Monthly Archives: June 2011

On a completely different note…

I’ve always had a soft spot for gay marriage. Despite my qualms with the Institution of Marriage, when the Courage Campaign came out with a video a few years ago of little kids holding up signs saying “don’t divorce my parents” with Regina Spektor crooning in the background, I couldn’t help bursting into tears. As much as I know that Marriage is a tool of patriarchy, that’s it’s fundamentally misogynist and heterosexist, there’s something about children growing up with loving, intentional parents who are recognized as valid caregivers that really gets my tear ducts going. When I proposed to my girlfriend on a trip to New York for our fifth anniversary, patriarchy was the last thing on my mind.

The big news in New York isn’t sitting quite right with me, though. Reading the Sunday Times this morning over a VGF breakfast of tofu scramble with radish greens and toast, I could feel the tears welling up as I started to scan an article on the political machinations behind the passage of NY’s marriage bill. However, as a I read on I felt a tickle of frustration as well. This bill seems to have been as much the product of community organizers as Wall Street honchos who happened to have gay kids. The take home message seemed to be that change comes when the powerful start to take it personally. Maybe this is just the cold hard truth, but it doesn’t feel so good when I think about all the queer people who are farthest from the halls of power: undocumented immigrants, homeless youth, sex workers, and trans folks who have almost NO legal protections. Their issues have not been at the center of the “Gay Agenda” and it’s pretty clear why. Their dads don’t usually work on Wall Street. Their moms don’t usually date State Senators.

This is all by way of saying that my tears today aren’t just tears of joy. There was some bitterness mixed into my breakfast as well.


Red, White and Blini

This might be my favorite vlogisode yet for a few reasons: 1) I used up the last of my hand-picked blueberries from the beautiful Pearl River Blues farm in Poplarville, MS; 2) I haven’t posted in such a darn long time; 3) I made up the recipe myself!

These fruit and cream stuff blintzes are a Rachel original! I brought them by my friend Ann’s house and they were gobbled up, along with the yummy vegan chai, cupcakes and hummus that she was serving up.

Here’s approximately how I made them:

1. To make the blueberry sauce, heat about a cup of fresh blueberries in a small saucepan over medium heat. Squish them with the side of a spoon so they release all their juices. Cook them for awhile so that the juice boils down into more of a sauce. I ended up adding a little bit of cornstarch, but you don’t really have to do this. Set aside in the fridge.

2. To make the sweet ricotta filling, blend the following ingredients in a food processor: about a cup and a half of soaked cashews, about half a can of coconut milk, about a teaspoon of vanilla, agave to taste, a pinch of salt, half a pack of firm tofu crumbled in your hand. Blend to the consistency of ricotta cheese. (I pretty much made this up as I went along, so you should totally experiment! It turned out freakin’ delicious!)

3. Now for the magic! Soak a rice paper wrapper in hot water so that it becomes wrappable. Fill it with a stripe of ricotta and a stripe of either blueberry sauce or strawberry jam. Wrap up like a burrito and then place in your serving dish. Continue until you have filled up your serving dishes with blintzes. Cover with a healthy coating of both fillings and a few strawberries (fresh would be nice, but I used frozen). Put in the fridge until ready to serve.