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Monday, March 12th, 2007
4:11 pm
Hey full-bellied friends.
This community is in transition--- I'm a bit busy right now dealing with my own not-always-cooperative full belly. Nevertheless, I have dreams of heading up web communities/zines/other sorts of forumns for discussion of all things food and plan to post now and then on here when I can- and you can too!
At least temporarly though, don't bank on lots of action on here... unless you want to create it!
Happy food-ing!
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
5:52 pm
HOLY HELL! I am astounded by the vegan decadence--- apparently they are yum too. We already ordered our wedding carrot cake from Sweets from the Earth (cause it is the ultimate!) but dude, I dream of a fridge full of these cheesecakes...too bad they don't ship. **lost in fantasy of cheesecake gluttony on NY honeymoon**
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
6:48 pm
you need to eat this
World's Best Peanut Sauce
Yes, recipes for peanut sauce abound. I love most peanut sauces... in fact, I love most anything containing peanut butter. But this sauce is superior. I like it on soba noodles with carrots, red pepper, and baby corn and topped with crushed peanuts, red pepper flakes, and seseme seeds. But, really, it would taste good on stale bread- it's THAT yummee.
For my IBS friends, I must admit it's a bit fatty. Still, a little goes a long way, and you could have it on some rice or pasta that would give you some nice soluable fibre as a base. I personally am intolerant to soy, so I just put extra rice vinegar to taste. Some times I use extra hot sauce too- depending on the spicyness of the sauce at hand.
Anyway, this recipe is from Venturesome Vegetarian... with due respect to the wonderful Sarah Kramer, I have to say that it is, in my opinion, the best vegan cookbook out there (with all of Sarah's as ridiculously close seconds... Sarah rules)

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup brown rice vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 inch piece ginger
2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 Tbsp seseme oil
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp hot sauce

Sunday, January 28th, 2007
9:00 am
mmmmmmmmm brownies
These vegan brownies are amazing. I'm not even a giant chocolate person/brownie person but these will knock your socks off. Thanks to my friend- the wonderful and inventive cook ARUNA!

Preheat the oven to 180 C.- Grease and dust with kamut flour a square brownie pan.

Sift together:
1 cup kamut flour
1/4 t salt
2 t gluten free baking powder

In a saucepan, melt:
1 cup vegan (milk-free) margarine
Remove from heat and add:
1 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened apple butter
1 cup loosely packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup loosely packed light brown (golden) sugar
1 t vanilla

Blend well. When thoroughly blended, add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing well after each addition. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan. Smooth to ensure that batter is evenly distributed in the pan. Bake for 25 minutes, checking after 20 minutes for doneness. Test with a toothpick: if the toothpick comes out clean, the brownies are ready to come out of the oven.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Melt 1/3 cup vegan (milk free) margarine in a small saucepan.
Add 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 t. vanilla, 2/3 cup icing sugar. Blend well. Add soya milk (or rice milk) one T at a time until a silky texture is achieved (about 2-3 T). Cool frosting to room temperature and frost once cake is cool. Makes a shiny silky chocolate coating, great for brownies, cookies and sundaes.
Sunday, January 21st, 2007
8:32 pm
warning etc.
First, Banjara Restaurant is GREAT. Now this Toronto restaurant has not been lacking in popular acclaim but I must add to it. It rules. I highly reccomend the chana masala! It is located at Christie Pitts. Prices are reasonable, food great and I definitely plan to take advantage soon of its FREE DELIVERY.
Go there.
Now my warning: Beware vegans of rice cream cheese... the blue package kind with Rice in cursive is incredibly yummee until you realize there is casean and lactic acid in it! What a crazy product... rice cream cheese that has dairy anyhow. Well, if you are not vegan and want a tasty low-fat spread, it friggin rocks. But the cows won't thank you.
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
10:07 am
one of my new favourite TO restaurants
Hey there community-
It seems that there have been VERY FEW reviews of SHEBA (on College just East of Bathurst). In fact, it's pretty much invisible online. That needs to change. Why? Because SHEBA deserves oodles of praise. It rocks, it rolls, it has a lot of vegan options. You can get their veg. combo (all of their veg options are vegan) for 10.99 and stuff yourself on yummee spongey bread (made with teff and barley flour) and various delish dishes- cabbage, lentil etc. etc. I think the collard greens one is even IBS friendly.
You need to go. Lots of their entrees are around 7-8 bucks and they RULE! Plus, the folks who work there are super nice and deserve your patronage.
That's my review- now go have yourself an Ethiopian feast.
Saturday, January 6th, 2007
4:17 pm
Hello food-interested world
3 courses in Ryerson University's Food Security Certificate program are being offered by Internet starting January 13, 2007 (to April 20, 2007).
CFNY403 Food Security: Concepts and Principles, Instructor: Dr. Rod MacRae
CFNY404 Food Security: Food Policy and Programs for Food Security, Instructor: Dr. Rod MacRae
CFNY408 Food Security: Urban Food Security, Instructor: Dr. Joe Nasr

For details and links to registration information, see http://www.ryerson.ca/ce/foodsecurity. Course overviews are available at http://www.ryerson.ca/ce/de (click course overviews and scroll down to the course of interest). We encourage those wishing to take courses to register as soon as possible as registration becomes more difficult closer to course start times. Unfortunately, due to changes in Ryerson policy, non-Canadian students will likely have to pay international fees. Contact Rod MacRae (food@ryerson.ca) for further information.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
11:22 am
I love cheesecake
Please join me for United Cheesecake Holiday - the time of year where vegan and nonvegan cheesecakes come together and are honored by you and yours. UCH denotes no gifts, unless they are food or handmade, with focus on eating cheesecake. It is a simple time of year...

Double Decker Chocolate Mint Cheesecake
1/2 c chocolate chips
1 8oz tub vegan cream cheese
3/4 c soy yogurt
1 c firm tofu
3/4 c sugar
egg replacer equivalent to 2 eggs
1/4 c flour
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
2 tb crushed candy cane
1/4 tsp mint extract
chocolate cookie crust (**see below**)

1. Preheat oven to 325 d. Melt chocolate.
2. Blend all ingredients except candy cane, mint extract and chocolate.
3. Take out 1/3 of this mix. For the 2/3 still in the blender add the melted chocolate and blend well.
4. Pour the chocolate into the pie crust. Mix the candy cane and mint extract into the remaining 1/3 mixture and pour this on top of the chocolate. Bake for 50 min.

**chocolate cookie crust
1 1/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
3 tb oil
Press ingredients into a pie pan.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
10:06 pm
Filling the belly bit by bit
OK, all. So, I am attempting to revitalize this thing. I really do feel passionate about food and food issues and am so interested in learning more around the politics of food and in adding to my ever expanding knowledge of what I put in my belly.
So, I'm going to try, at least once a week, to post something of relevance here- articles, recipes, questions etc.
I would love to make a food zine- that's a more long-term goal, but for now, I thought I'd put this space I created to some use.

2 cups flour (I used a random mix of spelt and kamut so you can't go wrong)
11/2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (I probably used extra)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegan margerine
3/4 cup vanilla rice or soy milk (natura soy is very rich so might be good)
1 tsp vanilla (again, I think I used more)
egg replacer equal to 2 eggs
11/2 cups peaches, finely chopped (I used slightly mushy pears and it was GREAT)
1 tbsp brown sugar
Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil an 8 inch cake pan and set aside. In
a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder,
cinnamon, salt. Stir in marg. and combine with hands until well mixed
and forms corse meal. Set aside 1 cup (at least! It's so good!)
Add milk, vanilla, egg replacer and fruit to remaining dough and stir
gently until just mixed. Spoon evenly into cake pan and spread the
reserved mixture on top of cake. Sprinkle top with 1 tbsp of sugar
and bake 40-45 minutes.

Also, does anyone have thoughts on fish? Health wise, environmental wise, animal rights wise... I'm just curious.
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
7:10 pm
on cbc i caught this interview with the author is "cancer gate", among other things the piece went into all the chemicals in household products that were identified as carcinogens by the WHO that are banned in europe but not here, and sometimes aren't even labelled and also that canadian beef is still banned there but because of hormones (huh?). the piece in general was about how environmental factors are downplayed in favor of blaming people for individual lifestyle choices.

anyways i googled this guy cause i was curious and i came across this website, i thought i would share.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
3:41 pm
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
12:22 am
Media Requests for Freegans & Dumpster Divers!! (updated)
Freegan.info, a group and website promoting freeganism, has gotten a
ton of media requests lately from journalists all over the country
who want to find local freegans to interview.

Freeganism is a lifestyle based around adapting practical strategies
to minimize personal consumer impact, cut financial support for the
capitalist system that is destroying the earth and human and animal
lives, and create new methods for people to survive and thrive based
on sharing, mutual aid, social responsibility, and ecological
concern. Freegan practices include dumpster diving for food,
clothing, funiture, etc., squatting buildings, guerilla gardening,
train hopping, and more. If you aren't familiar with freeganism,
visit <http://freegan.info>http://freegan.info. Or for a quick
definition of freeganism, visit

We are still looking for people to talk to media about freeganism in
these cities/regions:

Albany, NY
Bakersfield, CA1.5 hours NE of LA
Bay Area, CA
Boston, MA
Canada (anwhere in the country)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Central FL
Central NY
Chicago, IL
Cincinatti, OH
Gainseville, FL
Ithaca, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Northern VA
Phoenix, AZ
Rochester, NY
Syracuse, NY
Tampa, FL
Toronto, CA
Vancouver, CA
Washington, DC
Wilmington NC

Connecticut (anywhere)
Maine (anywhere)
Massachusetts (anywhere)
New Hampshire (anywhere)
Rhode Island (anywhere)

Anywhere in the UK, especially
London. England
Southeast England
East Midlands, England
(Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire/Leicestershire/Lincolnshire/East Staffordshire)
Yorkshire, England

Anywhere in Australia

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. If
you'd like to participate in a media story in any of the towns listed
below, call Adam at (201) 928-2831 or email adam@freegan.info
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
2:55 pm
keepin yer bellies full and your friends' page clear
sorry fullbellied kids- I actually don't know how to cut. I know. Gasp.
Sooo... I'm going to not put my little article up here afterall. If you're interested in it, I will forward it to you. I just envision all these people with full_bellies as a friend (ALL these people- haha) think, as my enormous post fills the screen "gee, Steph really does suck".
So- I am sorry for anyone already affected by my monstrous post. I'd love to learn how to cut someday...
Friday, September 9th, 2005
2:06 pm
not food

but important:


Global biotech giant Monsanto says its sales of genetically modified cotton seeds in India so far this year are more than double the figure for 2004.

A Monsanto spokeswoman said the 131% jump vindicated Indian farmers' faith in genetically altered cotton seeds.

Environmental activists have opposed Monsanto's attempts to market its products in India over the years.

Critics say GM crops have not been studied adequately and could harm the environment, a charge the firm denies.

Thursday, August 18th, 2005
9:50 pm
fake mac n chesse
i have not tried this one yet. i usually make it the traditional way-ie from scratch-but sometimes you don't want to feel quite so heavy. so i don't forget it.

4 tablespoons Soy margarine
2 cups soy milk
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 of a pound elbow macaroni

1. Boil macaroni
2. Melt margarine in a saucepan.
3. Add flour to margarine and stir (but don't burn)
4. Add nutritional yeast to soymilk, and slowly add mixture to margarine.
5. Stir until thickened (usa a whisk)(be careful not let it get too thick)
6. Stir in turmeric
7. Pour over elbows and mix together
Saturday, July 9th, 2005
11:31 am
new person
Hey I'm new to the community, just kind of stumbled acrossed it well looking for any communities that had to do with Wwoofing. Has anyone in this community ever Been a willing working?

I'm an American Vegan looking for some place interesting to Wwoof
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
10:55 am
new discovery

this is amazing. i'm going to start doing this to everything.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
9:14 am
hot drink suggestions
beyond tea + coffee. give them to me.

i'd prefer it to be something i can access at the supermarket, but if necessary i'll make the pilgrimmage to the obscure health food store and pay up.
Friday, April 1st, 2005
11:20 am

also, i'm not usually big on advertizing one's diets/lifestyle choices on tshirts but this guy is pretty cool:
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
9:32 pm
Yah Scotland

Scottish Executive News

Healthy food at corner shops

A six-month pilot study to introduce healthy food ranges to local
convenience stores has been a great success, according to Health Minister
Andy Kerr speaking ahead of a visit to a local store in Fife which now
provides a range of healthier foods for its customers.

Mr Kerr said:

"I am delighted that this pilot study has proven so successful. It
demonstrates the enormous contribution convenience stores can make in
getting people to eat more healthily.

"One store alone quadrupled sales of fruit and vegetables simply by
increasing the space available for the produce and moving it from the back
of the store to the front. That such small changes can have such a big
impact is extremely encouraging.

"Scotland's health is improving but not fast enough. Major health
inequalities still persist in our society.

"I am fully committed to improving the availability of affordable,
quality healthy food - particularly in low income areas. We will build on
the success of this pilot study and increase the number of local shops
who are committed to providing healthier food choices.

"Currently we have more than 300 shops wanting to take part in the next
phase of this pilot which is great news. Phase 2 will be a 12-month
campaign and we anticipate that this will go a long way to improve the
supply of healthier food options to the less affluent communities within
our country."

David Sands, Managing Director of David Sands Ltd in Kennoway, said:

"We decided to be part of this pilot after conducting a survey which
showed that two thirds of our customers wanted us to sell more healthy

"Since introducing a wider range of healthier food and drink options,
even we have been surprised by their popularity and we are rolling out
these products to all our stores."

The initiative is a partnership between Robert Wiseman Dairies, the
Scottish Grocers' Federation, major operators in the convenience sector
(which includes David Sands Ltd., Aberness Foods (now Somerfield),
Morning Noon and Night (now Scotmid), Botterrills Convenience Stores and C J
Lang & Sons Ltd.) and the Executive's Health Department.

From April to October 2004, a six month pilot study (Phase 1) was
undertaken in order to evaluate the potential of the convenience store
sector to successfully and profitably promote the healthyliving brand and
healthier food choices, with a view to helping inform further action in
this sector.

The total cost of Phase 1 was £20,000, of which 50 per cent was
contributed by the Executive, with the other 50 per cent being contributed by
the industry partners.

All the participating convenience stores acknowledged that the growing
demand for a healthier lifestyle among the Scottish population offered
retailers considerable scope to develop this part of their business.

During the course of Phase 1, the sector tested a wide variety of
potential promotional initiatives including:

- healthy meal deals
- fruit coupons on consumer leaflets
- a free piece of fruit with non-sugar drinks
- free fruit for every child accompanying a parent on a shopping trip
- price promoting fruit and vegetables
- spend £2 and receive a free piece of fruit
- sitting healthy eating options near check out areas
- displaying fruit at checkouts instead of confectionery and snacks
- using the healthyliving apple brand to signpost healthy options
- adopting a secondary school
- issuing flyers to the school to advise of a healthier lunch meal deal
including a free piece of fruit

Some examples of the results:

A 14.6 per cent increase in total soft drink sales and a 21per cent
increase in cash profit was achieved by increasing the range of fruit
drinks and decreasing the range of carbonated drinks available in-store

A promotion featuring a healthy range of ready to eat meals resulted in
a 260 per cent increase in sales

Moving fruit and vegetables from the rear of a store to the front
resulted in a 36 per cent sales increase in the first week and has produced
ongoing increases of 62 per cent

In another store, a 400 per cent increase in sales of fruit and
vegetables was achieved by increasing the space available for this category
and by moving it from the back to the front of the store

A meal deal featuring free orange juice and fruit with every sandwich
resulted in a 50 per cent increase in sales

Another meal deal featuring light yoghurt with a sandwich resulted in
the selling of 740 deals extra to normal business

Displaying pieces of fruit at checkouts rather than confectionery
resulted in the sale of more fruit than confectionery

The initiative is a key component of the Executive's strategy to
improve access to healthier foods in the local community.

There are approximately 5,000 convenience stores currently operating in
Scotland, employing in excess of 25,000 people.

The UK convenience store market is currently growing at twice the rate
of the overall grocery market (4.7 per cent to 2.3 per cent: Source

In Scotland for the 12 months to May 2004, the convenience store market
share was growing at twice the rate of the rest of the UK (i.e. 9.4 per
cent per annum: Source IGD).
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