Spice Up Your Life with Chilis

By Ashley Sauve of The Vegan Chef The weather is heating up, so bring a little spice into your life using chili peppers! “Chili pepper” is a broad term that encompasses hundreds of different spicy fruits from similar plants. In fact, there are over 140 varieties growing in Mexico alone! This is because the plant that produces these peppers (Capsicum annum) mutates quickly, and most peppers you encounter fall under this species. It’s even thought that peppers are one of the first plants to have been domesticated, as we have archaeological evidence of chili pepper seeds dating over 6,000 years ago in Peru and Mexico. What makes these little peppers pop? Capsaicin is the component that makes you feel the sweet burn, and it occurs in different concentrations in different parts of the plant. While it is often believed that the seeds contain the highest concentration of capsaicin, the flesh around them (especially the part closest to the stem) actually contains the most concentrated dose. So handle these parts of the pepper with care when cooking – you will even feel the burn on your skin if you don’t wear gloves when handling very hot chilis! Interestingly, the effects of capsaicin are only felt by mammals,… Read More

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It’s Slipper Time!

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator While most people are shedding tears after the first snowfall in Toronto, I’m usually a little bit excited because the need to start wearing boots again means…it’s slipper time! Once boot season hits, I bring along a pair of cozy slippers to change into when I get to the office in an attempt (emphasis on attempt) to keep the floors relatively clean. After all, when we’ve got a few months of dark mornings, early nights and cold temperatures ahead of us, we all need to find the little pleasures we can look forward to over the winter. Slippers and bubble baths are just two things I look forward to, but there’s also all the great comfort food that I get excited about this time of year. I love soups, chilis and stews and admittedly, I continue to eat them during the scorching summer even in our non-air-conditioned apartment. But people make fun of me for it. Now I can do it with no apologies! Here are some of my favourite soups, chilis & stews. What are yours? Post your pictures or recipe reviews to our Facebook page ( or send us… Read More

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