Vegan Chews & Progressive News {2-13-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as 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.

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to yet another installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews). After you load up on creative, starchy goodness (can you say waffles, sweet rolls, & cake?), get ready to confront the U.S.’s deeply embedded ideologies and structures that uphold anti-Muslim and anti-Black racism, as well as heteronormativity and patriarchy. Easy stuff, right folks? See you on the flip side!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Parnsip, Shallot & Chive Waffles Topped with Eggplant & Salsa Verde
Via What’s Cooking Good Looking

Photo via Jodi at What's Cooking Good Looking.

Photo via Jodi at What’s Cooking Good Looking.

The woefully underrated parsnip (aka my favorite vegetable). The forgotten sibling of the pancake. These two overlooked foodstuffs unite to form a earthy-sweet, crispy, starchy round of yummy comfort in this creative dinner entree. The egg called for in the waffle recipe can be easily replaced by 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tbsp water.


Black Sesame Matcha Rolls with Miso-Lemon Glaze
Via Golubka Kitchen

Photo via Anya Kassoff.

Photo via Anya Kassoff.

Include the ingredients black sesame and matcha together, and I’m all over your recipe like static cling is all over socks. Implemented in the form of sticky, sweet, yeasty rolls, these two unique ingredients produce a visually arresting sweet treat. Sub maple syrup or agave for the honey, and you’re golden.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Earth Cake
Via Stephanie Lynn & Minimalist Baker

Photo via Stephanie Lynn.

Photo via Stephanie Lynn.

Yesterday marked the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC)‘s screening of the recently released, groundbreaking documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The film follows filmmaker Kip Anderson as he investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations largely refuse to acknowledge the leading cause of global climate change today, as confirmed by the United Nations: animal agriculture. In keeping with the Earth-centric theme of the film, I baked up a ton of Earth-patterned vegan cake for event attendees, inspired by this DIY tutorial from Stephanie Lynn, and using Dana Schultz’s cupcake recipe. Fun, right?

Must-Read News Story

White Man Murders Three Muslim Students in Chapel Hill
Via Anna Merlan at Jezebel

Image via Deah Barakat.

Image via Deah Barakat.

In not-so-fun news, however, this past Tuesday a white man named Craig Stephen Hicks shot and killed three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Preliminary investigations into Hicks’ motives for the shooting revealed that he had previously expressed anti-religion sentiments on social media. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad had this to say on the topic:

“Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case.”

Following Awad’s words, I think that it’s important to emphasize that this tragic event is not an isolated case of a single prejudiced man, but indicative of a larger culture of hate, fear, and violence against Muslim peoples that has been growing since 9/11.

For more on the story, here are two additional articles from Common Dreams and Al Jazeera.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Mychal Denzel Smith on What’s Wrong About the Ways People Hate Kanye West
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via MTV.

Photo via MTV.

Since my introduction to Mychal Denzel Smith‘s work this past summer, I’ve become a huge fan of his journalism and punditry. He often appears on one of my favorite podcasts, Radio Dispatch, and indeed did so this Wednesday. In the episode, Mychal discusses the racist underpinnings of America’s frustration with Kanye West, both in general and following this year’s Grammy Awards.

Book Recommendation

Queer (In)Justice
By Joey L. Mogul, Andrea K. Ritchie, & Kay Whitlock

Photo via Beacon Press.

Photo via Beacon Press.

This semester I have the immense privilege of taking an Africana Studies course entitled “The Carceral State and Black (Queer and Trans) Bodies,” taught by powerhouse Black & queer activist Darnell Moore, a Managing Editor at The Feminist Wire (and so much more)Queer (In)Justice is our focus text for the semester, and it provides an extensive historical and contemporary analysis of the ways that the criminal legal system has disproportionately targeted queer people of color. A clearly written and highly important book.

In solidarity, Ali.

4 thoughts on “Vegan Chews & Progressive News {2-13-15}

  1. yogalexia says:

    wow this looks amazing! i havent been on your blog in a while but love the change in style and recipes I see! ❤ happy valentines

  2. James says:

    Heard about you through Our Hen House and have really enjoyed your writing and your recipes! I’m a vegan that has only recently become aware (since Ferguson) of the systemic violence and injustice faced by people of color in the U.S., and I’ve found your blog to be an invaluable resource. Thanks!

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