Incredible sauce for fancy vegan bowls \\ Sauce Incroyable!

This is our favourite sauce in the entire world! Well, at the moment at least! It’s perfect for dipping veggies or assembling your favourite ingredients into a fancy bowl. It’s sweet, savoury, nutty and just delicious! Plus, it super simple to prepare!

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Here is what you need for a week’s worth:

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs maple syrup
  • 4 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 4 tbs water
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit for 1 hour. Blend in your food processor or blender, or use your wand mixer to make this smooth and creamy. Keep in your fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

That’s it! It’s so ridiculously simple, yet so incredibly delicious! And if you’ve been to Aux Vivres in Montreal, this is a perfect dupe for their magical dragon sauce. Yeah. That’s right.

 

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Even the cat is excited 🙂 well… almost!

 


Pour tous les fans de la sauce dragon de Aux Vivres, voici ma version! Cette sauce est si délicieuse et si simple à préparer! Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1/2 tasse de levure alimentaire
  • 6 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 4 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 4 c. à soupe de tamari ou de sauce soja
  • 4 c. à soupe d’eau
  • 1 c. à soupe d’ail en poudre
  • 1 gousse d’ail émincée
  1. Mélanger tous les ingrédients et laisser reposer 1 heure. Mixer à l’aide de votre robot culinaire, mixeur ou mixeur à immerssion jusqu’à ce que la sauce soit onctueuse et homogène. Garder au frigo et ajouter à TOUS vos plats!

 

Where would I take Aida Mollenkamp?

I love food shows.

It is truly a blessing that we do not have cable TV because I would be glued to the food network day and night. I would become a scary TV addict and morph into my couch. How do I get my fix of food shows then? Simple: Youtube!

One of my favourite shows these days is Off Menu hosted by the gorgeous, knowledgeable and articulate Aida Mollenkamp. I love this show because it is only 15 minutes long, meaning that I don’t feel too guilty taking “Aida-pauses”. It is also great because every week she explores a different city with a local guide (huge food crush on Copenhagen… the city of course!) and gets to have three meals in very different settings ranging from street food to high-end restaurants.

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As I was watching different episodes something terrible dawned on me: nothing (or almost nothing) on her show is vegan! This realization made me think about where I would take her if she were to come to Montreal and choose me as a guide (a girl can dream, right?).

Without further ado, here is my script for her eminent visit (still dreaming…):

  1. We would start off our day at Café Venosa for their wonderful latté art and great cupcakes. Plus, I mean, the cats! Who wouldn’t want to start the day sipping a nice hot beverage with some fluffy friends around?
  2. Second option for breakfast, of course: Brunch at Aux Vivres. I don’t need to say anything else.
  3. We would then go up Saint-Laurent avenue and move to Kem Coba for a nice exotic fruit sorbet: soursop or mango ? Maybe both!
  4. Why not continue walking to get a nice lunch at Invitation V? My heart has something for their hot pot tray because the rice is seriously yummy, and it is so much fun to eat!
  5. Finally, why not end the day at the new Sushi Momo location? I am seriously super excited that they have a bigger place now because it means even more people will get to try out their amazing vegan sushi! Their creations are so unique and wonderfully packed with flavours, they seriously deserve all our attention!

So, this is where I would take Aida if she were to come to Montreal. It really sounds like an amazing and fun vegan day, so I might just experience it and pretend that I’m the fabulous host of my own exceptionally fun cooking show. That could happen, right?

Anyways, let me know where you would take your favourite cooking show host and why!

Perfect Brunch, an “Aux Vivres” review

Aux Vivres is kind of a no-brainer for Montreal based vegans. It holds a special place in my heart as I remember going in there a few months after they had opened and being amazed by their Dragon Bowl. Then, I remember my fun lunches with friends. I also remember multiple birthday celebrations, meetings and fun dates with my boyfriend.

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Romantic roses for Valentine’s Day!

This restaurant has changed so much since its opening. The first time I went to Aux Vivres, it was a little more that a hole in the wall. Now, they have three big sections, a terrace in the back and a separate store. You can also find their products all around the city (and even outside of the city) in different stores and cafes. Quite the success story!

So, on this very cold day (-35C… winter is definitively here!), we stepped out with my amazing (and sadly just visiting) sister-in-law for a nice vegan brunch.

Brunch at this restaurant is quite the event for me: special dishes, chai tea, but still access to all their regular meals. Amazing!

My sister-in-law went for the Huevos Rancheros plate which looked amazingly good with the great sweet potato wedges and black bean puree. She particularly liked the guacamole, but the silence coming from her corner is proof that this was particularly scrumptious.

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The amazing Huevos Rancheros plate

I also went for a brunch plate: The Polenta. I love this plate, and I have to admit that I always take this when we come for brunch. The polenta triangles have a great crunchy texture on the outside but are still creamy in the inside. I also am completely in love with their black bean puree and guacamole. I really enjoy this plate: the flavour combinations and freshness of the tastes are just amazing!

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The Polenta plate

The brunch plates also come with the choice of coffee or chai latte which is really spicy and comforting. Perfect for this cold day!

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Chai Latte

Finally, if you’re not really in for brunch, you must try their Dragon Bowl. This is the go-to option for my boyfriend. He really loves the sauce which has a great salty and slightly sour flavour. Filled with fresh veggies, sprouts, rice and topped with tempeh or tofu, it is very filling and also very satisfying.

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Dragon Bowl

If you are still hungry after this, I recommend trying the uncheesecake. A complete dupe for non-vegan cheese cake, this has a great creaminess and flavour. The berry topic is also quite nice and the crust is very satisfying. Beware that it is not gluten-free, but my sister-in-law still enjoyed it entirely.

If you are in Montreal, you have to try this restaurant out. It is a little bit pricey, but the food is amazing, the service is very friendly and the number of options just great!