Happy International Women’s day!
I’m a lucky woman. I was born the daughter of an strong and independent woman and have had the good fortune of countless women stand by my side, helping me become the person I am today. To my aunts, grandmothers, cousins, bosses, friends and coworkers; I love you and I am eternally grateful. Now… back to work.
A special thank you to Uber for the Goods’ team photo and for including us in their Toronto’s Celebrated Female Chef feature.
And our love for local blogs continues this week with Murr’s.
Mariah Craig is the self-proclaimed culinary ninja behind Murr’s Menu, creating gorgeous custom meal plans, desserts and recipe generation.
I’m excited to share my recipe for savoury sprouted Mung Patty Cakes with you and Murr’s loyal followers. Who the heck needs a pita with these babies around.
Check us out now on Murr’s Menu.
I had a surprise invite from Jessica, creator of Pure Transformations, to write a little piece for her blog. Jess is featuring members of our community who help Torontonians live healthier lives.
Obviously I was into it and happy to have a little place on her great blog. Jessica is a wonderful fitness motivator and shares her passion for replacing fitness industry myths with real information that works.
Check out my post follow Jessica on Instagram and be seriously motivated.
It’s home cooking kinda weather and we’ve partnered with local friends, who create beautifully plant powered blogs, to share some of our favourite new recipes with them and you.
This week, the lovely Tara Tomulka, creator of Rawcology has invited me guest blog and I’ve chosen my recipe for these addictive BBQ Brussles Crisps. They are raw, vegan and delicious.
Check us out now on Rawcology.
I’ve been banging on for years about magical liquified veggies and I’m not about to stop, green smoothies are truly the gateway to better health.
24 Hours published my favourite recipe last week. It goes by many names, Sweet Lemon, the Gateway and Elle Elle’s Go-To. It’s the simplest of them all yet incredibly nourishing and hydrating.
We’ve served this smoothie to people ranging in age from 9 months to 70 years. All of them sucked it back and cried when it was gone… well not everyone cried but they all wanted more.
The Gateway Smoothie
2 cups filtered water
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 large handful organic spinach, or more
1 organic apple, quartered
1 organic pear, quartered
1/2 lemon, squeezed
Optional – 4 ice cubes
Add ingredients to an upright blender, blend until smooth.
For more smoothie rants and recipes click here.
A few weeks back I met Paola Guarnieri, the vivacious Director of Communications, at the Toronto Wholesale Produce Association. She offered a personal tour of the Ontario Food Terminal and even with a 6am start I jumped at the chance.
I’ve been driving by that massive facility South of the Gardiner for years. Arriving at 5:45am I felt a sense of anticipation, though I quickly saw I was a latecomer, the terminal in full swing, most farmers and vendors having been there since 4am.
The scale is staggering, stall after stall with towering cases of avocados, peppers, tomatoes, romaine and less familiar beauties like bitter melons, kumquats, taro and lotus root.
Supplying our city with fresh produce is no easy task, it’s perishable, unpredictable and relentless. Yet the vendors wake up before many of us have gone to bed to hull their load. If it wasn’t for farmers we’d be eating boxed cereals and canned meat.
Farmers do feed cities and it’s their food we need the most.