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.

  Hey yooo! Wanna play a little game? Below are 4 truths and 1 lie... #1 - It's the Goods' 3rd birthday and Guy Fawkes Day. #2 - Cat Parker's 16 x great grandfather was one of the ring leaders in Guy Fawkes' posse. #3 - We designed those innovative graphics on our own, without the help of a single professional. #4 - We're going to think this blog post is ten times funnier than you ever will.

  If there was a pill that helped us feel and look great, curbed our cravings, tidied our digestive tracks all the while nourishing our bodies and upping our health game we'd probably all take it... non? I've been drinking my daily dose of greens for 5 years. By blending your own smoothie regularly you're setting the intention for good health. Consciously purchasing the organic spinach and kale, discovering your favourite apple, squeezing your lemons, washing the produce and blending it. Considering all the goodness you're eating before you drink it. There is power in that. You're seeing it, thinking it, handling it, consuming it. So many touch points for positive intention. Drinking a thoughtfully made green drink seems to feel inherently good, it's hard to ignore. Check out the Goods smoothie archives