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Vegan bucatini with soy curls, fresh tomatoes, and basil

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  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

Vegan hollandaise substitute

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  I only became vegan a year ago and one of my favourite things when I was vegetarian was hollandaise sauce. There are no restaurants near where I live that serve vegan hollandaise and the ones I have tried in the past were not even close to being a regular hollandaise.  A long time ago I worked in restaurants. One of the restaurants would get hollandaise as a powder. I have not seen any commercial vegan hollandaise sauce in stores near me. I went in search of an accidentally vegan hollandaise powder but I couldn’t find any.  In another restaurant I worked at we made the hollandaise from scratch and I remember the process being similar to making mayonnaise except using butter and whisking over heat. My next option was to attempt to make a homemade version. I didn’t know where to start could I use a vegan mayo as a base?  I looked up some recipes they had common ingredients mustard, turmeric, black salt, and lemon I had all of these except lemon. There were different variations using nu

I tried the new plant based jalapeño lime beyond burger at a&w

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 I often go to a&w for a beyond burger combo. I always have coupons and my store even told me they accept expired coupons. The beyond burger combo is $7.99 with the coupon it includes a beyond burger, fries, and drink. The burger by itself is $7.75 so the coupon essentially gives free fries and drink.  I asked if the coupon was valid on the jalapeño lime beyond burger they tried but it was not. I am assuming because it is a limited flavour.  The question becomes is it worth paying a few dollars more for a different flavour of beyond burger.  Today it was okay because McDonald’s had free fries and I’m fine with drinking water. I bought the burger by itself. It was nice to not have to customize anything. I usually have to ask for no mayo, no cheese in my beyond burger but the staff at aw are so good it’s never an issue. I always go home and add vegan mayo and sometimes vegan cheese. This has not been an issue for the past few years as I’m always getting takeout and going home. It mig

I tried Purdy’s vegan sweet Georgia Browns chocolate

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Purdy’s chocolate has really been stepping up their vegan chocolate selections. They have created a mylk using rice powder. Originally they introduced a few types of simple chocolate bars. I have tried all of them and they are all good.  Recently Purdy’s released vegan sweet Georgia browns. I have had the non vegan version and they are not my favourite but they are very popular. I always love to support companies when they introduce new vegan products so I tried them expecting I wouldn’t like them. I was wrong.  The Sweet Georgia browns come in either a package of 2 or a bigger package. The package of 2 for the non vegan costs $5.50 and the vegan costs $6. It is understandable the vegan ones will cost more as they are a new product and I personally think the ingredients are better.  They are a little difficult to get out of the package because there is no chocolate on the bottom. It is a lot of pecans in the beautiful vegan caramel  topped with chocolate.  These are delicious and well