Vegan Lasagna

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Soooo since I’m on a roll with the vegan recipes, I thought I would try out another one. Honest truth about this one, it takes a looooonnnnng time to make, like I’m talking from start to finish about 3 hours. I did it in stages which I actually think it made it feel longer because I was constantly in the kitchen. However, it was completely worth it, it was absolutely delicious and even tasted like cheese, so much so that my 4 year old said “I really like the cheese” (haha – little did he know it was tofu). If you’ve got the time, check out the recipe here – it’s well worth it, I promise. I added a layer of eggplant to give it that meaty texture. I sliced the eggplant and lightly cooked it in olive oil before putting it in the lasagna.

 

Edible Flower Cookies

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Not only do these look beautiful but they happen to taste great too! To top it off they are very easy to make! First you need a sugar cookie recipe (I tried making these gluten free as well and found that the cookie was a tad too crumbly).

Materials

Sugar Cookie Dough

Edible Flowers (after searching high and low I found some at The Harvest Wagon)

1 egg beaten

Paint Brush (used for food only)

Directions

After you’ve made your sugar cookies you want to put them in the oven for about three quarters of the time the recipe suggests. Once they’ve come out of the oven and cooled down a bit you will need to beat your egg in a small bowl with a fork. Then using your paint brush you want to coat your cookie with a bit of egg. Then place a flower on top of the cookie and brush it with some more egg to get the flower to lay “somewhat flat”. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar and voila! Put them back in the oven for the remainder time but do keep an eye on them. If the flowers burn they will turn brown and won’t be soooo purtty!

Lamb Lollipops!

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So, don’t be thrown off by the name of this dish, because let me assure you that it’s not lamb on a lollipop stick. It is actually a very delicious main course (also often served as an appetizer). We baked it with some root vegetables and served it with roasted potatoes! Mmmmm, yummy! Follow these steps to make this dish at your next dinner party or gathering and your guests will rave about your cooking skills!

Ingredients

  • 14 lamb lollipops
  • 12 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup of a cold butter
  • handful of fresh sage leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 leek, washed, halved and finely sliced
  • olive oil
  • 2 wineglasses white wine

Method

Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Pick the leaves off 4 sprigs of rosemary, whiz them with the butter, most of the sage and the thyme in a food processor and season with salt and pepper. Using a small knife, take one of the lamb lollipops and cut between the meat and the bone from the base. You want to create a hole big enough to put your pinky finger in, making a sort of pocket. Do this to all the lollipops and divide the flavoured butter between them, pushing it into the pockets (see first photo).

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Tear off four arm-length pieces of tinfoil and fold each in half to give you four A3-sized pieces of foil. Divide the garlic and veg between them, making a pile in the middle of each square. Rub each of the lamb lollipops with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, then put two on top of each pile of veg and a sprig of rosemary and a few sage leaves on top of that.

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Carefully pull up the sides of the foil around the lollipop and pour a swig of wine into each. Gather the foil around the bone, pinching it together tightly. Any excess foil can be torn or cut off with scissors. Repeat for all 7 parcels of foil, then place the foil parcels on a baking tray with the bones facing up. Put in the preheated oven for 1.5 hours or until the meat is as tender as can be. Serve the parcels in the middle of the table so that your guests can open them up themselves.

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Gluten-Free Workshop

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On Sunday we hosted our first Gluten-Free Workshop and it was a great success! We teamed up with Loblaws® registered, Dietician Melanie Byland for this workshop. Participants met at Loblaws® where Melanie showed them various gluten-free products that are available on the market. Following Loblaws® all the participants returned to Seasons where Melanie did a cooking demonstration on how to make Quinoa Tabouli Salad and Qunioa Cakes.

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