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Creamy Wild Vegan Mushroom Toasts

While some find peace in the act of cooking, others find cosiness in the eating. Whether you’re one or the other—or both—you’ll get a lift with these delightful recipes of the season. A harmony of colour combines pleasure with calm.

Blue—the halcyon colour of calm. Visually and emotionally, blue comes to us in a season when we begin hunkering down and snuggling in. Darkness lingers on the edge of daylight and nights are longer. It’s a time to think about “calming” foods—foods that give pleasure and peace. Cooking, in itself, can be calming—whether it’s through the hands that prepare, the scent it proffers, or the taste buds it nurtures. And in a kitchen where the action is coupled with delicious smells and tastes, the mood is anything but melancholy, especially when your favourite tunes are playing and you have a glass of wine in hand. Calm cooking—from the delicious scent of cooking garlic or sautéing mushrooms, to whisking a simmering soup or tucking a fork into a roasted yam, our calming blue-focused dishes bring new tranquility to your cooking repertoire.

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Creamy Wild Vegan Mushroom Toasts

Creamy Wild Vegan Mushroom Toasts

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Vegan Roots and Blues Bisque

Vegan Roots and Blues Bisque

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Blueberry Patch Salad with Curry Cashew Dressing

Blueberry Patch Salad with Curry Cashew Dressing

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Taqueria Tacos with Fish, Mango Salsa, and Tahini Coconut Sauce

Taqueria Tacos with Fish, Mango Salsa, and Tahini Coconut Sauce

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Roasted Jewel Yam Cakes with Blackberry Salsa

Roasted Jewel Yam Cakes with Blackberry Salsa

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Pea Flower Cheesecake Bites

Pea Flower Cheesecake Bites

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Pretty Chia Chocolates

Pretty Chia Chocolates

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Calming kitchen ideas

  • Bare feet in the kitchen— cool toes make for happy feet
  • Soothing or upbeat music—inspiring tunes
  • A bouquet of flowers— feel-good visuals
  • Keeping it simple— so no missteps
  • Podcast entertainment— stirring to the beat
  • Sipping a glass of wine—whetting the taste buds
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