Thursday, March 30, 2017 the Great Picky Bake Off! (Part 1)

By Giselle Wedemire

Some TV shows just pull you in and refuse to let you go until they’ve left an indelible mark on your life. They seep into your pores and your brain, and they augment bits of your personality and how you view the world.

For example, The Office changed me into the kind of person who can never not say "That’s what she said" in any situation that could be misconstrued as suggestive, and Mad Men altered the way I look at advertising. Now, I’m always coming up with new and better taglines for everyday products and snarkily yelling, “Thanks, Don!” whenever I come across a really WTF-inducing ad on TV.

The latest show to have a significant effect on me has been the BBC’s gem of a show, The Great British Bake Off. I started watching this on a whim when I found the first season on YouTube while browsing for British shows to watch while I was fighting the Cold From Hell last winter. Since then, Mr. Picky Bitch and I have fallen in love with Bake Off and have burned through every single season and episode to date.

Between the immense support that the show's bakers give one another to the lack of the usual reality cooking show stresses, Bake Off is a masterpiece to behold even if you are an ardent hater of reality TV.

While it's quickly become one of our favourite TV shows, I'm always kind of miffed that no contestants have been vegan bakers, so I decided to have my own informal, vegan version of Bake Off in my own home last fall. I called it the Great Picky Bake Off, and over the course of 10 weekends, I challenged myself to create vegan bakes that would fill each of the usual Bake Off themes/categories.

This post is very picture-heavy (and is definitely a long time coming), so bear with me as I review the deliciousness that went down during the first five weeks of the Great Picky Bake Off.

Week 1: Tray Bakes

I've been trying to perfect vegan brownies since I first became vegan nearly six years ago. My Holy Grail brownie is on the fudgier side, and I was always on the lookout for recipes that might closely replicate the gooey, decadent, walnut-topped brownies they sold at the movie theatre I used to frequent as a kid.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Vegan Ben & Jerry's comes to Canada!

By Giselle Wedemire

Big news, Canadian vegans: as of Feb. 27, pints of Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream have hit store shelves across the country. But before you throw on some decent pants and run to your nearest grocer, pump your brakes and drive slow, homie, because there’s a possibility that your neighbourhood store might not stock these niche items yet.

In Calgary, I’ve heard that only select Walmart locations are currently carrying the new dairy-free B&J flavours – and even then, the flavour selection might be limited. Surprisingly, my neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart had jumped on the dairy-free band wagon. However, that store only carried the P.B. & Cookies flavour, and it wasn’t included in the BOGO deal they were running on all other B&J pints, which induced major sad faces in me and Mr. Picky Bitch.