Weekend Reading, 9.13.15
September 13, 2015

Weekend Reading | The Full Helping

Happy Sunday, all! I hope you had nice weekends. Mine has flown by with reading and writing for school, as well as client work.

I’m sure this sentiment will change a little as my semester continues, but I have to admit that no amount of school reading feels like too much right now. After so many years of problem sets and computations, it’s a joy to be dwelling in words again, and the fact that I’m interested in the material only enhances my enjoyment.

Speaking of reading, here are some noteworthy food and article links from the past week!

israeli-couscous-burnt-citrus1

I bookmarked this Israeli couscous recipe because it’s such a cool marriage of flavors: sweet potato, burnt citrus, garlic, cumin, parsley, and mint. It wouldn’t occur to me to put them all together, but I have no doubt that the end result is bright and bold and really delicious.

Muffaletta-Po-Boys

I can always count or Robin Robertson for easy, fast, nutritious dinner recipes; Quick Fix Vegan and One Dish Vegan are both favorite cookbooks in my home, and I’m looking forward to the release (this October!) of Cook the Pantry. These ingenious artichoke artichoke muffaleta po’ boys hail from the new collection. All I can say is that if every recipe in the book is this enticing, it’ll be hard to choose among them!

IMG_16701-950x650

A simple, nourishing, and beautiful brown rice salad with smoked tofu and peanut dressing from Harriet Emily.

a0fdf62d-2d46-4903-bfba-b5ea79903e9a--2015-0825_tabbouleh-tacos-with-tahini-garlic-dressing_bobbi-lin_8977

I love the idea of turning tabouli into tacos. Tahini garlic dressing makes it all the more flavorful! This one is courtesy of my friends at Food52. Try using my herbed cashew cheese in place of the feta, or just omit the feta altogether.

wellandfull144-16-1024x683

Time for dessert. Sarah of Well & Full has created two gorgeous, raw vegan cheesecakes (one vanilla, one chocolate), and I am oh-so-inspired by both of them. But what I love most about the post, honestly, is her sweet birthday tribute to her boyfriend, and the feelings she expresses about him and how his presence enriches her life. It reminds me greatly of how I feel about Steven.

Reads

1. From Orion Magazine, an interesting examination of controversies surrounding the effectiveness of mammograms in breast cancer detection/prevention.

2. New research suggests that fat cells actually feel stress–which is to say that, in response to detection of stress hormones like cortisol, fat deposits are sometimes broken down. Circulation of free fatty acids can trigger more stress hormones, which can in turn encourage fat retention. In other words, a cycle. Read about the findings here.

3. An incredible portrait of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and the havoc that the DuPont corporation’s use of the toxic chemical C8 wreaked on its inhabitants.

4. In more uplifting news, I love this story from Melbourne: city officials assigned the trees ID numbers and email addresses in 2013 as part of a program that was designed to make it easier for citizens to report potential hazards, like dangerous branches. People did much more than use the email for reports: they also wrote personal messages to the trees. Here are just two examples:

To: Algerian Oak, Tree ID 1032705

2 February 2015

Dear Algerian oak,

Thank you for giving us oxygen.

Thank you for being so pretty.

I don’t know where I’d be without you to extract my carbon dioxide. (I would probably be in heaven) Stay strong, stand tall amongst the crowd.

You are the gift that keeps on giving.

We were going to speak about wildlife but don’t have enough time and have other priorities unfortunately.

Hopefully one day our environment will be our priority.

To: Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165  

29 May 2015

Dear Green Leaf Elm,

I hope you like living at St. Mary’s. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don’t think that there is much more to talk about as we don’t have a lot in common, you being a tree and such. But I’m glad we’re in this together.

Cheers,
F

Read the article if your spirits are in need of a lift (or even if they aren’t!).

5. Once when I was younger, a teacher and mentor predicted that my tendency to organize life into a narrative would be both a gift and an Achilles heel. I know what he meant, though I’d argue that almost everyone tends to organize life into a narrative arc. This article in The Atlantic agrees, and it’s a fascinating glimpse into how narrative building and story creation can both help us and hurt us.

And that’s the story for this Sunday! Enjoy the reads, and I look forward to checking in again tomorrow. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out Alison’s lovely green recovery story, which I posted on Friday in case you missed it. Also, a reminder that my Gunas vegan handbag giveaway ends in 4 days, so if you haven’t yet entered, now is the time.

xo

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    11 Comments
  1. MELBOURNE FTW YO

    (my colleagues and I just went and picnicked in a Melbourne park with trees spontaneously. Springtime sunshine!)

  2. Gena–I loved that article about the trees getting e-mail–so neat you included it here in your weekend reading! And nice to read how much you are enjoying being immersed in words again. Glad you’re enjoying school. 🙂 xoxo

  3. Great Round Up Gena!!

    All the recipes look amazing, I have my eye on that Artichoke Muffaleta, I also love Robins books! And that story about the trees, is the best thing ever:) We need more of that in the world. P.S Love your new photos! Hope you have a good week.

    • Thanks for all of the kind words, Sarah! So nice to hear that you share my admiration of Robin’s work.

You might also like

Greetings from Austin! This final VVC has been a bittersweet journey so far — full of good food and good friends (as always), but tinged with the knowledge that it’s the last conference of its kind. I’m hopeful that something a lot like it will emerge before too long. In the meantime, I’ve had a wonderful time attending panels. Big themes this year have been feminism, social media/marketing, and how the vegan community deals with health information and the phenomenon of ex-vegans. Ginny…

I might as well call this “weekend reading, express edition!” I’m buried under deadlines tonight, so this one has to be short and sweet, friends. Here are the recipes and reads that have my attention this week. My idea of heaven: Sherrie’s avocado toast with cilantro lime cashew cream. I’ve got a taco/tortilla recipe coming up this week, but in the meantime, check out these awesome lentil tacos with tomato radish salsa. Substitute cashew cream or soy yogurt for the creme fraiche in this…

Last weekend I finally watched The Great British Baking Show. The inevitable happened: several days of non-stop biscuits, pies, pastries, cakes, eclairs, petit fours, and so on. I’m forcing myself to watch slowly now, so that a) I can actually get other things done and b) I don’t make my way through the whole series all at once. But it’s hard not to inhale it. Part of the reason I started watching the show wasn’t just its popularity or the fact that I…

There are a lot of things that should have gotten more of my attention than they did this past week. What got most of my attention instead was my bread baking. A set of new loaves every morning. Bread baking has been a part of my life since the spring of 2017, when I was limping my way through a breakup and found Ali Stafford’s Bread, Toast, Crumbs. Soon after, I found Emilie Raffa’s Artisan Sourdough Made Simple, and my love affair with homemade…