Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Common Denominator

The commons represent both the naturals systems (water, air, soil, forests, oceans, etc.) and the cultural patterns and traditions (intergenerational knowledge ranging from growing and preparing food, medicinal practices, arts, crafts, ceremonies, etc.) that are shared without cost by all members of the community; nature of the commons varies in terms of different cultures and bioregions; what has not been transformed into market relationships; the basis of mutual support systems and local democracy; in the modern world the commons may be managed and thus kept from becoming enclosed through private and corporate ownership by being managed by local and national government—municipal water systems and state and national parks are contemporary examples of the commons.

-EcoJustice Education

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Purposeful Perspiration: a curry of a morning

Curry Potato Mash & Cuke Salad with Always Special Sauce

A solid breakfast is a portal to a day of balance and happy bellies! This vegan recipe was made for me the other day, I made it for my friends for brunch - now I pass it on to you:

In a pan on the stove with vegan margerine and/or vegetable oil, cut potatoes into discs, cubes and strips. Variety is the spice of (vegan!) life. Take a cue from an Eastern European tradition - put shredded potatoes into the skillet as well. Fry on low while adding chopped yellow zucchini, fresh peppers and red onion. So important to remember to wash those pesticides off your to-be-breakfast unless it's an organic effort! Here is a post from the blog Creative Lifeskills to assist you in thoroughly cleaning produce. Also throw in a handful of chopped coriander/cilantro while continuously sprinkling curry powder to your preferred taste. If you are trying to beat the heat and don't think that getting a curry-sweat on sounds appealing, note that purposful perspiration from spicy cuisine is actually a method of self-cooling in hot climates! Serve Cuke Salad with Always Special Sauce on the side. Enjoy your I-can't-believe-this-is-vegan meal!

Suggested Ingredients:

Curry Potato Mash

vegetable oil
yellow zucchini
red onion
curry powder
hemp seeds

Cucumber Salad

red onion
lemon juice

Always Special Sauce

Blend and add to Cuke Salad...



veganaise (nayonaise)

basil, parsley and/or dill

soy milk (regular, not vanilla!)

nutritional yeast