Linguine with Artichoke and White Bean Sauce

I don’t cook with artichoke’s nearly enough. When I do I’m always pleasantly surprised by the results but their flavour potential and nutritional bounty seems to get neglected in favour of more glamorous vegetables.  I’m now vowing to look past the prickly exterior (yeah, let’s be honest I’m going to be using the canned variety…

Classic Potato Salad

This summer’s socially distanced picnics might not quite be the same comforting and pleasurable seasonal rituals that we’ve come to know and love, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy all our favourite picnic foods. Potato salad has always been my favourite picnic food. The first time I tried it was at a picnic…

Cherry Cheesecake

Cheesecake is my favourite dessert.  The smooth, creamy cake with a thin graham wafer crust and just the right of amount of crunch in the base – how can you not love it?  When I first went vegan I thought my cheesecake days were behind me, but thanks to Sweets From the Earth and my…

Forging the Future of Food

As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, the news does not dedicate much time or space to positivity.  Optimism is bad for business.  While news unquestionably provides an essential service, especially in times of crisis, I’ve found that coverage of this pandemic has delved too far into obsessive speculation. The onus is on us to know…

Polenta Poutine

COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of many of our favourite annual events. We’ll be missing out on a lot of the beloved traditions that give shape and value to our busy lives.  For me, one of the more gut-wrenching of these cancellations it that of the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival.  I’ve written about this festival…

Beet Pasta With Tofu Feta

I had planned to go to Italy for the first time this summer and while traditionally a lot of Italian food is not very vegan friendly, I was looking forward to being immersed in the country’s rich culinary atmosphere even if just as an observer.  Well, that trip didn’t happen for obvious reasons (hopefully I’ll…

Fruity Couscous Cake

I haven’t felt much like cooking lately.  The amount of time spent indoors over the last few months has gradually eaten away at my motivation and productivity, that and it’s also not fun to have an oven on for a long time when it’s 30 degrees out.  I’ve been pretty content in the last couple…

Supporting Black Owned Business and Organizations

The statistics aren’t new – we’ve just been ignoring them, and the reality they reflect, for far too long.  In Canada, Black median household income is $35,310 compared to $47,487 for white households.(1) Black Canadians are twice as likely to fall under the low-income status as non-racialized Canadians.(2) White supremacy is undoubtedly at the heart…

Coffee Brownies

I have such an emotional attachment to brownies. I can’t think of any other dessert that generates as much enthusiasm from me. The very last time I went to a grocery store before this pandemic lockdown I stopped in at McEwan (Chef Mark McEwan flagship market at Yonge and Bloor) on my way home from…

Strawberry Waffles with Pear Compote

Well, how many weeks of lockdown has it been?  I’ve completely lost track.  The first chunk seemed to go by fairly quickly and April…what happened to April?  We’re already in May, but I’ve noticed that, as this isolation drags on, the days are now passing more slowly, sometimes painfully so. I definitely felt as though…