Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Lately I've been addicted to making the long-lost Russian Tea Cake. As you can see I got a little carried away with the sugar-sprinkling. For Thanksgiving, I naturally changed the teacake into the "soy white russian teacake" by coating the cute little balls in kaluah as well as adding same to their soft dough. Instead of butter, I used the always amazing Earth Balance spread (found at Whole Foods and many other places).
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Why Turkey is the most soulful bird--plus four fine ways to cook it.
Webster's definition of Soulful:
Function: adjective: full of or expressing feeling or emotion <soulful music>
Literally taken, the magazine is describing the dead animal pictured here as full of feeling, emotion, and expression. Tied up, no less. One can almost see the animal jamming with Charlie "Bird" Parker, missing head and all.
What we as consumers infer, however, or translate silently, is the true meaning - that this dead creature, at the center of our tables, creates a deep sense of love and connectedness.
Whether or not that love and connection is at the expense of another being has seldom been a conscious issue for the majority of the population. Historically we need only point to the pioneers we are celebrating and their treatment of the Native Americans and subsequent further establishment of slavery.
In recent times, there are still obvious examples such as war and social injustices, but one may also simply look at our own pattern of buying the cheapest products (Walmart) even though there may be a direct negative impact on others: closure of family-owned businesses, abuse of cheap laborers, unfair labor practices, etc. However – I am not trying to debate the merits or demerits of Walmart. This is merely a modern illustration of our choices as consumers, and how we make choices that benefit us at another’s expense.
Despite their obvious similarity to humans (see my sadly doctored Photoshop picture below of the soulful baby) most of us fail to truly extend our circle of compassion to include species outside our own. The picture, above, illustrates to me the deep disconnect we have as a species with other beings we share the planet with. The turkey’s life was neither soulful nor joyous.