Thursday, May 31, 2007

Taste Blocking: Sweet with no sugar, Savory with no salt, Bitter with fruit

It's been a while. I've been learning to feed and heal Buddha Cat, who got hit with the Poisoned Pet Food making it's rounds, even in the top of the line Pet Food items. The squalid, grotesque criminality of the Pet Food Industry is a cherished Corporate Family Value protected by Big Agra and Big Pharma. I learned a lot, and the bottom line is this: if we want to succeed, we better start looking after the animals NOW.

For a while back there I was feeding my own human circle on automatic pilot. I could hardly bring myself to touch chicken, or turkey, or beef, or olive oil, or wheat flour, anything "food" for that matter without shudders of revulsion. But, it's better to know the worst truth than to have your head so firmly entrenched in the sand, you might as well be a living, mindless carcass. Which is all your value is to Corporate America anyway.

Some time last week, sparks of creativity flew and someone noticed the aromas of a meal I cooked in 30 minutes. Rachel Ray, eat your heart out sweetie, you'll never be able to taste block like this.

Sweet with no sugar, savory with no salt, bitter with fruit

Block 1 - Sweet with No Sugar

1 cup of Basmati rice (wash and soak for about 15 minutes, drain)
1 cup green peas
1 cup chopped carrots cut across into 1/4 inch dime sized pieces

1 cup Coconut flakes
Cinnamon, Whole Cardamoms , Cloves, Cumin Seeds
(1 - 1 1/12 teaspoons of flavor each)
Mix sesame oil and olive oil, and head, stir fry spices for about 1-2 minutes, or less, do not burn.
Add peas and carrots, stir fry some more and add soaked rice, coconut flakes, salt, stir it up, and then add 2-3 cups water, boil and back off to simmer for 15 minutes, then done, how hard was that?

Block 2: Savory with No Salt


Fenugreek, Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Cumin powder

Heat Olive oil, add onions, garlic, ginger, and bring to stir fry temps, then back off. Add fenugreek, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cumin powder. Let it all cook together. When onions have sweated, add cooked pieced poultry and brown. Stir and cover.

Block 3: Bitter with Fruit

Tomatoes soaked in a bit of soy sauce
Chard or other bitter green e.g., bitter melon

Make a hole in the center of the pan the poultry has been browning in, and put the tomatoes and if you are using bitter melon, add these too. Add some channa masala. Cover, and let tomatoes (and/or melon) cook. After a few minutes, if you are using chard, add chard now, and stir well. Cover and cook on low till all flavors mixed.

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