Friend Feature: SweetSugarBean

Salted Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes

I have been lucky enough to work with some very talented and inspiring people during my short stint in the restaurant industry.

Renee is one of those people- we met at the Rutherford House Historic Site where we both worked.  She was the head chef in the tiny little kitchen that serves the equally tiny (but super busy) Arbour Restaurant.  Think high tea, scones, quiche, sandwiches, and an incredible dessert menu, of course, all kinds of tea.  Though it was not a vegetarian restaurant, the Arbour did have some great options.  And Renee always would fix something special up for me if I wanted something different.

Well, we have both moved on since then, she, moving back home to Saskatoon, and I, of course, moving back home to Lethbridge.  But through the magic of facebook, we’ve kept in touch.  Renee continues to work in the culinary industry and has recently started her own blog at the request of many of her friends.  She just has way too many good recipes not to share!  That, combined with her artistic approach to food styling and eye for photography has created SweetSugarBean. I was lucky enough to assist a little in formation of the blog, and it’s so exciting to see how it’s grown in the short time it’s been around.

She really has a special touch when it comes to desserts, as well as yummy (but healthy) comfort food.  Renee has posted a number of vegetarian and vegan recipes and I thought I would share some of these today (and thank you for creating a separate vegetarian & vegan label!)  Click on the pictures for the recipes!

curried butternut squash soup with coconut milk

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Swiss Chard and Feta Phyllo Pizza

Swiss Chard and Feta Phyllo Pizza

And be sure to check out the rest of the SweetSugarBean’s recipe index on the side of the page.  Of course, don’t forget to snoop the chocolate section!