Archive for December, 2011

Video: Vancouver Organic Cafe & Pie Shop-Aphrodite’s

“Local, Organic and In-Season” are words that describe Vancouver’s Aphrodite Cafe & Pie Shop fare.  If you haven’t tried Aphrodite’s yet, you’re in for a treat–a delicious and nutritious treat! Located near Banyen Books at 3598 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver, you’ll find a menu which includes local organic fish, poultry, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Aphrodite’s is known for its pies,  fruit and cream pies made from all organic ingredients and local organic fruits and berries.  You can also find “organic wheat and gluten-free and vegan pies for those with special dietary requirements.” Of course, at this time of year ENJOYMENT might be the only “requirement”!

[For more information, visit Aphrodite’s online.]

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Photo:  Juka Organics neutraceutical pet supplements/food homepage illustration

If that’s a salmon steak in the dog’s mouth, then it’s probably organic! At least if Juka Organics is the supplier.

Juka Organics is a pet supplements or superfoods supplier with outlets across Canada.  Leading-edge nutrition from organic sources is what you can expect for your pets.  AND, there’s a contest happening now! If you enter, you have a chance to win $150’s worth of Juka products PLUS  a signed portrait of your pet by Dr. Marion Smart.

Here’s how to ENTER the CONTEST:

1–Try any or all of JUKA Organics products and send in your testimonials with before and after pictures of your PET.

2. How to Enter:
Go to Contact Juka Organics.

3. Eligibility:
To be eligible you must be 18 years of age.  Your pet can be any age.

4. Prizes:
Three chances to win $150.00 worth of JUKA Organics products and signed watercolour portrait of your pet by Dr. Marion Smart (best known from the documentary “A Dog’s Breakfast” and her book Not Fit for a Dog – The Truth About Manufactured Dog and Cat Food that she co-authoured with Michael W. Fox and Elizabeth Hodgkins).

5. Prize Drawing:
At 12am PST on March 31, 2012, the contest will be closed and the winners will be chosen within 7 working business days. [Source: Juka Organics 2011/2012 Contest]

To even more appreciate “organic” pet food sources, check out What’s Really in Pet Food?” posted on The Healthy Hound or “The True Horrors of Pet Food Revealed” courtesy of Health Freedom Alliance.]

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Photo: a selection of dried fruits 

This recipe is based on a Christmas Cake original from Robert Edge, Capers Bakery Supervisor in 1993. It’s designed especially for those who do NOT usually enjoy Christmas Cake.

Ingredients for TWO CAKES:  organic apricots, pecans, almonds, raisins, cranberries, dates, orange juice, apple juice or cider, brandy, butter, gmo-free canola oil, organic brown sugar, honey, organic or free range eggs, organic flour, cinnamon, baking powder, allspice and sea salt.

In bowl # ONE (a really BIG bowl) mix together:  ¾ c butter, ½ c gmo-free canola oil, 1 c plus a tablespoon organic brown sugar, 1 c  honey and 5 large free range or organic eggs.

In Bowl # TWO (not so big) mix together:  2 c organic flour (wheat unless allergic and prefer substitute), 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp sea salt AND ½ lb dried apricots (coarsely chopped), ½ lb large pecan pieces, ½ lb coarsely chopped almonds, ¾ lb raisins, ¾ lb frozen cranberries, and ¾ lb pitted dates (coarsely chopped).

Now, ADD 1.2 c plus 1 tblsp fresh orange juice to  Bowl # ONE (containing creamed butter, oil and sugars) and mix. ADD flour and fruit mixture from Bowl #TWO to Bowl #ONE (the BIG bowl). Stir until the fruit  is ALL evenly distributed.

BAKE at 275 degrees in two well-greased 10-inch round, 3” deep baking pans for 1 ½ to 2 hours (until toothpick comes out clean).

FINALLY, mix 1/3 c of brandy and ¼ c of apple juice or cider in sterile spray bottle. While cakes are still warm, spray generously. Let cakes cool before wrapping tightly and refrigerating. These Christmas Cakes improve with age!

Editor’s Note: This recipe is of course for those who like to bake. For those of us who don’t own cooking bowls or baking pans (and think “baking soda” is only used in refrigerators to absorb odors), here’s a suggestion: BUY Capers Christmas Cakes right off the shelves at Whole Foods Robson, Kitsilano, Cambie Street or Park Royal stores. The Christmas Cakes are available in two sizes. No baking pans required!]

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Photo:  Health Freedom Alliance “chemical apples”  illustration

Why won’t a toxicologist eat microwavable popcorn or a farmer, non-organic potatoes? Why does a fishery expert avoid farmed salmon? The answers are provided by the Health Freedom Alliance and a list of “7 Foods You Should Never Eat.”

Common sense may have already steered you clear of some of the “conventional ” NON-organic  foods on the list. Others on the list might surprise you! Like apples, for instance!

1–According to organic foods expert Mark Kastel, “conventional” apples should be avoided. “If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently.” Eat organic instead!

2–Fredrick Vom Saal, a University of Missouri endocrinologist, will NOT eat canned tomatoes. Here’s why: “The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food.” Organic is NOT the only remedy for this problem, though. You can buy tomatoes IN BOTTLES. No leaching will happen then.

3–Olga Naidenko, a toxicologist for the Environmental Working Group, will NOT eat microwave popcorn. Naidenko says, “Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans….In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize–and migrate into your popcorn.” These chemicals can stay in your body for years. Eat organic popcorn made with a hot air popper or in a skillet.

4–Jeffrey Moyer, Chairman of the National Organic Standards Board, won’t eat NON-organic potatoes. His reason: “Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes–the nation’s most popular vegetable–they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.” Washing the skins is NOT a remedy. Eat ORGANIC potatoes!

The OTHER three foods on the list are farmed salmon, corn-fed beef AND milk produced with artificial hormones. For the reasons WHY to avoid these foods, see Health Freedom Alliance “7 Foods You Should Never Eat.”]

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Video: Dragons’ Den Darlings, the Holy Crap (organic cereal) Story

Holy Crap organic cereal? This has got to be one of the all-time-great product names!  The name comes from what’s actually in the cereal, cranberries, raisins, apple pie ( a combination of apple and cinnamon).  As you see in the video above, Dragon’s Den investors loved the cereal, the name and the taste. 

But the local Sunshine Coast couple responsible for the cereal did NOT in fact have to take any of the money offered! Just being featured on the entrepreneurial television reality show Dragon’s Den was enough to send orders for the cereal rocketing from a few dozen to thousands.  Now, a year later, sales for Holy Crap Cereal are upwards of $5 million dollars!

Corin and Brian Mullens are the retired “whizz kids” behind Holy Crap. Corin was initially “horrified” at Brian’s suggested name for the cereal.

“I said I would never sell Holy Crap. But [Brian] talked me into it because we’re only supposed to do [the business] for the summer. We are supposed to be retired. Their aspirations for the cereal were modest as Brian had retired from a career in marketing and Corin had retired as a flight attendant for Air Canada. They sought a quiet life on the Sunshine Coast.”

“But the first day selling the cereal as Holy Crap I sold a hundred bags,” she said. “We never went back; I sell Holy Crap now.”

[For more about Holy Crap organic cereal, see today’s Vancouver SUN “Holy Crap! Sunshine Coast cereal success stays close to its roots.”] To order, visit Holy Crap online for store locations in Canada and the US (Washington State).

The short video below gives you a close up look at what’s in the cereal bowl.  Healthy AND delicious!

Video: Holy Crap cereal serving suggestions

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