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chickpea magazine

Chickpea Magazine

who should read it

Anyone who follows a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle should check this out for recipes, travel guides and more. Their content is 100% vegan. Also, if you’re omnivorous chickpea magazine is still pretty cool. I bet you’d like it.

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roasted tomato soup

Roasted Tomato and Zucchini Soup

Even though the Autumn Equinox is on September 22nd the summer is fading. The evenings are crisp and I’ve taken to wearing long socks around the house. This cool season of stretched light and encroaching winter is my favourite time of year. It’s a shadow of what has passed under the summer sun and what will be under the winter moon. The time has come to make soup.

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tomatoes eggplant spaghetti

Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Spaghetti

This roasted tomato and eggplant spaghetti is the perfect meal for a cool or rainy summer night when you’re not trying to beat the heat with a cold supper. Toronto’s disgusting heat kicked in for a few days two weeks ago and I was glad to have some rain. It’s good for the garden and cools down a sweltering house. I served this for dinner on a drizzly evening while a friend was visiting from out of town. It can be a simple one-pot meal that you cook ahead and eat throughout the week or you can dress it up with some garlic bread and salad — which is what I did.

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the everyday ayurvedic cookbook

Review: The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook

who should read it

Anyone who wants to learn more about Ayurvedic practices and cooking.

Note: Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

recipes i tried

Yogi tea, spring spice mix, queen green soup.

highlights

Learning about the general principles of Ayurveda (i.e. eating seasonally, balancing foods and flavours, using ingredients for specific reasons like cooling or warming the body).

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cinnamon bun

Cinnamon Bun at Bunner’s Bakeshop

I’ve spent a lot of time in Kensington Market lately. It’s one of my favourite spots in Toronto. This might have something to do with the high concentration of vegan food options. My last stop was Blackbird Baking Co. More recently, I conquered Bunner’s Bakeshop. I always frequent an establishment at least three times before I feel qualified to write about it. On my last visit, I had a cinnamon bun. I don’t think I’ve had one of these since going on a vegan diet. It was pretty amazing.

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bread

Bread from Blackbird Baking Co.

I love bread. It is a staple food in my diet. Naan bread alongside my veggie curries is one of my favourite things. A fresh baked sourdough loaf is usually on top of my fridge. We use it for toast or sandwiches or dipping in soup. I used to bake baguettes with my roommate in university. She had special pans that we would take out every couple weeks. The warm soft bread was delicious with crumbled blue cheese, jam, butter or honey. Since that time, my diet has changed but my love for bread remains steadfast and true.

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