Coconut yogurt: this time it worked!

I have been trying out different ways to make vegan yogurt, but so far all of my attempts have failed horribly. There is nothing fun about waking up to a weird and pungeant smell and realizing that it is the soy yogurt experiment that has gone wrong… really wrong!

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Last week however, I realized that I had some boxes of coconut milk in my pantry and that they were about to go bad. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to try making vegan yogurt again.

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Now, my budget this summer is pretty tight, so there was no way I was going to spend 50$ (and maybe more) on probiotic pills. I know that these little pills would mean that I would be able to make hundreds of batches of vegan yogurt, but no. I went to my trusted local health food store, and realized that they didn’t even have those pills. So, double no. They did have already made coconut yougurt however. After checking the ingredients and seeing the “live cultures” listed as part of the ingredients, I decided that I could spare this 6$ for my experiment.

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The process of making yogurt is fairly simple. You mix live cultures with your milk, stir everything well, let this sit overnight in a warm place, move everything to the fridge, and voila! I used to love making goat’s milk yogurt and kefir before going vegan, so my hopes were up on this coconut yogurt.

Here is what I used:

  • 1L coconut milk
  • 350g plain store-bought coconut yogurt (I used the one from Silk)

Here is what I did:

  1. In a large container, I mixed the coconut milk and the yogurt with a wisk until everything was homogenous.
  2. I covered the top of my container with a paper towel tied with a rubber band and placed it in my oven (with the light turned on).
  3. 12 hours later I moved the container to the fridge and let the yogurt set for 8 more hours.

The result? Well, you have two options here. The fattier part of the coconut milk yogurt will gatter to the top of your container and give you this incredibly thick and rich yogurt. The bottom part will be more liquid and perfect to add to smoothies. The first option is to keep these two phases separate and to enjoy the great diversity that this recipe gives you. The second option is to take out your trusty wisk and to wisk everything together. The result will be a smooth drinkable yogurt that is perfect for parfaits and smoothies. I have to say I did both and can’t believe how thick and creamy the top layer is.

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The taste of this yogurt is tangy with the slightest coconut aftertaste. It really is super smooth and so delicious. Now, for the next batch, just remember to keep 1 cup of already made yogurt that you will use as a starter. Infinite vegan yogurt, here we come!

Planning a fun date for Valentine’s Day \\\ Planifier une journée spéciale pour la Saint-Valentin

(version française plus bas!)

Valentine’s Day is coming! Probably the cheesiest holiday in the year, it’s still a great excuse to treat yourself and to tell people you love that you love them. That’s great in my book. Because I’m in major saving mode since the New Year’s, my Valentine’s day budget is pretty much set at 0$. And that is really exciting! Indeed, very exciting because it means that I’ll need to use my creativity and think outside of the box. So, here are a few ideas that you can put in place if you don’t want to go all red and pink, chocolate, roses and still share some love.

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  1. For your special lady or gentleman friend: What can be more romantic than some time spent in nature with your significant other? Bringing a hot beverage along! Granted, the weather needs to cooperate for this to be enjoyable, but considering that it’s not too cold, pouring rain or a complete blizzard outside, why not pack some hot chocolate, tea or coffee in a thermos, some mugs and go outside! The walk in itself can be a great occasion to talk and reconnect if you have been busy bees. Why not discuss your relationship, reminisce about your first dates, and just celebrate the time that you have spent together.
  2. For your special, significant friend: With time, most of my friends have moved too far away countries, got busy, and occasions to spend time together in person are harder to organize and far apart. Why not take some time to write them a handwritten letter? Go all out: use colors and get creative! Celebrate the important times in your relationship and take some time to say why your friend is so important and great.
  3. For your much-loved family members: Spend some time together! Why not organize a baking afternoon or make bath bombs with your parent or sibling? Put some music on, get making, and just talk. Time spent with family members is precious but really doesn’t need to be expensive. It can be a great occasion to try out something that your mom, dad, sister or brother enjoys doing: tag along to the gym, the workshop or in the kitchen.

Of course, these are three ideas that can be personalized to anyone. They were inspired by the important people in my life, but why not go on a walk’n’tea with your friends? I really hope you take Valentine’s Day as an occasion to be together and to make memories. Just be together and enjoy each other’s company! Happy Valentine’s Day!


La Saint-Valentin est là! C’est probablement la fête la plus quétaine de toutes les fêtes, mais c’est aussi une occasion de se faire plaisir et de dire aux gens qu’on aime, qu’on les aime. Et ça, c’est plutôt sympa! Parce que je suis en mode «super-economies» depuis le nouvel an, mon budget Saint-Valentin gravite autour de 0$. Et ça, c’est exitant! Premièrement parce que ça implique zero magasinage, et aussi parce que c’est le moment d’être créatif et de faire quelque chose d’unique. Voici quelques idées que vous pouvez facilement planifier si vous aussi vous voulez éviter de dépenser tout l’argent du monde, devenir rose et rouge, et être malade d’avoir mangé trop de chocolat.

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  1. Walk’n’tea: Qu’est-ce qui est plus romantique que du temps passé en nature avec votre moitié? Apportez une boisson chaude avec vous! Bon, c’est sur que s’il fait -20 000C, qu’il pleut des cordes ou que c’est le blizzard dehors, c’est peut-être pas la meilleure option. Si la température coopère, cependant, pourquoi pas mettre du chocolat chaud, du thé ou du café dans un thermos avec des petites tasses et aller dehors? La marche vous donnera l’occasion de vous parler, de vous souvenir de vos débuts et de célébrer le temps que vous avez passé ensemble.
  2. À vos crayons: Avec le temps, la majeure partie de mes amis a déménagé, est très occupée et les occasions de se voir sont rares et difficiles à planifier. Pourquoi ne pas prendre du temps pour écrire une lettre manuscrite? Sortez vos crayons de couleurs et soyez créatifs! Célébrez les moments importants de votre amitié et prenez le temps de leur dire pourquoi ils sont importants.
  3. Passer du temps ensemble: Pourquoi ne pas organiser une après-midi à cuisiner ou à faire des bombes de bain avec un parent ou une soeur? Mettez de la musique, gardez vos mains occupées, et parlez-vous! Le temps passé avec les membres de sa famille est précieux, mais n’a pas à être dispendieux. Ça peut aussi être une occasion d’explorer et d’essayer les passe-temps préférés de vos proches: suivez-les au gym, à l’atelier ou dans leur cuisine.

Bien entendu, ces idées peuvent être personalisées à toute personne. Pourquoi ne pas prendre une walk’n’tea avec une amie? J’espère que vous prendrez la Saint-Valentin comme une occasion de vous faire des nouveaux souvenirs avec les gens importants de votre vie. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!

Simple Curry (for busy nights)

This is the recipe I fall back on when I’m feeling like having some comfort food. It is very quick to make, looks impressive and is really delicious! It also makes for a great lunch!

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Here is what you need:

Part 1: The protein:

  • 1 cup TVP (texturized vegetable protein; I used big pieces. You can find this in Asian grocery stores or in health food stores.)
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp miso

Part 2: The sauce:

  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tbp corn starch
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce

Part 3: The vegetables:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil (you can replace this with some water)
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 zucchini squashes
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbs garram massala

Here is what you do:

  1. Dilute the miso paste in the warm water and place the TVP in so that it can soak up all the water. Put aside.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredients and put aside.
  3. In a large sauce pan, heat up the coconut oil, and stir the garlic and onion until golden and fragrant. Add the spices and give a good stir.
  4. Cut the zucchinis into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan. Mix well.
  5. Add the TVP and the remaining water and stir everything until well coated in spices.
  6. When everything is cooked and ready to serve, add the sauce ingredients and stir until the sauce becomes thick and glossy. Serve with warm rice or noodles.

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I really like this dish because I can pretty much make it with anything on hand: eggplant, chickpeas, mushrooms, tofu or even tempeh! It is also very easy to prepare and quite quick to make. It is supper flavourful and so comforting!

Let me know if you give it a try!