I tried all the vegan soft serve in Ottawa

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I tried all the vegan soft serve in Ottawa. I probably missed a few but I did try a lot of them. I have lived in Ottawa for two years and I was still transitioning from vegetarian to vegan when I moved here. I don’t remember having a lot of soft serve in Vancouver when I did eat dairy. I only remember having it at McDonald’s and buffets. I didn’t even know vegan soft serve was a thing until I moved to Ottawa. I tried six places The Merry Dairy, Oddburger, Little Jo Berry’s, Chocolate Favouris, IKEA, PastelXCoco, and 2 bonuses dole whip from Cinnaholic and the plant based dilly bar from Dairy Queen. I also went to Mavericks but they have been having supply issues and the soft serve is currently not vegan. Let me know if I missed any and maybe I’ll update the post in the future.  The Merry Dairy was the first vegan soft serve I had in Ottawa. I remember thinking I had to wait in line to get into the store only to learn soft serve was at the truck with no line. I was super excited that I

Vegan bucatini with soy curls, fresh tomatoes, and basil


 

A couple months ago I moved from Vancouver to Ottawa. I will save the story for another post. After staying in a hotel for over a month I am finally in my own apartment. I am still getting settled but I was ready to cook a meal. 

The area I moved to has everything in walking distance. The neighbourhood has so many good restaurants, shops, and cafes. The area also has a farmers market where I purchased the amazing looking basil and tomato’s. The olive oil is from a specialty oil store. The bottle I bought was from a brand new batch that was delivered today. The vegan cashew cheese was from a vegan festival that was held a few days ago.

I bought these ingredients because I wanted to make pasta. I used to use my always pan often when I was in Vancouver I gave it to my aunt before moving. I bought a new set of the always pot and pan. When I only had the pan I always wished I had the pot for cooking pasta. My mom had given me some bucatini that she hadn’t used and I had some soy curls in the fridge. 


I recently bought the No chicken bullion powder at natural food pantry because the ingredients are simple. I put one tablespoon in a bowl with hot water and marinated the soy curls for thirty minutes. Then I heated some olive oil and sautéed the soy curls while adding a teaspoon of vegan butter. They tasted really good. It was not necessary to put the soy curls on the fry deck I bought it with our place points even though I don’t deep fry and just wanted to try it out. 

I saw a hack on Instagram that if you put cherry tomatoes on an ourplace plate and another one on top you can run a knife across to cut the tomatoes. It worked pretty well even though I only had a small knife. 



The tomatoes were added to the pan with olive oil and cooked until mushy. Once the tomatoes were cooked I added pasta water and basil. I also have very fresh capers that I got from the no waste store so I added some to use them up. It is so creamy even without any vegan cheese added. 

Even creamier after adding the sun dried tomato vegan cashew cheese from Zengarry.


Topped with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, black pepper and basil. I hope you make this it is a delicious vegan meal.




 






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