Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse - Vegan with gluten free options

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Okay, so I know it is kind of weird to say this, but gluten free and vegan often get mixed up.  I'm not sure why gluten free is always associated with vegan, but it is.

I don't mean to add to the confusion but a new vegan cafe has opened up in Edmonton;s Laurier Heights west end called Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse.  The vegan cafe happens to have some gluten free options as well.


I went to a private party there for a friends birthday.  This used to be a Wild Earth Cafe, I was told it is still the same ownership, but with a couple new owners backing the concept, including Canadian skater and former Olympian Jamie Sale.

The food served at the party was delicious.  They served meatless meatballs, chips & dips and dessert treats that were both vegan and gluten free.  Which when it comes to the "vegan meats", they are typically not gluten free, because it is gluten that usually holds it together or gives it some texture.  Although I am not vegan, it was nice to see this option available.

I took a picture of their savoury menu before the party started.  Just click on the menu to enlarge.


The fun part of this place is going to be the most amazing playhouse I have ever seen for the kids that will be opening shortly!  Here is a sneak peak of the playhouse I got.  Everything mini sized for kids, but if a parent ducks into the playhouse, there is room for them to stand.







Here is an Instagram post of Jamie Sale proudly showing off the construction of the playhouses!
Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Splash Poke

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To me, Poke bowls are like a suhsi bowl.  Just like a burrito bowl is a burrito in a bowl, a poke bowl is sushi in a bowl.

Splash Poke in West Edmonton Mall seems to have things going on for gluten free Poke bowls.


I just walked up to check it out to see if they had anything and bang, at the toppings station there are signs listing what is gluten free and what is vegan.  They even have a specific order called The Friendly that is gluten free.

I think contamination is reduced because there is no wheat flying around and the base is all rice base or veggie based.  The sauces are contained in squeeze bottles, so not dropping into each other.  When I ordered the friendly they, they put a card on the tray that said "Friendly" which seemed to start up an allergy protocol, which was nice to see.

The Friendly
The friendly was delicious and came with both tuna and salmon.  Can;t wait to have again!

Menu topping items labeled:






Splash Poke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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2 in 1 gluten free stuffed french toast and crepe recipe

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We love America's Test Kitchen cookbooks.  Why?  Because we believe that it does not take much to adapt recipes to be gluten free.  That is not to say we don't have specific gluten free cookbooks, but we have a lot of every day cookbooks that we simply adapt recipes. 

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook has been part of our house for longer than Amanda's Celiac diagnosis, and we've kept it, and still use it.  


In the breakfast section there is a recipe for stuffed French toast that is delicious.  But what I figured out is that you can use the batter in the recipe for French Toast for crepes.  Yes the recipe is not gluten free, but we simply swap out the flour for Kinnikinnick's gluten free all purpose flour which you can get at the Kinnikinnick Fresh Store or on Amazon.

Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 8 slices of Kinnikinnick Gluten Free cinnamon raisin bread(Or kinnikinnick multigrain) - OMIT IF YOU WANT CREPES
  • 4 tbsp or 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Kinnkinnick gluten free all purpose flour
Directions:

For filling:
  1. In a dish, microwave cream cheese until soft.  10 seconds at a time.
  2. Stir in 2 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth.  Place in fridge to firm up.

For batter:
  1. Melt 2 tbsp butter and whisk together with milk, egg, vanilla, salt and 2 tbsp of sugar.  Slowly whisk in gluten free flour until smooth.
From here you can choose your own adventure!  You can go the route of crepes (picture at top of article) or stuffed french toast (picture below)



For Crepes:
  1. Heat small non stick pan with butter
  2. On medium heat, use no more than a 1/4 cup of batter and pour evenly on heated pan.  Lift off of heat and turn pan to spread batter as thin as possible.
  3. Cook until bubbles and flip
  4. Cook until slightly coloured and remove from pan
  5. Spread filling, fold crepe and enjoy!
For Stuffed French toast
  1. Toast bread to allow some give to absorb batter
  2. Pour batter in a shallow dish.
  3. With two pieces of toast, spread filling on one piece, and put the other on top like a sandwich
  4. Heat pan with butter
  5. Meanwhile, let stuffed french toast sit in batter for no more than a minute on each side.
  6. Place in hot pan on medium and cook until browned and flip. (about 1/5 minutes each side).
Serve either option with fresh fruit and whip cream.


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