Sis­ters share their ve­gan recipes

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - SARAH MOORE The Daily Press

if you’re look­ing to put some­thing new on your plate come din­ner time, how about an or­der of cauliflower buf­falo wings?

Per­haps a zuc­chini en­chi­lada boat with a maple up­side-down cake for dessert?

all of th­ese recipes and more can be found in a new cook­book re­cently re­leased by two women from the Tim­mins area – and they prom­ise, all of the meals are quick and easy to whip up.

it’s called the life­style note­book, and it was writ­ten, pho­tographed, de­signed and pub­lished by 24-yearold sis­ters Janelle and Josée Berthi­aume.

Janelle, an em­ploy­ment con­sul­tant at Col­lège Boréal in Tim­mins, and Josée, who teaches high school math and cook­ing in Ka­puskas­ing, de­cided to cre­ate the ve­gan cook­book about a year ago.

The two had al­ways hosted din­ner par­ties, where they would of­ten serve their own cre­ations, and even­tu­ally de­cided to com­pile their best dishes into a book for every­one in the com­mu­nity to try.

af­ter com­mit­ting to a plant-based diet a few years prior, they found that many of recipes they en­coun­tered were tax­ing to du­pli­cate and of­ten in­cluded some­times hard-tofind items.

The Berthi­aumes wanted to of­fer a so­lu­tion to that prob­lem for those in the com­mu­nity look­ing to eat more ve­gan dishes.

“a lot of ve­gan cook­books are very com­pli­cated with com­pli­cated recipes, and this is not com­pli­cated, and the in­gre­di­ents are ac­ces­si­ble and not very ex­pen­sive,” said Janelle.

her sis­ter, Josée, also noted that all of the in­gre­di­ents can be found lo­cally in north­east­ern On­tario.

“i live in Ka­puskas­ing, so i had in mind, my gro­cery store when i was do­ing this,” she said. “since we only have one store in Kap, i thought, if we could find ev­ery­thing in Ka­puskas­ing, we’re good.”

The book was re­leased on dec. 3 at a lo­cal eatery in Tim­mins.

The sis­ters say they have sold about 200 books so far and have re­ceived a great deal of sup­port on the project.

“a lot of my stu­dents are su­per ex­cited for me, and the re­sponse has been awe­some from them, which is great,” said Josée. “it’s kind of sur­real. We would have never ex­pected all of this.”

The sis­ters also point out that although they are ve­g­ans who have cre­ated a ve­gan cook­book, those who eat meat and dairy can cer­tainly still en­joy their meals, as well.

“They can see for them­selves if it’s some­thing they want to con­sider. i’m not try­ing to change peo­ple or make peo­ple ve­gan, but even if they eat one plant-based meal, that’s some­thing,” said Janelle. “But take it for what you will. if you like the recipe as is, that’s fan­tas­tic! But, you can al­ways adapt it to what­ever your needs are.”

she also stressed that the cook­book isn’t a way to pro­mote a cer­tain life­style, it’s just about of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent meal op­tions.

“We’re the only ones in our fam­ily who are ve­gan — we come from a fam­ily of hun­ters and trap­pers,” Janelle said, laugh­ing. “so, we’re not there to push our views on other peo­ple; we just want to open peo­ple’s eyes by hav­ing them try our food.”

While there are many health-con­scious recipes in the book, there’s also a fair share of more in­dul­gent op­tions.

“Just be­cause you’re ve­gan, that doesn’t mean that you are just eat­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles ev­ery day,” said Josée, not­ing there are a wide va­ri­ety of desserts and com­fort foods like pizza in the book, too. While this is cur­rently a pas­sion project for the sis­ters as they both hold full-time jobs (and joke that the profit mar­gins on a self-pub­lished book are noth­ing to write home about), they en­cour­age any­one with a sim­i­lar goal to go for it.

“don’t let peo­ple’s com­ments stop you from do­ing what you want to do, try it out,” said Josée. “now, one of my stu­dents want to self-pub­lish a book, too, so i’ve been show­ing him the soft­ware. he was like, ‘This is so cool, i’ve al­ways wanted to make a book!’ so i love hear­ing stuff like that.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, recipes or to pur­chase a copy of the book, visit the blog, http://the­lifestylenote­book.blogspot.ca.

SARAH MOORE/THE DAILY PRESS

Two sis­ters from Tim­mins and the sur­round­ing area, Josée Berthi­aume, left, and Janelle Berthi­aume, re­cently re­leased a new ve­gan cook­book which they pub­lished them­selves. The 24-year-olds ti­tled the book the Life­style Note­book and it can be pur­chased in Tim­mins and on­line.

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