Easy stuffed baked apples + a giveaway!

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

These past few months have been a whirlwind of emotions. We’ve been on the hunt for a new house, and for those who have experienced what it’s like to try to buy a house in an already-overpriced market in a sought-after city, well, you probably understand how tough it can be.

We’ve lived in our “starter” home for the last six years, doing one renovation after another. After our last large reno, which involved adding a sunroom addition on to the back of the kitchen that served as my photo studio, we realized we’re ready for something new. Don’t get me wrong—I love our little house—but we’re starting to get the itch for something new, maybe (hopefully) a little closer to the downtown core.

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

We’ve had our heart set on a particular area in the east end of Toronto for some time now, but never thought we’d be able to afford it. The bidding wars here are kind of insane—most houses are priced low to attract attention and then end up in bidding wars with a sale price at least $100,000 over asking. It kind of blows my mind.

The experience parallels speed dating in many ways: a house goes on the market on a Tuesday, for example, and then you have to look at it and decide if you’re willing to bid on it before they take offers the following Tuesday. In other words, you see it, chat for 30 seconds, and decide whether you’re ready for marriage (not just a second date). Over the last three months, we have fallen in love with and then subsequently lost three houses to higher bidders.


Kathy’s sweet potato spice frozen latte

Well, I guess you can consider this the seasonal transition post. Just two weeks ago, I was sharing a summery lemon poppy seed ice cream recipe, and now we’re welcoming autumn with this sweet potato spice latte. I’m not complaining, mind you. I love autumn. And sweet potato. My friend Kathy Hester’s latest cookbook hit...


Sugar-free lemon poppy seed ice cream

I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you all summer, but due to a hectic freelance schedule, obligatory summer events, book work and house stuff, I didn’t get around to final testing until now. But for this, the wait was worth it. Ice cream season isn’t over just yet even though Toronto’s weather lately might say...

DIY Vegan cover

DIY Vegan pre-order news!

It’s here! Well, almost. It’s been just about two years since Lisa and I started on the journey of creating a 272-page cookbook—planning, writing, creating, testing, retesting, photographing, editing and proofreading—and here we are, mere weeks away from launching our baby, DIY Vegan. While the book officially becomes available at bookstores near you at the end of...

I was going to start off this post by telling you how amazing these cookies are, but I’m sure you’ve heard other cookie recipes make similar promises, right? Like me, you probably consider chocolate chip cookies to be a bit of an indulgence, meant only for those times when you deserve them. But some days you just need...