baby it’s cold outside

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Soup’s on! Peel and cube sweet potatoes.

 

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Roast sweet potatoes (this step is not necessary but I find that the soup is even more flavourful when you roast the potatoes).

 

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Coarsely chop onion. Add coconut oil to a large saucepan and cook onion. Stir in ground coriander + curry powder.

 

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Add sweet potatoes, stir, then add hot vegetable stock.

 

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Add white beans (I used cannellini), and puree.

 

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Stir in balsamic vinegar + maple syrup. Add salt + pepper to taste.

 

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Enjoy with a dollop of yogurt, chopped parsley and hemp seeds!

 

Sweet potato white bean soup
2 tbsp coconut oil (original recipe called for 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp vegetable oil)
½ onion, coarsely chopped
1 rounded tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground coriander
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (and roasted if you have time)
946 ml carton of vegetable broth (I used Pacific Foods’ low-sodium version)
19 oz can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
plain Greek yogurt (optional)
chopped fresh parsley (optional)
hemp seeds (optional)

Add coconut oil to a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add onion. Cook about 5 minutes until soft but not brown.
Stir in curry powder and coriander, for about 1 minute.
Add sweet potatoes and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
Add hot stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes (or until sweet potatoes are soft).
Add half of the beans and puree until smooth. Add remaining beans.
Stir in vinegar and syrup. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Hemp seeds are a nice touch, too.

breaking bread

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I heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) and I wanted to partake. So I whipped up an open-face avocado sammie with Organic Works Bakery’s gluten-free quinoa and honey bread.

 

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I wish I could share this with you. But since I can’t here’s how to make it: Toast bread and top with avocado chunks, honey goat cheese, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of fresh-ground black pepper. Take a bite.

 

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Lucky for us, FEAST now carries our favourite gluten-free bread so we don’t have to travel to London, Ontario get it.

 

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But we have been known to do so…

 

Any way you slice it, gluten-free people can have their sandwich and eat it too. For all the sammie lovers out there, check this out.

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Organic Works Bakery will be selling and sampling their many varieties of GF bread at Gluten Free Garage—raisin cinnamon; quinoa maple; buckwheat, chickpea and flax; buckwheat chia—along with more of their delicious baked goods. And, get this, owner Peter Cuddy is bringing along the bakery’s buckwheat farmer, George, who grows 300 acres of buckwheat for Organic Works on his farm!

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the Lady is a champ

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Lady York Foods sounds very proper and English but it’s anything but. A local, independent, Italian-owned grocer, Lady York caters to the continental tastes of its diverse Toronto neighbourhood with such a variety of high-end, largely Italian goods that shopping there becomes a process of discovery—just like shopping in a market in a Neapolitan piazza. The biggest surprise, however, is that Lady York is also THE place to shop for imported gluten-free goods. GF enthusiasts from across the city make the trip regularly to the corner of Dufferin Street and Glenbrook Avenue for what’s become a go-to for top-shelf, specialty gluten-free staples and snacks. Responding to customer demand, Lady York adds more gluten-free products, both imported and local, to its shelves every week.

“Lady York has the best selection of gluten-free products from Italy that I can’t find anywhere else,” says Mimi Green, who’s been baking and cooking gluten free for her family ever since her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly 20 years ago.

Lady York co-owner Gabriele Torchetti let us in on how this 55-year-old family-run Italian grocery store has become a champion for the gluten free.

When and why did you start carrying gluten-free products?
We got into the general “health/natural” category about 25 years ago, which naturally included a few gluten-free products, along with organic.

How big is the gluten-free category for your business today?
It has surpassed the organic category in our store and it’s continually getting bigger. We sell more than 70 different gluten-free products.

What are the most popular gluten-free products in the store?
Our bestsellers are the imported cookies and pasta. Our most popular imported brands are Farabella, Scotti, Viazzo, Sarchio, Palmisano and Lazzaroni.

Are most of your gluten-free items imported?
I would estimate that the breakdown is 50% imported and 50% local at the moment, with the imported products—mostly from Italy, where they are very gluten-free savvy—growing a little bit faster.

How do you source the best gluten-free products?
Our best resources are our customers and our gluten-free-designated sales representatives/brokers. We take customer requests seriously. We always try to bring in items that customers ask for because they almost always turn out to be bestsellers!

 

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At Gluten Free Garage, you can fill out a ballot to win one of these gorgeous gift baskets filled with imported and local gluten-free goods courtesy of Lady York Foods!

 

Along with its treasure trove of imported GF goods, Lady York also carries some of our favourite gluten-free products such as Italpasta, JK Gourmet, Neal Brothers, Bix Bakery, enerjive, Hippie Foods, Enjoy Life Foods, Tonica Kombucha, Nomz, Wow Baking Company, GAGA for Gluten-Free and more…

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