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As a vegan chef, cooking instructor and food consultant, I am blessed to share my passion for international flavors, a compassionate world, optimal health and healing. You can't have one without the others because they are all interconnected. My culinary journey started in the South of France where I was born, then took me through Europe, onto America, then Asia and South America. I grew up eating delicious rich food my grandmother made (think creamy white and wine sauces) and fresh Mediterranean dishes my mother prepared. My family was by no mean vegetarian or vegan but we weren’t big meat eaters either. This being said, I must confess that I have had my fair share of strange things being served as food as I grew up! But I soon came to realize that it was the sauces, the marinade that tasted so good and that they could have just as well been poured over bread or tofu and it would have been just as good. You know how certain songs bring back a memory of where you were and who you were with when you heard them? Well, I seem to have a memory of food attached to pretty much every place and profound moment I have experienced in my life. It was the way love was shared and cherished all through my life so I am continuing the tradition! But the love is even more healing when there is no pain and sufferings attached to it. Be vegan, it is good for your health and the only sustainable diet for the planet.
Vegan Low-fat coconut macaroons

Low Fat Vegan Coconut Macaroons

Vegan coconut macaroon are a great low-fat replacement of the traditional macaroons because they are eggless and don’t contain any dairy products. So in this case you can have your macaroon and eat it too! If you are ever tired of chocolate chip cookies and want something a little less sweet and more exotic, go for eggless […]

Vegan Tuna Salad

Quick and Easy Vegan Tuna Salad

Every now and then, I feel like having a tuna salad or a tuna melt. But how could I make a tuna melt without tuna? Very easily, actually.  And I never have to worry about bones, mercury poisoning, innocent dolphins being caught and killed as collateral damage from the large nets that are used to capture […]

Vegan Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Vegan Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Why would a vegan, ever care to create a vegan Philly cheese steak sandwich? Even though I have had my fair share of food containing animal parts and by-products while growing up in France, I must confess that I have never tasted a steak sandwich during my carnivorous years in the US. For some reason, it didn’t appeal […]

French Mushroom Tart

Wild Mushroom Tart

One of the great advantage of living in the Northwest is the availability of wild mushrooms almost all year around! I had some friends over and wanted to feature them in a classy way. So I adapted an old classic French recipe tart made with mostly caramelized onions and incorporated the mushrooms. The result was […]

Homemade vegan dog treats

Yummy Vegan Dog Treats

I have bought dog cookies and treats for years until I tried making my own and since, I never went back to the store version. I know what’s in them, I can vary the recipe depending on what I have on hand. Our 3 furry kids love peanut butter!  I usually make a big batch […]

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Thumbs Up for The UK!

You win some, you lose some… This seems to be Monsanto‘s new motto !  They sure have been in the news a lot lately! While Whole Foods and others have surrendered to the GMO king in the US, the Daily Mail, a British newspaper reported that the UK and Europe succeeded in no less than […]

Whole Foods Abandons Fight for GMO Labelling

Whole Foods No Longer Supports GMO Labelling

  Sorry for the bad news folks, but the largest retailer of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ foods in the US just gave up fighting against GE crops (a.k.a Genetically Modified organisms or GMO). Now, why would a giant like Whole Foods, the champion of all things natural and healthy would do such a thing? Well, they […]

Vegan beet soup

Vegan Borscht – Beet Soup

I woke up early this morning to discover my garden covered by a thick blanket of snow. Every little branch had a layer, every item was covered perfectly. It was a scene straight out of a Japanese garden in the winter. Breathtaking! For some reason, all I could think about was making a nice borscht, […]

Homemade Fried Rice

Quick Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable fried rice is a great dish to make when you have some left over rice and vegetables in the fridge. It can be made in less than 15mn!  This great Chinese classic was probably created to make sure that nothing in the kitchen was wasted. Folks in the South of China turned their leftovers […]

Homemade slippery Elm cough syrup

HOMEMADE SLIPPERY ELM COUGH SYRUP

This is flu season and if you ever feel the beginning of a cold or of a sore throat, reach for this easy to make healing syrup. I always have readily available for the family,  just in case! I don’t know about you but the stuff I find in drugstores not only tastes nasty and usually […]

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