When I was in L.A. in November I was so excited to get a note from Thug Kitchen asking me to be on their podcast, Forked Up. I was actually the first vegan cookbook author they have ever had on the show… what an honor! They specifically wanted to talk about my relationship (or rather, break up) with John Diemer. I was ready. Listen to the interview here to find out what some of the road blocks were to making a cookbook while your life is blowing up in your face and some of what’s next for hot for food.
I have to say, Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis of Thug Kitchen are rad cool and I admire their bad ass business sense. You can check out the Thug Kitchen blog for tasty recipes too!
As part of my partnership with Yves Veggie Cuisine I’m making a few appearances on Cityline in 2018 and 2019 to help bring the brand into homes across Canada. I’ve actually used Yves products since I went vegetarian as a teenager. Their veggie dogs were the first ones ever in my mouth, so this is a match made in vegan heaven!
I’m so happy to share ways to eat more vegan comfort foods everyday with the help of Yves. You can see the 2 dishes I made on the episode that aired Dec 5, 2018 below. The hot buffalo chicken dip is of course, from Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face. The original recipe uses TVP as the chicken, but you can easily swap in the Yves veggie Chicken Strips. And the sweet & sour meatball recipe is here. Instead of making the homemade version you can just whip up the sauce and brown up some Yves Veggie Meatballs instead to keep it quick and easy!
I’ve been making the rounds on television… uh vegan takeover in full effect… and recently I stopped by the etalk studios to cook up some vegan holiday love with host, Chloe Wilde. A little known fact… I crowned Chloe the winner of the 2013 MuchMusic VJ Search in my past life! But look at us now!
I shared my recipe for the whole roasted cauliflower skillet with the goal of influencing you to add more veggies to the holiday table and axe the turkey. Watch the segment below
This is so exciting! I’m in a commercial for Yves Veggie Cuisine! The longtime, reliable, and delicious vegan food brand is rebranding and on a mission to get more people eating plant-based and they partnered with me to help spread the word.
This campaign also included Candice from The Edgy Veg and Nikole from Health Nut Nutrition to bring the message home. You might have already seen the spots running on CityTV, but if not check out mine below!
The Marilyn Denis show is getting more and more interested in vegan cooking! I went back to talk about the mysteries and magic of jackfruit, making my roasted poblano & jackfruit taco recipe. You’ll never believe there’s no meat in this… watch below.
To celebrate the release of the new hot for food cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face, I popped on over to visit my girl Tracy at Cityline in Toronto. I showed her how to make the creamy, delectable bacon mac & cheese from the book and I'm pretty sure I wowed her. I mean who wouldn't be impressed with so many varieties of vegan bacon. Watch the segment below!
I'm so excited to share this series I created in partnership with Chatelaine Magazine! We've made 6 episodes of Vegan It! where I show you how to vegan your fave comfort foods like milkshakes, chocolate cake, and shepherd's pie!
They're being released every Tuesday from Nov 21, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017. Go subscribe to their YouTube channel to see all the future episodes or see the first episode below now!
I went and blew Tracy Moore's mind on Cityline by making the magic vegan nacho cheese and smothering it over a big 'ol plate of chili cheese nachos!
You can watch the full segment and the reaction here.
I was so thrilled to be invited to The Morning Show on Global TV in Toronto to reveal the cookbook cover for Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face! I also fed host, Liem Vu, some of my fave recipes from the book including bacon mac & cheese, bbq pulled pork sandwiches, and southern fried cauliflower. He was so into the food he let me host the segment, pretty much...haha... WATCH BELOW!
As if this year wasn't awesome enough already! Today you can get Gene Baur's new book "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life" and we just happen to have a recipe in it.
This next sentence isn't even going to make sense. Our recipe will be in the book alongside 99 others from the likes of Chloe Coscarelli, Emily Deschanel, and Moby. Exsqueeze me?! Ya, we don't even believe it ourselves. The book has more than just delicious vegan recipes, it will also offer inspiring, practical guidelines on how to incorporate the Farm Sanctuary lifestyle into everyday life.
The book is available to order here and we'd love to see a pic if you already have it in hand. We're waiting for ours to be delivered any day now!
You can watch Gene's interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night promoting the book and talking all about the environmental benefits of going vegan and the impact this lifestyle change has on our health.
Now check this out! In 2011 I met Gene Baur (and fan-girled) for the first time at an event called 10,000 tastes 10 billion reasons at Yonge & Dundas Square where coincidentally they were giving away free veggie dogs. That's how Gene first started his activism by selling veggie dogs out of a VW van! Now I'm in his cook book... life is crazy.
Today at 7 pm we'll be on an episode of Your Beauty Fuel airing on Rogers TV London with the inspirational Rita Catolino. She's dedicated 2 whole episodes of her show to delicious vegan eating all courtesy of hot for food blog and tonight is all about savoury comfort foods like cauliflower buffalo wings, lentil chili cheese nachos, and easy mac & peas. We were so excited to be invited to her home to cook up lots of vegan love, because just look at her gorgeous kitchen!
If you don't catch the episode or can't get it where you live, read more about Rita's transformational health story and get the recipes we made here.
So you know how we've been contributing Meatless Monday recipe ideas to foodnetwork.ca a couple times a month? Well it's turned out to be a perfect little partnership, because now we get to make these exclusive recipes on live television!
The Morning Show on Global Television Toronto invited us to their studios to make this week's bright and delicious edamame mash sandwiches. They were a little reminder that spring is almost here!
We were happy to meet one of the co-hosts, Kris Reyes, who is as equally obsessed with good food as we are, but she just couldn't help asking us about gas... seriously! Watch the segment.
Today we were up dark and early at 4 am to get prepped for an appearance on Breakfast Television in Toronto. The rush and chaos of morning television is amusing. There's so much to remember and it's all over in a flash! But it's super fun and all part of our plan to make the whole world vegan.
Last year we heard host Dina Pugliese was trying to eat vegan so we sent her a starter kit with some of our fave staples like coconut fakin' bacon, cashew sour cream, chocolate chip almond butter cookies, and must-have ingredients like nutritional yeast. She loved it! So we were happy to connect again on live TV to talk about dairy substitutes. It's just a shame we didn't get to show everyone our famous vegan nacho cheese sauce.
Watch the full segment here.
This morning we had our first in depth conversation on the radio about veganism with Christine and Sharon the hosts of what she said! on siriusxm canada. Usually we only get a couple of minutes to get the message across, but the ladies were very veg-curious and we were able to really get into the myths and misconceptions of a vegan lifestyle. We even brought them some chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting to prove to them that eating vegan doesn't have to be bland and boring!
Today we made our first appearance together on live television in Toronto! When we arrived to The Morning Show on Global Television everyone behind the scenes was already buzzing about our cauliflower buffalo wings and when host, Rosey Edeh went in for her first bite we think her eyes popped out of her head. It was pretty entertaining! We also got to showcase some of our other favourite comfort foods like mac & cheese and gingerbread cookies, just in time for the holidays.
Check out the whole segment here.
We were so excited to be part of the first annual vegfest in London, ON! John and I did our first public talk about veganism and we called the 1 hour session "breaking vegan"! We're out to break all the misconceptions of what being vegan means and wanted to share with people all the great things that happen in your life when you make the choice to live compassionately and consciously.
We had a packed room with about 90 people, half of whom were actually omnivores! We loved that we were talking to veg-curious people who are making efforts to live healthier. We had great feedback, lots of questions, and it was so nice to meet tons of new people. A big thanks to Krista Kankula for organizing an awesome event and for extending the invite to hot for food blog. We hope to see you next year!
John and I have been excited for a vegan thanksgiving we can call our own since the first leaves started to turn. This will be our first ever thanksgiving as partners of hot for food blog and we got to celebrate by sharing our easy recipe ideas on CHCH Morning Live today! Host, Lesley Stewart is already a great healthy living ambassador and veg-curious foodie and couldn't get enough of our savoury quinoa stuffing and super easy pumpkin crumble stack for dessert.
Check out the clip below and start prepping your vegan thanksgiving dinner!
The 6th annual totally fabulous vegan bake-off went off without a hitch! I for sure thought someone would have passed out in a sugar coma. There were 60 bakers this year including one of the youngest to ever enter the bake-off. I had the honour of being a judge alongside chef and entrepreneur Doug McNish and city councillor Mike Layton. We had the very hard task (not really) of crowning best presentation, best amateur baker, and best professional baker. Which means I got to eat a total of 16 vegan treats to decide on the absolute best!
The big stand outs came from the pro side and a big congrats to Jennifer Bundock from apiecalypse now! vegan bakery and Amanda Somerville from through being cool vegan baking co. who crafted the top 3 entries. These are the 2 newest vegan bakers in toronto so it was nice to see them up there together. Their baking skills are certainly top notch so it made it especially hard to pick the best treat. Jennifer had 2 entries this year and both were in the finals, so that's got to tell you something. Her delicious nanaimo bars and sticky buns were totally worthy, but in the end we decided Amanda's pizza buns deserved the crowning achievement. They're just so addictive! Now that you're drooling, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and go check out these amazing toronto bakeries and stock up!