Food4Thought is a commentary on the ethics of eating, food justice and contemporary ideas on food democracy as well as recipes. Did I just say the same thing three different ways?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Live marinara over spelt noodles with raw manchego cheese, pine nuts and avocado

2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1T lemon
1 date
1tsp rosemary
1 grind nutmeg
dash sea salt
3 sun dried tomatoes
1/4 of a purple onion, chopped
Puree and pour over spelt noodles (I like angel hair) and grate raw manchego over the top, sprinkle pine nuts and avocado.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The DuPuis Group invited Stacy Stowers to speak and prepare a raw meal. The Mediterranean kale salad and raw marinara over zucchini noodles with dehydrated onion rings were a hit but the key lime pie and pineapple upside down cake had everyone thinking "yeah, we can do raw!"
Recipes to follow.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Live Almond Pecan Pie Crust

Awakening our Relationship with Food - Schumacher College Course, Devon, England

Food is a mystery, source, and sustenance, meeting the heart of the matter in meeting the ingredients, oneself and others.

Full & Famished

I thought the following information from the WHO (World Health Organization)was of interest:
At least 1.1 billion worldwide get too few calories to ward off hunger, while another 1.1 billion or more of us take in too many. (Food for Life - The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stacy Stower's Happy Shake

1.The BASE:
3-4 cups fresh spinach.....GREEN is Glorious!
1/2 cup liquid base.....water, juice, coconut milk. it's your choice...
1T. coconut oil...good fat won't make you fat! This is essential for a healthy happy body, keeping you satisfied and metabolizing the spinach.

2.The HAPPY Part:
1T. Maca....for staminia, endurance, mental clarity and peak sexual performance for both men and women
1T. Raw Cacao (Raw Chocolate) it's Raw state chocolate is actually a valuable potent super-food loaded with nutrients and neuro-peptides very similar to the ones our bodies create when we are in LOVE!
1T. a super GREEN RAW powder....GREEN is highly alkalizing. This is crucial! Very important for wieght management and longevity!

I package and sell "The Happy Part"! This makes it one simple and easy step. just add 2 -3 Table Spoons of my premixed "Happy Part". send me a message here at or email me at


4. Now start adding your favorite frozen fruit......bananas, berries, mango, papaya....i like to use bananas and bluberries.....enjoy!

Now go out and have the Best DAY Ever!!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank you Pepsi

Good News! PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi Solves the Obesity Crisis

By Melanie Warner | Apr 29, 2010

In a Q&A interview withFortune, PepsiCo’s (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi has taken the food industry’s love affair with exercise to a new level. Asked about Pepsi’s role in the obesity problem, Nooyi declared: “If all consumers exercised, did what they had to do, the problem of obesity wouldn’t exist.”

There you have it. Obesity, which costs the nation $150 billion a year in direct medical costs, solved. Now we can move on to cancer.

The problem with Nooyi’s statement — besides its absurdity, that is — is that science doesn’t back up the idea that obesity is caused exclusively by a refusal to get off the couch. In fact, recent studies have shown that food is a much more important component of weight gain than exercise. For instance, despite the proliferation of health clubs across the land and the nearly universal understanding that working out is good for you, exercise levels have remained remarkably flat over the past 20 years.

What’s changed is food. There’s way more of it available everywhere and we eat a lot more than we used to, 23% more calories a day in 2008 than in 1970.

And while exercise can certainly help with weight loss, to really lose significant weight without changing your diet might just require you to register for the Ironman Triathalon. Down one Starbucks(SBUX) venti caramel frappucino after a five mile run and the calorie-burning benefits are gone.

Even if you just want to counter the effects of the 50 gallons of sweetened beverage the average American consumers in a year — many of them sold by Pepsi — you’d have to run 800 miles a year, or approximately 2 miles every day. How many people are going to do that?

To be fair, the vegetarian Nooyi went on to talk about what Pepsi, which critics consider to be perhaps the most proactive and progressive of the food companies, is doing to make its food products healthier, especially in the “fun for you” category. (In the food industry, there are no bad foods or junk food.)

But it may not be a good idea for food company executives to talk about exercise at all, since it just lends weight to the criticism that they’re trying to divert attention away from the problem of too much bad food. As Kelly Brownell, an obesity researcher at Yale, puts it, “These companies don’t sell exercise, so why are they paying so much attention to it?”

While Ronald McDonald sure looks cute in sweat pants, it’s probably best to leave the fitness evangelism to Radu and Richard Simmons.

Marion Nestle

Virtually every food and beverage product is represented by a trade association or public relations firm whose job it is to promote a positive image of that item... It is the interest of food companies to have people believe that there is no such thing as a "good" food (except when it's theirs); that all foods (especially theirs) can be incorporated into healthful diets - which means that no advice to restrict intake of their particular product is appropriate.

Great food action site

Wendell Berry quote

How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wendell Berry on Industrialism

Industrialism, which is the name of our economy, and which is now virtually the only economy of the world, has been from it's beginnings in a state of riot. It is based squarely upon the principle of violence toward everything on which it depends, and it has not mattered whether the form of industrialism was communist or capitalist or whatever; the violence toward nature, human communities, traditional agricultures, local economies has been constant.
I couldn't resist - henna hand decorating tangine.
While I was in Morocco, the Birthday Girl set up a cooking class at the beautiful La Maison Arabe in Marrakesh. Those of us who are vegetarian made a berber tangine.
It was very important to cut the vegetables right and design them in the tangine. I apparently, was not doing a good enough job designing my layout and the berber woman assisting the chef took the knife out of my hand to show me the right way - am I ever grateful!
Please note, there IS a difference between cut, sliced, diced and julienned!!
Ingredients - serves 2
- 2 carrots peeled and cut in half
- zuccini unpeeled and cut in hlaf
- 1 large potato, sliced
- tomoto, diced
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in four
- turnip, peeled and halved
- small onion, sliced
- 1/2 small green pepper, julienned

- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp coriander
- 2 Tbs olive oil

Cook on low heat in your tangine. If you can find a flat metal plate that goes on the burner and the tangine and it, use that! After half an hour of cooking check to see if you need any water but use sparingly. Good luck!

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.