Instant Pot Adventures with Lizzie: Chili

The Instant Pot might just be my favourite small appliance next to my standmixer. Igor and Clara are not only making my life easier, but they are speeding up my meal prep. Yup, I named my small appliances. I also name my live cultures. It’s that kinda blog. For many years I was told that…

Say Cheese. Lizzie’s Adventures in Vegan Cheese Making

Next on my list for kitchen witchery is making the ultimate Vegan cheese. As many Vegans will confess, cheese was the last thing they gave up before becoming a full Vegan. I am one of those people. Even years after becoming Vegan, I would get these mad cravings for a double cheese pizza and so…

Under Pressure!

When my slow cooker broke a few months back, I swore I wasn’t going to replace it and convinced myself that I would just use my cast iron dutch oven instead. Who was I kidding? Seriously!  I was able to trick myself into thinking this at that time because it was spring and warming up…

Philly Cheeeeeze Steak

As a vegan, one of the things that used to gross me out was seeing the horrible sign above a certain establishment that made Philly Cheese Steaks.  It turned me off. Then when my partner explained what was inside of a Philly Cheese Steak, I figured… why not Veganize it! So I did. Below are…

Meet Clara Bow

Where have I been you ask? Oh, I’ve just been over in a corner of my kitchen drooling over the newest addition and something I have been wanting for a very long time… my KitchenAid stand mixer. Oh… and by the way, I named her Clara Bow. Why? Because, just like the real Clara, she is…

Lizzie’s Kombucha Adventures in brewing the brew

Three weeks ago, I started to grow a baby SCOBY. She is all grown up now and ready to brew! Everyone, please meet Morticia!  Yes, I named my SCOBY. If you’ve been following my blog posts, you will see that I also named my sourdough starters. These are living organism and they deserve names.  …

Lizzie’s Kombucha Adventure — SCOBY baby adventures

No… I’m not pregnant.  I haven’t had a child and named him/her SCOBY. Nope. What’s happening in Lizzie’s Lair you ask.  A new science experiment. That’s right folks, I’m growing my own SCOBY so I can start brewing Kombucha. Like the sourdough, I have been researching the crap out of this. I think for anyone…

Butter me up, Vegan style

Another step towards to being processed food free is to cut out store bought, processed condiments. The last few things on my list to learn how to make are Vegan butter, Vegan sour cream, Vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard and also tofu, Vegan yogurt and tomato paste. The one thing I will likely keep buying is…

Lizzie’s Breadmaker Buns!

No. This isn’t click bait. You can actually make buns in your breadmaker. Well, the dough for the buns. The breadmaker does all the work of kneading for you. Then once the dough is ready, all you need to do is divide the dough, shape it, then let it rise a bit and bake!  I…

Lizzie’s Basic Seitan Sausage Recipe

Where do you get your protein they ask. You can’t get vitamin B12 from plants they say. I get my daily limit of both right here! No animals were harmed or consumed. Raise your hand if you are tired of being asked that question. I have been making Seitan Sausages for many years and this…

Lizzie’s Black Bean Burger Recipe

I finally made a grillable burger recipe!  Yeah!  Do you know how frustrating it is to take your hand-formed, beautifully looking burger patties out to the BBQ and have them fall apart!  So, very, frustrating.   These burgers can be grilled (though I suggest a grill pan of some sort, they may stick to the…

Sourdough Bread Baking Round #2

After making my first loaf of sourdough bread I was away for a few weeks. I was initially worried that my starters may not survive without a weekly feeding but they were fine. I feed Wilma and Fred and they immediately jumped to life.  It was such a glorious feeling. Yesterday I started my second every…