17 Dec 2015


I want to study food history. (As some of you may know, I am currently getting an undergraduate degree in history.) Unfortunately my university doesn't really offer any courses centred around what we eat, so I feel at a loss. After a handful of conversations with Jack and some thoughts on my own, I realized me + a food history course would probably be a perfect match. I love history. I love food. Food history; I would most likely love. And lately I've been struggling dealing with the nasty bits of human history (i.e. all of human history) where one group of folks (i.e. The White Man) completely screws over everyone else with a seemingly endless myriad of shitty excuses depending on where and when you are looking at. Of course me taking a break from learning this stuff wouldn't make it go away, but for my own mental health I think it'd be good for me to study slightly less tragic realities for awhile. Not to say food history won't come with its dark periods. Yet now we loop back to the issue of FINDING a food history course for me to take... none are showing themselves to me willingly.

Update: instead of finding a nice n easy little food history course I have decided to jump head first into every ugly, hard-to-deal-with historical and current truth of humanity by taking a new (?) philosophy class offered at my school called Global Justice; we're basically gonna learn all the terrible consequences industrialization, colonialization and globalization have had on various communities and countries. And I am taking a history course about the British Empire and Commonwealth, which will definitely inform the other class.

Onto this soup. It's delicious and thick and creamy and makes ya warm from the inside out. Definitely made more awesome with fresh avocado toast, plenty of snow outside and a blanket 'round your bod. Jack and I are staying in the BC interior right now and at night it gets to twenty below. There is snow everywhere. I am essentially in my own winter wonderland and I never want to go home. It is SO FREAKING peaceful and quiet. The town we are staying in has just a few hundred people who live here year round, so I feel like Jack and I are the only two people in the world. I've been sleeping in, drinking lots of wine, eating loaves of organic bread that a lovely couple bakes just a few doors down and sells on Tuesdays, and generally just appreciating the lack of noise and busy-ness that are assumed constants in the city. Have a beautiful day. x


1 (2 lb) red kuri squash
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chunk ginger
3 cups vegetable broth or more, depending on your preference 
1/2 cup walnuts (optional) 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop the squash into 1-inch cubes (no need to peel). Toss the cubes with the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, chipotle, tamari and vinegar. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until tender all the way through. Transfer the baked squash to a blender and blend with the rest of the ingredients (you might need to do it in two or three batches if your blender is smaller or less powerful). If you need to add more broth, go ahead. Mine was super thick and that's how I like it. Also: be careful not to over-blend, otherwise the soup will get glue-y. Once blended to a smooth, creamy consistency; serve with avocado toast, crackers, as a sauce for vegetables or pasta, or however you like!

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Anonymous said...

Ahhh...happiness is a scooped out avocado skin...the main dish the soup looks warm and hearty. Food history sounds fascinating...happy researching,learning and of course feasting!

The Amazing Kim said...

It might be different in Canada (maybe you have more specific degrees there) but doing postgraduate is a good way to focus specifically on one particular area.

Jennifer said...

Food history might be a hard study, I know there are a few books out there about food history, but usually focusing on one time period and what specifically they ate. It might be something you would have to study in pieces on your own (maybe writing your own book!) But one book you might enjoy is The Drunken Botanist You aren't a drinker, but you might find it interesting since the author talks about specifically the plants that go into various alcoholic drinks, with some historical significance. Some of the information you would fnd interesting since it talks so much about plants, not how to make a cocktail.

sophie.bolich said...

If you're interested, I read a book called consider the fork...its all about the history of food and cooking utensils. Sounds boring-to-tears, but I loved it! So fascinating. Not about vegan food at all, but really cool. Let me know if you check it out!

sophie.bolich said...

If you're interested, I read a book called consider the fork...its all about the history of food and cooking utensils. Sounds boring-to-tears, but I loved it! So fascinating. Not about vegan food at all, but really cool. Let me know if you check it out!

Anonymous said...

Yep - that's western civilization and it's roots. I've always found blaming white people specifically a bit inaccurate (although not unfounded). There are plenty of non-white people who conform to western notions and ideas - and sadly have come in their views to worship our lifestyle of greed and ignorance; just like there are plenty of white people who are conscious of the impact of their actions and choose to live in the most compassionate way possible.

If you try to see it as stepping stones - progression - we have come a long way from where we once stood. It is frustrating to look around and see so many people hopelessly indoctrinated into the western cultural belief system and forget that certain other people are human. There are no less thans - not even the animals. <3

Camilla Café said...

In sweden we have had a few programs - also focused on children one season - on swedish food history. Its called tge history eaters. In the program they eat, share what it tastes and talk about tge history of food the last 1000 years. So nteresting!!! If you first learn Swedish you can find the programs on svt.se They are called Historieätarna and Julkalendern. You might undrrstand by just seeing the films!
Much love!

Unknown said...

If you haven't yet watch "Cooked" on Netflix. Really informative and interesting, although maybe not exactly what you're looking for at the moment.