Posts tagged cooking
Fun Holiday Gifts for Vegan Cooks

Although I’m not the biggest shopper (except for my two substance abuse problems of buying way too many books and going slightly nutty at kitchen supply stores), I do love buying gifts for others. This is especially fun for me when the person I’m giving a gift to has a particular hobby or obsession. Something that only the people that know them well will know to get. My mother in law for instance, insists that gifts for her need to be gifts for her, i.e. clothes, jewellery, accessories, etc. She just doesn’t get why my favorite gifts to receive are appliances or gadgets for the kitchen, not to mention a great cookbook. Gift giving is sometimes hard because we think our gift recipient will love what we love getting, but that is often times not the case. To give the perfect gift one must walk a little bit in the other person’s shoes. What do they really need? What do they secretly wish they would have? What would make them smile when they tear up that wrapping paper?

It can be hard to find the perfect gift, but if you have a vegan foodie or cook in your life, I can certainly help you with that because I’m one of them! I love getting tools and inspiration, not to mention cool ingredients to work with in the kitchen, so in today’s post and podcast episode I’ll be helping you with a list of amazing holiday gifts you can give to a vegan cook.

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Cooking Hacks I've Learned Through the Years (Plus Some Cooking Stories)

I've told you before about my story with cooking (you can read it here and here!) and how it started from very early on. I was obsessed with the kitchen and ingredients since I was a very little girl, and my mother, bless her heart, always let me get in there and make a mess as you might recall from my stories of the "everything goes into them but mom eats them anyway caterpillar cookies".

The first recipe I truly learned how to master well were brownies. I took the recipe from a very old Betty Crocker book about entertaining I found in my mom's bookshelf, and which I still have (in pieces, but I have it). I practiced making them so often that I soon became the official brownie baker in my family and my school. There wasn't an event, party, holiday gathering or beach trip which didn't require me going into the pantry and whipping up a batch. The wonderful thing they don't tell you about being a kid and cooking is that somebody else does the shopping and all you have to do is raid the counters (yes!).

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5 Simple Tips to Start Improving your Plant Based Cooking Skills

As you know, although my cooking skills skyrocketed when I studied cooking and got certified as a plant based cook, most of my skills and creativity in the kitchen was something that developed over time, and something that simply came from huge curiosity and practice. Not to mention all the wonderful and unexpected teachers I had along the way.

Most of what I know about cooking was completely self-taught and is the result of over 19 years of simply spending time in the kitchen and having the desire to get better and better and learn what I needed to learn. It's also the result of just loving food and being a serious eater! That's the funnest part.

Whenever friends come over for dinner or I listen to them talk about their cooking, I always hear the same thing, people have the firm belief that outstanding restaurant-like cooking is reserved for just a select few, and that you're either born with the gift or went to the best cooking school in Paris. They also use time as an excuse not to create varied and creative meals... "if I had more time I could make more interesting meals, but now I only cook the same foods over and over again". Sound familiar?

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