review: homegrown collective soap-making kit

I love the idea of being a DIY gurl. The kind of person who understands how shit gets made and who makes their own stuff. That’s why I love to understand the science behind cooking and baking, why I like reading ingredient lists of pre-made/processed foods, why I have always loved cooking and DIY shows, why I watch How It’s Made to destress (any other How It’s Made fans out there??? So good. Highly recommend). I just like that kind of thing. There’s something satisfying about making something that you usually buy. Like fuck you, maybe I CAN live detached from the corporate teat. And sometimes it’s just fun do get crafty and make stuff. Continue reading review: homegrown collective soap-making kit

trump’s discursive formations

There may not be a public need for another analysis of D. Trump and his terrorism, but I feel the need to write one. This is very specifically an analysis of one of the most recent ways that Trump has rhetorically set the foundations for his ban on non-citizens entering the United States as refugees or from Muslim-majority countries.

This ban was issued via executive order on Friday, January 27, which also happened to be Holocaust Remembrance Day.  He gave a statement earlier in the day about Holocaust Remembrance Day and noticeably did not mention Jewish people (or any of the other groups targeted by the Nazis, including LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities): Continue reading trump’s discursive formations

come ON, white women: part deux

Post-Women’s March, I’m disappointed in white women. Again.

At the marches this past weekend, millions of people turned out in Washington, D.C. and sister marches around the country (and the world!) to protest D.J.T.’s ascendance to the presidency, sexism, racism, economic injustice, xenophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, and homophobia. Sounds incredible, right? In many ways, it was. It was likely the biggest protest in U.S. history, and while the march got off to a shaky start, the official platform of the Women’s March ended up being intersectional, radical, and inclusive.*

This intersectional and inclusive approach was reflected in some of the signs at the marches. Unfortunately, some of these signs were perceived as being too harsh and divisive in a time when unity is paramount.  Signs with slogans like “White Women Voted for Trump” really rattled white women who thought the march, and feminism in general, was supposed to be about unity.  Critique is uncomfortable, and I know it’s easy to be defensive.  However, the white women who worry about the feminist movement becoming divided don’t understand that feminism has always been divided because feminist movements were started by wealthy white women, many of whom actively perpetuated systems of racism and classism.** Continue reading come ON, white women: part deux

DO NOT WEAPONIZE US

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I am Asian American. I’m not a model minority. I am queer and a woman. I’m not a reason to go to war or economically devastate another country.  I made these specific signs because my people, my groups of people, have been used in service of oppression. Continue reading DO NOT WEAPONIZE US

turmeric tofu & zoodles with peanut sauce

Zoodles (zucchini noodles) seemed like a huge scam to me for a while. Who the fuck wants to eat long zucchini strings if they could have pasta?? I just prefer the pasta; I’ll get my veggies elsewhere.

BUT I got a super cheap spiralizer at William-Sonoma a while ago and finally got around to trying it (it was on sale and I was curious). I used it to make zoodles and made a peanut sauce for them and they were VERY delicious. I actually prefer them to any kind of “regular” noodle in this dish; there’s something really nice about their texture with the peanut sauce. They’re a little bit crisper and crunchier than wheat pasta or rice noodles.  Peanut sauce can be a bit heavy, and the zoodles are nice and light.

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food sovereignty/justice media

Are you interested in learning more about food justice and sovereignty?? What a coincidence! So am I! Because we don’t get a lot of examples of food justice movements in history classes, it’s a lot harder for me to imagine what an effective and systemic food justice movement would even look like than it is for me to imagine what a social justice movement more focused on legal equality looks like. That, I think, we can all at least kind of imagine, as hard as it is to enact. But food justice? What does it look like? Why do we need it? And what does being an accomplice to food justice movements entail? I don’t know, obviously, but below are some articles (and a couple of podcasts and videos) that have helped me mull those questions over in a thoughtful and more educated way. Enjoy! Continue reading food sovereignty/justice media

basic vegan risotto

Risotto feels so luxurious and elegant, but there’s nothing particularly fancy about it. The ingredients are cheap and the preparation is easy.  At the end, though, you’re left with a rich, creamy dish fit for a damn queen. This recipe substitutes olive oil for the traditional butter and vegan parmesan for real parmesan (or Parmigiano-Reggiano, if you’re a stickler for the rules).

The creaminess of risotto comes from using high-starch rice, such as arborio, and frequent stirring, which loosens the starch so that it can be absorbed into the cooking liquid where it acts as a thickener. Without lots of starch, it’s hard to get a creamy risotto without adding creamy ingredients.  On the other hand, a risotto made with high-starch rice gets super creamy and delicious with no extra creaminess needed.  I think I’ve said creamy enough, so let’s get to the recipe! Continue reading basic vegan risotto