Vegan MoFo : It’s Caturday!

So I know it’s called VeganMoFo (aka Vegan Month of Food), but I’d like to talk about my very important furbaby if you’ll indulge me. (and this is an opportunity to post a million cat pictures.) We adopted Emmie earlier this year, from Toronto Cat Rescue. TCR is a no-kill, not for profit, registered charity, that is entirely run by volunteers. They also support Trap Neuter Release programs and tend to feral colonies in the city. I think most notably, I first encountered these folks at the 2010 Vegetarian Food Festival, and then researched more and followed them on twitter, and hoped that someday I would be able to help them, or adopt from them. Well, that wonderful day came when my partner and I first decided… “let’s adopt a cat.” And then began our search for a suitable new fur friend. We began with the intention of adopting an adult cat. With my past involvement with Street Cat Rescue I know how hard it can be to adopt them out, and I liked the idea of finding a cat with a somewhat established personality, and one that needed less training. As you can probably tell from the picture… Emmie was not at all an adult cat when we adopted her. Even as I write this, she’s not an adult cat yet. But after meeting over a hundred cats at the Toronto Humane Society, reading the profiles and looking at pictures of even more cats online from different rescue groups…

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Vegan MoFo: Gluten Free Humpday. xGFx

So, I’m not going to pretend I know what I’m doing with gluten free baking, I’ve made at most three or four gluten free baked products in my life. But I’ve been curious, and I have friends with serious gluten issues; it would be nice to be able to accommodate their needs. I also have a bit of a fear of gluten free products, and sure, that phobia has been mitigated slightly since trying amazing baked goods from at Bunner’s Bakery in Toronto, or Burlington, ON’s Kindfood, and Sweet Freedom in Philadelphia, PA, but whenever I hear those two words combined… gluten free… I still get a bit nervous. In my past food adventures I’ve had some really not so great gluten free products, with unpleasant flavours, weird textures, and a whole lot of bleh. But the same goes for some vegan items from long long ago, and things have improved! A lot! In any case, I wanted to challenge myself to start working on my gluten free baking skills. Conveniently soon after I decided to work on these skills, Laurie Sadowski (author of the Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread) had posted about needing recipe testers for a new gluten free vegan cookbook. I was sold. And I was ready, and up to facing the unknown head on. I am the recipe tester version for dummies. Today I made her Olive Oil Orange Cake. Freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade apple sauce from freshly picked apples, and mysterious flours I hadn’t worked with before. The…

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Vegan MoFo: Soupalicious 2011

Soups on! The second annual Soupalicious is happening this weekend at Heritage Court in Exhibition Place (they are open from 11-4pm today). Toronto, ON and I had the opportunity to check it out on Saturday. So many great vegan options (even ones that weren’t listed as such on the info card – talking with the chefs and soupmasters was very illuminating.) I helped with set up on Friday evening. I heard about Soupalicious after the fact last year, and wished I could have been a part of it, so I made a point to do something this year. I had the opportunity to help a little bit more today with set up and in the food demo area, and it was so much fun. If you can volunteer at an event like this one (or any) I recommend it. You really get a lot out of it, beyond the regular perks of volunteerism (free t-shirt, snacks, etc) you get to see the whole event in a new way. After helping out,  I had so much soup. I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll start at the most obvious, the first vegan listed item on the Participating Restaurants and Chefs Guide. Unfortunately, the first listing of The Annex Hodge Podge and their Red Velvet soup is wrong.  It has honey in it, and hey Annex Hodge Podge, honey isn’t vegan.  And I wouldn’t have known except they had printed the soup recipe in the Toronto Star just a few days ago,…

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Vegan MoFo: Day 1!

Oh Vegan Mofo. Every year I start strong (or maybe just with the best intentions of starting strong), and lose energy right in the middle of the month. But then, I post a bunch during the last week. I’m aiming to do better this year. October is a big month of food here, it’s harvest and apple picking season, Canadians (like me) celebrate thanksgiving, and all sorts of autumn events are happening this month. This time around I’ve opted to do a themed day to keep myself motivated, and keep things fun in the kitchen. Hopefully it’ll stick. I’m also aiming to leave at least five comments on blogs every day, because I read so many blogs everyday, and sometimes I’m just too shy to say anything, but I want to break out of that habit. Starting today! My themes are (subject to change…) but I’m thinking: MoFo Monday – where I take a recipe I find from a fellow MoFo’er (or more) and make it at home. Terrific Tuesday Tasty Treats – Baked tasty treats! How can I go wrong? I can’t! Gluten Free Hump Day every Wednesday – I will be recipe testing a gluten free cookbook this month (and probably November) and experimenting with gluten free baking, so I’ll be sharing the process (but not the recipes!) Things I love Thursday – I make a list of things I love every week on Thursday, but I rarely share it publicly, but I think it would be nice to…

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