Thursday, March 26, 2009

Special (and Last) Community Eats Lunch Tomorrow!

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow will be our last Community Eats of the school year! This lunch is a special collaboration with the class of Geography 495, CIPO-Van and our special guest cook Doña Vicky.

Some of you may remember the Community Eats/Geography 495/BC CASA collaboration last year with the film about Canadian mining companies in Guatemala. This year's theme for this unique class is "Trans-local Approaches to Food Sovereignty & Social Justice: connecting communities in Mexico & B.C. through Community Service Learning." Doña Vicky is the coordinator of a woman's co-operative in Oaxaca who is visiting Vancouver to share and trade knowledge with us in our collaboration. We are very thankful to Doña Vicky for her collaboration and expertise on this special meal.

The special Mexican menu will be Caldo de papa con Arroz Rojo y Frijoles / Potato Soup with Mexican Rice and Beans.
Friday March 27, 11:30am - 1:30pm (or until the food runs out) in Sprouts, SUB basement.
This lunch will be a fundraiser for our collaboration with CIPO-Van and we will be asking for a donation (minimum $2) to cover our costs and raise some funds for this project.

Members of the Geography 495 class will be at the lunch tomorrow, as well as Doña Vicky, and we hope that you will come and enjoy the food that we have prepared for you.
Bring a container, a fork and a friend.

Thanks so much for your continued support this year, until next semester!


P.s. If you are interested in getting involved in CE next year, please send me an email at

Friday, March 13, 2009

Shepherd's Pie Recipe and Discussion Group

Hi friends,

Here is Adrick's recipe for the Shepherd's Pie that we all enjoyed at Community Eats today. Also, below is an announcement about a discussion group that some friends of Community Eats are holding at Sprouts on Monday.

Have a good weekend,

Heather and CE

1. Vegan Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Mashed Potatoes:

four large potatoes
three medium sized yams
knob of butter (or) tbsp olive oil
splash of soy milk
salt and pepper

Cut yams/potato into chunks, boil until soft, adding the yams a little bit later than the potatoes, as they cook faster. Drain. Mash with oil/butter and soy milk, add salt and pepper to taste. Spread half of mash on a pie plate or deep dish baking pan. Reserve second half for the crust.


2 cups dry lentils, cooked
tomato, uncooked

Pepper (any colour, maybe not green)

Spread cooked lentils on the mashed potato base, toss in diced fresh tomato.

Spread the diced vegetables on a baking sheet. Toss with oil, salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Bake 20 minutes at 350F, until crispy and soft on the inside.

Spread the roasted veg on top of the lentil/tomato layer. Press down with a spatula. Add the remaining mash, spread on top as a sandwich layer. Bake at 350F for 40 - 50 minutes, until the filling is heated through and the crust is golden!

Enjoy with wine, beer, cider and good company on a winter's eve!

2. The Pleasure in Eating Discussion Group

Come share your thoughts and ideas about what it means to "eat with pleasure" in a discussion group facilitated by two fellow UBC students.

In a safe and comfortable environment, we will be exploring how to rediscover food's purpose in our lives amidst the confusing messages we often encounter in our society.

When: Monday, March 16th, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Sprouts (SUB basement, room 66)

Light snack and tea to follow.

Spots are limited. Please RSVP by Friday, March 13th to:

We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sprouts is out of debt and in need of new leaders

Hi CE peoples,

Below is some exciting news from Sprouts, and a call out to find dedicated and involved people to run the show next year.
But first, some exciting news for CE - we are having a Community Eats Strategic Planning Meeting. If you are interested in helping out more with Community Eats next year or if you just have some good ideas for where our organization should go, please send me (Heather) an email at What comes out of the meeting on Monday will be posted here to keep you all up to date.

Stay tuned for an in-depth email about positions that need filling for Community Eats next year...there are lots! Also, head to Sprouts today to get some free Terra Bread, courtesy of Community Eats' dedicated volunteers!

Heather Russell
Community Eats Director


Hello friends of Sprouts,
Today, Martin and Sophie (the president and treasurer) were going over our budget for last moth and we can now announce that we are officially out of debt!!!

For those of you who don't know, when Sprouts reopened as a café in January 2008, we had $48,000 of debt. With the help of the AMS and the UBC community, we were able to eliminate our debt in just over a year. (In fact, we were only open for 9 months of that year.) This debt has been a bit of an albatross for us, so with this debt out of the way, Sprouts can only continue to grow.

We are going to continue to re-invest our profit into developing educational initiatives on campus, such as our workshops, but if you have any suggestions for us about what to do with this profit, e-mail us at

Also, keep your ears (or your facebook) peeled for info on the upcoming party we're going to have to celebrate this milestone. It will most likely happen by the end of the month so that our Katimakid can be there.

On a more important note, we need people to staff next year's executive board - the people who organize everything Sprouts-related. Go to and have a look at the positions; they're a bit different from this years'. Applications are due March 15th, so get cracking! If you have any questions, doubts or concerns about any of the positions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Jeremy, Sprouts Store Coordinator

Monday, March 2, 2009

hey all you UBC foodies...

Check out some other UBC food-related initiatives:

UBC Dollar Project Recipe Contest:

Student Kitchen Project: