My 600 Pound Life: Sideshow or Relecting Its Target Audience?

When I was growing up I remember the “Guiness Book of World Records” was about the only place I saw even a picture of a morbidly obese person.

Now TLC has a show all solely about people who fit this description, “My 600 Pound Life”, though it seems most of the folks are well over 600 pounds, over 800 even.

It seems mostly like a plug for the doctor featured on the show and his gastric bypass business. I remember him from another show called “Inside Brookhaven Obesity Clinic”, another series of the same type, but, as some people remark, it is a way to feel better about one’s self by watching those more unfortunate.

Images To Assure Ourselves We Aren't the Biggest.

Images To Assure Ourselves We Aren’t the Biggest.


And then there are the fat acceptance groups which I have mixed feelings about-it’s great to love yourself as you are, but is being large because of an unhealthy lifestyle something to be admired?

Unilever Owns Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

Unilever's Ben and Jerry's Disappoints.

Unilever’s Ben and Jerry’s Disappoints.

Take Part, in a recent recent Take Part article about Ben and Jerry’s ice cream lauding its stand on climate change seems to be missing the point and falling for Unilever’s obfuscation tactics:

but read the statements on Ben and Jerry’s own site and read between the lines:

Makes me sick.

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3 Ingredients


Simply pulverize in a food processor until it clumps together (you can hear the machine sound change to a sort of chugging noise):

2 cups sesame seeds and about a quarter cup each of the coconut flesh and honey.

Traditionally it is made with sesame tahini but I didn’t have any and this tastes just as good to me-I ate a bit too much before it was even rolled up.

Roll into a tight log in a plastic bag and refrigerate until sugar crystals form. This is what gives halvah its distinctive texture. Some say 24 to 36 hours, but just check it yourself-it seems to take longer for me-up to a week.

If you are anti-plastic spread it on parchment paper on a baking sheet; I am not so certain exactly how harmful plastic is unless it is heated, and it IS convenient.

Refrigerate for a few days for the distinctive texture.

Homemade and easy.

"May Allow foreign...?"

Potala Organic Cafe

Potala Organic Café

Worth a try.

Kind of Expensive at $13.00

I broke my fast of restaurants with this one.
I find it mildly disturbing to see the “May contain foreign material as defined by the USDA”, but the food was good and substantial, the service prompt and respectful-I had brown rice and salad, seasoned almost just right and the gomasio on the table completed the meal.
I am not resuming going to all restaurants, but this one in Albany, Ca. was a worthy one.

"May Allow foreign...?"

Organic Ingredients in Albany, Ca.

First time homemade

Chicken and Waffles

Day-After Memorial Day Chicken and Waffles

So I was invited to a barbecue yesterday and went. I ate some fresh fruit someone had brought and made some a chicken breast I soaked in “buttermilk” for myself to eat today.

This was the first time I attempted to make fried chicken and I must say it came out excellent, although I had to finish it in the oven as the breast was so big to be immersed in enough oil in the skillet.

I cheated and got the waffles at the store because I don’t have a waffle maker.
Chicken and Waffles:
Soak the chicken in buttermilk (make your own by adding the juice of a lemon to about 3 cups of milk) and a mixture of spices and a few squirts of schiracha sauce overnight or up to 48 hours. I soaked in the fridge for a day, removed it, shook off the excess milk mixture then dredged it in a mixture of flour and more spices-salt, pepper, cayenne, Italian spice, and cumin-taste it with a wet finger and adjust spices to your liking. After dredging it I dunked it into an egg lightly beaten with a few tablespoons of water, then dredged it in the flour mixture again but this time I added a cup of crushed cornflakes (organic corn but all the vitamins added to cereal are GMO-I know, I know…).
I then set this on a wire rack, covered with Saran wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours. This helps the coating stick to the chicken when frying.
I fried it in an inch and a half of oil-don’t fill the skillet with more than half full of oil or you risk a grease fire.
Fried it about 10 minutes each side until the skin was brown but the inside still pink, set it on a wire rack to keep the bottom from getting soggy, then into a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes (time will vary with size of chicken). I turned it once, let it cool and there you have it!

Drizzle with maple syrup.
The best “fried” chicken I have ever tasted if I do say so myself-and do.
In the picture it looks kind of burnt, especially the waffles. It was not.

First time homemade

Looks burnt but wasn’t

Friends of the Urban Forest

Friends of the Urban Forest
This entry isn’t about food per se, but urban gardens, which are about growing food in urban environments which, ultimately, may be more important than protesting by marching or demonstrating.
About 2 years ago I helped Friends of the Urban Forest ( plant these plants-non-edible, but still…-in front of San Francisco Zen Center and they are thriving. Too bad the sign is already defaced.

Didn't take long...

Didn’t take long…

This is what it looks like on the other side which has been spared so far:

Wonder how long this one will remain intact?

Wonder how long this one will remain intact?

And, on Grove Street in the Civic Center neighborhood of San Francisco is the Please Touch Community Garden:

Please Touch Community Garden

Please Touch Community Garden
Helping people become self-sufficient and fostering community, projects like these are a step in the right direction. Instead of raging about what is wrong, it feels better to me to focus on what is right.