Vegan Chews & Progressive News {3-20-15}

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.

Hoorah for Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! This week’s recipes are a quintessential vegan dream, featuring hummus, tofu, and animal-free versions of once-thought-impossible-to-veganize foods. Then, with your belly satisfied, check out a critique of the (lack of) Irish education typically provided to students surrounding St. Patrick’s Day, a phenomenal web series by a truly fantastic activist whom ya’ll should really get to know, and a great book for anyone looking to challenge internalized imperial thought forms. Let’s get to it!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Roasted Jalapeno Hummus
Via Minimalist Baker

Photo via Dana Schultz.

Photo via Dana Schultz.

I have a…thing…for roasted chiles. Jalapenos, poblanos, chipotles — you name it, I’ll stuff it in my mouth. How can you argue with their slippery texture, their subtly charred flavor, and the huge oomph they give to just about any dish. Including this hummus!

Sweet

Marshmallow Fluff
Via Seitan Is My Motor

Photo via Seitan Is My Motor.

Photo via Seitan Is My Motor.

I’ve only ever encountered one other recipe for a vegan meringue-like substance (from vegan cooking genius Miyoko Schinner), and I’m thrilled to see more variations on this fluffy spread, which I once thought to be utterly un-veganizeable (how silly of me). You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe…

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Waffled Miso-Sesame Tofu
Via Daniel Shumski at Serious Eats

Photo via Daniel Shumski.

Photo via Daniel Shumski.

No longer just for waffles, my waffle iron has become a multi-use tool for tofu, hash browns, sticky rice, and more. After the impeccably crispy tofu that this powerhouse appliance produced, I may never cook tofu in a skillet or oven again.

Must-Read Article

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
By Bill Bigelow at Common Dreams

The Irish Famine: Interior of a Peasants Hut | Photo via Common Dreams.

The Irish Famine: Interior of a Peasants Hut | Photo via Common Dreams.

In light of St. Patrick’s Day, this story felt particularly relevant to me, especially since I think it is important to look with a critical eye on holidays that we tend to take for granted. Here, Bill Bigelow laments the lack of recorded firsthand information on the struggles of 19th-century Ireland, and the failure of typical school textbooks to effectively convey neither such struggles nor our continued complicity in their contemporary iterations. For example, Bigelow explains how the Irish Potato Famine constitutes an early example of the true reasons behind the hunger crisis (i.e., inadequate distribution rather than production of food). A fascinating read.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Black Feminist Blogger Web-Series
Via Aph Ko

Photo via Aph Ko.

Photo via Aph Ko.

I recently became a huge fan of the work of Aph Ko, a Black feminist vegan blogger who produces an hilarious and eye-opening web-series based off of the shit she gets from the rest of the blogosphere as a blogger of her identity. Watch her videos. Read her work. Spread it far and wide.

Book Recommendation

Culture and Imperialism
By Edward Said

Photo via Amazon.com.

Photo via Amazon.com.

With his Culture and Imperialism, acclaimed poscolonial scholar Edward Said has produced an important compendium of the ways we reinforce imperialistic thought in the production of art, music, film, theater, and other various cultural forms. In addition to his critical analyses of Jane Austen and Verdi, Said offers a great overview of imperialism as it manifested in the United States, Britain, and France, and the integral components to imperial ideology. A great read.

In solidarity, Ali.

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