Hot & Sour Soup! 🍲

 

Ingredientshot and sour soup

Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 minutes

  • 1 – 10 oz bag dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 – 8 oz can bamboo shoots, julienned
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-4 tbsp hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil, extra for drizzling on soup
  • 1/3 block tofu, diced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak shiitake mushrooms in water for 6 hours or overnight.  Keep the water they soak in.
  2. Add vegetable stock, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar and hot sauce to pot.
  3. Drain mushroom liquid into pot, without putting mushrooms into the pot. Bring liquid to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Remove stems from shiitake mushroom caps and discard hard ends of stems. Slice mushrooms and add to pot. Let simmer 20-30 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust spice and acidity. Add more vinegar or hot sauce if needed. Add a little sweetener if too spicy or sour.
  6. In a separate bowl mix together cornstarch and water.
  7. Add cornstarch to hot soup. Stir over medium heat until slightly thickened.
  8. Add green onions and sesame oil.
  9. Cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve and drizzle extra sesame oil on top if desired.

Notes:  Add seasonal veggies as you wish – snow peas & bean sprouts in spring, julienned carrots in the fall.  Let your imagination, and your tummy, guide you!

Enjoy!

Baked Vegan French Toast 🍁

baked french toast

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp ground flax or chia
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9–10 slices stale or lightly toasted bread

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana and mix it together with all of the ingredients, except the bread slices.
  2. Dip each slice of bread into the mixture and fill the bottom of an 8″ baking pan (a loaf pan, like shown above, also works well), pushing them to the edge of the pan as much as possible. Cut bread slices before dipping to make them fit the pan, if needed.
  3. When the bottom of the pan is covered with the dipped bread slices, add a second and any additonal layers until the pan is full. Place the bread slices on each new layer in the opposite direction, so the bread overlaps the edges of the previous layer. 
  4. Pour any leftover dipping mixture evenly over the top of the bread layers.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Bake for approximately 30 min until it is fluffy and browned.
  7. Allow the pan to cool for several minutes and, after loosening the loaf from the edges of the pan with a knife or spatua, cut slices of the baked french toast and serve them with any toppings you’d like.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Stale bread always works best, because it is firmer, but you can also slightly toast it.
  • You can use gluten-free or wheat bread, but gluten-free will tend to be a bit mushier and not hold together quite as well.
  • The recipe can also be made eggs. To do so, just substitute 3 beaten eggs for the ground flax/chia. (In the above photo, the pan on the left is vegan and the one on the right is made with eggs.)

Pretzel Mix

Pretzel MixSalty Crunchy Yumm!
Pretzel Mix is a holiday staple around the Frost household and a 5th food group for Liz!  Her mom has made this once a year, every year of Liz’s life, and we all enjoy munching it. We hope you love it too!

Preheat oven to 250°F.

In a huge roasting pan mix together gently:

2 cups Cheerios (original unsweetened)
2 cups Shreddies (original, unsweetened)
4 cups pretzels (different shapes for fun)
2 cups corn chips 
2 cups small crackers, or potato sticks
1 cup mixed nuts

Mix together in a mixing bowl and then pour over dry mixture:

2/3 cup melted butter or margarine (add more if desired; Liz’s mom will use up to 1 lb)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder, heaping
2 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp seasoning salt

  • Gently mix well.
  • Bake uncovered for 2 hrs, stirring every 15 min to spread the flavour evenly.
  • The pretzel mix will be crispy but not overly browned when it is done.

This is a very yummy pretzel mix, and there are many ways to make it just the way you want. Here are a few tips and ideas:

    1. If you have a bulk food store in your area (like Bulk Barn) go peruse the aisles for things that might taste good in your pretzel mix. Think salty, crunchy. 🙂
    2. The mix can be easily made vegan by substituting the butter for a margarine of your choice (we use Earth Balance).
    3. Making the mix gluten-free is also easy. 
      • Cereals like Cheerios and Crispix are wheat-free already, but you will want to double-check for any other ingredients that may not work for you. 
      • Many brands of pretzels, cereals, chip-like substances, etc will have gluten-free alternatives you can easily buy at your local grocery or bulk food store.
    4. As for nuts, if you can’t or do not want to eat them, try substituting bigger seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower) or roasted legumes like chickpeas or snap peas (not raw snap peas – think dry snack foods).
    5. Spices are a matter of personal preference. The ones in this recipe are a good combo, but you can add more or less of each of them or try some new mixtures as an experiment. 
      • If you want to do some experimental pretzel mix making, try breaking up the recipe into 2 or 3 smaller batches that can each be flavoured slightly differently. This way you can try out a few different flavours and if one of your spice combos is a dud, you have not lost much.
      • Here are a few flavour ideas:
        • Curry: curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic and onion powder, salt
        • Sweet & Spicy: brown sugar/maple syrup, salt, cayenne pepper
        • Honey Mustard: honey (or maple syrup!), mustard, salt
        • Chili Lime: lime juice & rind, cumin, chili powder, salt
        • Do a few web searches and you will find many recipes to use for ideas.
    6. Ultimately, the recipe is more of a guideline than a set of rules. Make it however you want. (Have you considered popcorn?)

We make no claim that this is a health food snack. This pretzel mix is full of lots of carb, salt and buttery goodness that definitely is a better seasonal treat than a new food group item. It’s why we only make it once a year. 🙂 Enjoy!

Tell us about your favourite pretzel mix ingredients or recipe. We may add a few ideas from others to this page for the world to enjoy!

Vegan Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie BarsIngredients

Crust

½ cup vegan butter, such as Earth Balance
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
2 large apples

Topping

½ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup of oats
¼ cup pecan pieces
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup vegan butter

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350

  1. Starting with the crust, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Fold in the remaining ingredients; this will have a texture of cookie dough.
  3. Press dough into a 9×9 baking dish. Pre-bake crust for 15mins or until edges are golden brown. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before adding other layers.
  4. While crust bakes prepare filling by peeling and slicing apples and tossing together with remaining ingredients, set aside.
  5. To make topping melt the vegan butter. In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients. Pour over top of dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Add apple mixture on top of the cooled crust, spreading out evenly, making sure to add any accumulated juices.
  7. Sprinkle topping onto apple mixture, and bake for 20-25mins or until apple layer is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing and Enjoy!!!

Peanut Stew

Peanut Stew and Cornbread MuffinIngredients

1 onion, cut into 1 in. piece
3 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 in. piece ginger, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
3 yams, peeled and chopped into bite-sized cubes
1 sweet red pepper, cut into 1 in. pieces (red or yellow look nice)
2 c. boiling water or broth
1 can whole tomatoes with juice
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed
½ c. unsweetened organic peanut butter
1 bunch kale, chopped (substitute collards or spinach if you want)
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce (optional)
Cilantro (optional garnish)
Fresh whole peanuts (optional garnish)

Preparation

  1. In a large pot over medium heat sauté onion, garlic and pepper, with a bit of water. Cover with lid to keep the moisture released from the veggies in the pan. Stir frequently to prevent the veggies from sticking.
  2. Add spices and sweet peppers. Cook for a couple more minutes, continuing to stir.
  3. Mix the peanut butter with the boiling water and whisk to dissolve to prevent clumping. Either use a 4 cup glass measuring cup or place it in a mixing bowl so that there is room to stir.
  4. Add the peanut broth, yams, tomatoes and juice, and beans to the stew pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in corn and kale and cook for about 5 more minutes, until yams and greens are tender. Add water if you want a brothier feel for the soup or let reduce for a thicker stew. Serve over brown rice or quinoa and garnish as you wish.

Add Some Maple Sweetness to Your Life!

Maple Syrup bottlesHow to substitute maple syrup for sugar in your baking.

Maple syrup is a staple in our kitchen at Sugar Ridge. It gets used in many of our recipes as a sweetener or flavour and is the ever so important topping for our yummy pancakes! Something you may not be as familiar with is that you can substitute maple syrup for the sugar in your baking. 

3/4 cup maple syrup – 3 tbsp liquid = 1 cup granulated sugar

Reducing the liquid is to decrease the wetness of the recipe that the syrup adds. If you are adding milk, water, etc in your recipe, these are good ingredients to reduce.

This substitution will not work for every recipe, as some baking you do not want to add more moistness to it, but it makes for another great way to add some of this sweet, springtime liquid gold to your life.

Thanks to our super-awesome chef, Jen, for her continued kitchen mastery and the baking modification for this post!

Enjoy!

Tofu-Mushroom Heaven

Tofu Mushroom HeavenIngredients

2 lb firm tofu (900 g)
1 cup dried shitake mushrooms or 2 cups fresh shitake or oyster mushrooms
1 1/4 cups water
2 tsp dried oregano
4 cloves garlic – pressed
1 ¼ cups olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar (I use balsamic if necessary)
1 ¼ cups red wine
1 ¼ cups soy sauce

Preparation

  1. Use a saucepan that will hold all ingredients except the tofu and simmer the mushrooms in the water.  If using fresh mushrooms then use very little water to cook them slightly.
  2. Toast the oregano in a small dry pan.  Do not use any oil.  It will be toasted when you can smell it but don’t burn it.
  3. Add the oregano and all other ingredients except the tofu to the mushrooms and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. While the marinade is boiling: cut the tofu into small rectangles or cubes and arrange in a deep casserole dish. Avoid layering the tofu so that when the marinade is poured on it can reach all the pieces of tofu.
  5. Pour the boiling marinade over the tofu and jiggle it around so that the marinade gets in between the pieces.  Cover and let this stand for several hours or overnight.  Do not refrigerate because the oil may congeal.
  6. Serve the tofu and mushrooms and set the marinade aside for future use – it also makes a great salad dressing.

Vegan Tiramisu

VEGAN TIRAMISU

1 pkg. ladyfinger biscuits

Soaking Syrup
3/4 c. freshly brewed coffee, cooled
3 tbsp. sugar

Mix coffee and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

Vegan Mascarpone Filling
1 3/4 c. raw cashews (no need to soak)
1/3 c. maple syrup
1/3 c. coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. non-dairy milk

In a blender, combine cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil, salt, vanilla and milk. Blend thoroughly until smooth and silky.

Divide mixture in half into two small bowls.

Vanilla Cream & Coffee Cream
1/4 c. non-dairy milk
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/3 c. freshly brewed coffee, cooled

Vanilla Cream Filling
Use first half of mixture, thoroughly whisking in extra 1/4 cup milk and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Set aside.

Coffee Cream Filling
Blend second half of the vegan mascarpone mixture with coffee.

Assembly

  • Dip ladyfingers in soaking syrup for just a second or two and place into the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish.
  • Top with a layer of Vanilla Cream and dust with cocoa. At this point, freeze for 10 minutes.
  • Once out of the freezer, top with a layer of Coffee Cream. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat process once more – soaked biscuits, Vanilla Cream and Coffee Cream – freezing cream layers for 10 minutes before continuing.
  • Once complete, dust the tops with cocoa powder and leave in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours to firm up before eating.

Spiced Indian Cabbage

Spiced Indian Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cabbage
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ¼ green pepper, chopped

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the cabbage into small half-inch fragments.
  2. Heat the oil in the large skillet and add the mustard and cumin seeds. Cook the seeds with medium heat until they start to crack and pop. Be careful not to burn them.
  3. When the seeds are cooked, add the turmeric, cabbage and the remaining the ingredients, except the honey. Cook 5-10 minutes, until the cabbage is tender, but not mushy.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey.

Easy Kim Chi

Kim Chi

Ingredients

1 medium nappa cabbage

1/3 cup pink Himalayan sea salt, NOT iodized

1 tsp arrowroot flour

3-5 garlic cloves

3-5 red finger chilies, chopped

1 small cooking onion, chopped

½ cup peeled & chopped daikon radish

¼ cup Korean coarse red pepper powder

2 tbsp tamari soy sauce

1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger

1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt, NOT iodized

3-5 green onions, halved lengthwise & cut into 1-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Remove leaves from cabbage. Cut in half lengthwise; cut into bite-sized squares. Spread 1/3
    of the cabbage in a large bowl; sprinkle w/ 2 T water then 1-2 T sea salt. Repeat layers 2 times.
  2. Cover & let stand, turning every 30-40 minutes, for about 2 hours. Drain.
  3. Fill the bowl w/ cold water; rinse & drain the cabbage 2-3 times. It should be salty, but not
    inedible. Drain in a large strainer while preparing the spice mixture.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine arrowroot flour with 1/3 cup water. Bring to boil
    over high heat; continue boiling, stirring constantly, for 20-30 seconds. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a food processor, blitz together arrowroot mixture, garlic, ginger, chilies, radish, onion, salt,
    red pepper powder & tamari until smooth.
  6. Press cabbage to ensure most of the liquid has drained. Combine cabbage, spice mixture &
    green onions; mix thoroughly.
  7. Transfer to large air right jar, pressing down firmly with the back of a wooden spoon to
    remove air pockets; leave roughly 5cm (2″) head space.
  8. Loosely seal and place on a tray/plate to catch any overflow. Let stand at room temperature
    for 24-72 hours or to the desired flavour.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Thanks to Mike Murdoch for this awesome recipe!