I know, I know: today is Saturday, November 12th. I really meant to upload this before midnight last night, but then I fell asleep while watching The Matrix Reloaded, and when I woke up from this impromptu nap, going to bed just seemed like the sensible thing to do.
So, it’s been a terrible week, huh? Donald Trump is now President-elect of the US of A, which I guess means white supremacy and the patriarchy are both alive and well. (I mean, I knew they were going strong; I guess I just didn’t know how strong.) I don’t have anything good to say about this mess, really, except that I stand in solidarity with people of color, fellow women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, poor folks, disabled folks, and everybody else—American or not—who will be impacted (if they aren’t already) by a Trump presidency.
As a white feminist, I would also like to direct other white feminists to this excellent thread by Marcelle Kosman, producer and co-host of the Witch, Please podcast and Canadian scholar, on the intersection of white feminism and white supremacy and just why so many white women voted for Donald Trump.
This comic by illustrator and artist Mae on how to help when witnessing islamophobic harassment is also a good thing to read and share, I think. I’ll try to add other relevant stuff as I happen upon it.
And if anyone out there is doubting how strong, overt and unashamed the racism of white conservatives is these days in America, #BlackLivesMatter activist and New York Daily News Senior Justice Writer Shaun King has been doing a good job of documenting that on Twitter and Facebook.
Now, to the food.
Yesterday’s Vegan MoFo prompt was about favorite cuisines. More specifically:
Where does your favourite food come from?
I thought long and hard about this (a solid five minutes, at least) before coming to a conclusion. This was my thought process:
- I enjoy and will eat most food, so long as it’s vegan.
- While I have some favorite dishes, I don’t find myself knowledgeable enough about any world cuisine to say it’s my favorite.
- Also, choosing between cuisines is hard, man.
- I like cooking, but I also like when someone else cooks for me. Because of this, I love going to restaurants.
- Most days, though, I’d rather stay home.
- My partner Ben makes half of our meals and I like his cooking.
- Having someone cook tasty vegan food for me + eating it on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls = one of my favorite things of all time, for sure.
- Conclusion: Ben’s cuisine is my favorite cuisine.
(Yes, this may just be the cheesiest entry of this entire MoFo. I have decided I am okay with that.)
Ben went vegan a little over a year ago (yay!), but he was cooking vegetarian and vegan long before that. I like that he gravitates towards comfort food, like me, but also towards recipes I wouldn’t look twice at, or ones I wouldn’t dare try. He’s also much, much better than I at trying new things in the kitchen, and at making sure we eat our greens.
I don’t always take photos of Ben’s food, so you (and he) will have to forgive me if the samples below aren’t 100% representative of his style. I think they’ll still give you an idea, though.
So, what does Ben cook?
Well, Ben cooks many things.
He makes soup, and never forgets to buy and slice baguette for dipping.
He makes tofu tostada.
He makes the best bowls, with rice, lemony, garlic-y kale, grilled spicy tofu and homemade ranch.
He makes burgers from a box, and he makes them look a lil’ fancy.
He makes shepherd’s pie!
He makes other kinds of bowls, too. This one had a quinoa and split pea blend, some baked squash and more grilled tofu.
And he cooks vegetables I tend to neglect, like cauliflower and zucchini. (You may recognize this last picture from earlier this week. I’ve since found out the dish is Budget Bytes’ Spanish Chickpeas & Rice, topped with Lemon Pepper Zucchini.) Also, he makes lemonade from scratch and flavors it with fresh rosemary or mint, because he’s that fancy.
If you’d like to follow Ben on Instagram, you can do so here. It’s mostly pictures of cats. Oh, and he has a blog, too. He only started it a little bit ago, and it’s not about food, but you should have a look anyway.
Thanks for reading,