We had quite a weekend. An ice storm hit the Greater Toronto Area and it’s mid-April. We stayed indoors for the most part and thankfully we picked up our groceries on Friday night so we had enough food. I made the above Coconut Milk French Toast and it turned out really well with a strong coconut flavour. My husband’s first bite went like this, “Mmm!” with eyes glowing 👀. Recipe is listed below.
Back to this crazy storm, the trees were covered in icicles similar to the ice storm in 2013. My backyard turned into a skating rink so much that our dog was gliding from end to end desperately trying to find a spot to pee. The new rabbit nest that we’ve been monitoring is destroyed by the heavy winds and we’re not sure if the mother bunny will return to have her babies there. [We are pretty upset about this (every year since 2014 we’ve had a new litter of wild baby rabbits and it’s incredible to watch them grow)]. Even the power lines were frozen causing us to lose power in the middle of the night. These are very abnormal weather patterns for what’s supposed to be a warm Spring. Unfortunately, a lot of it is thanks to global warming which is caused by greenhouse gases which is caused by human activity. Top contributors include overpopulation, transportation, electricity, industry and agriculture.
To some, “global warming” is just another term that is disregarded. Most people don’t take it seriously and ignore it as if it has nothing to do with them, but it has everything to do with them and their families. Some carry on living their lives hoping the next generation (their children) will find a solution. But if we don’t start doing something now, it will be too late for the next generation to fix it. There are many things we can do, small and large, to help resolve this issue COLLECTIVELY. But before I start listing any suggestions, it’s important to understand the science behind it. So I’ve broken it down here.
What is a Greenhouse gas?
It’s a gas that traps warmth in our atmosphere.
What and where do these gases come from?
- CO2 comes from the burning of fossil fuels, solid waste, trees and wood products.
- “Methane is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane emissions also result from livestock and other agricultural practices and by the decay of organic waste in municipal solid waste landfills.”
- “Nitrous oxide is emitted during agricultural and industrial activities, as well as during combustion of fossil fuels and solid waste.”
- “Fluorinated gases are synthetic, powerful greenhouse gases that are emitted from a variety of industrial processes.”
How do we reduce these gas emissions?
- Be mindful of what you eat. Support organic and local foods. Avoid processed food. “And eat low on the food chain — at least one meat-free meal a day — since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production” – David Suzuki. Participate in meatless Monday!
- Reduce your waste. Garbage buried in landfills produce methane gas which is very potent in greenhouse gases
- Fly less. Planes produce high levels of carbon. Consider reducing your travels to one round trip a year or vacation closer to home
- Commute in an Eco-friendly manner. Take advantage of public transport. Or better yet walk or bike to work.
- Support renewable energy for your home and car. Look into companies that provide this option.
- Upgrade your home to energy efficient sources. Unplug electronics when not in use, turn off lights, wash clothes in cold water and hang dry. Change lightbulbs to fluorescents or LEDS. Install a programmable thermostat.
- Be wise about what you purchase and whether you really need that item.
- Educate yourself on climate change.
It’s time that we try to make adjustments to our lifestyles or we will continue to see harmful weather patterns, environmental disasters, water rationing, low food resources, and highs rates of emigration. Even if the adjustments are small, collectively every bit counts. I truly believe if we all participate together, we can reduce the effects of climate change down the road.
COCONUT MILK FRENCH TOAST (VEGETARIAN)
YIELDS 2 PIECES, SERVES 1 | PREP TIME 5 MINS | COOK TIME 6 MINS
- 2 pieces of bread
- 1/4 cup organic canned coconut milk
- 1 free-range organic egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp organic coconut oil
- Maple syrup
- Any berry of your choice
- Optional: coconut flakes
- In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Dunk both sides of bread into egg mixture until it is soaked.
- In a non-stick frying pan set on medium-high heat, heat coconut oil. Fry your french toast on both sides until golden brown, 3 minutes each side approximately. Repeat for second piece of bread.
- Serve immediately with your choice of fruit, maple syrup and coconut flakes, optional. Enjoy!
For this recipe, I’m using Thai Kitchen organic coconut milk and free-range organic eggs by Burnbrae Farms both of which can be found at Sobeys.