Rules, explanations and deliciousness
I know I’m not quite in the blogging big leagues so it feels a bit premature to start talking about commenting rules when I only have like 6 comments. Still, better to do it early and it also seques into something else I wanted to talk about.
So for now the rules are pretty basic
1) No diet or weight loss talk. Not even if it really really really works!!!! Not if it’s a ‘lifestyle change.’ No exceptions and no refunds.
2) If you’ve come here to tell me why being fat is a death sentence, you’re getting deleted. Oh, and you’re totally going to die too, just so you know. Deal with it.
3) My blog. My discretion.
4) This is also a vegan space. At times the comments may be open to discussion of animal rights issues (as they might intersect with the fat acceptance movement) and legitimate critiques and questions will never be deleted. Otherwise, consider this a safe space for animal rights folk who are also working towards personal body acceptance and equality for fat people.
As you might have guessed, it’s this last rule I wanted to talk about. Before you worry, no, this is not an attempt to get anyone to go vegan. There won’t be any gross descriptions of factory farms or sudden nasty pictures.
First, I want people to know that this rule is the result of conversations I’ve had with a few other vegan/AR people who love the fatosphere, but were feeling awkward and sad in food threads and some who have even been told that veganism is just a cover for having an eating disorder.
The thing about animal rights, and this is a way that it is very similar to fat rights, is that it is rarely taken seriously outside of its own circle. It is unlike a lot of progressive movements which even if not completely understood are at least respected as necessary in other progressive spaces. Anyone reading this blog can probably relate to the feeling of being surrounded by people who think you’re delusional, who are saying things and acting in ways which directly conflict with the liberation ideology that you passionately believe in. So with that in mind, I would hope that people understand why having spaces where your ideology is the base assumption is so necessary. Whether that’s having spaces where dieting is not lauded and fat isn’t a villain, or having spaces where animals and animal products aren’t assumed to be for human consumption, it serves a valuable purpose for people.
I also want to say that I had to think about this a lot. Because if there is one thing I just love about the fatosphere, it is seeing people, women especially, talk about food. Not as the enemy or as a drug or as an awful necessity, but the way food should be talked about, as the fantastic, glorious fuel that we are so lucky to have. But for a lot of people who believe in animal rights, it’s hard to participate as joyfully as we would like to. And I think having this one blog where, for those times I do talk about food, we can just let go and not be afraid of being judged (ew, nutritional yeast, tofu!) and without feeling like we have to silence that part of ourselves that simply doesn’t see animals/animal products as food will, I hope, increase people’s participation in food-positive, body-positive politics. Especially for vegan folks who often have to deal with a lot of fat-hate from mainstream vegan organizations (fuck you, peta!)
This does *not* mean that judgemental comments about omnivores will be allowed either. Just to be clear.
I think the best way to end this then is to talk about food. Dessert to be precise. One of the first things I learned to make with tofu after I went vegan was chocolate mousse. I was not optimistic to be honest, but this recipe made a believer out of me. It was thick and creamy and just exactly what I wanted.
Since then I’ve messed about with the recipe and added a crust to make a sort of mousse pie. It is probably the dish most requested by other people I know (none of whom are vegan) and I make it at least once a month.
Ingredients for the mousse:
12-16 ounce package silken tofu
1 package vegan chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup soy milk
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Ingredients for the crust
Mint newman-o’s, about 1/2 the package
2 tablespoons earth balance (vegan butter sub)
Crush the newman-o’s in whatever way you like until you have mostly small crumbs
Melt the earth balance in the microwave and mix with the crumbs.
Pat the mixture into a pie pan and put in refrigerator
For the mousse:
In blender or food processor, mix the tofu, maple syrup and vanilla. You may have to scrape the sides and do this several times.
Using a double boiler, melt the choc chips with the soymilk over med-low heat. The melted chips should have a fairly thick consistency so use the minimum amount of soymilk and add as needed.
Add the chocolate to the tofu and blend until fully mixed. Pour into the pie pan and refrigerate for at least 90 minutes.
I don’t take great food pics, but the end result should look like this