Posts tagged food.

Most decadent birthday cake of my life

Yesterday was my partner’s birthday and since I didn’t buy him presents, I made a super fancy cake. I was able to go all out with ingredients because on my way out the house to get groceries, I found my missing paycheck so I splurged a little but it could totally be delicious with cheaper ingredients. I made:

  • Chocolate stout cake: mostly followed this recipe but used a darker stout than Guinness. Baked it in a big cast iron skillet greased with tons of butter, so the edges came out like brownie edges. The recipe is super non-vegan but my partner once made one of these vegan (except that Guinness is filtered through non-vegan stuff) during the one week he was vegan, and it was still awesome. You should dump in a little extra cocoa powder (always).
  • Kahlua whipped cream: Most of a pint carton of heavy cream, a nipper of kahlua, some maple syrup. Probably also threw in a little butter.
  • Super-dark chocolate ganache: Based on the one at the cake recipe. I used a bar of 85% cacao dark chocolate, a little sugar, leftover cream, snuck in some chile powder, and a couple spoonfuls of butter. Now that it’s been in the fridge overnight it’s basically fudge.
  • CANDIED BACON: Hell yeah. Burned it and it was still the bomb.

I kept everything separate and we just dressed each piece as we ate it so the whipped cream wouldn’t mush up the cake.

So now I’ll be bragging for a very long time.

reasons i have a problem with people who use health attributes to promote veganism:

gonorrheagogo:

veganfeministsoup:

it’s basically all “WEIGHT LOSS” “GET SKINNIER” “BLAH BLAH BLAH” “BE THIN AND HEALTHY”

nope. DON’T USE VEGANISM TO FAT SHAME. 

IT’S TACKY. AND RUDE.

if you want to talk about health and veganism, talk about it in a completely body positive way. mmmmkay? or else fat vegans all over the internet will haunt you.

i love this!

Also my health isn’t anyone else’s business; if you really are concerned about me and my well-being, you’ll respect my autonomy over what happens to my body and my health.

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karnythia:

therotund:

ihavealotoffeelings:

acciocoolbeans:

marshmallowvodka:

lung-tao:

fitnessviking:

girlgrowingsmall:

I’ll take door number two, Bob?

inb4 anyone calls this unrealistic - I can vouch for those prices as being accurate in California, USA.

Number two for sure.

That’s not one pound of chicken breasts pictured. Those typically tend to weigh about 12oz a breast. So the picture is kinda misleading. (and no, i don’t like being that person who calls it unrealistic)

Those prices are aaaaabsolutely inaccurate for where I live.  I WISH you could get a pound of chicken for that price, holy christ.

Hahahahahahahhahaha no. I hate when this crap goes around. Also, the top will feed a family for longer and can be spread out for more. (Also, like someone else said, that’s not a pound of chicken! And that’s name brand chicken pictured, so extra lol.) I don’t wanna even get into the time for prep and cooking and how that all factors in again when the top takes a minute at most to nuke in the microwave, is easy and portable, and filling enough, but I just mean. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh with this already. 

Yeah, I’ve gotten produce for around those prices, maybe the bread, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen chicken for anywhere near that cheap. Also, as has been pointed out numerous times by numerous people, cost is just one of many, many factors to consider.

Not sorry to be that person, because I remain unwilling to put up with this bullshit.

Those tacquitos = something microwaveable I could take to work versus a bunch of food I’d have to prepare beforehand and find storage for, then eat before it goes bad. Frozen convenience food was invented for a reason - and those reasons still totally exist.

How many times must these be debunked? Everyone doesn’t live in the same place or have the same access to grocery stores that sell fresh food or have the same time & space to cook from scratch. We all know that & yet these ads are based on the idea that everyone everywhere is paying the same prices & has the same resources.

During the year that my neighborhood spent in between grocery stores (and I’m really grateful it was only a year), we had access to absolutely none of what’s pictured on bottom, except for the bananas. But at cornerstores they are nowhere near 47cents a pound, more like 50cents each.

Also, if you gotta feed everybody on frozen microwaveable food, I don’t know that a box of taquitos is necessarily the most representative. Cause they’re mad expensive.

None of these prices are anywhere near accurate to where I live, and this is basically all around an unhelpful way to talk about food and nutrition. What is this supposed to solve?

El Milagro

love of my life

#food  

I hate New England

Being somewhere that isn’t the Southside of Chicago means making tacos for dinner (with tortillas my mommy brought me from Chicago) but being reduced to using mole from a jar and not having anyone’s mom around to help me make it from scratch. Cause that jarred shit is inedible.

#food  #tacos  

-vench-:

healthymindset:

I wish I could show this to my parents especially.

Can we make this into fucking POSTERS?!?

I’m on spring break from work and in need of typography projects; I’ll try to make a poster of this.

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detribalizedaztec:

Ceramic tortilla press, work in progress. All I need to do now is fire it, I can’t wait!

PS, the second picture is flipped so you wouldn’t have to read backwards letters. ;)

It is not an exaggeration to say that this is what my wildest dreams are made of.

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Okra, tomato & kidney bean stew, brown rice, and fried cornbread cakes. Made this while watching Bastards of the Party about the relationship between the LA Bloods & Crips, and the Black Power movement.

thisgrace92:

inothernews:

jayparkinsonmd:

THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

This is just plain wrong.

(via)

“Doctor,” you understand that pre-packaged foods such as potato chips and / or fast food restaurant meals are, by virtue of already being prepared, “cheaper,” yes?  And that 99-cent menus at establishments such as Wendy’s and McDonald’s means that, realistically, no one is actually spending “$27.89” at McDonald’s on a regular basis, right?  Since you’re assuming a family of four (ah, gotta love the idea that every family in America is a family of four!) and you’re also assuming that most families have the time and resources to prepare a meal of “pinto beans and rice” and that somehow in your America the price of milk is still in the vicinity of $1.49 for even a half-gallon.

Doc, how much time do you spend in lower-income neighborhoods?  And do you realize that one in five children now lives below the federal poverty level?  Which means their families aren’t well-off, either, and believe it or not, working a ten- to 12-hour workday five days a week and those 99-cent foodstuffs at the dozens if not hundreds of fast-food establishments littering your neighborhood — especially in larger cities such as New York, LA or Chicago — are suddenly, and sadly, an all-too-real option to preparing a meal of “chicken, salad and potatoes for four.” (Look at this study, for God’s sake, that has a five-fast-food-joint-to-one-supermarket ratio across the U.S.)

As I’ve said before, the methodology behind studies like this are flawed — especially when taking into account that it uses data that is more than 15 years old.  (I’d find you a link to my original post stating this, but I’m getting hungry.)

I’m genuinely curious, as a medical professional and an MPH, whether you’re as fully informed as you think you are — or if you’re basing your presumptions on having only ever served one segment of the population.  You know, the well-off kind that always seems to have the time and resources to buy ingredients for, then prepare, every single one of their very healthy meals.

Yeah, I was jut gonna say, who the hell pays $27 at McDonalds? Any time I go there I just get McDoubles, 99 cents a burger? Yep.

Anyone who actually uses this needs to seriously check their privilege. And to be more specific their privilege to have working appliances, their privilege to have time to cook on those working appliances, and their privilege live in an areas with markets that sell fresh produce. Also they need to take a look at how much those fresh products in the picture actually cost, because I can assure you it’s more than pictured.

Also, I know it’s been said before, but where are you gonna buy 75 cents worth of bread or 55 cents worth of oil? You can’t. You have to buy the whole loaf or the whole bottle of oil, so there’s always some overhead costs associated with cooking.

Our supermarket closed up and stayed closed for a full year until this past spring when another chain opened in that spot. For that year, people in my neighborhood had to take the bus to the suburbs to go to a supermarket, or get rides there (not everyone people around here has a car). There’s a lot of older people by my house; seeing 70 year olds pushing carts full of groceries down the street from the bus, when they were way too tired to do so, made me really sad. I don’t have a car so I couldn’t help them out either.

In the meantime, of the groceries pictured above, the things you could get at either of the corner stores right near here were:

  • bacon
  • salt & pepper
  • green peppers occasionally, but usually half rotten
  • onions occasionally, but also usually half rotten
  • milk
  • canned beans
  • bread, usually not wheat
  • rice, only white

So yes, the bottom meal you could make sometimes, depending on if peppers and onions are around, but rice & beans isn’t really a model of well-rounded nutrition, either. But the year we didn’t have a grocery store, I damn sure ate a LOT of rice & beans.

Conveniently, though, there is a McDonalds directly behind my house.

Another really important thing in this discussion is education. People don’t know how to cook a whole lot of healthy foods. One thing that’s fun for me doing Food Not Bombs is seeing people try new foods, and seeing how excited people can get about foods they don’t normally have a lot of access to. Like last week, we made butternut squash soup; I had no idea so many people hanging out on the Green were into butternut squash, but they were stoked. Today I got a donation of brussel sprouts; hopefully that is also exciting.

My partner grew up on a pretty basic, limited range of foods, so living with me he’s been trying all sorts of new foods and learning how to cook new things. But it’s not as simple as just telling someone they should eat healthier and assuming they know 1. what that means, 2. how to get that food, and 3. how to cook it.

I’ve been talking for a while about making a zine of recipes for each of the vegetables and herbs being grown in the community garden my brother is a part of. They’ve made education and sharing new foods part of that garden project, especially because many of the people in their area are immigrants from a lot of different places. That zine has always been on my backburner, sadly. (If anyone wants to help me put something like that together, let me know, or just give me a kick in the butt to get me started on it.)

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jadedfucker:

readnfight:

jadedfucker:

Revolutionarily: Speaking of vegans…

soydulcedeleche:

jadedfucker:

I’ma go make me some french onion/taco dip and eat it with my ruffle chips… And later I’m making some vegan cheesy potato soup and fried buffalo tofu for my partner. Maybe we’ll get some stuff for strawberry vegan cake too. Mmm.

We’re going to watch Jurassic Park 3(haha so campy) and have a bunch…

you know what it is?

first, some people just hate anything thats not “the norm” so automatically they hear veg or vegan or whatever and theyre like “omg, something must be wrong with you, is that safe?” . oh brother. like they start undermining you as if it hurts them on the inside that you arent eating meat? they cant just fuck off and go about their lives, apparently.

then theres vegans and other folks like you who dont give a fuck what anybody else is doing.

and then theres vegans who evangelicize like christians do. they literally go around preaching and guilt-tripping and spamming dashboards with assorted “i am a better person than you because i dont eat meat and you do, you murderous hoe!”/”why cant the whole world just go vegan?” memes.

and then the above creates reactions from people like me who are like man, ima eat whatever i want, whatevers available to me, i dont care what you eat, leave my ass alone, you do you, we will all be happy LOL

and then people like you get mad, understandably so. haha

Just like all white folk, all vegans ain’t the same. I ain’t care what you eat, as long as you fuel up for the Revolution, sweetie… FEED YO SELF!!!!

Honestly the over the top, radicaler-than-thou shit I couldn’t get away from from many middle-class white vegans, refusing to understand how class, race, and culture played into people’s choices of food or lack thereof, all the worst PETA-type shit, is a good part of why I quit being vegan. I was tired of being associated with it. I felt like such an asshole every time I said I was vegan, it was something I felt strongly about and it was totally ruined for me.

And I was catching that kind of smugness in myself, too, like the way I would look at people who were eating meat around me, and then seeing that I was part of a movement that encouraged me to do that and feel that self-righteousness. It just made me feel like a jerk.

I quit being vegan in the end for mental health reasons but will probably go vegan again some day. But I’ve been thinking about the possibility of being vegan without calling myself vegan, like doing it secretly, just so I don’t have to be roped into veganism as a movement.

And yeah, like yall said, just like not all white people are the same, not all vegans are the same. But sometimes don’t you just get fed up and say, “Daaaaaaaaaaamn, white people!” (I do.) (Like once a week at least.) So I think it’s similar, sometimes I’m just like, “Daaamn, vegans, cut the racist shit if you expect me to join your club!” It’s hard to separate a movement from its individuals.

I have no hate for vegans who try to understand race and class and food being connected; I have plenty of hate for a veganism movement that refuses to do so and then turns around and evangelizes.

As a vegan I totally agree with above comment. I usually refer to myself as Veg now because I don’t consider myself a part of the full vegan movement. Just like I wrote a long review on this horrid vegan picture saying “help cross off another one” and had racism, sexism and homophobia all crossed off on the list(i think it was sexism but I know it was racism and homophobia). I am not at all going to pretend that speciesism is some last form of oppression to mark off the list. WHAT LIES WE’D BE SPREADING!!!

That being said, I couldn’t start eating meat just to prove a system of folly wrong. I’m not sure how much you stopped being vegan but i personally don’t put those things in my system because I feel sick when I do(oh I’ve tried in the past, it’s just my body saying no) and now that I’ve been vegan for a long time, I would definitely get sick if I ate those things and I don’t think it a good idea to try it especially while pregnant or at all. That’s just me though. I enjoy eating a plant based diet and it opened up my bad eating habits to more wider options(I have huge problems with textures and get stuck in eating ruts a LOT). BUT I DO NOT ENJOY SEEING IGNORANT SHIT BEING PUT OUT THERE AS IF ALL OF US WHO EAT A DIET BASED ON PLANTS ALONE ARE THE SAME(I’m not saying that above person who thought it was just her is who I’m speaking about, there are MANY out there who pass these ideas around, just like the opposite)!

I think all vegans have had their radical vegan moments but right now, my people are still in a world wide genocide!!! A FUCKING GENOCIDE!!! And it hasn’t stopped it’s just become more acceptable and beloved by all. I WILL FIGHT FOR THIS CAUSE AND I WILL FIGHT FOR IT EVEN IF IT MEANS I HAVE TO FIGHT AGAINST VEGANS AT TIMES AND THEIR RACIST AND CLASSIST AND ABLEIST SHIT! My vegan walk has changed over the years and I’m still proud of it. My partner is new at it and we have discussions over how we don’t agree with a lot of the vegan movement, ESPECIALLY PETA and it’s sexist and misogynist bullshit(no matter who wants to kiss their ass, it’s true). 

But yeah, like I was saying, I wasn’t born vegan, I chose it and I also choose personally to not attack others for their non vegan choices and/or food so it does get bothersome for me when people love to put us all in one group. I FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF MY PEOPLE DAILY! It’s just like the radical black people who want to exclude those of us who are not full black yet still fight for the cause, or I guess the difference between a full blown Christian and a Pagan… I mean, I live the same lifestyle in most ways as other vegans do because I don’t partake of animals or their products(to the extent that is possible for me to live by and raise my children) BUT I IN NO WAY AM A PREACHY VEGAN OR AN ASSHOLE TO NON VEGANS! And to see someone say some things right after I’ve mentioned some shit about my partner being vegan(a joke I made, rather) isn’t something I’m going to be quiet about. Some of us, just as white folk, don’t want to be associated with bullshit and hatred. And I believe it IS imperative to loudly separate ourselves from that if we don’t want to be seen as such. Just a simple fact. No harm done, no harm caused but now people see that not all of us are the same.

Word, I think we pretty much agree. I’ll probably be vegan again someday, and I’ll probably feel really good about what I eat and probably still feel really bad about veganism as a movement (hopefully it will have checked itself by then!). I’d love to see a movement of people of color-centered veganism and other food justice, that makes culture and class central parts of food justice work. I’ve liked a lot on the Vegans of Color blog and Sistah Vegan, and I have the Vegan Soul Kitchen cookbook (thanks Mom!), a vegan soul food cookbook. So, there is hope for sure. I just really didn’t have the energy to be a part of it while it got its race/class shit in order. That wasn’t the only reason I quit being vegan, and like I said I’m sure I’ll go back sometime.

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#veganism  #food  

jadedfucker:

Revolutionarily: Speaking of vegans…

soydulcedeleche:

jadedfucker:

I’ma go make me some french onion/taco dip and eat it with my ruffle chips… And later I’m making some vegan cheesy potato soup and fried buffalo tofu for my partner. Maybe we’ll get some stuff for strawberry vegan cake too. Mmm.

We’re going to watch Jurassic Park 3(haha so campy) and have a bunch…

you know what it is?

first, some people just hate anything thats not “the norm” so automatically they hear veg or vegan or whatever and theyre like “omg, something must be wrong with you, is that safe?” . oh brother. like they start undermining you as if it hurts them on the inside that you arent eating meat? they cant just fuck off and go about their lives, apparently.

then theres vegans and other folks like you who dont give a fuck what anybody else is doing.

and then theres vegans who evangelicize like christians do. they literally go around preaching and guilt-tripping and spamming dashboards with assorted “i am a better person than you because i dont eat meat and you do, you murderous hoe!”/”why cant the whole world just go vegan?” memes.

and then the above creates reactions from people like me who are like man, ima eat whatever i want, whatevers available to me, i dont care what you eat, leave my ass alone, you do you, we will all be happy LOL

and then people like you get mad, understandably so. haha

Just like all white folk, all vegans ain’t the same. I ain’t care what you eat, as long as you fuel up for the Revolution, sweetie… FEED YO SELF!!!!

Honestly the over the top, radicaler-than-thou shit I couldn’t get away from from many middle-class white vegans, refusing to understand how class, race, and culture played into people’s choices of food or lack thereof, all the worst PETA-type shit, is a good part of why I quit being vegan. I was tired of being associated with it. I felt like such an asshole every time I said I was vegan, it was something I felt strongly about and it was totally ruined for me.

And I was catching that kind of smugness in myself, too, like the way I would look at people who were eating meat around me, and then seeing that I was part of a movement that encouraged me to do that and feel that self-righteousness. It just made me feel like a jerk.

I quit being vegan in the end for mental health reasons but will probably go vegan again some day. But I’ve been thinking about the possibility of being vegan without calling myself vegan, like doing it secretly, just so I don’t have to be roped into veganism as a movement.

And yeah, like yall said, just like not all white people are the same, not all vegans are the same. But sometimes don’t you just get fed up and say, “Daaaaaaaaaaamn, white people!” (I do.) (Like once a week at least.) So I think it’s similar, sometimes I’m just like, “Daaamn, vegans, cut the racist shit if you expect me to join your club!” It’s hard to separate a movement from its individuals.

I have no hate for vegans who try to understand race and class and food being connected; I have plenty of hate for a veganism movement that refuses to do so and then turns around and evangelizes.

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#veganism  #food  

kilele:

Workers carry sacks of Corn Soya Blend inside the World Food Program warehouse for distribution to refugees at Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border, September 1, 2011.

Photo by Eduardo De Francisco / Reuters via MSNBC Photoblog

Getting grumpy: Corn and soy are monocultures that, being planted massive plantation-style, are destroying entire ecosystems around the world. Since non-GMO corn and soy are rarely produced in the US, this corn soya blend is probably GMO as well. India banned the importation of GMO corn soya blend, even as relief food, because it wasn’t intended for human consumption and may have health hazards long term. India has had a particularly tumultuous fight with GMO crops, as farmers have been protesting it on a large scale.

Colonialism forced colonies to grow foods that the colonizing country wanted and to grow foods that would be exported back to the colonizing country, rather than a variety of foods that would sustain the colony (such as the term “banana republic”; not just a place you get bad khakis!). Then when that isn’t sustainable, the former (or arguably ongoing) colonizing countries send food as relief that was made with those same unsustainable practices and are not healthy.

Clearly I’m reading Vandana Shiva right now, and then this popped up on my dashboard. Not saying not to send food aid, but definitely saying none of this is sustainable or a natural disaster.

To top it off, those bags of food shown are all stamped with the US flag and say “USAID”. Charming.

$900 of food

I can’t remember the context in which I saw this, it was before the hurricane and when I was at my parents’ house, but there was some news story about a big power outage, I guess in the suburbs of Chicago, and they interviewed two people. One of the people was saying how outraged she was that her power had been out, I’m pretty sure for no more than a morning & afternoon, and how all her food was spoiled and she had to throw it all out, and how mad she was because she had $900 worth of food in her fridge at least. And it was unfair that it all got wasted.

I have a habit where I give the TV the side-eye even though the TV can’t see me. But lady, you’re damn right it’s unfair that you had $900 worth of food at one time and are now talking about it on TV in Chicago, unless you got at least 13 kids and a couple of spouses. Was she overestimating to get people to feel extra bad for her?

What does $900 of food even look like? Maybe her kids eat … lobster pop tarts and truffle whatevers. (I have no idea what you do with a truffle.) Maybe the secret ingredient in her chicken nuggets is gold dust.

chelseaelsea:

OCTOBER 14-16 BRONX, NY

The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference connects growers, eaters and organizations across the country to nurture the health and well being of Black America and the environment as a whole. Attendees explore issues of race, class, health and food through panel discussions, workshops, films and conversations. Resources are exchanged. Ideas are pollinated. Solutions are born. (source)

WHO WANTS TO GO W/ MEEEEEEEEE

Chelsea, I’ll pass this on at school and we can probably turn some of us out!

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USA becomes Food Stamp Nation but is it sustainable? ›

The WORST comments; I don’t know why I subject myself to things like that. The whole article is kinda, ehh. Yes, many people are on food stamps in the US, and the number has risen along with unemployment. Food stamps are nothing new, though. The only two families shown in photos are people of color; those are two of the three people quoted in the article, even though people of color are far from 2/3 of food stamps recipients. Standard.

"Food Stamp Nation" is a pretty misleading title to give the country, anyway—it implies a whole lot more unification than we’ve got going on. It implies that shortages of food and lack of nutritious food are problems that everyone is dealing with, which is false. Unemployment has been high in communities of color and rural communities; it’s a mainstream issue now that it’s creeping into the white middle class.

And, no, of course being dependent on the whims of a government in which you have very little say in order to feed your kids is not sustainable. No one thinks it is except the media-shits who fear monger about welfare queens. (I dare anyone who uses the phrases “welfare queen” or “anchor baby” seriously to make friends with a woman of color who isn’t cleaning up after them.)

There are only two categories of people I have ever heard talk so flippantly about food stamps and other people’s need to feed their family: republicans/right-wing/mainstream media, and white anarchists who didn’t grow up on food stamps. (Damn.) I can’t imagine that someone trying to feed a dependent on food stamps will say that it is sustainable on this kind of scale. According to the article, about 15% of people in the US are on food stamps—of course that isn’t sustainable! Hunger and unemployment are not sustainable! Can we talk about why so many people can’t get food, and can we talk about what options for food people do have? Can we talk about what areas have lots of people on food stamps but no fresh produce available? Can we get nutrition education programs going on in schools, and affordable groceries, and then talk about are we doing something sustainable yet?