A Guide To Toronto’s Independent Grocery Stores

With the unhealthy ambiance that’s circulating the political sphere these days, and democracy failing us in new and spectacular ways, and leadership that either can’t seem to make much progress, or willfully erodes it, I’ve been thinking of more ways that I can, as an individual, produce positive change in the world, from reducing waste…

Sweet and Treats – A Guide to Toronto’s Vegan Bakeshops

Through Being Cool, a beloved Toronto bakery recently closed its doors after six years of serving up a hearty selection of vegan pastries, donuts, and other sweet and savory delights.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but in 2013 the vegan scene in Toronto was only just starting to take off, and vegan fresh…

Tempeh & Beet Hummus on Sourdough Toast

Hummus is one of the superheroes in my vegan life – it’s always there in a pinch, providing sustenance, simplicity, and flavour when and where it’s most needed.  Like a lot of great food, it originates in the Middle-East (Levant) and has been a staple there for centuries.  An interesting aside, in a region that…

Vegan-Friendly Travel Destinations for 2019

The last couple weeks or so I’ve been feeling particularly stir-crazy.  The weather here has not been great and it’s been forcing me to stay indoors more than usual.  Adding to the wet milieu is a general irritation with urban living – the incessant noise, construction, and chaos of life in a city of 3…

A Guide to Toronto’s Best Vegan Pizza

As I’ve documented a few times in various online channels, pizza is my favorite food.  A cheese pizza was the last thing I ate before going completely vegan ten years ago, and while there wasn’t much that I thought I’d miss foodwise, I did have some reservations about giving up pizza.  Fortunately that same year,…

Rigatoni with Basil-Avocado Pesto & Roasted Fiddleheads and Squash.

There are several reliable indications that spring has arrived in Ontario. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a lot of the rain, a less than pleasant, but pivotal herald of the new season.  But with the wet deluge comes other more amiable spring things. It’s finally holding at a mostly pleasant temperature, the…

A Guide to Lisbon, Portugal

The last five months have passed by in such blur as I tried frantically to get some movement with several long term projects.  I was finally able to officially launch the Plant and Pine store, made some headway on my novel, started writing a second, wrote, revised, and submitted several short stories, a few poems,…

Chickpea & Tofu Quiche

I’ve been disappointed by my last few attempts at developing new recipes and was feeling pretty discouraged after so many misfires.  With so much emphasis in our culture on comparing accomplishments, it’s pretty easy to get into a bit of a funk when our own execution falls short of the expectation.  But what we don’t…

Plant and Pine Launch – A Brief Manifesto

Plant & Pine seems like a simple enough moniker for this new project- but it took a while to come up with the name.  After months of debate and brainstorming, I hit on an idea that I felt resonated more than all the others. The Plant half of the name refers to a primary source…

Monte Cristo Sandwich

It’s a holiday here in Ontario today (Family Day) and that’s means a three day weekend for many of us.  A three day weekend feels just about right to me and in an ideal world would probably be the norm.  Let’s be honest – it takes a full day to unwind and recover from the…

Pierogi Pizza with Dill Pesto

Sunday has been my regular meal prep day for quite a while now and I find myself increasingly looking forward to my routine – it provides some consistency, a momentary reprieve from the general chaos of the week. I find cooking calming, and I get a sense of immense satisfaction when it’s all done and…

Rice Noodles with Peanut-Miso Glazed Lotus Root and Wasabi Dressing

The New Year has me craving new culinary adventures, new foods, flavours, and experiences, but sometimes the standard supermarket fare does not provide much inspiration.   When I lived in Chinatown, I got hooked on the rich variety of gloriously affordable fresh produce, can goods and imported products unavailable elsewhere.  I still frequently return to the old…