Vegan Chews & Progressive News {11-7-14}

Farmers Market Vegan’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which prove necessary in fostering a society that prioritizes the well-being of all creatures (not just the rich, white, or human) over the continuous striving for profit/resource accumulation.

Happy Friday, and happy Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Midterm elections this week left me pretty bummed in terms of my home state after anti-unionist/abominable man Scott Walker beat out challenger/bike enthusiast Mary Burke by a mere six percentage points (On Wisconsin, amirite?). So, in the spirit of denial, today’s stories include no mention of the recent voting hubbub (though check out these couple of articles for potentially exciting measures that did find success this week). Instead, I’d like to share with you all my favorite roasting vegetable blanketed in a deeply flavored sauce, a silky and seasonal pie, crispy fritters of brussels sprout goodness, exciting intersectional projects and people advocating for animal liberation, evidence for why we shouldn’t deify large-scale human rights organizations, and a book that advocates for shaping our interactions with the world in a very different light. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Roasted Cauliflower in Mole-Inspired Sauce
via In Vegetables We Trust

Photo via Alexander Harvey.

Photo via Alexander Harvey.

Based in Mexican cuisine, mole sauce comes in innumerable variations depending on where you find yourself in Mexico; I’m told that every Mexican cook has their own unique recipe for the sauce. We in the U.S. typically encounter mole poblano – a many-ingredient mixture based in chilis and chocolate – and it seems that Alexander of In Vegetables We Trust has based his version of the dish on this particular variety of the sauce. Drawing from my recent musings on bloggers’ use of “ethnic” recipe titles, I appreciate Alexander’s decision to name his recipe “mole-inspired,” which to me indicates a humility that doesn’t assume responsibility for conceptualizing/perfecting/fully understanding the cultural complexities behind the dish…which I wish were happening in my kitchen right now.

Sweet

Pumpkin Creme Pie
via Cupcakes and Kale

Photo via Jess at Cupcakes and Kale.

Photo via Jess at Cupcakes and Kale.

The time of year for a barrage of pumpkin recipes has come, and I tend to pass over many of them out of a quickly induced boredom with the seemingly constant excitement over this poor, hyped-up squash. However, this pie from Jess at Cupcakes and Kale caught my eye due to its lighter, almost mousse-like variation on the standard pumpkin pie. To substitute unrefined sugar for the powdered sugar called for in the recipe, simply grind any unrefined granulated sugar (like coconut or date) in a food processor or blender along with a sprinkling of arrowroot powder or cornstarch.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Brussels Sprout Latkes
adapted from What’s Cooking Good Looking

Photo via Jodi at What's Cooking Good Looking.

Photo via Jodi at What’s Cooking Good Looking.

Two instances of sheer perfection: roasted brussels sprouts and crispy potatoes. What happens when these two manifestations of ideal phenomena merge? I can’t quite put it into words…so you’ll have to put it in your mouth.

To make these latkes vegan, I substituted the two eggs called for in the recipe with 2 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 6 tbsp water. Though I didn’t make the accompanying maple-mustard yogurt, you can easily veganize that by using non-dairy yogurt or blended silken tofu.

Must-Read News Story

‘Those Things We Cannot Unsee’: Interview with Jacqueline Morr of Project Intersect
via Justin Van Kleeck at Striving with Systems

Photo via Jacqueline Morr.

Photo via Jacqueline Morr.

People like Jacqueline Morr give me hope for the animal liberation movement, and for societal change more broadly. In this interview with fellow intersectional activist Justin Van Kleeck, Morr shares profound stories of her journey to veganism and anti-oppression work, uniting them in a manner that speaks of true transformative potential. If you’re enamored with Morr after reading this interview (and how could you not be?), be sure to email projectintersectzine@gmail.com to request your copy of Morr’s latest project: a newly launched intersectional vegan zine known as Project Intersect.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

‘The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster’: Charity Prioritized PR over People After Superstorm Sandy
via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Since taking a Geography course last semester on the Political Geography of Human Rights, my readiness to accept the rhetoric of large-scale human rights organizations has steadily declined. The nitty gritty details of that class provide much too much fodder to discuss in this abbreviated format, but this supreme fuck-up – as revealed by ProPublica and reported on by Democracy Now! – by the American Red Cross speaks to the need to look upon mainstream human rights discourse with a critical eye.

Book Recommendation

Transformation Now!: Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change
by AnaLouise Keating

Photo via University of Illinois Press.

Photo via University of Illinois Press.

In her book Transformation Now!, AnaLouise Keating deconstructs the oppositional framework in which society at large operates, and which conditions us to view the world in either/or, “my-idea-is-better-than-yours” terms, thus preventing us from finding common ground with the world around us; and without common ground, how can we hope to unite for transformative change? Keating advocates a practice of “intellectual humility,” in which we stray from boxing ourselves and others into our pre-existing notions of available identities for us to occupy, and instead allow ourselves to see others in a more flexible manner, independent of our assumptions about them. I know that these ideas can seem a bit abstract, and I’m certainly not doing the book a huge amount of justice here, but I’d highly recommend this book to introduce you to a new (and I believe necessary) manner of shaping one’s interactions with other beings.

In solidarity, Ali.

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4 thoughts on “Vegan Chews & Progressive News {11-7-14}

  1. Ellie says:

    I have had no success with latkes, fritters or anything like that. I cannot get them to maintain their shape at all and end up making what I call “hashbrowns” by just frying the whole batch together. Any suggestions?

    • Ali Seiter says:

      Hey, Ellie! My answer is to bake them, thereby avoiding the turmoil of flipping, sticking, crying… I baked these at 450F for 10 min on the first side, then 6 minutes on the second side.

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