Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba (Bean Water)

After a year of hard work, my cookbook has been published!

Aquafabulous!

Yup, my cookbook, Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba is now in bookstores! You can also order it from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com and Chapters-Indigo.

The book has 125 recipes featuring Aquafaba, and here’s a little taste:

Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Kale Caesar with Roasted Chickpeas

Photography:Tango Photography
Food styling: Éric Régimbald
Prop styling: Véronique Gagnon-Lalanne

 Coconut French Toast

Vegan Coconut French Toast

Photography:Tango Photography
Food styling: Éric Régimbald
Prop styling: Véronique Gagnon-Lalanne

Sushi Salad

Vegan sushi salad

Photography:Tango Photography
Food styling: Éric Régimbald
Prop styling: Véronique Gagnon-Lalanne

Banoffee Pie in a Jar

Banoffee Pie in a jar

Photography:Tango Photography
Food styling: Éric Régimbald
Prop styling: Véronique Gagnon-Lalanne

Vegan Macarons

Vegan Macarons

Photography:Tango Photography
Food styling: Éric Régimbald
Prop styling: Véronique Gagnon-Lalanne

Aquafaba literally means bean water — the water that’s drained off neutral-colored beans like chickpeas, white beans and cannellini beans.

Vegans have had limited choices when it came to baked goods. The existing substitutes did not have the chemical properties of eggs which made them integral for binding and leavening. But now there is the perfect substitute, and it’s aquafaba. And it’s blown open the world of vegan baking.

This collection of recipes, however, is not only for vegans. It is great for anyone who has an allergy to dairy and eggs. It’s proof that you can go egg-free and still enjoy delicious recipes. You will never miss eggs again. The general rule of thumb is 3 tbsp of aquafaba equals one egg. The protein in aquafaba, when mixed with some sugar and a pinch of cream of tartar, perfectly simulates egg whites. Neutral in taste, you don’t have to worry about your dishes tasting beany.

All your breakfast and brunch favorites are here–from omelettes, French Toast and pancakes to scones and crepes. You’ll enjoy satisfying and sumptuous Vegan Shepherds Pie, Vegan Mac and Cheese or for lunch or dinner. And you can once again enjoy Alfredo Sauce over your pasta. And the meringue desserts are not to be missed — Fruit Pavlova and Sweet Potato Pie to Lemon Meringue Pie. Chocolate Chip Cookies, S’mores Bars, Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Ice Cream are perfect for those children’s birthday parties where allergies are now a prevailing concern.

Now you no longer have to live without the culinary wonders that eggs and egg whites produce. All you need to do is open up a can of chickpeas, drain the water and you’re ready to go.

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New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that there are things that really resonate with me when I go to a restaurant.

I love places that focus on fresh, sustainable, local and seasonal ingredients. I love it when they have plant-based options on the menu. And I love it when the food is made with care.

It’s for all these reasons that I’ve been a big fan of Rocky Mountain Flatbread for quite some time. They serve up really yummy food, but they also make it organic and locally sourced as much as they possibly can.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Antipasto Platter

The owners are really involved with the community; teaching classes in schools to kids about how to grow their own vegetables, and they also host weekly pizza-making classes and classes for moms with babies at their restaurants.

They also recently introduced fully vegan menu options. Now, they’ve always been a vegan-friendly place (their pizza dough, for example, has always been vegan), but they wanted to create a special all-vegan menu for the plant-based folks in the house.

One of the things they struggled with was coming up with a plant-based cheese. As a nut-free restaurant, they had to get creative and come up with something not cashew-based. We believe they are the first restaurant to serve a cauliflower-based cheese on their dishes.

vegan pizza rocky mountain flatbread

The other thing I love so much about this place is they have their own greenhouse out back, growing microgreens which they use for garnish and in salads. It doesn’t get much fresher or more local than that!

Here’s my interview with the owner, Suzanne, and a rundown of what you can expect to find on their delicious new all vegan menu:

FYI, the vegan menu is available at both their Kits and Main St locations.

Vegan Food at the Vancouver Christmas Market

For the past 8 years, the Vancouver Christmas Market has been a December tradition here in Vancouver. Modelled after the outdoor German Christmas Markets where you can stroll, sip mulled wine, snack and shop for artisan goods, ours takes place at Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour.

What you may not know about Germany (and this may come as a shock) is that it has a very high vegan population. 6 Million Germans identify as vegan in a country that is famous for schnitzel!

The Christmas Market has quite a few vegan options. My absolute favourite? The Churros–yes, I know, they’re not German at all, but they are warm and crispy and delicious.

Here’s a vlog I made of our night at the Christmas Market, highlighting the vegan food:

And here’s a complete list of the vegan food at the Christmas Market: 

  • Hurricane Potato: Visit Das Kartoffelhaus for their famous hurricane fries! They use Yukon Gold potatoes, or for those on a carb-free diet zucchini and you can take your pick from a number of flavours including cinnamon sugar, salt & vinegar, and ketchup!
  •  Stollen Haus: Have  sweet tooth? The Stollen Haus has a whole selection of vegan cookies! Perfect for Christmas gifts or as a delicious vegan treat for yourself!
  • Chocolate A.M.: Schoko makes chocolate tools and shoes from the finest Italian dark chocolate. Almost too pretty to eat….almost!
  • Gulasch: Pick up vegan hungarian potato stew in a bread bowl from Das Gulasch Haus! Warm and hearty food, perfect for the cold Vancouver winter!
  • Fruit Kebabs: Get a vegan sweet-treat from I Love Chocolate! Pick up a delicious fruit kebab to enjoy as you stroll around Vancouver’s favourite Christmas Market.
  • Candy: Want some candy that is free from animal products? Candy Meister is your man! A huge selection of natural, traditional, gluten-free German candy, much of which is vegan and vegetarian!
  •  Spanish Churros: A fried-dough pastry made without animal products! Sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar you get a taste of Spain in the middle of downtown Vancouver
  • Taste the Wild: Keep warm with hot vegetable and mushroom broth from West Coast Wild Foods! West Coast Wild foods are a Vancouver based company specializing in wild mushrooms and other wild food products. Their soup is made from locally sourced mushrooms from right here in British Columbia!

What’s your favourite thing to eat at the Vancouver Christmas Market? Share in the comments below!

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