Meatless Monday – News

The countdown is on. Only eleven more sleeps before the annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival is here. Highlights include cooking demos, baking competitions, panel discussions and of course lots of vegetarian related food and paraphernalia for purchase.

31st Veg Food Fest: September 11-13

In the meantime, here are some interesting links for the meatless minded. Happy Meatless Monday!
Vegan Queen Isa Chandra Moskowitz Opens Brooklyn Restaurant

The Top 5 Vegetarian Caribbean Restaurants in Toronto

This football player reached his 300 pound goal on a vegan diet

Food Fight

It’s Tomatina time, that famous of food fights involving the tomato. This ‘festival’ has been around for 70 years and takes place in the town of Bunol near the Valencia region in Spain. Its inauspicious beginnings apparently involved a parade, some youth and a rage-inciting incident expressed through the throwing of some local produce.

Now it’s a ‘thing‘ and people travel here from all over the world just for the opportunity to pelt each other with a truckload of tomatoes. Believe it or not, there are even guidelines on when and for how long you can do so.

The festival takes place the last Wednesday of August and there is now an admission fee to participate. Town officials say this is to limit the number of participants for safety reasons.

Google Search on La Tomatina

But I say “why waste good tomatoes?” Would a developing nation hold a food fight festival with the little food they have to feed their population? Highly unlikely. Such is the whimsy of privilege and abundance.

Tomatoes don’t even originate in this part of the world. They were expropriated from Mexico by Spanish explorers of the time and are now found throughout the world. What would Italian pizza or Spanish paella be without tomato?

Chicken or egg?
To-may-to or to-ma-to?

Tomato is botanically a fruit but used and consumed as a vegetable. It belongs to the nightshade family of plants Solanaceae which also includes eggplant, potato and bell peppers. Besides being the centre of a dish and accompanying countless others, the tomato also has health benefits. It is most famous for its naturally occurring  anti cancer chemical, lycopene. This antioxidant is best obtained when the tomato is cooked.

The World’s Healthiest Foods – Tomato

Tomatoes also contain vitamin C, beta carotene (vegetable source precursor to vitamin A), manganese, vitamin E and numerous other phytonutrients. It is also linked to heart health and bone health. Check out the web and virtually every cookbook known to humankind for any number of recipes involving tomatoes.

Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015

 

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No Way, No How!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Red Pill, Blue¬†Pill.”

Food is more than just nourishment for the body. It is present at every life event, used for emotional comfort and even exploited for monetary gain.

Pills are often seen as a panacea for whatever ails us. A pill that provides our total daily nutrient requirements cannot duplicate the cultural significance and sensual pleasure we get from preparing, savouring and often devouring our food.

Red Pill, Blue Pill
Black Pill, No Pill

From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere!”
~Dr. Seuss~