Kale Eatery

My friend Ali and I both share a special love for vegan, gluten-free, raw foods. When Ali told me about Kale Eatery, I was very excited to try it out.

Kale Eatery is probably the only place in Toronto where you can pile a plate high with stews, salads and slime, and feel great about eating it all.

We chose to eat from the salad bar. When colourful food stares me in the eye like that I just really don’t have the patience to order off an a la carte menu.

So this is Ali’s plate:

I am going to try my best to name everything on her plate from memory, from the top, going clockwise: green pea and cucumber salad, squash stew, cole slaw, portobello mushroom and egglant salad, steamed kale and broccoli with tofu miso dressing.

Now my plate:

Clockwise from the top: squash stew, tomato, avocado, and celery salad, portobello mushroom and eggplant salad, tofu, lentil, and leek salad, tofu miso dressing, herbed artichokes, and tofu curry salad in the center.

This place is delicious and nutritious — seriously. If you’re into this sort of thing then you should definitely pay Kale a visit. Although some of the salads were slightly under-seasoned for my taste buds, I have to cut the chefs some slack. It’s not easy making simple, raw food so tasty, and Kale’s selection of salads is pretty good.

You can find the menu on Kale’s website – check it out and let me know what you think.

Yours meatless-ly,

Elana

Strawberry Cheesecake with Golden Oreo Crust

I am really hoping this will be my last cheesecake post for a long time. I have made 5 cheesecakes in the last month and believe it or not, I might actually be getting sick of them.

But this cheesecake is a bit different from my last because it is made with golden oreos, which I think taste much better in the cake.

My sister Shauna wanted to make a cake for her boyfriend’s birthday, so I obviously offered to help. We were sort of limited in our options of what to make, he only likes two types of cake: ice cream cake and strawberry cheesecake.

We decided that replicating the Baskin Robbins ice cream cake is a feat we’d save for another time and that adapting the oreo cheesecake recipe I originally used was definitely a more feasible option.

The crust is made by using 25 oreos (with filling) and about 3/4 of a stick of melted butter.

We put 5 quartered oreos into the filling, unfortunately leaving no extra oreos to snack on 😦

We covered these up with more filling, baked the cake, decorated with strawberries and melted chocolate, and this was the end result.

Shauna said Richie liked it, but she said Richie’s younger brother liked it more — he ate three slices in one sitting — success!

Yours edibly,

Elana

(and I guess Shauna, too)