Vegan MoFo Day 24: Toronto

October 24th, 2011 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, Savory, sugar-free, vegan mofo · Comments
Happy Monday MoFoers. I hope you didn’t mind too much that I gave you all the gift of silence on Friday and Saturday. I tried to make up for it with a double post on Sunday. I promise the Coconut Cranberry Tart is something special.
I don’t have a good excuse for missing my Friday post – I was tired. On Saturday, I was busy at Belmonte Raw and at an amazing vegan potluck hosted by Willie. I spent the whole night chatting and left my camera zipped up in my bag. You’ll just have to imagine a house full of smiling faces, raucous laughter, and incredible food because I have no photos to commemorate the event. Everyone prepared something special and I felt very blessed. I didn’t get home until midnight and missed my entire posting window.
You might think a bon voyage party is a bad idea, that being around my favourite people would have me rethinking my plans to travel but instead their support and encouragement seems to have given me the confidence I need to head off on my own. They all just believe that it will be an amazing adventure designed just for me. I know that even if they’re wrong, the stories will be worth it.
As I continue to pack up my life, hand off my work tasks and stuff everything I need into one small backpack I feel a bit sentimental.
I’ve never looked at my smooth subway ride, the clean bathrooms at work or the convenience of eating vegan in Toronto with such appreciation. I’m sure my perpective will change while I’m away. That’s all part of the journey.
There is one thing I’m convinced will be constant. My love of:

KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE, KALE,

Did you know that kale is not available in India. Not at all. I know that I will find local greens to appreciate but I don’t think anything will truly replace my kale.

In anticipation of our separation I made a big batch of Chef AJ’s Hail to the Kale Salad to honour my good friend. You can watch AJ make her version live here. The recipe pairs kale with a rich almond butter dressing. This is definitely the dish that will make me buy that return ticket in February.

All week long I plan to share recipes from the countries I’m visiting over the coming months.

What food do you miss when you’re far from home?

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