Author Archives: Jenn

Swap Recipe: Jenn’s Zucchini Summer Salad with Lemon, Mint and Walnuts

Raw food veganism, you got me this time. As many of you know, July in Toronto was frequently the equivalent of living in a steam oven. Attempting to be an optimistic opportunist, I thought about how it would have been cool to bake bread and see that yeast kick into action, making dough rise in […]

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Swap Recipe: Jenn’s Smokey Lentil Chard Soup

This flavour jumble number is adapted from smittenkitchen’s lentil soup with sausage, chard, and garlic, which itself is adapted from Adam Roberts’ Secrets of the Best Chefs, where it was provided by Gina DePalma. The adaptations were both central (i.e. note the absence of sausage) and in the details. For example, with the way we […]

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Community Building (Quite Literally): Meet the Faces Behind OpenStreetMap at Mappy Hour

DREAM COME TRUE: I am starting 2013 at a new job where I get to reignite my geo-nerdery by indulging in mapmaking. I am in the midst of developing a series of interactive maps for various projects, assignments which required researching a number of online mapping applications and plug-ins. One of the main issues that […]

Lentil & Brown Rice Vegan ‘Meat’-ball Recipe

  It’s holiday party time, a.k.a. potluck season, at least when you work in food-focused groups as I do. This week, I had a mighty successful cookie swap at my culinary centre job, and last night I was at the potluck party for the shared office space of Sustain Ontario (where I intern), Not Far […]

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Crowdfunding Causes: Help Cultivate Toronto Set Up Gardens in Regent Park

Is it just me or do you also find yourself looking at a lot more crowdfunding projects than you used to? I don’t have the hard numbers to back it up, but I know that online fundraising has become dominated by platforms such as Kickstarter, RocketHub, and many others. They aren’t just for charity drives […]

Vanilla Pudding with Thyme Syrup Recipes

I don’t want to come out of the gate making excuses, but what a week. I’m not complaining – it’s been ‘the good kind of busy’ with visits from out-of-town friends, menu planning meetings, cat care-giving, dropping in on the Preserve Swap, a cooking class at Calphalon, a friend’s gallery show opening, and a good […]

Your Packed Social Calendar: Preserve Swap at The Handlebar (+Bonus Dance Party!)

This past Saturday night, I visited The Handlebar in Kensington Market for the first time to hear my friend Edmund Stay rock-opera-out as he reprised the songs from his musical The Wolf, which debuted in the spring. I missed the full show back in April so this concert was my first chance to hear the […]

Swap #1: A Solid Success! **Recipes Now Posted!**

Our first food swap was held last night on the University of Toronto campus, and Natalie and I are thrilled at the turn-out and the diversity of the items. There’s already been Facebook posts and emails sent with people raving about the food they brought home. It’s 20 hours later and I’ve devoured 3 of […]

Swap Recipe: Jasmine’s Baked Apple Sauce

Prepared and submitted by Jasmine Chorley Foster, author of Best Morning Blog, who “barely adapted” the recipe from Daily Muse Blog (itself an adaption of a Barefoot Contessa recipe). What should you take from that modification trail? That you should tweak and customize to make this sweet versatile dish your own! Apple Sauce 6 – […]

Building Reputation In A Swapping World

With our first swap just two days away, we’ve been getting handfuls of questions about how we will be making people accountable for the safety of their prepared food. It’s a complicated issue , and it’s a significant barrier to projects like food swaps. However, in the interest of full disclosure, we wanted to share […]