Entries by Andy Cunningham

Apple cider vinegar

A staple in the vegan pantry, apple cider vinegar can add a sweet, sharp tang to your cooking. Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider which has been left to continue to ferment until acetic acid-forming bacteria turns the cider into vinegar. Filtered or Unfiltered-Which Type Should You Choose? Apple cider vinegar can be […]

Limes versus Lemons

I used to think that limes were just unripe lemons. I was wrong. Limes are a distinct species from lemons. They obviously taste different, and because of this, they are used differently in cooking. Both lemons and limes contain very high amounts of vitamin C. Incidentally, Green Cuisine makes a delightful lemon cheesecake as well […]

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers can be excellent on pizza, in sauces, stir-fries, curries and salads. Technically a fruit, bell peppers are treated as vegetables in cooking, as tomatoes are. Bell peppers come in a variety of colours, including green, yellow, orange, and red. All these colours are very charming, but do the colours make any difference? Yes the […]

Ginger

Ginger is a valued spice in the kitchen. It is a rhizome or root which can add a unique aroma and flavour to your dishes. Did you know that ginger is related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal? In addition to being a spice, ginger also has medicinal qualities. Ginger is Medicinal You can use ginger […]

Peanut Butter is Awesome

Peanut butter is one of my favourite foods. I prefer the all-natural peanut butter which contains no sugar or other additives. This wonderful vegan food is not only good for sandwiches or carrot sticks. I love to put liberal amounts of peanut butter in my oatmeal. I can even eat it out of the jar-that […]

Turmeric

Turmeric is a rhizome, and is a part of the ginger family. It actually resembles ginger to some extent. It is a staple in India and parts of Asia as a spice as well as medicine. Whether it is fresh or in powder form, turmeric is a bright yellow and if you get a turmeric stain […]

Kombu

What is Kombu?  Kombu is an edible kelp that is very popular is East Asia. In fact, the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans all have names for the same seaweed. Most of the kombu seaweed that you find in stores is grown in Hokkaido, Japan. It is grown on ropes in the sea. I mistakenly thought […]

Dates

Dates. Those sweet, tender morsels you can eat as dessert. I can eat so many of them, and they are like candy. Dates have been eaten for thousands of years in the Middle East and the Indus Valley. The flowering tree from which dates come from is called the date palm, and it is in the […]

Agave

Agave syrup is a natural sweetener which can be found in the heavenly vegan gelatos at Green Cuisine. Do you know where agave comes from? What is Agave? Agave is a succulent plant which is native to the hot, dry parts of Mexico, Southwestern United States, and South America. Of the many species of agave plants, […]

Stevia

The Sweetness That is Derived from Leaves Stevia rebaudiana, or Stevia, is a plant whose leaf contains a sweet substance that when extracted, can be 200-350 times sweeter than sugar. Thus, stevia extract is very potent, and just a relatively small amount will produce the desired sweetness. The sweet extracts of stevia, which are derived from the […]