A Vegan St. Paddy’s Day Dish

I’m the daughter of an Irishman, and I love food—have you noticed? I’ve been a vegan for over two years now, and though I don’t post here as often, I am still eating delicious animal-friendly dishes.

Since I’m planning a particular dish for tomorrow night, I thought I should share it with you.

The original dish came from a church cookbook and was entitled “Sausage Irish”. When we weren’t vegan, I used to use non-meat sausage, but it was still unkind, being turkey. I don’t do that anymore. Now I use Fieldroast sausage when I want to make anything of this nature. My favourite are the Smoked Apple Sage ones and that’s what I’m putting in this dish.

So here’s my recipe for Kind “Sausage” Irish*

I will post a photo tomorrow once I’ve made the dish.

*I typically use only organic and non-gmo, but Fieldroast is still working on that.


4 Fieldroast “sausages”
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Torn fresh basil
assorted dry Italian seasoning
freshly ground pepper
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup flour
4 potatoes, cut in thin (1/4 inch) slices
1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
1 cup veggie broth
1/2 – 1 cup of Vegan cheddar shreds (I use Daiya)

Slice “sausages” and saute in a large non-stick pan with a little (EVOO*)Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add seasonings and dust with flour.

Saute onion in a teaspoon or so of E.V.O.O. until softened. Add garlic and saute for one minute. Add this to the sausage and dump in tomatoes with juice.

Meanwhile, either boil potatoes until fork-tender, or microwave in small amount of water until hot. Drain.

Place potatoes in bottom of a glass lasagna dish. Spoon sausage mixture on top. Blanch broccoli for 3 minutes, or steam in microwave until soft. Drain. Layer broccoli on top of potatoes and sausages. Sprinkle liberally with Vegan cheddar (the beauty of it is, there’s hardly any fat in Vegan cheese).

Cover with foil and bake at 375° for 30 minutes.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


See you in September

Believe it or not, I used to look like this, and even dance like this.  (Oh man! That was 30 years ago!)

After some consideration, I’ve decided to take the summer off from posting to this blog.  I’m not motivated to keep up with regular posts, and I don’t want the quality of my material to suffer.  If my heart’s not in it, you’re not going to get the best of me.

I’ll be back, refreshed and ready to share recipes and my vegan perspective, come the fall.

Enjoy the summer everyone!


You say it’s your birthday?


I’ve been absent from the blog for a few days because we are on holidays. It’s a stay-cation, but we’re having fun just chillin’ and doing some things, locally.

Yesterday was my birthday and it’s the first b-day I have celebrated as a vegan, so it was pretty interesting.  I’ll be sharing more posts next week when my husband goes back to work, but you can look forward to some new recipes and loads of photos of our visit to the Ruby Ranch Pig-Rescue Farm.

In the meantime, drool over my all-vegan, Indian dinner from the Tandoori Grill, featuring a vegetarian biryani, topped with aloo gobhi and accompanied by a veggie samosa and two onion bhajis. All vegan, all the time, baby!

Oh, and here’s one of the cupcakes we discovered at our in-town health food store. They are Newton’s Gluten-free cupcakes, but it turns out they are “accidentally” vegan. Yay!  This one is the double chocolate, but I had one with an orange-sherbety frosting.  I couldn’t take a picture because it disappeared too fast! Let me just say, they are as scrummy as they look!


See you soon!


The Crust of the Matter



Technically, I am on vacation.  My mother, who lives with my husband and me, is on a trip back to her home-town in eastern Canada.  My husband is on holidays and today is our wedding anniversary.  Nonetheless, I want to share a little post with you.

On Father’s Day, we went to connect with my husband’s family in the town where my sister-in-law resides.  I had done some research to see if I could find a place where at least some vegan food might be available.  I came up with a restaurant called, The Brewery Bay Company.  They actually had chicken-substitutes on their menu, so I figured that would work well for all of us.

When we got to the restaurant, I was struggling to read the menu because I didn’t bring the right glasses. I should have had my bi-focals on, but I had erred in favour of my prettier frames which were only for distance. Dumb move.  I finally managed to read the menu by putting it right up to my face. You know how you like to peruse a menu at length and see what your choices are and then make a selection? That’s hard to do when you can only see one thing at a time, so when it came time to order, I kind of flew by the seat of my pants.

I ordered a build your own pizza. The waitress said they could use the substitute chicken on the pizza, so I went for it.  My husband got the veggie burger (bo-ring!) and this is what I rattled off to the waitress:

red onion
portobello mushrooms
NO cheese
tomato sauce

One thing is for certain, they’ve never seen that combination before, and likely, they never will again!

Oh, and the “crust” issue? I have no idea what was in it. I just hope against hope that it was vegan.