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#160 The Case of Wishing You a Magical Christmas!

Happy New Year as well!

2016 will certainly bring new things. We know that. One change has already been announced by Blogger. It will affect you and me both if you keep up with Vegetarian Detective using Google Friend Connect. Parent company Google has announced that to continue Google Friend Connect service you will have to have a Google account.

I have a suggestion if you don't want to open a Google account. Sign up to follow Vegetarian Detective by email. I follow other blogs by email and I don't get anything more than what I asked for—notification of and links to new blog posts.

Dear reader, I hope I won't lose you in 2016. Each and every reader is important to me and I hope to continue to grow and improve and provide you with interesting content for years to come. All the best to you!

I leave you with the essential elements of Blogger's notification and a link to the entire post.

So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that wi…

#159 The Case of Zucchini Lemon Parsley Pesto Salad

4 medium zucchini, trimmed and peeled down to the white flesh
1/2 cup grated Parmesan 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups loosely packed fresh parsley 1/4 cup lemon zest salt pepper 1/4 cup olive oil I/4 teaspoon chilli pepper flakes
With a spiralizer, turn the zucchini into zoodles.
In a blender, pulse together the Parmesan, garlic, fresh parsley, lemon zest and salt to taste.
Gently toss the zoodles with the olive oil and then the parsley mixture.
Twirl the salad onto plates using tongs and grind pepper on top to taste. Sprinkle with chilli pepper flakes.
Serve immediately.
Serves 4.
Becki
PS Orange Mint Pesto is a fab dressing too! PPS Buttons for sharing are below.

#158 The Case of Arugula Salad with Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Arugula Salad
4 handfuls of arugula
Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette (below)

Toss the arugula with the Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette, which is an adaptation of my Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette.

Makes 4 side salads.

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1/2 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
salt
pepper

Whisk or shake together the lemon juice, olive oil, agave syrup, mustard and Parmesan.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 3/4 cup for 4 side salads.

Becki

The Case of World's First Simultaneous Google+/Facebook A KILLER NECKLACE Launch Party!

This Saturday, Oct 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

On a computer or mobile device near you!

You—plus as many guests as you want to invite—are invited to chat with authors and win e-books at the Google+ (http://ow.ly/T8ldP) side of the launch of Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre's A KILLER NECKLACE: Fashionation with Mystery Book 2.

Doesn't matter if you have or haven't read A PURSE TO DIE FOR: Fashionation with Mystery Book 1. In fact, that first mystery in the series will certainly be one of the prizes.

At this party, chat with Cynthia but also chat with and ask questions of special guest mystery/suspense authors 'appearing' from around the world:
1:30 p.m. Lorna Gray (Italy)—author of FINDING DAYLIGHT
2:00 p.m. Patti Phillips (U.S.A.)—author of KERRIAN'S NOTEBOOK
2:30 p.m. Nanci Pattenden (Canada)—author of DEATH ON DUCHESS STREET

Sara Onnebo (Sweden)—author of VARGEN I TULISAARI will drop in if/when she can.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Canada)—author of DIVINE INT…

The Case of Red Pepper Soup (Trick or Treat)

First the Treat

Picture update for Red Pepper Soup above.

Now the Trick

I heat it up right in the blender!

Yeah!

I have one of those high-speed blenders that has a soup function. The concept is that the blades are whirring so fast they create heat.

How do I avoid warming the soup above 118ºF?

Very carefully.

I have this battery-operated electronic meat thermometer that I bought at Ikea and the probe is at the end of a long, thin conduit. I hang the probe into the blender by the conduit and I secure it with the blender lid so that there is NO WAY the probe can descend into the blades. (This is not in any way condoned by Ikea.)

Too much information that I also wrap part of the conduit in masking tape so that I don't get it covered in Red Pepper Soup? Anyway...

CAUTION! WARNING!

This is important—did you read the above suggestions with extreme care?

I even hold on to the conduit while I'm blending because blenders create vortexes like tornadoes, don't they?

Becki

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The Case of A KILLER NECKLACE Cover Reveal

Who is the dead woman at the bottom of the stairs? When Weather Network star Gina Monroe arrives in Black Currant Bay for her wedding shower, all is bliss. But happiness turns to horror when Gina and close friend Becki find the hostess with her head bashed in. Strange things come to light when Gina and Becki are asked to sort through the dead woman’s belongings. Just who was this woman? And why did frumpy Louisa have a closet full of vintage couturier clothes? As the investigation continues, the danger increases. Arson reveals the hiding place of a fabulous sapphire necklace, which leads to more questions and ramps up the risk for Gina and Becki. A killer is determined to keep the identity of the dead woman a secret—even if it means killing again. ♥ Becki PS Coming very soon! PPS Please share. Buttons are below. Thanks.

The Case of Fajitas

Fajitas

Grilled Veggies, sliced
2 204-g-packages of 6 small corn tortillas
sour cream
Guacamole (I'll share my recipe for Guacamole in an upcoming post.)

Serve up everything buffet style. I swear you'll never miss the meat!

Serves 4.

Becki

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The Case of Creamy Chocolate Pudding

The results of my social media Chocolate Pudding Picture Poll are in and you overwhelmingly like your chocolate photos close up! Here is the winning shot in all its lusciousness!
Creamy Chocolate Pudding

1 avocado
1/4 cup cacao
3/8 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp vanilla

In your blender, blend all the ingredients until creamy.

Refrigerate the pudding covered for at least 30 minutes.

Pipe into dessert dishes.

Serves 2.

Becki

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#152 The Case of Spicy Hummus Picture Update

So here I am posting a pic of Spicy Hummus after all. Dig in!
Becki

The Case of Vegetarian Detective in Italy

Buon giorno! I feel like a snob saying, "I'm just back from Italy." That's me: jetsetter. Yeah, right! But wow...Italy! I could talk up a storm, and I surely will as I adjust to being back here, six time zones from magnificent Italia. I often ask people who've just travelled what was their favourite part of their trip. If I ask the same of myself, my answer is seeing Michelangelo's sculptures. His Pietà and The Statue of David literally moved me to tears. I just can't believe I saw "him" in person! So...our plane from Toronto was delayed six hours and we missed the first day of activities, but we still visited Rome, Montecatini, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Vinci, Florence, Cinque Terre and Assisi. Quite the agenda for ten days, including the two flight days, wouldn't you say? But Trafalgar made it work. I would go on a Trafalgar trip again in a heartbeat. Things I learned in Italy: In the regions we visited anyway, large rimmed plates are not used…

#149 The Case of Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Since my Chocolate Banana Smoothie appeared on the website of author Karen Doctor/K.L. Doctor, I updated it to taste lighter and more refreshing than ever!

1 banana
1/2 cup cashew milk
2 tablespoons Sunwarrior raw vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon raw agave syrup
8 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, in the order given, and blend.

Serves 1.

Becki

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The Case of Lemon Broccoli Soup

Lemon Broccoli Soup

2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb broccoli florets and stems (peeled and coarsely chopped)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
3 rounded tsps (for 3 cups) vegetable bouillon powder
water
1/2 cup light coconut milk
pepper

In a covered pot, simmer the garlic, broccoli, onion, lemon juice and zest, vegetable bouillon powder, and water to barely cover, until the vegetables are tender.

Blend and return to the pot.

Stir in the light coconut milk.

Grate pepper on top to garnish.

Serves 2.

Becki

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Happy Valentine's Day and The Case of Red Pepper Soup

The next step beyond vegetarianism is veganism. I want to take it.

Even if I believe that it's possible to enjoy milk and butter and cheese without cruelty to the animals that provide them, I also believe that in our mass-market society, the norm is not cruelty-free dairy.
The next step beyond veganism is the raw food movement and it is utterly intriguing to me—the theory that vitamins, minerals and especially digestive-friendly enzymes are preserved by not heating food above 118ºF. Besides, when I eat raw I feel wonderful afterward. That's good enough for me!

Follow along with me as I continue to search for ways to eat healthy, delicious food in a cruelty-free and environmentally friendly way. I know that I'll take a few steps that make it seem like I'm moving backward. Perhaps when I crave a recipe like my Butternut Squash Risotto, that's vegetarian but not vegan or raw. But this is a life journey after all. A fabulous adventure, not a race. And certainly not a comp…

Happy New Year and The Case of Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Oh it's entirely possible to make ooey-gooey Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches!

There are three tricks to making Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches taste even better than traditional grilled cheese.

The first is to use delicious bread. Skip the white sandwich bread slices. Easy right? You'll find tons of inventive and tasty loaves out there. 

The second is to add moisture. My only fault with meat and cheese replacement products is that they tend to be dry. I know the reason for that is they don't have all the fat that their real counterparts contain, and low fat is okay by me, but I want a moist mouth-feel, don't you? That's why I sandwich diced tomatoes right in.

The last trick is to grill or bake/broil your sandwiches instead of pan-frying them. So much crispier on the outside!

Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

4 slices Cranberry Walnut Loaf
Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Stick (softened)
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
pepper
4 Daiya Provolone Style Sl…