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.
I know it’s officially the holiday season when the fencing goes up at Jack Poole Plaza, and behind it, a carousel, a village, and lots and lots of twinkly lights. The Vancouver Christmas Market has opened its doors, y’all!
For me, the Christmas Market has been a holiday tradition for many, many years. I could go back through my archives and pull the photos, and someday I probably will, but today is not that day.
As with any event I go to that includes food (and lets be fair, why would I even go to an event if it didn’t include food??), I’m always on the lookout for the vegan and vegetarian options.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favourite vegan options at the Vancouver Christmas Market this year:
Das Gulasch Haus: a hearty stew of carrots and potatoes, spiced with paprika, this stew comes served in a bread bowl, which is both so comfort food-y and sustainable all at the same time!
Taste the Wild: these guys have a delicious vegan mushroom soup. Soup is what you need when you’re outdoors at night in December. Also, wine. You need warm, mulled wine. They have that, too (but not at Taste the Wild).
Mr. Hotcakes: they serve a pancake filled with melty brown sugar… it’s reminiscent of your childhood and will make you very happy.
Traditional Spanish Churros: I know, I know, it seems weird to have Spanish food at a German Christmas Market, but really, who cares? They are my favourite thing every year, and the market just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Candy Meister: don’t forget that they have tons of vegan candy options here.
One thing I thought was interesting about this year’s market were the vendors selling sustainable goods. One major reason I don’t eat meat is because I believe a vegetarian diet to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, so to me, sustainability and being meat-free go hand-in-hand.
So I wanted to highlight a few vendors at the market that weren’t selling food, but were selling products that can help to reduce waste and have a lower impact on the environment.
Amezing Lights are made from recycled milk cartons. They come in a kit, so part of the fun is building the light. They are kind of like Lego; you can follow the formula, or you can branch out and create your own.
Clockwise from top left: Life UNPacked, The Straw Hut, Ru Supply and MysGreen
Single-use plastics are one thing I am trying to cut out of my life. But in order to do so, you need to replace your ziploc bags and your plastic wrap with sustainable options. At the market, you’ll find Rü Supply, who sells sustainable lunch bags, The Straw Hut, who is providing an alternative to single use plastic straws, MysGreen who is selling beeswax wraps (to sub out for your plastic wrap) and reusable pouches (to sub out for your ziploc bags), as well as Life UNPacked, who’s got environmentally-friendly grooming supplies, like toothpaste, bar soaps and shampoos, cotton swabs and floss. All of which are vegan!
What’s your favourite part of the Vancouver Christmas Market? Comment below and let me know!
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times; there has never been a better time to be a vegetarian than right now in Vancouver.
This past year has brought a proliferation of vegan and vegetarian products to fast-food chains, and that has changed the choices that we have at our fingertips. It’s all pretty exciting.
But while casual vegan and vegetarian foods abound, we still don’t have a ton of options yet at the higher-end restaurants. I recently emailed the Top Table group to ask if they had any vegan dishes on the menu in any of their restaurants and apparently they don’t.
There are a few places where you can go if you want a higher-end celebration; The Acorn of course, Yew has a vegan menu (but they’re closing soon), and, one you likely did not know about; Bauhaus.
Located in Gastown, I’ve had people tell me they thought it was a furniture store! But it’s actually a German-themed, higher-end restaurant owned by a big-time movie director.
As you might expect a restaurant owned by a movie director to look, it’s frikkin’ gorgeous inside. It really does look like a movie set! It’s an old historic building with huge ceilings and tons of exposed brick, but the vibe is super cozy.
The new executive chef here is Christian Kuehnel, and one thing you may not know about Germany is that they have a huge vegan and vegetarian population.
So the new fall fix prix menu features options for veggies. Yay!
Please note, I emailed the chef to try to find out which of these dishes were vegetarian, which were vegan, and which were vegetarian with vegan option, but I hand’t heard back at the time of publication. If you’re vegan, you may want to call in advance to double-check.
The Pear Tree: Pumpkin Spice Infused Bourbon, Pear & Apple bitters. Does that not sound like fall in a glass?? So cozy and warming.
And then there was the Beets Me. I thought this one would take a pretty photo, and I was right. Also, in all honesty, I’ll happily order the weirdest thing on the menu just because. And beet juice?? That’s weird! The cocktail is made with Gin, Cynar (one of my faves, bitter and a digestif), beet juice, Lemon, Rosemary & Celery bitters. It sounds weird, but it’s actually quite delicious. And you kind of feel healthy drinking it.
Bauhaus Winter Menu:
Beetroot Carpaccio with blueberries, hazelnuts and mushroom. If there’s one thing I love, it’s when a chef takes a meat-based dish and makes it vegetarian. Here, thinly sliced and cured beets are so pretty on the plate, adorned with hazelnuts and a beautiful dressing.
Wild Mushroom with bread dumpling & brussels sprouts: this was like a version of mushroom toast, which I am always a fan of. In this case, however, the “toast” is more like a savoury bread pudding, or even like a stuffing. It’s a Bavarian recipe called Semmelknödel.
Pumpkin Risotto with Walnuts, Fig & Feta. So I’m a bit obsessed with pumpkin risotto. I just published a recipe for it quite recently. I loved the little textural element of the walnuts in this dish, and how pretty it was!
There are two options.
Chocolate Torte with mandarin orange: yes, yes, yes! Order this. Really. Seriously. Do not pass go. Just order it.
Honey Cake with Lemon & Lavender: so pretty, right? But the Chocolate Torte was my fave.
Bauhaus also has a pretty extensive and impressive wine list, and the fixe prix menu comes with an optional wine pairing. The Winter Menu ranges from 3 courses at $65 to 6 courses at $108, and then of course you can get a wine pairing on top of that if you like. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and the wine list is 11 pages long!
If you’ve not been to Bauhaus, I encourage you to check it out. If you don’t want to go for dinner, they have a reasonably-priced happy hour that will make you feel very champagne on a beer budget!