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Barbecue Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichoke)

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5 medium sized Sunchokes  (sliced)

1/2 Tsp Cumin

1/2 Tsp Caraway



1/2 C Your choice of delicious bbq sauce

3 Tbsp Oil

– Heat oil over medium heat in a sauté pan and add sunchokes covering with a lid in order to steam them through.

– Add Cumin, Caraway, Salt and pepper and toss. Continue to cook and keep covered for approx 2 minutes.

– Add 1/4 c bbq sauce. Toss and keep covered for 5-8 mins. Toss constantly.

– Add the remainder of the bbq sauce and salt and turn up the heat. Toss and caramelize the sunchokes making sure they have nice brown edges. Remove from heat and serve.


The New Veganminster Project

Our pal Melissa is building an excellent vegan community of businesses in Vancouver suburb New Westminster, and she’s giving away a stay there for two lucky folks. Interested? Read on…

Win a Luxurious Vegan Culinary Getaway for Two!

New Westminster, B.C. – Look out Portland there’s a new vegan culinary destination carving out it’s territory in the Pacific Northwest and hungry visitors don’t have to cross the border or check the exchange rate to get there. Nestled between the mighty Fraser River and the ultra convenient sky train New Westminster is a hot bed of vegan foodie activity and for the month of April this Royal City is showing off it’s Top Chef worthy dining experiences.

Although visitors may not need their government issue passports in order to get to New Westminster (unless of course they originate Stateside) what they will require is to pick up a New Veganminster Passport to gain entry to this exciting event. Once a New Veganminster Passport has been collected from either Shine Wellness Space, Coming Home Café, Karmavore Vegan Shop or Crepe Des Amis participants are urged to taste their way through the city enjoying some truly sensational culinary delights!

Once a New Veganminster Passport has been turned in at the end of April participants will be eligible to win this incredible, tasty prize package for two:
Our Getaway Grand Prize:
• One Night Deluxe Accommodation at The Inn at the Quay
• Welcome Basket From Karmavore Vegan Shop
• Lunch from Crepe Des Amis at the Fabulous River Market
• Guided Tour from Fraser River Bike Tours & Rentals
• A Dinner Feast at Wild Rice
• Delicious Breakfast at Coming Home Cafe
• Yoga Class Package at Shine Wellness Space
Our Stunning Second Prize:

• Wine Tasting for Two at Pacific Breeze Winery
The total winnings for this incredible vegan prize package is approximately $450! The Ultimate Vegan Getaway Contest runs from April 2nd to April 30th and participants are required to purchase an item of delicious vegan food in order to receive a stamp in their passports. For more information and for contest rules please visit

About Melissa Balfour
Melissa Balfour is a culinary event planner as well as a food activist blogger at The Hungry Taurus ( Searching for a cause and a way to make a difference in the world Melissa started the New Veganminster Project as a way to turn her city into the next Vegan Mecca of the Pacific Northwest. By highlighting existing vegan friendly establishments and meeting with potential new ones Melissa is helping to promote the plant based lifestyle one restaurant meal at a time. You can follow her on twitter @hungrytaurus.
To arrange an interview with Melissa Balfour please call 778.235.7020 or email

Pinterest as a recipe collection tool

When I first started using Pinterest I didn’t really get how it was different from Tumblr or any of the other myriad social media services I use, but lately I’ve been putting together a gorgeous collection of food inspiration. Some of it’s recipes, and some of it is presentation inspiration, and I thought I’d give you guys a chance to check out my “eat it” board on Pinterest if you’re a user of the site as well.

Vancouver’s first-ever Vegan Prom!

Have you heard? On Saturday, November 5th, the first-ever Vancouver Vegan Prom is taking place at East Vancouver’s WISE Hall. For $15, enjoy a night of dancing with complimentary vegan snacks – from sweets to raw items to savouries, with many of the options being gluten-free.

Vegan Mischief is giving away one free brunch for 2 in the Prom raffle. Exciting!

Visit for more info. Buy tickets online or at Karmavore or Nice Shoes – or directly from us!

A little gallery of brunch (August)

pain perdu with cherry vanilla lavender jam and homemade vegan cream cheese, toasted pecans, peaches and blueberries

Pain Perdu stuffed with Cherry Lavender Jam and homemade vegan cream cheese, topped with toasted pecans, blueberries and garnishes with peaches

mole breakfast - roasted veg, avocado, smashed potatoes, zucchini, pepitas, blueberries in a toasted corn tortilla, greens, caramelized onion, mole sauce, hot sauce

The Molé breakfast included perfectly roasted zucchini, red pepper, and caramelized onion with avocado, a cinnamon sugar dusted corn tortilla cup filled with blueberries, and smashed red potatoes on top of slowly simmered homemade molé sauce.  Garnished with habañero hot sauce.


handmade vegan bagel with seitan andouille sausage, tomato, greens, fig jam, and mustard, served with a fig and smashed potatoes

Homemade shallot and sesame bagel with spicy seitan andouille sausage, fresh tomato, spinach, fig jam and grain mustard.

Spicy Tofu, Swiss Chard, Mint Tacos (Kirby Tacos)

tofu mint chard tacos

Because I come from a land where tacos and burritos are available at every corner, I make tacos when I need a quick, fresh bite to eat.  I think I might name these Kirby Tacos, because our friend Kirby is a vegan that never cooks for herself, but as I was assembling these she came to mind because they are even easy enough for her to make.

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Cayenne

1 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 small red onion

1 clove garlic (minced)

1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped

1/2 block Cubed extra firm tofu (cut into tiny squares)

3 large leaves Swiss chard, chopped

1/2 lime juiced

1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

1 tbs Oil of your choice

6 Corn Tortillas

Handful of Pea shoots

In a medium sized skillet heat oil on medium heat and add tofu. The point here is to get the tofu golden brown with the spices. After the tofu has been in the heat for about 5 minutes stir and coat in all the spices. Keep the tofu browning for another five minutes then add the onions and garlic clove.

Make sure to keep the tofu on medium heat so you don’t burn it!

When the onion is soft add the chopped swiss chard, cilantro and lime and stir together. Swiss chard is like spinach and does not take long to cook so make sure to add it last!

Make sure to watch your taco mixture as you steam your 6 corn tortillas.

When the steaming is done the tacos are ready to be assembled. Top with pea shoots and fresh cilantro to completely complement the fresh flavours of the taco.

You can even add avocado, hot sauce, sliced lime wedges, fresh cilantro, and salsa to make these tacos even better.

This recipe is for all hard working Kirbys out there.


Vegan Mischief in the Globe & Mail, Canada’s Only Decent National Paper

We’re in today’s Globe & Mail! How exciting! Read the article online here – or harass my parents for one of the 5 copies of the paper they probably picked up. (Love you, Mom and Dad!)

“I just want to make beautiful food, that non-vegans will enjoy, with a lot of care and love in it,” says Ms. Barfield, who plans to open a proper restaurant after graduating from culinary school.

And she does make beautiful comfort food, all from scratch. Her cheese-flavoured perogies with a lovely caramelized crust, faux-bacon bits and rich dairy-free dill cream would impress even the most old-fashioned Ukrainian. Her Montreal-style smoked seitan sandwich (slow-cooked for 24 hours, then roasted and thinly sliced) is a marvel of creativity. Poutine hash with vegetarian ricotta, wild mushrooms and truffle oil packs more flavour than most versions in town.

If you missed it, “Ms. Barfield” is Kaylie, who will be posting her ricotta recipe shortly. Hol-ee macaroni is it tasty.