Nước chấm is a popular condiment and staple of Vietnamese food. It’s a multipurpose sauce, used as a dip for egg rolls, summer rolls, bún (rice noodle dishes), and lots more. It’s made with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and Thai bird chili peppers, but I haven’t had fish sauce in my pantry in a couple years. I’ve found that I can achieve similar flavors with plant-based umami sources – mushrooms, soy sauce, mushroom seasoning, vegan chicken boullion cubes,… Read more »

I’ve been meaning to make a blueberry coffee cake for a couple weeks now, but haven’t had the time. We’ve been out of town the past week, so the last few days were for getting recharged and back to the norm. I woke up early this morning, and made this blueberry coffee cake. I admit, it was pretty awesome being able to get this done before both of my baby girls were up! Let’s talk about this coffee cake! Not… Read more »

For those who know me, I love having people over to share a meal and entertain. When my husband was the Officer Rep for a student club over at the Naval Academy, it was pretty common for us to host a meal for up to 30 midshipmen at a time. I’m no stranger when it comes to cooking for a crowd, but our place was big back in Annapolis. It’s much smaller here in the Bay Area, but we still… Read more »

I’d be the first person to tell you that I LOVE donuts. Something about the fried, crispy exterior and cakey inside is my foodie weakness. Maple cake donuts, to be exact. There are no vegan donuts around where we are in the Bay Area, but if I go to Whole Foods earlier in the day, they have just what I need if I’m craving it – vegan maple cake donuts! Obviously, I can’t be eating donuts often. Even though foods… Read more »

This recipe is for my friend, Stella! I post frequently on Instagram (@this_veglife), more often than I do here. I haven’t had much time to do other stuff, since I had my baby towards the end of August, and meals as of late have been flash-prepared in a matter of minutes, with no time to write down recipes. When I posted a picture of this and Stella asked for the recipe, the pressure was on to start doing this recipe-writing… Read more »

We went to a Strawberry Festival the other week, and naturally, you buy tons of strawberries! I was back in the kitchen after an almost two-month hiatus (see previous post) and so glad to uncover these 4-inch tart pans from my baking arsenal. Because I moved to a new area, I spent a lot of time the past few weeks figuring out where to buy my groceries. I discovered a Mother’s Market nearby, and this vegan strawberry Jel seemed interesting… Read more »

I made these yesterday when I met up with my sweet and funny friends, Alexis and Sarah, and they told me I had to post the recipe to the blog. Well, here ya go, ladies! This turned out to be way better than running out to get donuts, because that would have been slightly out of the way. Ain’t nothing wrong with donuts, though! Maybe next time. 😉 These muffins are great – moist, not cloyingly sweet, fresh with bananas… Read more »