Slow-Cooked Spiced Drinking Chocolate

 For me Christmas is cold-streets, bright lights and hot drinks. Nothing makes me feel cozier than beating the chill with a sip of something warm and soothing.  This festive recipe was a highlight at our Christmas Brunch, but is an easy drink to make on any cold winters eve.  For adult revelers, you can add a splash of rum to grow up this drink.   Enjoy warming up with homemade Spiced Drinking Chocolate. Merry Christmas! Continue reading “Slow-Cooked Spiced Drinking Chocolate”

Canadian Thanksgiving: (Vegan/ Gluten-Free) Curried Coconut Yam Casserole

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Another treat from our Canadian Thanksgiving feast.  Again, this vegetable accompaniment is a staple for large gatherings in our home.  Actually, this dish extends well beyond our dinner table as it is my go-to dish when asked to bring something to my Aunt’s family meals.  You may recall that my aunt is one hardcore host, and that the meals she crafts are bar none.  In my family, once married along with your nuptials comes the responsibility of bringing an item to the table to share.  One best bring their A-game if they want to fit in with the rest of the exceptionally talented family members whose food never ceases to amaze.  On my first married Christmas Eve, I was asked to bring yam casserole. It seemed easy enough.  Although, I am not a very conventional girl so I didn’t want my dish to merely be the standard marshmallow topped, overly sweet, candy-esque variation of this dish.  So I began playing around with flavors and spices.  Truth be told my first version of this side dish had orange juice and it was thoroughly underwhelming.  It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either.  However, by the time Easter rolled around I had refined my recipe and this truly awesome vegan, gluten and sugar-free casserole was born.  So enjoy the fruits of my labour and have a happy celebration with those you love most. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: (Vegan/ Gluten-Free) Curried Coconut Yam Casserole”