Camping While Vegan

Every summer, our family goes camping a few times. We love pitching our tent, spending days at a time outside, exploring new places, and dining in the forest. It’s taken some trial and error, but over the years, we’ve figured out a few strategies to help make packing food and preparing meals—dare I say it?—almost enjoyable. 

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FAQs About Cast Iron

When I was growing up, my family used cast iron pans. Without thinking about it too much, I carried that habit into adulthood—along with one of my parents’ pans (thanks mum and dad). Here are my answers to the top questions I get about why and how I use cast iron.

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Vegan Eats in Vancouver

At last, my guide to vegan eating (and shopping) in Vancouver! I’ve put several years of R&D into this post… which means I’ve eaten lots and lots of delicious food, you’re welcome. Whether you’re a Vancouverite looking for your next tasty bite or a visitor touring our vegan scene, this list is for you.

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A Fun Edible Necklace Craft Idea, and A Few Reflections on Parties

I love hosting parties with enough preparation and structure that it feels a little more special than usual, but not so much so that it feels stressful. Pinterest-worthy parties amaze and impress me, but the truth is, low-key party vibes are my jam and always will be. 

(But no judgment here—isn’t the colourful tapestry of our differences part of what makes life on earth so interesting?)

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What Food Can You Bring on Airplanes?

There seems to be some confusion about what food we’re allowed to bring on planes, which makes me sad because it sounds like people are proceeding cautiously and just bringing nothing at all. It doesn’t have to be this way! Please don’t settle for overpriced, over-packaged plane or airport food.

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I Love Cooking on Vacation

When I travel and share on social media that I’m cooking at an Airbnb, I invariably get concerned messages asking, “wait, you have to cook on vacation, too??!” I can understand this. For some people, cooking feels like a daily chore and vacationing is an escape from the day-to-day grind. The concept of cooking on vacation feels stressful and downright unfair. 

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How to Cook Beans from Dry

I’m not above canned beans, and I try to keep a few in my cupboards at all times—types we tend to use in smaller amounts, or our fave kinds for those bean emergencies (yes, we have bean emergencies. Doesn’t everyone?)

But there’s no denying that for flavour and price, you can’t beat beans cooked from dry. 

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Eating Well on a Budget

My family is fortunate to be able to afford to eat well without anxiously counting every penny. But early in our marriage, Arden and I went through a period when our cash flow was seriously tight. The easiest place for us to cut excess spending was to eliminate meals out and centre our diets around whole, plant foods (we were already vegan, but let’s just say we’d been doing our part to support the burgeoning vegan comfort food industry). 

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Five Ridiculously Simple Vegan Sandwiches We Love

Many years ago, I was speaking with an older colleague who was intrigued by my plant-based diet but couldn’t wrap her head around one thing: “but what do you put on sandwiches?!”

At the time, I was usually bringing leftovers for lunch or eating take-out, so I was mostly confused by her confusion. Now, I’m a parent, and I get it. Sandwiches, man. So fast to make, easy to pack and eat out of the house, universally beloved, zero brain power required, next-to-zero clean up.

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What's in My Fridge and Pantry

At long last, I’m sharing my food staples! This is a top thing people are curious about over on my Instagram. I’ve put off writing it because it feels like it would be so boring for you to read, essentially, my grocery list (peanut butter… oats… are you still awake?) but the funny thing is that I LOVE reading other people’s lists of what foods they stock and consume regularly. I’m definitely that weirdo peeking in other people’s grocery carts, and wondering what they’ll be cooking later and just generally what their personal story is. 

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How to Start Eating Plant-Based

From time to time, I get messages from people wanting to transition towards a plant-based diet and wondering where to start. At first I didn’t know how to answer. It’s so personal! Someone’s food preferences, cooking skill, available time, household composition, family heritage, proximity to groceries etc will all determine how to approach a dietary change. 

That said, I realized that I do have some general tips that I think anyone can use when trying to go vegan, or even simply incorporate more plant-based foods.

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