Compassionate Consumption: Cherry Tomato and Chickpea Stir-fry

Compassionate Consumption: Cherry Tomato and Chickpea Stir-fry

With summer on the wane and fall around the corner, thoughts turn to hearty rib sticking foods that remind us of northern winter days when the snow swirls and the crisp cold air leaves its mark on the rosy cheeks of children and adults alike. But before we get to the time when we must buy all of our fruits and veggies in the cold, over wrapped packages and industrialized aisles of the supermarket, we have an opportunity to gather …

Sweet Potato rice – Plant Based and Vegan Goodness

Sweet Potato rice – Plant Based and Vegan Goodness

I am a fair to middling cook/baker and have been known on occasion to experiment, depending on what is in my cupboard and fridge at the time. When I feel like cooking, I usually make three of four dishes at a time so that I can enjoy the convenience of having on hand what my daughter lovingly used to refer to as “leftunders”.  This is especially true at holiday and special occasion time when I am putting together menus and …

Baked Apples and Other Goodies

Baked Apples and Other Goodies

I have always had an interest in baking and cooking. I remember when I was a girl of thirteen making bread and cinnamon rolls every Saturday with littlest sister. It was an all day affair and I must admit to using said littlest sister as the clean up gal. Not proud of it, but I think (hope) that she has forgiven me by now.

In the early days of our relationship, I made a cherry pie for my now husband and …

Quinoa and Bean Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa and Bean Stuffed Peppers

If you live in North America as I do, fall is in the air. That crisp smell of leaves turning on the trees, the cool early mornings and  evenings and  the autumn crops coming in signal the unmistakable change of the season and the impending winter. Strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers and tomatoes  give way to nature’s bounty of colorful squashes, apples, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, onions and the last of the summer peppers.

Cooks and diners alike turn their thoughts to hearty …

Veganism: A Universal Truth and Collaborative Effort

Veganism: A Universal Truth and Collaborative Effort

While developing and writing for my website over the nearly last two years, I have come to understand that veganism is not a lifestyle, a belief, a fad, a diet, a personal choice or any of the labels used to describe a way of living and being that many still think of as extreme. This way of living and being on this earth is born of the horrific and undeniable facts surrounding our cruel meat eating cultures that have fostered …

Veganic (Stockfree) Farming at La Ferme de L’Aube, by Jimmy Videle

Veganic (Stockfree) Farming at La Ferme de L’Aube, by Jimmy Videle

It started as an idea. Two people wishing to change their lives, find themselves, find balance, security, something tangible. A renewal of sorts and what better place than the great island of Hawaii. It was there, under the watch of the smoking volcano, red lava dripping into the ocean, new land being created, that our relationship was forged, a coming together based on a premise of discovery, truth and working with the land. As Pele’s volcano cooled and black terrain …