Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cafe Deux Soleil

Cafe Deux Soleils is probably my favourite breakfast place in Vancouver, due to their amazing french toast and relaxed atmosphere. Located on Commercial Drive, they offer up a vegetarian-friendly breakfast and lunch menu, and delicious beverages (including homemade red and white wine sangria!). They house live bands every evening, and have a slam-poetry night at least once a month. If you live in Vancouver and enjoy veggie cuisine, you should definitely check this place out! Here's their website:

Best french toast in town (yummmmmmmm!):

Black-Bean and Yam Fritters

I got this recipe from Martha Stewart Living, who calls them Spicy Black-Bean Cakes. Despite their puke-like appearance, these fritters are delicious and live up to their name in regards to hotness!

Spicy Black-Bean Cakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 to 2 jalapeno chiles, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cans (15.5oz each) black beans, drained and rinsed
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 plain dried breadcrumbs

1. Heat broiler. In a small skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook scallions until softened, 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeno, and cumin; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Add beans to bowl; mash with a fork or a potato masher, leaving about 1/4 of the beans whole. Season generously with salt and pepper. Fold in sweet potato, egg, and breadcrumbs. Divide into 8 balls of equal size; flatten into patties.
3. Brush a baking sheet with remaining tablespoon oil; place patties on sheet, 1/2 inch apart. Broil 4 inches from heat until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. With a thin metal spatula, carefully turn cakes. Broil until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Martha serves this with Lime Sour Cream, which can be found here:

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins

I got this recipe off of Martha Stewart Living. The original recipe called for blueberries, but I substituted them for walnuts and chocolate chips, for obvious reasons! My dad claims that these are the best muffins in the world! :-)

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a bowl, whisk together flours, wheat germ, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, mash bananas with a fork; stir in milk and vanilla.

3. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and banana mixture to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.

4. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; transfer muffins to a rack to cool 10 minutes more.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Salt Spring Island

My boyfriend and I went to Salt Spring Island this past weekend. We stayed at this very quaint bed and breakfast called All Seasons Inn ( Every morning, the husband and wife would serve us a lovely three course breakfast.

The first morning, we were served a chive omelette with squash sauteed in a sage and butter sauce, and toast. The omelette was served with freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, homemade jam and an apple turnover cake. :)

The second morning, we had four grain, spelt pancakes with fresh blueberries, maple syrup and homemade jam. To drink, we had a berry smoothie, fresh orange juice and coffee. :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Every year, my dad grows a lovely herb garden filled with fresh basil. This year, I decided to make some extra delicious pesto, which was used to make some super extra delicious pizzas.

2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic
1/4 pine nuts

Blend together for pesto perfection.