Cooking Up Sunshine


October 2, 2013

23737_10200173951696801_311089754_nHello! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Barbi, TVA’s Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator and I’ve decided to join in on the blog fun that my colleague Carly enjoyed over the summer. Soon you’ll also be meeting Autumn, one of our past communications interns.

Ever since the 29th Vegetarian Food Festival, people have been asking me what it’s like post-festival. “It must be such a relief!” “You finally get some relaxing time!”. Actually….no! Thanks to such an amazing, committed army of volunteers that the Toronto Vegetarian Association has, things don’t slow down after the Festival, and the office has been a buzz as we plan for almost non-stop outreach. Since September 8th, Toronto Vegetarian Association volunteers have staffed tables at Word on the Street, a Wellness Fair in Oakville and two Humber College events, and by the end of today will have also given out about 10,000 leaflets promoting a vegetarian diet on university campuses in the GTA.

But there is one thing that changes in the office post-festival, and that’s the unveiling of the fully stocked, newly organized, bursting bookshelves full of all the latest and greatest vegetarian titles that shipped in just before September 6th.

If you know me at all, you know that I love to cook, and that I love to bake even more (and that I love to eat baked goods even more…). This can present a wee bit of a problem at such a busy time. I like to think of myself as a fairly hard-working, disciplined person, but I would certainly be lying if I didn’t admit that the overflowing supply of books can be a bit distracting. Especially when there are so many amazing titles that came out this summer calling my name as I try to remain focused on the tasks at hand.

Strawberry Banana Muffins with Vanilla Glaze from Ms Cupcake
Strawberry Banana Muffins with Vanilla Glaze from Ms Cupcake

Have you SEEN Ms. Cupcake’s Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town? The book could not be more stunning. Each and every page is a full-colour, glossy explosion of deliciousness that literally had me squealing and jumping when it first arrived in the

office. So far, I’ve tried out the Strawberry Banana Muffins (yum!) and the apple fritters. I’m just waiting to make arrangements for someone to come over for dinner so that I can plan to make the deep-fried cookie dough balls, which apparently are best if served immediately.

I must also admit I snuck home a copy of Bake and Destroy once or twice, which I can pretty much guarantee is probably the most jaw-dropping cookbook you will ever come across. Here’s just a few of the recipes that have me bewildered: Breakfast Pizza, Taco Lasagna,  Shepherd’s Pie Pizza, Samosa Potpie, Pizza Cupcakes and Dorneatos (aka: Dorito-flavoured kale chips!). Need I say more?

This afternoon’s procrastination took the form of browsing through Doug McNish’s new book, Raw, Quick and Delicious: 5 Ingredient Recipes in Just 15 Minutes. And what did this lead to? Running across the street to Baldwin Naturals to pick up some almonds so that I can try out the Strawberry Coconut Shortcake Tart tonight.

But alas…it’s only 1 pm. I’ve got about five and a half hours until I’ll be sitting down for dinner and I’ve already eaten all my snacks for the day, so it’s probably time I shift my focus from daydreaming about yummy vegan food to working on vegetarian advocacy.

I’m hoping some of you will come by our special book sale tonight (October 2nd) or Saturday (October 5th) and help clear out some of these books so they are not staring me in the face day in and day out! Raw, Quick and Delicious and Bake and Destroy are both part of the “Two books for $40” special, and Ms Cupcake is part of the “Two books for $50” special.


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