January 2012: eLifelines
We can’t wait to get things rolling in 2012. There’s already so much to get excited about.
The 4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off will be here in less than one month, closely followed by Vegan Rock, a fundraising concert and bake sale, so we hope you’ve got your sweet tooths polished!
It may seem odd to be reporting on a delicious stop to Sadie’s Juice Bar and Ice Creem Parlour in January, but they’ve got some new items to keep you warm through winter, just like our recipe featuring garlic, a great immune booster if you’re prone to colds and flus.
As usual, there is always some good news to report and we’re happy to see 2012 is off to a good start, with a local councillor in Markham pushing for a ban on shark fin and a law school in Oregon announcing a program specifically focused on animal law.
Don’t Miss These Upcoming Events!
TVA in Action – It’s not hard to make your new year a sweet one. Lined up is the 4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off, soon followed by Vegan Rock, a fundraiser concert and bake sale. The new year also brings new directory updates that you don’t want to miss, including a food box delivery service coming to the Resource Centre!
In the News – Markham is the next municipality on its way to banning the sale and consumption of shark fin thanks to Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke. A university in Portland has recognized that more and more people care about the rights and welfare of animals, launching a new animal law program!
Nutritious Food of the Month – Garlic: Your Best Winter Friend
Recipe – Dilled Potato and Leek Salad
Discount Profile – Sadie’s Juice Bar and Ice Creem Parlour: 10% off with the Vegetarian Discount Card
Reader’s Classifieds – 3 bedroom home for rent Feb-May, Frances Moore Lappe speaks on January 31st
4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off
The 4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off is just one month away, and registration is now open! Come out to sample and vote for your favourite decadent and compassionate sweets in five categories, or enter as a contestant and show off your mad baking (and maybe un-baking, for the raw foodies out there!) skill.
Find other veg-related event listings at veg.ca/events.
TVA Social Groups
The Dinner Social Group will hold their next meeting at Annapurna (1085 Bathurst Street, at Dupont) on Thursday, January 19th at 7 pm. Please RSVP by the Wednesday before the event to 416-544-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re someone who’s vegetarian but still enjoys and misses the taste of meat, you’ll want to check out Phony Balony Vegetarian Delicatessan Catering. For now they cater small and medium size events, but they have a deli storefront opening soon! Click here to learn more and see their full menu online.
Plus, we have an exciting announcement! Fresh City Farms delivers Toronto’s freshest and most local produce box all year round. A social enterprise, they empower people to start city farming businesses in yards and other spaces across Toronto. Even during the colder months their salad greens are usually harvested the morning of delivery from their greenhouse at Downsview Park. It doesn’t get any fresher than that and they don’t use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
And now, they’ve partnered with TVA to provide us with our own pick up location, plus a discount for Vegetarian Discount Card holders! Starting soon, they’ll have a convenient pickup location at the TVA Resource Centre, every Wednesday between 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm. You can customize your box, cancel at any time or skip weeks and we have a satisfaction guarantee. Please inquire with Ran for full details and sign up at www.freshcityfarms.com.
Learn more about these and other updates in the Directory Updates.
Support a Ban of Shark Fin in Markham
Ward 1 councillor Valerie Burke hopes to make Markham the next municipality in Ontario to ban the sale and consumption of shark fin, and you can help! Markham council has not been as supportive as other cities to get on board with neighbouring municipalities that have banned the cruel import and councillor Burke needs to show them there is public support. Click here for a link to a Facebook page you can “like” to show your support and for quick access to send an email to Markham councillors.
New Program Available to Lawyers Interested in Animal Rights
Lewis & Clark, a university in Portland, Oregon, has recently announced it will become the first law school in the world to offer an advanced degree in animal law. For years, the school has been gaining a reputation as a national center for training attorneys to help society work out these issues and now students will be able to make it an official part of the training. Click here to read more!
Care of Amy Symington
Dilled Potato and Leek Salad
Makes 5 servings
You do make friends with salad, if you top it with this recipe’s delish dressing!
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 1 clove garlic, pureed
Directions: In a small bowl add ingredients. Whisk. Set aside until needed.
- 3 cups fingerling potatoes, largely diced
- 2 sweet potatoes, largely diced
- 1 leek, greens removed and chopped
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- Black pepper to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl add potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks and oil. Mix thoroughly.
Put potato mixture into a roasting dish or pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
Remove from oven, place in a large heat safe bowl, sprinkle with dill and black pepper to taste, add dressing as needed and toss. Serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold.
Find links to more recipes at veg.ca/recipes.
Photo care of Toronto Life
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Frances Moore Lappe Speaking January 31st
Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, which was groundbreaking at its time of publication in 1971, is in town at the end of January to speak on her new book, EcoMind. Tickets are $10 for the event on January 31st at the Wychwood Barns. Click here for more information.
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