Earlier last month I received my vegan food swap for November from Jill over at Vegan Cuts It was FULL of great stuff and samples from other products. The thing I like about when I see people getting swaps from Jill is that I think it would probably be really easy for her to just throw in a bunch of samples and call it a day, but she does a full regular swap AND still throws in a bunch of samples. Boom. Delicious. So what was in the box for me? Just to name a few: Irish Moss from Upaya Naturals. I’ve been curious about trying this stuff for a while so it was really neat to actually have it in my possession. Irish Moss can be used for a variety of different purposes, but especially as a thickening/gelling agent. Viana Jumbo Veggie Snack Sausage Viana is an organic product company that we met at the Vegetarian Food Festival this year. We had already tried these snack sausages before, and bought a few dips/spreads. Would eat again! Bixby Bar – Whippersnapper Bar So yummy. Organic dark chocolate, wild Maine blueberries, walnuts, tellicherry pepper. Delicious. I also reached out to them to find out if they would fit on the Food Empowerment Projects Chocolate list. They seem to be holding themselves to a high standard where ethics comes into play, but I’ll be interested to find out more from them! Organic Fiber Bar™ Fiber Bars This was actually really good! I don’t really…
I’m at a conference where using the internet seems like a terrible idea (for security reasons), and after having some website trouble, now it’s August 3rd and I’m just posting my awesome vegan food swap from Jamie. (Also check out her site for some seriously awesome photos.) Please pardon any typos, I’m posting from my phone and will fix them (if any) when I get back to Toronto. We picked up the glorious little box from the post office shortly before leaving to go to Las Vegas, and I ripped it open immediately. Good things do come in small packages. Jamie sent me a few great things from Edmonton, Alberta, some of which I was familiar with before (since… you know, I’m also from Edmonton…) So as part of my parcel she sent me a huge pack of coconut flakes, which will be used up for smoky coconut once I get back home (She was also kind enough to include a recipe,) She sent a long a container of the Chocolate Doctors Chocolate Ambrosia – which I’ve bought before from the Edmonton City Centre Farmers Market. I haven’t cracked open this jar yet, but I know I’m going to take my time. I’ve eaten it before and loved it… by the spoonful. There were several teas – and some I haven’t tried yet which I like a lot ANNNND Jamie also included a bunch of vials of perfume type stuff mostly from One Hand Washes the Other (OHWTO)- I’m not…
Vegan Food Swap matching for June is coming up soon. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to join in on the fun! I’m looking forward to posting a grand reveal of the awesome stuff I got from The Antique Appetite. But that’ll have to wait until Friday!
It’s been 1 year since the little food swap that could started up. I’ve been introduced to so many awesome and lovely people, bloggers, vegans, and foodies all over Canada. I know that people have started up blogs because of the swap, they’ve made friends, and real life connections because of the swap, and I love it. It runs on participation, and keeps going because of lovely vegans and veg-curious folks taking time every month to find vegan treats for someone that might be a complete stranger. I love the connections that keep happening, and I hope they just keep growing. One thing that I’d like to really push for for this year in Vegan Food Swap is more participation from areas that might not be major centers. We’ve got people from a few small towns, but I know there are vegans in almost every community, and I’d love to see them participate too. The thing I learned when living in Saskatoon (admittedly, not a truly small community, but still – at the time it was less vegan friendly than it is now) is that you can find completely plant-based awesomeness everywhere. it might not have “vegan” stamped on it, but there it is – at farmers markets, and corner stores, and in your own kitchen. If you live in a small town, or feel isolated as a vegan in your community, please reach out, and/or join in. Honestly, it can be tough being “the only one” and I can…
One of my favourite moments in the month is when I get a package from some mysterious internet semi-stranger and it’s filled with vegan goodies. This month was no exception. It looks like the package had an interesting journey, but the contents arrived unscathed.
Last month I received and sent a vegan food swap to Sasha of One Small Vegan. I enjoy her blog a lot because she’s always cooking something up, and it’s inspiring. I haven’t been cooking or baking as much as I’d like to, so it’s nice to see some encouraging and delicious treats on a regular basis. After been whisked away to (not-so)far away lands for my birthday, I had to wait until I got back to Toronto to finally open up my swap pack from Sasha, and then upon coming back from our trip, I immediately caught the flu and wasn’t in much of a position to write anything about anything. So now I’m catching up.
Last month I received a delicious package of dehydrated delights (and two cat toys for Emmie) from Ida at Yummy Vegan Dinners. It arrived in a large box, with a cute letter attached to the outside.
The Lovely Sarina at Earthgiven sent me my swap last month and it was full of lovely awesomeness. Oddly enough I haven’t had absolutely everything (since the keto thing has made that difficult, but the stuff I did have, I ate within two days of receipt. In that small world Ontario vegan kind of way, I almost had the opportunity to meet her on a recently trip to Kitchener-Waterloo, but unfortunately our availabilities just didn’t mesh well! Maybe next time! I have found her blog really interesting to read ever since she started it just a few months ago. It’s such a great balance food related information, recipes, and food reviews, and just generally has a super nice writing style. I love the idea of “Vegan City Homesteading” and her exploration of vegan self sufficiency and self/community reliance. Check it out! Also, please look at this card. See those initials SJW? Sarina seems to have painted this, and made a print out of it (maybe?) And she totally didn’t even mention it. So pretty right? So what was in her package to me?
The vegan food swap has been one of my favourite regular monthly activities. Sure it’s only been two months. But it’s been lovely. I’m thrilled with the positivity and graciousness that I’ve seen from most participants. I think people have for the most part been really appreciative of the thought and care that everyone has tried to put towards what they’re sending. Kindness abounds, and I hope it continues. I’m protective over this little thing, and I would like it to keep growing, and keep bringing people from around the country together in a fun an unique way. I sent a swap to Katie at Not Your Parents Granola and you can see sent over here on her blog. When I got home from work several weeks ago, my May Swap was waiting outside of our door. Just sitting on my doorstep like some kind of wonderful present from a stranger (which… it was.) I was matched with Denise the Veggiewitch and I totally loved everything. What was in there:
Last week I received my inaugural vegan swap from The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado. Stuff from Community Naturals (food bars, dried fruit, and wasabi peas which I’m snacking on right now), Congo Cowboy Gourmet – mango barbecue sauce, a couple of food bars from Via Foods… and the thing that probably made me smile the most… a jar of Saskatoon Berry Jam from Over the Hill Orchards. An organic orchard in Saskatchewan (my old stomping grounds.) I sent my swap to Jill at Vegan Cuts earlier this month, and I think it was pretty well received. I genuinely loved finding stuff that people might enjoy, with a focus on local producers and farmers market finds. It’s always nice to introduce people to stuff from my local community, even if that “community” happens to be a very giant and item filled Toronto. What can I say? I’m lucky. 🙂 Sign up for the next one: http://meshell.ca/blog/veganfoodswap/