winner when I get the lid on. The pasta is cooked but the sauce is really watery. I put the cheese and basil in and put the cooker on warm to melt the cheese hopefully that will thicken the sauce a little. Next time I won't add as much water.
Time to eat

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