Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Double, Double...


Cool Autumn Days...

Call for a warm Autumn...
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
recipe from
It Ain't Meat Babe
"Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake" 

  • CAKE
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup vegan margarine (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unrefined white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flax meal
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 6 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
1.Preheat oven to 350˚.
Grease and flour one bundt cake pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. 
2.In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Mix flax meal and water, let sit for one minute, then add to butter mixture, slowly while stirring well.
Add vanilla extract to soymilk and let sit for one minute. 
3.Alternately add flour mixture and soymilk to butter mixture, stirring well.
Add pumpkin last and stir to combine.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for about an hour or until a chopstick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
4.When cake has cooled for half an hour, turn it out of the pan and leave it to completely cool before glazing.
To make the glazed combine the ingredients and stir until smooth.
Drip glaze onto cooled cake and top with chopped walnuts, if you wish.

Monday, October 05, 2015

A Cool Sunday

Yesterday was another cool, bright sunny day. After some more fall cleanup in the backyard Mr.T and I waited around to go check out an open house at 2:00. The place is located on Dupont Street in a small condo that features multi-floor vertical townhouses. Although located outside of our preferred area the building has wonderful light and a great rooftop deck. There were two units having open houses with a $ 20,000.00 difference in price. We had a look at both and found we liked the more inexpensive unit better than the pricer unit. The only drawbacks beside being outside our preferred location were the four stories of stairs between floors. 

After looking at the units we walked east along Dupont to Bay Street, stopping in a Whole Foods for a really yummy afternoon snack at their prepared food counter. They had a nice selection of fall inspired dishes including a vegan quinoa crusted cranberry stuffed loaf and vegan chocolate mousse. We then walked over to Canadian Tire to look at coffee grinders and hand blenders. 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Memento Mori



by YSerebryakov

Fall Cleanup

Today the full fury of fall descended on Toronto. We woke to a crisp, cool morning. After pulling out fall jackets and clothes we made our way to Kensington to pick up our dry goods for the week. At home we decided to clean out the shed in order to begin packing it up for the winter. This meant pulling up most of the garden and clearing a spot for the fall planting of the garlic we picked up a couple of weeks ago at the garlic festival. Hopefully this year we will have a nice spring crop of garlic. 

We also drained the fountain, put away the deck umbrellas and bagged up some of the cushions from our deck. At the same time Mr.T took the opportunity to store a lot of the herbs he had been drying in the shed. We have lots of dried parsley, oregano and rosemary. Because we spent so much of the day at home we decided we needed to go for a little walk for dinner. Of course by the time we were ready to head out it began raining.

We walked through Kensington to Spadina, settling on A Taste of Seafood a really Chinese place that serves an assortment of delicious dishes. We had eaten there before and were impressed with the quality of the food. The place has received a lot of positive reviews especially from chefs who like to eat there after cooking in their own restaurants. While the service is not that attentive the food is always straight-forward and delicious. Tonight I opted for the deep-fried salt and pepper shrimp, a dish I loved when I lived in China, while Mr.T had their sizzling ginger beef. It was the perfect warm food for a cold, wet night. 

Betty...didn't know what to do next