elbales: (Grumpy Zoe - Sluggy Freelance)
Dear American packaged food industry:

Fuck you sideways with a rusty chainsaw that every goddamn thing you make is somehow unhealthy. Fuck you for dumping sugar and HFCS and GM soy and wheat products into every. Fucking. Thing. Fuck you for helping make healthful eating into a laborious, inconvenient slog in which people can walk into a grocery store and literally be unable to eat ANYTHING IN THE STORE except for the pathetically tiny selection of organic produce. Fuck you for quite literally sitting in meeting rooms for the past 40 or 50 years and purposefully plotting HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE FAT so that your execs and stockholders can make ungodly amounts of money (and helping your buddies in Big Pharma make ungodly amounts of money on medications for the illnesses brought on by YOUR FUCKING PRODUCTS).

Die in a fucking FIRE.

With piss, vinegar, and bile,
Not your friend,
elbales: (WTF cat and tortoise)
So for the last few days, half of everything I eat tastes wrong. Sometimes subtly, sometimes OH DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT, IT LOOKS CORRECT BUT CLEARLY SOMEONE HAS PUT BIZARRO WORLD SUSHI ON MY PLATE. No changes to meds, either. I have no clue, people, but it is seriously harshing my squee.

(p.s. Non-DW LJ peeps, I have made this a public entry. Could you try commenting here with OpenID? Thankee.)
elbales: (Dog nose)
So there's this blog called Cupcake Rehab which I have just discovered, and one of her recent entries had me laughing helplessly.

It's totally work safe and totally, adorably hilarious. I present to you: HOW A DOG EATS A PUPCAKE!
elbales: (cupcakes to share)
The thing to know about Robin McKinley's blog writing is that she is very conversational in her style, which includes hilarious use of italics and a plethora of footnotes. In fact, the title of her blog?

Days in the Life*
* with footnotes

So I've copied and pasted and then restored the italics because her writing is so much more fun that way.

Sweet Potato Biscuits )
elbales: (cupcake - shiny!)
I got this recipe from Katy Wolk Stanley's blog, The Non-Consumer Advocate. Rather than having to dig it up any time I want it, I am stashing it here. That said, go read her blog. It's great. She's got an RSS feed and everything. ♥ NetNewsWire ♥

Curried Lime Chicken Satay

1 tsp. finely chopped/grated ginger.
2 cloves garlic, minced.
2 Tsp. fresh lime juice.
1 Tsp. soy sauce.
2 tsp. olive oil.
1 tsp. curry powder.
1 - 2-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into strips.

1) Whisk all marinade ingredients together. Stir in the chicken pieces and marinate 2-24 hours in the refrigerator, stirring twice.

2) If broiling, line baking sheet with foil. (Use a broiler rack with a lip, as it otherwise drips everywhere.) Place oven rack 4 inches from heat source. Preheat the broiler or prepare your outdoor grill.

3) Poke chicken onto skewers, making sure to carefully place them, so they’ll cook evenly. Set on baking sheet in oven or directly on grill. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn and cook another 2 minutes, or ’til done. (These cook very quickly.)

Serve with rice, a nice salad and maybe a peanut dipping sauce. (I have been trying out different recipes, and have yet to find one I’m completely happy with.)

I've commented to ask what temperature the oven should be and if she broils or bakes, but otherwise all I have to say is OM NOM NOM.

ETA: Recipe amended above with more complete cooking directions.
elbales: (Old fashioned rose)
Green Bean of Green Bean Dreams has written a beautiful essay about hope.

Yesterday, I wrote about how our food system is broken. And it is! Food safety scares emerge every other month. High fructose corn syrup has slipped into our whole grain bread, our tomato soup. Animal cruelty brutal enough to make even the jaded cringe occurs every day within our polluting factory farms.

And, yet, today I write about hope. Yes. We are grown ups now. Yes. We must open our eyes, look at our problems as they are and make the decision to fix them. And, yet, strength and will alone are not enough. As David Wann noted in Simple Prosperity, "we are wasting our time if we expel hope from our everyday lives, because without it, we can’t win."

Her blog is worth a read. What are you waiting for?
elbales: (Tastes like carnosaur)

  1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
  2. Bold all the items you've eaten.
  3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (or eating again)
  4. Optional extra: Post a comment http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

To make the filling out of this form and generating the HTML for it a bit easier, [info]reddywhp has played around with some PHP. Go to http://reddywhip.org/lj/foods/ and fill it out there. After filling it out, you will be given the code to copy and paste into your blog.

Livejournal users, remember to use your LJ-Cuts!

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile (ETA: oops, that was alligator, but I'm leaving this bold anyway)
  6. Black pudding
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. The rest of the list is behind the cut )

I can see I'm going to have to try harder. But I draw the line at anything that comes from class Insecta, that could cause you to die on the spot, that would eat a hole in my already ailing stomach, or that smells like dirty sweat socks. Also NO EATING MY FRIEND FLICKA. SRSLY.

ETA: Hrmph. I spaced; I know I've eaten alligator (very tasteh, ys) but I don't think I've had crocodile. I've left it bold because they're similar... right? Tell me if they're not kthx.
elbales: (Not good!Turlough)
Jesus Christ. On a pogo stick.

Should we worry about soya in our food?
Tuesday July 25, 2006
The Guardian

For Dr Mike Fitzpatrick, the saga of soya began in Monty Python-style with a dead parrot.
His investigations into the ubiquitous bean started in 1991 when Richard James, a multimillionaire American lawyer, turned up at the laboratory in New Zealand where Fitzpatrick was working as a consultant toxicologist. James was sure that soya beans were killing his rare birds.

"We thought he was mad, but he had a lot of money and wanted us to find out what was going on," Fitzpatrick recalls.

Over the next months, Fitzpatrick carried out an exhaustive study of soya and its effects. "We discovered quite quickly," he recalls, "that soya contains toxins and plant oestrogens powerful enough to disrupt women's menstrual cycles in experiments. It also appeared damaging to the thyroid."

JESUS CHRIST. How the hell did I miss this? And should I throw away the tofu in my fridge?


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