Ugh, I am all confuseldly. This weather, the time, the sunlight, uggh. I've had a headache for the last two days straight and I'm really thrown for a loop. Some things to get my head on straight:
PPK mushroom hot pot!
Yes, even though it was 60 degrees today. I added steamed broccoli, rice noodles, and chickpeas to my bowl after the basic broth was finished. It's delicious. Spicy and very flavorful - and I got to use the homemade broth! It was my first time using lemongrass and star anise, both of which made the broth smell fantastic. I also don't use coconut milk very often, even light coconut milk, and always forget how lovely it makes everything.
Also, Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza. I love that she uses regular ingredients that I almost always have on hand but the recipes are so not healthy. I know cookies aren't supposed to be and I should just deal with it but I can't help it! I subbed half applesauce for the oil and only used 1/2 c of sugar instead of 1 1/3 cups! That is a LOT of sugar, especially considering there are so many chips in the cookies. Sugar makes me bug out anyway.
They were a little cake-y but still good.
That was my day. The biggest accomplishment is that I finished The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams, are you guys proud of me? Have any of you read it? It was on my "to-read" list for a long time and I'm so happy to have finished it! It's definitely a critical theory book but I'm nerdy and totally get into that. It is very enlightening even to someone who already identifies as a feminist and a vegan. Adams makes some moving points about oppression, silence, and self-hating.
One of my favorite quotations from the book: "Vegetarianism is an act of the imagination. It reflects an ability to imagine alternatives to the texts of meat." That is, vegetarianism is not an idealist, lost cause. It is practical and practicable. It is so easy and at the same time, so powerful!
I'm deeply influenced by the ethos of Riot Grrrl and I find a lot of similarities between that feminist-punk movement and the vegan community. Riot Grrrls really demonstrated the classic feminist phrase, "the personal is political." As a movement of mostly younger females who had a small sphere of influence, they reacted however they could manage on limited agency, funds, and visibility. The power we have over what we choose to put into (and onto) our bodies is our right. If we choose to reject eating meat and the violent culture it epitomizes, that is a statement no less important than voting or going to a political rally or march. It is a form of protest and for many of us, leads to deeper involvement in political movements or our actual communities. And if it doesn't, that's fine too.
Anyway. I had finished Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus before Sexual Politics of Meat, so there's a lot of thinking and conflation going on in my head right now. So what are YOU reading?