The disaster that was my August

August took a bit of a weird turn. Let me start from the last time I posted.

When I posted my taco recipe on August 16, I was actually on vacation. I thought I’d be able to write up a bunch of content ahead of time. I’d just sold my 12-year-old car for scrap, quit one of my dance teaching jobs and was looking forward to a less stressful year.

And then the universe was like, “Hah, that’s cute.”

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Breeviews: Oh She Glows Everyday

Is Angela Liddon’s follow-up cookbook a watered-down snore, or a must-have kitchen essential? Short answer: both.

officialcoverosgeverydayWhen I bought Oh She Glows in 2014, I was new-ish to veganism, but not to Angela Liddon’s work. For years, I’d followed her journey from a veggie-curious amateur cook to one of my favourite vegan authors on the web. She could make you feel like she was your girlfriend, your sister, your sweet co-worker who was always bringing oatmeal cookies in.

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Vegan nighttime routine: My longtime go-tos

Night Routine

If you asked my partner, he’d probably tell you that my “nighttime routine” involves reluctantly washing my face and then falling asleep on the couch while watching a rerun of Rick and Morty/Brooklyn Nine-Nine/The Office/something equally silly. However, for the past year or so I’ve actually been trying harder to get a more definitive nighttime routine down because helping myself actually ease into sleep and relaxation makes it way easier for me to fall asleep. Continue reading


Crispy cauliflower tacos with avocado slaw

cauliflower tacos

Is there anything easier, more fun and more colourful than taco night? Probably. But dammit, I’ll still get hella excited for taco night, because the possibilities are always endless with tacos.

A couple months ago in Toronto we went through a cauliflower crisis. Scary stuff. Basically, cauliflower, one of the cheapest (and most nutritious) vegetables out there became impossible to find and very expensive when you could find it.

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No-banana berry soft serve

no banana soft serve

Don’t hate on me: I’m not the biggest fan of banana ice cream.

Which might seem crazy coming from a girl who has a banana in every smoothie, who was addicted to banana Popsicles growing up, who would fake sick just to get banana penicillin and whose nickname was — surprise — Breanna Banana. Yes, I do sing the high praises of bananas.

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Roasted cabbage with creamy sriracha dressing

roasted cabbage

One thing I love about travelling for work is all the new food to try. This year was my second time travelling to Santa Monica for our company’s conference and marketplace, and I was lucky enough that Jarrod came with me, too!

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Vegan 101: Smoky heirloom tomato and carrot sauce

tomato sauce

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Urban Garlic. I’ve been making more food than ever, taking more pictures than ever, and having more fun than ever. This blog is now more lined up with how I’m living my life — and life is exciting right now!

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What’s in my (vegan) bag: Ballet class edition

WIMB Ballet

If you’ve known me for five minutes, you probably know that I’m a dancer. I’ve been dancing since I was 11 years old and I’ve never really stopped. I also teach dance at a few different studios, which keeps me feeling so happy and connected to the art.

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Aqua-fabulous peanut butter cookies

Peanit Butter Cookies

I have a feeling that joke has probably been made a ton now, but in the immortal words of Eric Cartman, wha-evah, wha-evah, I do what I want!

I’m a bit late to the aquafaba train, but I’m making up for it lately. One of the reasons I was hesitant to post any aquafaba-based recipes is because I’m never sure how much I want to contribute to growing “superfood” trends. I’d hate to see the price of canned chickpeas skyrocket because people suddenly believe the brine in it can, like, cure cancer or something.

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Female vegan influencers that I love (and so should you)

Vegan Role Models 3

It’s always important to throw a nod to the masters — and these nine amazing women are currently some of my biggest vegan inspirations.

When I started out as a vegan I only knew of the “big” vegan blogs out there like Oh She Glows and Thug Kitchen. I knew of some vegan YouTubers, but they weren’t my style. So for the most part, veganism was very private and personal — just me and some books.

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