Raw vegan or trying to eat more raw?

“There’s paleo, and then there’s the raw diet. Folks who eat raw tout the health benefits of the approach, saying that they’re accessing the full, complete nutrients available because they’re not heating, and thus destroying, their dinner. But that’s simply wrong. We cook to get our hands on more nutrients, not fewer. According to Wrangham, the one thing absolutely all cultures have in common is that they cook their food. He points out that women who move towards 100 percent raw diets often stop ovulating, because even if in theory they’re tossing sufficient food into the blender to fulfill their caloric needs, they simply can’t absorb enough from the uncooked food.

Our hefty cousins, the apes, spend half their waking hours gnawing on raw sustenance, about six hours per day. In contrast, we spend only one hour. “So in a sense, cooking opens up this space for other activities,” says Pollan. “It’s very hard to have culture, it’s very hard to have science, it’s very hard to have all the things we count as important parts of civilization if you’re spending half of all your waking hours chewing.” Cooked food: It gave us civilization.” Source.

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May Day

“We are worth more than avocados and cheap labor. While being vegan, we need to advocate for higher wages for farm workers and more rights for them. Also, this is not an excuse to continue to support violence against animals because Mexicans and other Native Americans are exploited at slaughterhouses and animal farmers too.
#wefeedyou #whiteveganism Check out @nativeamericanvegans @foodempowermentproject and @veganhiphopmovement!”

Horchatas

Naturally plant-based horchatas

Also rice free:

Boricua – horchata de ajonjoli, this drink is made by boiling water, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and then soaking it overnight with ground sesame seeds. In the morning, the resulting mixture is strained with cheesecloth and served chilled (sometimes with a splash of rum).

Ecuadorean horchata is entirely different than the varieties found in the rest of Latin America. To make this drink, more than 28 medicinal plants are infused to create a red herbal tea which is then served with lemon juice and honey. It’s common in the Andean region of Loja where it’s sold hot or cold and said to treat a variety of ailments. Some of the most common herbs found in this horchata variety are chamomile, mint, lemon verbena, lemongrass, bloodleaf, and rose geranium.

Enjoy with your very different Ecuadorian metal

or Puerto Rican metal 

I realised I need to discover some myself, yay for blogging.

Fried cauli-rice

By Trisha Marie Berry

1 large head of cauliflower, cut away from core and into 1″ pieces, pulse in food processor until “rice” size
1 onion, divided, half diced/half sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2″ piece of ginger, minced- or 1/4 tsp dry
Pinch of crushed red pepper, or more to taste
3-4 mushrooms, sliced
1-2 cups fresh bite size broccoli florets
1 carrot, grated or matchstick
1 cup cashew pieces, I like salted
1-2 cups fresh diced pineapple
Optional: GF tamari about 1.5 tsp per serving

*Note: I season with a little salt about every other ingredient, not a lot, just a pinch.

In a wok or straight sided sautè pan, add a tsp of oil and sauteed diced half of onion until soft, add garlic, ginger, and chili flake. Sautè until fragrant, then add rice cauliflower. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until it loses its raw appearance/texture. Remove from pan and set aside. Return pan to heat and add another tsp of oil. Add sliced half of onion and sautè for a min or two. Add mushrooms, then broccoli, followed by carrots, cashew, and finally pineapple- allowing each ingredient to cook for about a minute before adding the next. Add back the seasoned cauliflower and stir to combine. Taste for salt, remove from heat and sprinkle each bowl with a little tamari (or soy sauce) if you like.

The Longest Winter

This 7th day of the 7th month, 7 hours ago, Paradise Lost posted the first single off the upcoming album, Medusa. Nick said:

“I read a story about how wildlife was once beginning to flourish in the 30 mile exclusion zone after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 – particularly the wolf population.

It was nice to think that that no matter how much mankind tried to fuck the planet up directly or indirectly, life carries on in some shape or form. But humans are humans and I recently heard that there is already now ‘timed’ hunting trips organised into the exclusion zone…”