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Gluten Free and Vegan Safe Candy list!

Happy almost Hallowe’en everyone! What are you dressing up as? I’m going to be Joan from Madmen. I tried to do my hair last night, but failed big time, I’m going to a salon for that.

Mat and I are going to a party where our hostess is being kind enough to make vegan and gluten free items for us. I’ll settle for a veggie platter. Its’ amazing how many candies have gluten in them.

Check out celiac.com for a list of safe and NOT safe gluten free candy:
http://www.celiac.com/articles/22323/1/Gluten-friendly-and-Gluten-Free-Candy-and-Treats-for-Halloween-2010/Page1.html

Here’s a list from Petakids.com for Vegan friendly candy:
http://www.petakids.com/candy.asp

Have a great weekend everyone!

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An Aireater Cooking Attempt: Shiitake Mushroom Bacon!

Last night Mat and I decided to make the shiitake mushroom bacon I blogged about. It was pretty simple, we followed the Youtube video instructions from this video:

I cut up two packages of mushrooms and sliced them. I didn’t really know what measurements to use, the instructions in the video aren’t really measured, so I used 1/8th of a cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/8th of a cup of Bragg’s All Purpose Liquid Soy seasoning and tossed to coat. I let it sit for about 5 minutes. I used a timer for this, I don’t know if it really matters to be specific about the soaking time, but I thought it best to try.

On an aluminum foil covered baking sheet I placed each strip:

Placed them in the oven at 400 degrees and watched the oven for 10 minutes. They sizzled and as they were cut too thick, they took longer, about 14 minutes.

Here’s what they looked like after:

 

After, I realized I should have cut them thinner to create a crispy bacon texture. I rather enjoyed them as is, Mat was more of a crispy fan, but it’s up to you and preference. Perfect for salads, or to crumble on top of any dish really, they had a great texture and wonderful smell. Mind you, you really have to like mushrooms for this, or you might be turned off by this.

There you have it – it works!

Happy eating!
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GIC 2010: Green Beaver Gluten Free Vegan Health & Beauty products

Green Beaver, a Canadian company, had a booth at the Grocery Innovations Canada 2010 trade show. I was incredibly surprised to see their blatant display of gluten free, vegan, health and beauty products. Amazing.

I was immediately attracted to the lip shimmer products.

Green Beaver Lip Shimmer aireater.com

Green Beaver Lip Shimmer Photo by: Lidia Le François

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GIC 2010: Planet People – iQ, Eco Friendly Cleaning

The Grocery Innovations show was pretty overwhelming and required strategy in terms of navigation alone.

Here’s the view from just waiting in line:

Grocery Innovation Show 2010 Waiting in line aireater.com

Grocery Innovation Show 2010 Waiting in line Photo by: Lidia Le François

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Ben & Matt’s Gluten Free Bundle Winner!

Congrats Vanessa B. !!!

You’re the lucky winner of the awesome Cookies Galore Gluten Free Gift Bundle from Ben & Matt’s!

Cookies Galore B&M Gluten Free Gift Bundles

Cookies Galore B&M Gluten Free Gift Bundles

BEN & MATT’S GLUTEN FREE GIFT BUNDLES are an easy and affordable way to give the celiac in your life a really nice treat. I highly suggest supporting this Canadian company trying to make a difference in the lives of Celiacs.

Contact Rebecca: rebecca@benandmattsglutenfreegiftbundles.ca
Twitter: @bmglutenfreegb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Matts-Gluten-Free-Gift-Bundles/154535501242501?ref=ts

Thank you everyone for entering!
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Grocery Innovations 2010 Review Part One

Today I went to the Grocery Innovations Canada trade show. The show is located at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke.

The line up was pretty long even an hour before the show began:

 

Grocery Innovations 2010 Trade Show line up aireater.com

Grocery Innovations 2010 Trade Show line up Photo by: Lidia Le François

 

From the website:
“The Grocery Innovations Canada 2010 Trade Show is the place for grocery retailers to source and buy new products, services and technologies. Our Trade Show Floor is packed with exhibits, many products launched for the first time. From local producers to large national brands every category is represented.”

It certainly was packed and it took me roughly four hours to walk the show, stopping at booths, chatting with people and in between going back to my work’s booth.

There were more than 350 exhibitors, approximately 60,000 square feet of space and many samples, food and otherwise.

Here is a list of vendors I spoke with:
– Planet People
– Green Beaver
– El Peto
– Colgate
– Sun-Rype
– udi’s
– So Delicious
– Del Monte
– camino
– Eco Guardian
– Old Dutch
– Smucker’s

Just to name a few.

Throughout the week I’ll go into more detail about the above vendors. Some of the vendors I know and have their products in my kitchen, some are new to me and require more thinking.

Grocery Innovations is certainly a fun show for the industry and I’d recommend it to foodies who are curious about up and coming products.Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

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Grocery Innovation Show 2010

Today, I’m going to the Grocery Innivation show, I’m looking forward to seeing all the natural food and enivornmentally friendly companies. I’ll try to take photographs of booths, but I’m not sure what the policy is about that.

I should have interesting things to say tomorrow.

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Ecofriendly Packaging – Plastic Made from Corn

I love packaging, I work in packaging and I think I stare at labels and ingredient statements longer than the average person. I was at Costco yesterday buying supplies for a work function and came across these plastic cups that were plant based. Amazing. I’ve heard of such things, but hadn’t physically seen such product.

This type of movement, to plant based substrates is exciting and a positive step in the right direction.

Now, what exactly is this stuff made from?

It’s made from PLA. What the heck is PLA? Here’s a definition from Ecoproducts.com:

“What is PLA?
PLA stands for polylactic acid, or Polylactide, a versatile polymer produced by NatureWorks LLC. PLA is made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from starch and starch is made from carbon dioxide and water. Ingeo™ biopolymer is the world’s first and only performance plastic made from 100% annually renewable resources. It offers the cost and performance necessary to compete with traditional petroleum-based materials in the packaging and serviceware markets. Clear and strong like petroleum-based plastic, but with the crucial benefit of being commercially compostable.

The basic raw materials for the biopolymerare carbon dioxide and water. Growing plants, like corn, take these building blocks from the atmosphere and the soil. They are combined in the plant to make carbohydrates (sucrose and starch) through a process driven by sunlight called photosynthesis.”

Pretty neat stuff!

I’m always looking for greener products and ways to reduce my carbon footprint. I highly suggest looking out for such products and being diligent about the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. Yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s getting pretty gross out there with landfills piling up in the Northern Pacific Ocean and the food chain.

Here’s a neat way to reuse computers:

Recycled computers aireater.com

Recycled computers from Sustainability Ninja

Whatever you decide to do, trying to make your consumption habits green a little each time will be helpful in the long run.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Ps. This has totally sounded like an episode of Captain Planet, which ruled, by the way.

Captain Planet aireater.com

Captain Planet

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What do you have for Breakfast – Vegan/Gluten Free?

Just talking to so many people about their eating habits, I’m always curious, so I thought I’d make a poll.

What do you eat for breakfast? I’m a Larabar kind of girl during the week. It’s easy, fast and I enjoy a sweet bite in the morning. Mat is a devoted Vega smoothie man. Every morning that VitaMix goes off and scares the cats. I’m sure the neighbours love that.

What do you do? I’d love to learn about other recipes that would be yummy.

Here’s a poll I created – please feel free to comment and share recipes.

Happy eating!

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Aireater Contest #3: BEN & MATT’S GLUTEN FREE GIFT BUNDLES

Aireater.com is doing a third contest. This contest is open to Canadian residents only. This time with BEN & MATT’S GLUTEN FREE GIFT BUNDLES

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