Author: 21vied

Should you toss-out your MICROWAVE oven?

For a significant period in time, microwave ovens were the hallmark of auspicious social mobility and sophistication. Initially, my exposure to the kitchen appliance came in the form of cultural appropriation via television ads while sitting on the couch of my mother’s city home in Kingston, Jamaica. As a child, I associated microwave ovens with prestige and social ascendence, on the rare occasion I spotted the appliance in a friends home, my perspective on the individual would permanently change. The closest kitchen appliance our family in the country had to a microwave oven was a countertop electronic oven, very similar to a microwave oven, however, not as sleek. Unfortunately, when the family decided to move to New York City in the early 2000s, microwave oven prepared meals became a familiar and necessary part of my daily routine. I can clearly recall the moments as a teenager when I cooked frankfurters, warmed milk, and heated hot pockets in the microwave oven to obtain a quick bite. I never once paused to question what microwave ovens were, …

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Often, when creating new vegan or vegetarian meals, I would take my inspiration from  non-vegetarian/vegan recipes that I enjoyed when I was younger. This simple, healthy and vegan Caribbean appetizer, is a favorite of mine because of the delicious combination of warm dough and tenderized sautéed vegetables. Purple cabbage is widely reported as a healthy dietary option because it balances blood cholesterol, improves immune system productivity and reduces inflammation. Additionally, it is hard to deny a warm, freshly baked, serving of raisin bread. Raisin Bread, Purple Cabbage Patty, and Iceberg Lettuce Salad -4 cups of Whole Wheat Flour -½ cup of Raisin -1 pack of instant rise Yeast -3 teaspoonful of Pink Salt -1 cup of Almond Milk -4 Tablespoonful of Coconut Oil -4 Tablespoonful of Honey -1 small Purple cabbage -2 Carrots -⅓ Sweet Onion -2 Stalks of Green Onion -½ Tomato -2 Cloves of garlic ½ lbs Iceberg Lettuce -½ Avocado -2 tablespoonful of Olive Oil Raisin Bread In one bowl, pour 2 cups of flour (place this bowl on the side). In another …

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The experience of engaging with food has always been nostalgic. Consequently, it wasn’t surprising to learn that scientists have discovered that only the sense of smell bypass the thalamus before accessing the forebrain. Personally, the smell, texture, visual appearance and flavor of the food are all factors that I consider when creating and/or recreating my most favorite meals. Having said that, transitioning into a vegetarian lifestyle was difficult. I only prioritized meals that were infused with the best aromas, embodying the finest and most succulent taste, however, those meals were heavy on the meat, and lean on the vegetables. I then decided, about a year ago, to create my own Jamaican-American infused Vegan menu and share it via my social platform. Below is a recipe that I have fused together, inspired by my Jamaican and American dining experience. Whole Wheat-Fried Dumpling, Baked Sweet Potato and Kale Stew RECIPE: -2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour -½ tablespoonful of Baking Powder -3 teaspoonful of Pink Salt -½ cup of Almond Milk -2 tablespoonful each of Olive Oil, and Avocado …

Overeater?

It is quite evident where the culture of overeating emanates. Our parents/grandparents tend to console us with food from an early age. As toddlers, we are told, one spoonful for daddy, one for Mommy and one more for grandma. Often, we mature, not really knowing when we are truly full, reason being, we were never really asked to trust our own gut senses. However, concerns should always be addressed with questions. Have you ever wondered how life must have been when the word cell wasn’t a euphemism for a mobile device? When the word mobile was mentioned, it was only in reference to a horse driven carriage. And, horses looked more similar to the now extinct Equidae. You see, our ancestors rarely, if ever, had the opportunity and/or uncontrollable urge to overeat. My point is, baggage, luggage, checked or unchecked is still baggage. Your body is the physical structure that houses the ideology that you call self. When building a robust structure, an adept architect is aware that an impervious foundation is paramount. This foundation is …

Stressed?

Stress is nothing more than the constant exhaustion of the thymus gland, caused by negative or weakening influences in life. -Andreas Mortiz, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) Research often reveals that the gift of civilization is not always refined or sophisticated. A couple of Saturdays ago, while on my way to visit family, I was surprisingly greeted by a group of indecorously blissful young (visibly and audibly drunk) college students on the NYC 1 train. Why? They were celebrating Santacon.  -Yes, that is a real thing. More importantly, the train cars were overcrowded. To pass the time, these (seemingly sophisticated) students decided it was best to indulge in the hackneyed tradition of contentious college drinking games. Keep in mind, this is a public train, young children, seniors and other civil adults were present. The floor of the train car was both wet and slippery. And as stated before, it was the weekend, therefore the MTA service was as fickle as “fiscal conservatives.” Drunk (entitled) college students + snow day + packed train (weekend schedule) = 3 shots …