Friday, December 6, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Nelson Mandela, Symbol of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle - Poster, Alberto Blanco, 1987 Cuba -- Daily LIFT #67

Nelson Mandela, Symbol of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
- Poster, Alberto Blanco, 1987 Cuba -- Daily LIFT #67

"Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times - times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation - that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils."

Nelson Mandela died six years ago today.

A Musical Feast w. Johnny Cash's Chili, Mick Jagger's Shrimp Curry, Liza Minnelli's Gazpacho & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT

Vintage Cookbook: A Musical Feast 

Publication Details: Global Liaisons Inc., 1995

A Musical Feast is a really fun cookbook that should be of interest to fans of popular and rock music, especially of the scene in the mid-1990s.

Over 100 famous artists and bands contributed recipes of various kinds to raise money to help the homeless. There are artists from the Grateful Dead, to Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, Weezer, Led Zeppelin, Boyz II Men, the Bee Gees, the Cowboy Junkies, the Crash Test Dummies and many others. You can see a full list in the scans. 

We have included recipes from Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Rita Marley, Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Cher, Paul and Linda McCartney (it is a vegetarian recipe of course), Dr. John, Lisa Loeb, Eddie Money and Salt N' Pepa. Dr. John and Eddie Money both sadly died this year. 

We also could not help but include the "recipes" from Randy Newman and Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson who give rather humourous takes on the best way to make a cheese sandwich and a pastrami sandwich respectively. 

(Click on scans to enlarge)

Spicy Sausage and Bok Choy Stir Fry

Recently we took a look at the vintage cookbook The Best of Seasons w. Tuscan Bean Soup, Sour Cream Apple Pie, Guacamole & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT and I adapted one of the recipes in it to make Lamb Chops w. a Balsamic Shallot Sauce.

Today I am going to adapt another recipe from the book that mixes sausage and bok choy. My version is spicier and uses somewhat different cooking techniques to produce a stir fry that is relatively easy to make and very flavourful. 

To begin you want to make the sauce that will ultimately be used in the dish.

Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 - 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Take all the ingredients and mix together in a bowl until blended thoroughly.

Main Dish Ingredients:

5 hot Italian sausages (you can substitute for a different sausage if you wish but these work very well)
2 large onions chopped
1 to 2 sliced, unseeded small red hot chili peppers
2 - 3 minced cloves of garlic
1 large head of bok choy, chopped
peanut oil

Heat some peanut oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium high heat. When the oil is ready you want to brown your sausages for around 2 minutes a side. Once browned remove to a plate and coarsely chop the sausage into small bits and pieces.

Without cleaning the pan add a little more peanut oil. Add the onions to the pan and fry, stirring occasionally, for 3 - 4 minutes.

Add your sausage and garlic to the pan and continue to fry the onions, garlic and sausage for around 6 more minutes or until the sausage is just cooked.

Then add the bok choy, chili peppers and sauce to the pan or wok and fry for another 2 -3 minutes stirring constantly until well mixed.

Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for around 15 minutes or until reduced to your liking.

This spicy, tart dish is terrific served over rice. Leftover it is also nice tossed in ramen or lo mein style noodles. 


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

That Flag, That Sky, This Land, We Will Defend it Whatever Price is Necessary - Cuban Poster, 1969 -- Daily LIFT #66

That Flag, That Sky, This Land, We Will Defend it Whatever Price is Necessary 
- Cuban Poster, 1969 -- Daily LIFT #66

Viva Cuba!

"We do not comply with sanctions, threats, or slander from the U.S. government, which along with the reactionary oligarchies are primarily responsible for our region's dangerous convulsion and instability" - Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuban President

"The cause of the legitimate and mass protests in Latin America is the inequality and poverty caused by imperialist domination and neoliberalism. The U.S. blames Cuba as a pretext to tighten its genocidal blockade and justify the brutal repression and criminalization of demonstrations." - Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez

Art: Viktor Koretsky, USSR, 1962

Source: 'US Is Responsible for Discontent in Latin America' Cuba Blames

Tuesday, December 3, 2019