Chicory is blowing my mind!

 

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Have you ever driven along a country road in Ontario and noticed the proliferation of pretty wild blue flowers in adjacent fields and rubbing shoulders with your road’s? Those ubiquitous blossoms are those of the chicory plant, a versatile perrenial that is a chameleon in the culinary world. Chicory is one of those amazing plants that is a master of disguises, and it will work its way in to your heart and into your diet without you being aware of it. Continue »



Read The Label: Guar and Xanthan

 

Sorry guys, I said Guar, not Gwar!

Sorry guys, I said guar, not Gwar!

Discerning consumers read the labels to find out exactly what they’re getting, and sometimes it seems like you need a PhD in chemistry to figure out what’s actually in your food. Still other times it seems like the ingredients hail from another planet. Take Guar and Xanthan, for example. What are these duelling rivals from another galaxy doing hiding out in our ice cream, salad dressings and baked goods? Today we have a look at these two food additives that are showing up more and more in our cosmetics, toothpaste and in our processed foods.

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A 15 Minute Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

 

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There’s a few reasons why you should know how to make a vegan cheese sauce. First, because a serving of a dairy free version is less than half the calories, it is a great way to reduce fat in your diet and, it cooks up as fast if not faster than the regular version. No grating required!

Most vegan cheese sauces expect you to think ahead and soak a bunch of cashews overnight. We’ve discovered a much faster method. Try this recipe once, fall in love and never have to worry about having one great vegan recipe in your repertoire again.  Continue »



Aquafaba is Aqua-fabulous!

 

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Whether or not you are vegan, if you enjoy baking to any extent, there is bound to be someone at sometime amongst your guests who is vegan, or cannot handle eggs. And one of the biggest challenges for vegan bakers and cooks is finding the perfect egg substitute. For years bakers have been trying their hands at various egg substitutes including commercially produced combinations of starches, baking soda and baking powder, or ground flax mixed with water, but my favourite go-to egg replacer is aquafaba. Continue »



Toronto’s Biggest Tea Party!

 

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Are you a tea lover? If so you will be excited to learn that next weekend, February 3rd and 4,th the Toronto Reference Library will be hosting The Toronto Tea Festival, a weekend-long celebration of , after water, the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Indeed, according to anthropologist Allan MacFarlane, author of Empire of Teamore tea is consumed throughout the world than coffee, pop, alcohol and cocao combined. Continue »