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.
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Hello, all! This week’s edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) brings you an artfully crafted sandwich, a french toast epiphany, and a tried-and-true veggie side dish, featured alongside an important history of the construction of whiteness, an in-depth look at the economic situation in Greece, and a website that allows you to share articles from questionable sources without increasing their internet traffic. Happy Friday!
Favorite Newly Published Recipe
Soyster Po’Boy with Spicy Garlic Sauce
After experiencing the impeccable cornmeal-battered oyster mushrooms at The Pickle Shack in Brooklyn last summer, I get pretty excited about crispy-fried vegan “seafood” ‘shrooms…especially when they’re sandwiched between two pieces of bread and slathered in a creamy sauce.
Aquafaba French Toast
Via Vegan Mother Hubbard
Aquafaba (bean liquid) is at it again! And this time it’s here to revolutionize your French toast. As my good friend and vegan culinary connoisseur posted on Facebook today: “Any vegans that haven’t been satisfied with weird vegan French toast, please try this.”
Best Recipe I Made This Week
Charred Green Beans with Harissa & Almonds
Via Bon Appetit
Alright, folks. I’ve been making this one for about four years now, producing drool-worthy results every time. The interplay of smoky, crispy veggies, bright and tangy harissa, and sweet, crunchy almonds produces a wonderfully balanced dish. I’ve also swapped out the green beans for asparagus and broccoli before with great success.
How White People Got Made
By Quinn Norton at The Message
If you ask me, it’s super important for white people to know how whiteness as a concept, social construction, and identity developed, especially because the dominant societal narrative tells us that when we embody whiteness, we are merely “acting normally.” But when that “acting normally” comes from a history of immense physical, psychological, and economic violence against an entire people…well, we should really reconsider that normalcy.
Favorite Podcast Episode or Video
Coverage of Greece’s Anti-Austerity Vote
Via Democracy Now!
By now, you’ve probably heard about the increasingly tense and hugely important economic situation between Greece and Europe more broadly. And, if you’re anything like me, you get confused about economic things unless they’re explained in a very straightforward manner…like on this episode of Democracy Now!
Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out
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In solidarity, Ali.