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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Adventures with CSAs: Fresh City Farms

At the end of September, I finally signed up for my first personal Community Shared Agriculture program. I had considered joining a CSA in years past as it seemed like an ideal way to source food from local farmers, but the large upfront cost and time commitment required by many programs scared me off. I […]

Apple & Almond Crackle Tarts

There is nothing more quintessentially fall-like than sweet, fragrant and crisp apples.  Mind you, this year was a bit unfortunate in apple-y news — there was an April frost that damaged many apple crops in Southern Ontario, unfortunately, and so there weren’t as many bushels of super cheap apples to crunch.  Nevertheless, apples are still […]

Kale and Veggiepalooza Egg Scramble

So here’s the deal — I eat a lot of kale.  I don’t do it because it’s a ‘superfood’ and it’s ‘so good for you’ (although those things are stellar.  I’m down for some hearty nutrients any day, hey.) — I do it because kale is delicious.  However, despite the fact that a.) I am an […]

Provencal Leek and Lavender Stew with Heirloom Carrots

This hearty aromatic stew is roughly modeled on the Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s infamous Veganomicon. I had been considering the cassoulet recipe for a while as a fall dish for Harvest Noon, a cooperatively-run cafe for which I test recipes. However, another member mentioned that they had tried […]

Autumn Latkes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, AND Baked?!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am part of the menu-planning group at Harvest Noon Cafe. We modify and test the recipes we dig up to meet the cafe’s mandate: affordable vegan lunches produced with local, organic ingredients. We try to make our mains gluten-free as well. We are at that time of […]

Recipe Testing for Harvest Noon Cafe

If you couldn’t tell, one of my hobbies is to cook. The inherent creativity and gratification of a hands-on process makes it an invaluable part of my sanity/life. I’ve found that being presented with an out-of-the-norm challenge is often what gets the creative juices really going. The base criteria helps guide your mental search. I’ve […]