June 23rd, 2013
|07:25 am - The vegan lunch and the challenge|
Just had my former students, 2 omnivorous people, for a vegan lunch and THE CHALLENGE. They are the very first students of mine who have attempted to meet the challenge. It started, some time ago, in the ethics class I teach. A segment of a class is devoted to environmental issues and to the issues related to animal suffering, and tortures we impose upon them in factory farms. In this class I showed a movie about this suffering, especially on the factory farms. We had a good discussion, lots of controversial claims from all angles. Then someone asked me, "So Stef! What do you eat?" So I issued this UNIVERSAL VEGAN / VEGETARIAN CHALLENGE TO ALL HUMAN BEINGS!
It is a totally win-win situation, so it's not really a challenge; more like a gateless gate, still, here it goes. I will make you a vegan lunch or a dinner. If you do NOT like it we will go the "Padre Pizzaria", literally next door to where I live, and I will treat you to a beer and a pizza of your choice. If you like it, I will give you recipes for at least 8 meals and you either a) completely stop eating meat for 1 week or b) skip 2 days of eating meat per week during the next 4 weeks.
So, here is the play by play plus recipes:
Lunch 0622201: short grain brown rice with the onion-brockole-kale stew and rice shreds on a bed of lettuce. All (except for seitan) vegan organic.
Rice: I make my rice like I make my kasha (go back to a previous food post). In essence, I started with a head of yellow onion fried in a few spoons of olive oil. I added a portion of rice and grill it in onions for a few, then add 1.7 portions of water (a standard proportions are 2:1, but in my case rice will absorb water from onions), bring it to boiling and keep on a hot stove till ready adding some spices and at the end a little bit of soy sauce. About 45 minutes (sorry, you cannot cut corners with rice).
Stew: Two yellow onions (because I did not have white) grilled in a few spoons of olive oil, a bit of sauerkraut, two heads of brocolly, some spaghetti sauce, soy milk, seitan, spices, at the end lots of kale.
Salad: Spring mix with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stew takes about 15 minutes to prepare. But, if you wanna rice, this dish requires some planning.
Lichincha's first word was "Wow!" and she gave the meal 9.5/10; Iggy gave it 9.6. The desert scored 9.8 and 9.6.
This is awesome! I wish I lived close enough to participate in the challenge. :)
I am thinking to take the show on the road, i.e., to the Nationals, but it is just not the same. Even the pot luck is not the same, even though my dishes won some pot-luck competitions. Still, it is not the same. Part of it is that I literally cook a meal in front of You (while playing some kick ass jazz, and usually it is something You have no idea even exists, for it is a bit exotic, it is special music for me and my Guests for this particular Afternoon or Evening, it all depends, on many things about dragons, wind, and the ocean.
So, it is very personalized kind of cooking and explaining every step and making those steps super simple, really easy to follow.
Here is the first reaction (in addition to slam style ##, which I love, they are freqyently judging at the slams, too):
"So ex-ethics professor and great friend Stefan Sencerz ("Stef") made Lichinha ("L") and myself vegan lunch and dessert this afternoon. I can sum up the experience succinctly: delicious powerful yummy ambrosia! I was floored and loved it so much that I decided to take on Stef's challenge and take two days of the week to be vegan every month. After watching how he prepared the beautiful dishes we ate, I saw first-hand that there isn't much to it- he literally threw things that he happened to have together into a pot with organic sauces and cooked them into a delicious stew. A cruelty free meal that is easy to prepare in excess and tastey! What more could you want?
However unbeknownst to me, he has posted pictures in a photo album here called "Food" with recipes attached to most of the dishes. I thought I would pass on the deliciousness to everyone give it a try! I know I would like to try everything there including his little spins on everything.
It may seem daunting but it is doable. While the cooking materials (organics and such) can be expensive, if one is willing to cut junk food out from their pantries (and lives) you can save the money to your pocket book! The materials for cooking can be found at the local farmer's market, Sprouts and H-E-B.
Thanks Stef! Till next time, amigo!
And this totally kicks ass!
By the way, it is an open challenge for every poet on the road, too.