iEat Green - Peter Allison - 10.26.17

October 26th, 2017

Topic: Fall 2017Blog Series, Measuring UP: Demonstrating Impact of Farm to Institution through Metrics, providing data-driven account of farm to institution landscape in NE.

Peter Allison is the Network Director for Farm to Institution New England or FINE. He was hired in 2011 by the founding partners to coordinate an emergent farm to institution network in New England. He brings over 30 years of sustainability program leadership in a wide array of non-profit, government and business roles. He has been focussed on food system change since 2007 when he started coordinating a farm to school program at his kid's school in Hartland, VT, and was also the founding director of the Upper Valley Farm to School Network, before joining FINE. Peter lives at the Cobb Hill co-housing community and farm in Hartland Vermont. He has a BA in Philosophy from Drew University, and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

 

Corn Encrusted Tofu with Mushroom Remoulade, topped with Seared Mushrooms and Peppers

1 20-oz block of extra-firm, organic tofu, cut into slices 1/4 “ thick
For Egg substitute
2 Tbs. ground flax seeds
4 Tbs. water
1 pinch of salt
For Corn Crust
1 cup Organic Corn Flakes
½ cup of Corn Masa flour
¼ cup of Tortilla Chip Crumbs
2 Tbs. Cilantro
¼ t. salt
For Mushroom Remoulade
1 cup Burdock root, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 Tbs minced garlic
1 Tbsp. minced ginger
3 cups mushrooms and stems
2 tsp ground fenugreek
¾ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. thyme
½ tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne
¾ tsp salt
2 cups of water
2 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbsp. red wine
Seared Mushroom and Peppers
1-8oz box of baby Portobello
1 long sweet bell pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
A splash of red wine
A splash of tamari

1. Cut tofu and lay out on clean dishtowel to help remove excess water.

2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the burdock root, onion, carrots, and celery. Then add the garlic and cook for 10 min. Stir occasionally.
3. Add the mushrooms, ginger, and all of the spices. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add 2 cups of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
5. Remove from heat and then puree, using an immersion blender until smooth. Add the 2 Tbsp. tamari, 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, and 2 Tbsp red wine to the sauce and blend some more. Taste sauce and adjust spices to your liking.
6. Make a mixture of the flax seed and water in a shallow pie dish. In another shallow pie dish, crush the corn flakes in your hands so that they are still chunky, then combine with the masa flour, the tortilla crumbs, salt and cilantro. Dip the tofu slices into the flax seed mixture, and then into the corn flake mixture, coating both sides with the flakes.
7. Lay out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn slices over and cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
8. Meanwhile, sauté mushrooms and peppers in a little olive oil in a cast iron pan. Add a splash of red wine and tamari.
9. Plate the baked tofu cutlets on a platter, topped with the remoulade sauce and then garnished with the seared mushrooms and peppers.
10. Serve immediately and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro!

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iEat Green - David George Gordon - 10.19.17

October 19th, 2017

David George Gordon is the award-wining author of The Eat-a- Bug
Cookbook and 18 other titles about orcas and gray whales, cockroaches,
tarantulas, land snails and the Sasquatch. The New York Times called his
Field Guide to the Slug “gripping.”
He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Time
magazine and National Geographic Kids and has appeared on Conan
O’Brien, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The View.
As The Bug Chef, he’s shared his cuisine with visitors to the Smithsonian
Institution, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Explorers club, Yale
University and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in San Francisco,
Hollywood and Times Square.
Chef Gordon and his illustrator/wife Karen Luke Fildes live in Seattle.

 

Linguine with Pepper Cress Pesto, Broccoli

and Cherry Tomatoes

For 4-6 people
1 packages of linguine (organic, or GF, rice, etc)
1 batch of pepper cress pesto (see attached recipe)
2 cups broccoli florets
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white wine
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup assorted cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Salt and pepper
10 sun-dried tomatoes- cut into strips
2 Tbs. fresh chopped parsley
Sauté the broccoli in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and sauté for 2
more minutes. Add the white wine. Add the cherry tomatoes and sauté a few
minutes, add the sundried tomatoes, along with some of the oil its packed in.
Meanwhile, Cook linguine in salted water, al dente, timing it so you can add
it to the broccoli pan. Finish cooking the pasta in the pan with the broccoli
and tomatoes. Drizzle in a little more olive oil and add a little of the pasta
water to finish the cooking. Add 1 cup of pesto mixture and toss together.
Then garnish with parsley.

 

Pepper Cress Pesto

2 cups Pepper Cress leaves
4 cloves garlic
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup Olive Oil
¼ teaspoon salt

In food processor, pulse the pepper cress until finely chopped. Add
garlic cloves, walnuts, and salt. Pulse some more, occasionally
scraping down sides to incorporate all of the mixture. When fully
pureed, add the olive oil slowly while processor is on. Adjust salt
and garlic to your taste.

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iEat Green - Guest: Hartman Deetz - 10.12.17

October 12th, 2017

Hartman Deetz is a member of the Wampanoag of Mashpee. He has recently returned to his homeland after spending 7 years in Huchin Ohlone territory, or Oakland/Richmond California. During his time in California, Hartman was an active part of Idle No More SF bay, the most active INM chapter in the US. Idle No More is an environmentalist and Native American group focused on issues in environmental and social justice. As a member of INM SF bay, Deetz organized with native community and allies against the Glen Cove development, Kinder Morgan, the Keystone XL pipeline and the Chevron Refinery. Deetz was a part of the creation of the Refinery Cooridoor Healing Walks in 2014, that highlighted the connected struggles of 5 refineries and the communities they impact along a 40 mile stretch of the San Francisco bay. Deetz traveled to the People’s Climate March in New York City 2014, and to Standing Rock North Dakota on 3 occasions spending more than a month combined in Oceti Sakowin camp. Deetz has also spent his life as an educator teaching 4 years in the Wampanoag language program, and as a teacher at Oakland’s Deecolonize Accadamy, an independent school focused on providing “quality, relevant and realistic education to black and brown youth.” In addition he has presented at various colleges and panels in 8 different states, and recently contributed to the book “Land Justice-Re- imagining Land Food and the Commons in the United States”

 

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

To serve 6 to 8
1 Tbs. coconut oil
2 medium size butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1” wedges
1 teaspoon, finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 onion, sliced into crescent moons
1 cup finely chopped potatoes
2 cayenne peppers
1 long Jamaican green pepper
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon ginger powder
½ t. coriander
2 t. cardamom
2 t. cumin
½ t. turmeric
½ t. Garam Masala
1 Tbs. fresh coriander (cilantro) plus more for garnish
1 can coconut milk
¼ t. cayenne pepper (optional for spiciness)
1. In a heavy stainless steel pot, sauté the onions in coconut oil with the fresh garlic and ginger for a few minutes.
2. Add the butternut squash, peppers, potatoes and all of the spices, except the Garam Masala, and cook for 3 more minutes.
3. Then add the water, bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir well and cover. Let the pot simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, not letting the bottomn stick.
4. Add the coconut milk, Garam Masala and fresh coriander, and cook for 5 more minutes.
5. Taste and adjust spices to your liking.
6. Garnish with more fresh coriander
7. Serve with Basmati Rice or Rice Noodles

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iEat Green - Guest: Nancy Romer - 10.05.17

October 5th, 2017

Nancy Romer is a life-long activist.  After serving in the Peace Corps in Colomiba, she came back to the US ready to join the movement to end the war in Viet Nam.  Since then she has continued working for peace and social justice, working in the feminist, anti-racist, public higher education, union, food justice and climate justice movements.  She was a professor of psychology for 42 years at Brooklyn College until she retired two years ago, started the Brooklyn College Community Partership that serves over 1500 youth each semester from under-served Brooklyn high schools and middles schools, using the arts as a way of advancing healthy development.  She was a founder of the Brooklyn Food Coalition and has worked closely with Brandworkers, a worker organization that organizes workers in the food processing industry in NYC.  She was on the Steering Committee of the Peoples Climate March, and is now on the Steering Committee for Sandy5, a grassroots organization demanding that our elected officials protect us from the dangers of climate change. She has been a member of the Park Slope Food Coop for 40 years.

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