Peas + Thank You sandwiches

Toronto Veg Spring Market

More than 40 vendors gathered at the Artscape Wychwood Barns last Sunday, serving up plant-based fare to satisfy anyone's tastes. Hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the second annual Veg Spring Market offered plenty of sweet, savoury, saucy, spicy and cheezy treats. Check out the highlights below. It's a Sausage Party With names like The … Continue reading Toronto Veg Spring Market

Miami Beach

My South Beach diet

Miami Beach was a much needed break from the long Canadian winter--five days of gazing at swaying palm trees, sipping on super-sized cocktails and dipping my pasty feet into the warm, turquoise ocean. (My skin is finally a shade darker than the sand.) Art Deco urban with a mellow Cuban vibe. At the heart of … Continue reading My South Beach diet

Swiss chard

Rooftop to table: spaghetti with roasted swiss chard, eggplant, tomatoes and carrots

Downtown Toronto may be known as a concrete jungle, but the University of Toronto campus is blessed with lush pockets of greenery -- towering walls of ivy, manicured beds of perennials and even a tropical bamboo garden. Every day this plant-obsessed lady feels grateful to work in such a picturesque setting. I recently learned of another … Continue reading Rooftop to table: spaghetti with roasted swiss chard, eggplant, tomatoes and carrots

baked French toast with blueberries, figs and maple syrup

Baked French toast with fresh figs and berries

  After a long, steamy summer in Toronto, it feels like Mother Nature declared tropical season over with a dramatic wave of her arm. To help ease the transition into autumn, let's shift our appetite to French toast. Baked in a sweet, creamy batter. Topped with oats, almond slices and coconut flakes, and a sprinkling … Continue reading Baked French toast with fresh figs and berries

pineapple rice bowl

Pineapple boat with spicy fried rice

This summer I'm having so much fun dishing up food in bowls made from food, like this vodka watermelon slush last week. Here, pineapple is sure to impress the party as a vessel for Thai-style fried rice. It's also ideal for noodles, salads, fruit, smoothies and yogurt bowls. When you're done, don't toss the leafy crown—the … Continue reading Pineapple boat with spicy fried rice

vodka watermelon slush bowl

Vodka watermelon slush

Summer's quintessential fruit makes a cool cocktail when vodka enters the scene. Refreshingly sweet and tangy to keep you hydrated during a heat wave, it's even more fun when the slush is served up in a watermelon bowl. Prep time: 10 minutes Blending time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes 1 medium watermelon juice of … Continue reading Vodka watermelon slush