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Vegan cooking for the holidays

Care of Florence McCambridge Whether this is your first time cooking a vegan meal for the holidays or you’re just looking for some new menu ideas, The Vegan Holiday Cookbook: From Elegant Appetizers to Festive Mains and Delicious Sweets 
by Marie Laforêt has got you covered. It’s full of recipes and full-colour photos for spreads and hors d’oeuvres, soups and mains, not to mentions sweets and even festive cocktails. Many of the recipes included in this book are gluten-free, and the author has also included a helpful section listing them by category. I really appreciate the variety of recipes in The Vegan Holiday Cookbook, particularly in the section on appetizers, an often overlooked category that is particularly important at this time of year. Some standouts include the Foie Gras-Style Terrine made with shiitake mushrooms and tofu, the Blinis with Carrot Gravlax, and the elegant yet simple Squash Truffles. When it comes to dessert, this book does not disappoint. In addition to gingerbread and shortbread, there are some showstoppers like the Frozen Tiramisu Log, Chestnut Creme Brûlée, and a Snow White Layer Cake that looks almost too good to eat. I like to make my own… Read More


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Vegan & Vegetarian Cooking Classes in Toronto

Whether you’re a brand new cook or you’re someone who knows their way around the kitchen, culinary classes are a great way to learn something new while having fun at the same time. Here’s a roundup of some vegetarian and vegan cooking classes happening around Toronto. The Toronto Vegetarian Association Events Calendar You can always start your search by checking our online events calendar which includes classes from the businesses below, as well as other one-off cooking classes that come up now and again. Edible IQ https://www.facebook.com/edibleiq/ Edible IQ is a Toronto-based organization dedicated to advancing plant-based culinary education. The company delivers cutting-edge healthy cooking workshops, taught by professional chefs. The TVA has partnered with Edible IQ for an introductory vegan cooking class titled Healthy Plant-Based Cooking 101. Cooking Classes with Taymer Mason at Longo’s www.longos.com/Store/Loft.aspx Chef Taymer Mason, author of Caribbean Vegan conducts plant-based cooking classes at multiple Longo’s locations across the GTA. Click here and select your local store to view their schedule of upcoming classes. When you find one of Taymer’s classes you would like to attend, you will… Read More


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Veg Out 411: Getting To Know Mama Vegan

In today’s episode of Veg Out, Ana, Steve and Lisa get to know Ally Lazare, the renaissance woman behind Mama Vegan, who tells us all about her vegan journey, how she started her business and her various delicious vegan products! You can find Mama Vegan here: Order from Mama Vegan Facebook Twitter Instagram You can find her cheeses at Tempeh Trails and Rosie’s Eatery Upcoming Events: TVA Annual General Meeting – Dec 3, 4-7 pm, 60 Lowther Avenue Annual Holiday Book & Bake Sale and Open House, Dec 9, 1-4 pm, 17 Baldwin St (2nd floor), Resource Centre Vegan Winter Market, Dec 17, 12-7 pm ($5 tickets), Listen Now: Veg Out 411: Getting To Know Mama Vegan  … Read More


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The Inner Life of Animals

  When Peter Wohlleben released his book The Hidden Life of Trees, it changed what many of us see during a walk in the woods. And in much the same way, his new book, The Inner Life of Animals, will likely change the way many of us look at animals. The Inner Life of Animals is a science book that doesn’t read like a science book, likely due to Wohlleben’s personal anecdotes. And while animal lovers might already know some of the facts presented in this book, there is still much for us to to learn. Did you know, for example, that horses feel shame, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the best places to raise their kids? But make no mistake: The Inner Life of Animals isn’t about giving animals human characteristics or personalities. As the author says: “The goal is not to anthropomorphize animals but to help us understand them better. More importantly, these comparisons serve to point out that animals are not dimwitted creatures clearly stuck a level below us on the evolutionary scale, creatures that experience only pale imitations of our rich range of sensations for pain and other such… Read More


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The Edgy Veg

  If you’re one of The Edgy Veg’s 200,000 YouTube subscribers, chances are you probably already have a copy of the new cookbook. And if you’re not familiar with Candice Hutchings and her approachable, indulgent, and delicious vegan recipes, then The Edgy Veg cookbook is the perfect introduction. With over one hundred recipes, The Edgy Veg has something for everyone, whether you’re cooking for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores. In fact, Candice created this collection of recipes and techniques for her husband, James, on his journey to becoming a vegan. “Living a vegan lifestyle does not have to be isolating and every recipe can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their diet-preference,” said Candice. While you’ll still find recipes for salads and smoothies, you’ll also find vegan versions of General Tso’s chicken and crispy Buffalo wings, not to mention samosas, Jamaican patties, and kimchi fries. I also love that this book features recipes for some vegan staples like pesto, gravy, hollandaise, and aioli. “Many vegan cookbooks focus on eating healthy, while we focus on entertaining and indulging your taste buds, inspiring new experiences, and helping you to vividly remember past ones.”  … Read More


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Find Vegan Ice Cream Shops in the GTA

Care of Carla Williams Updated July 2018 Is vegan “ice cream” even ice cream? Arguably (and by that we mean technically), it is not! The important thing is we’ve got a list of local spots where you’ll find the good stuff: delicious, dairy-free concoctions that will satisfy any ice cream lover’s craving for cool. Top Picks Bunner’s Bakeshop 244 Augusta Ave. 647-350 2975  bunners.ca This all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop has two locations in Toronto but their soft serve ice cream is only available at their Kensington Market location – 244 Augusta Ave, during summer months. Enjoy the classics: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl in a cone or paired with a baked treat. See their complete listing on veg.ca Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Avenue 647-352-2207 cosmictreats.ca Toronto’s kid-friendly vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream parlour and candy shop is located in the heart of Kensington Market. They feature a rotating selection of over 40 flavours of silky smooth made-in-house, small batch, premium artisanal ice cream made using… Read More


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Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

Care of Florence McCambridge   Adventure racer Mikael Lindnord never had a dog in his life. In fact, he never even wanted one. But in 2014, during the Adventure Racing World Championship, he met the dog who would become his best friend. About four days into the race that takes participants through some of the world’s most unwelcoming terrains, Mikael and his team were on very little sleep and about to conquer the next leg. They warmed up some meatballs and pasta and as they sat down to eat they noticed a muddy dog standing perfectly still. “He was big, and underneath the mud and dirt I thought he was probably a golden colour. Even at a distance I could see that some of the mud was blood; he had bad wounds as well as dirt on him.” Mikael sensed right away that there was something special about this dog. He was stoic, just calmly observing what was going on around him. Mikael gave the dog some of his meatballs, and when the dog finished eating he went back to join his group, hoping the dog would be okay but still focused on… Read More


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Our Favourite Photos from Veg Food Fest 2017: Savoury Edition!

Care of Katie Elliott After a successful Veg Food Fest, there’s nothing better than looking back on all the food we sampled, devoured, or didn’t get a chance to try (the FOMO is real). Keep reading to see pictures of the food offerings that make Veg Food Fest our favourite culinary event of the year, taken by festival-goers that make every year’s fest better than the last! These unique hot dogs that contribute to an amazing cause. View this post on Instagram Ooooh these were so good!!! @rescuedogsvegan BBQ pulled jackfruit dog x chili cheeze dog ???????? : : : #vegfest #fwis #torontovegan #bbq #jackfruit #chilidog #vegancheese #vegansofig #vegfoodfest #streetfood #veganhotdog #streetmeat #vegansofinstagram #whatveganseat #vegetalien #vegansk #vegana #plantbased #veganeats #vegannoms #veganfoodshare #veganshare #bestofvegan #tastethe6ix #torontoeats #torontofood #igerstoronto #harbourfront… Read More


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How to Create a Vegan World

  You may have already heard of the book How to Create a Vegan World by Tobias Leenaert. It’s getting a lot of press these days, not to mention social media attention. If you’re one of Kat Von D’s six million Instagram followers, you would have seen her recent pic of this book, along with a pretty glowing recommendation. The author of How to Create a Vegan World is Tobias Leenaert, a blogger at The Vegan Strategist as well as the co-founder of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA) and ProVeg International, a pro-vegan food awareness organization. In his book, Tobias takes a pragmatic approach to veganism, rather than an idealistic one. As he puts it, it’s “about reality rather than rules.” I can see how some folks in the vegan community might have a problem with this book, mostly because of the focus on reducing meat consumption rather than trying to get people to “go vegan”. The idea is that many meat reducers together may change the system faster than a few vegans, and that reducers are actually responsible for fewer animals being killed than vegetarians… Read More


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Weekly Link Roundup: Branson, Beauty, and Vegan Nachos from the CBC

by Katie Elliott Check out some veg news that caught our eye this week! Billionaire Richard Branson stated in an email to Bloomberg that he believes “we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone” in the next 30 years. Sounds good to us! Read the full article for more about the billionaire-backed startup Cargill Inc. Boon Burger Bonifides If you haven’t been to Boon Burger yet, this review will definitely convince you that it’s worth the trip. Bring a non-vegan friend, as the review says: “Boon is the land of plenty for vegans and non-vegans alike”. (Hamilton Spectator) Helping Animals Displaced by Harvey Want to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey? Here are some concrete ways to help displaced pets in Texas. (One Green Planet) Vegan Beauty on the Rise! This Guardian article sheds light on the role that conscious consumers have played in the growing vegan segment of the beauty industry. Find out more about the strides high- and low-end makeup… Read More


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