A first taste from Fran Costigan’s Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts

I love chocolate. So when I heard about Fran Costigan’s Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts  and found out the talented Kate Lewis would be the photographer, while I knew this book would be great recipes paired with a collection of beautiful food porn to drool over. Their updates on facebook and instagram related to the book had already made that feel inevitable. Recently, I had the opportunity to take a peek at a few review pages and I was right. From what I can see, this is going to be a beautiful book, with with full colour photographs accompanying every recipe.  The desserts seem to pop deliciously off the page/my screen, so I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product when it’s released in late October 2013. Since there was one complete recipe included for the Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake (and four partials) I decided to make it for dessert one evening. The recipe was multi-step and multi-part, but was logically organized which helped to make this cake a breeze. I found nearly all the ingredients I needed in one place (WEFC) and got started. We ended up with an amazing coffeecake for dinner, breakfast, and snacks for several days. It is delicious straight out of the oven (but what isn’t?) but more telling is that that it retained the same fluffy tasty qualities after a few days. The test of a great cake? I think so. Chocolate used: Camino Cocoa Powder, and Chocosol You can see some of…

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Kind Organics Mystical Mint Chocolate Bar – Toronto – Get it at West End Food Co-op.

Recently on a trip to the West-End Food Co-op, there were two different kinds of Kind Green Organic’s Chocolate Bars conveniently located right at the check out. And it was a happy impulse buy, I’ll admit to it completely. I have seen Kind Organics selling salad blends, spouts, herbs and other greens at Farmers’ Markets around the city, but never chocolate (or at least I had never noticed it) so it caught my attention. Plus – it’s chocolate… so yum. Kind Organics is a farm located 40 minutes north of Toronto in Holland Marsh, and they sound like they employ veganic or mostly veganic farming techniques (as in, they don’t use chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, manures, or animal by-products in their farming). You can read more about them on their website. The source of chocolate in this bar was a company I’ve got a long standing love for –  Chocosol Chocolate. My first warm memory of Chocosol is when we encountered them on a very cold winter evening in David Pecaut Square (Juno After Party event.) Their hot drinking chocolate was vegan, delicious, and warmed up my very cold hands. We were reintroduced to their awesome products at the 2012 FoodShare Recipe for Change event, and I’ve been happily (and actively) following along with their company ever since. They are on the Food Empowerment Projects ethical chocolate list. They use organic, forest garden shade grown cocoa sourced directly from indigenous communities in Southern Mexico, and follow horizontal trade practices. I’d really like to see more and more of this. Ethically sourced…

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