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Vegan, Gluten, and Lactose Free… Oh Yes, That’s YUMMY and Amourous!

Vegan Aioli

If I asked you to indulge in an appetizer or snack that is vegan gluten and lactose free AND is actually very good for you? What would you think or say?

I had met with the famed Canadian food personality, an incredibly talented cookbook author Bonnie Stern. I think it was some 6 to 10 years ago… She kindly met with me to discuss where to take my career at the time. What a kind , caring, and wonderful person to take the time out of her busy schedule. We were talking about some classes I had planned and I told her I named one of them “Like that Lycopene!” She very tactfully suggested that I might want to change the title, as lycopene wasn’t exactly an appetizing term and not so fetching to fill a class. I remember she put the point across with humour. Made me really think. I don’t think Bonnie realized that she had a profound effect on the future planning of my titles of recipes and classes. Now I take heed when using healthful descriptions like lycopene, gluten, lactose and the like.

This aïoli recipe developed for my recent vegetarian class had me reminiscing about that conversation.

It tastes so very close to the beloved authentic French-like egg and oil mayo version. The vegan, lactose, and gluten free tag seems a bit unjust. You can whip this luscious silky dip, dressing, or perhaps a spread together in no time. Serve with fresh summer veggies, with maybe a crusty French baguette, or a topping for vegan burgers. This preparation tastes rich but you won’t feel uncomfortable if you eat the whole thing. Word of caution, be prepared to do some finger dipping as the aroma is intoxicating. Oh Yah!! Come to think of it, raw vegetables, crusty bread and fingers for dipping is definitely the guilt free way to go for a romantic party of two!

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Roasted Garlic n Lemon Vegan Aïoli

1 small block soft tofu, drained of excess water 1 large head garlic, roasted 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 Tablespoon lemon zest 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon maple syrup coarse kosher salt and pepper to taste

Using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasonings and flavours to suite your taste.

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