by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
The short and SWEET on pumpkins:
Pumpkins are funny. The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon which means “large melon.” The word evolved through several languages to become pumpkin in English. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin C and fiber, and the pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, contain omega-3 fatty acids!
And pumpkins are actually fruit! That must be why they make such good pie and cake…
Pumpkin Spice Cake (16 servings)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/8 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons almond milk
Double this recipe for extra glaze! Sooooo good….
1. preheat oven to 375 F
2. mix together dry ingredients for the cake in a bowl and set aside
3. mix together oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and 1 cup sugar until well mixed
4. add pumpkin and dry ingredients a little at a time, alternating each, but beginning and ending with the dry ingredients
5. add vanilla extract while mixing
6. pour batter into greased 9x11
7. bake for 25 minutes
8. for glaze, mix together all three ingredients until well mixed. if you have some powdered sugar lumps, pass the glaze through a small strainer
9. when 25 minutes are up for the cake, drizzle the glaze over the top while it is still in the oven. bake for five more minutes (if you are using extra glaze, you may need to bake longer!)
10. remove from oven and let cool
11. sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and enjoy!!!
People like to carve them into scary shapes, eat them, bake them, roast them, and well... SMASH THEM!
The largest “melon,” ahem, pumpkin ever recorded was a whopping 1,725 pounds. My father would purchase a giant pumpkin every year to display in his store. Below is a picture of me and three of my friends inside of one of the giant pumpkins (I am the one in the middle).
Pumpkins are everywhere! Here is Chef Tanya in Serbia with the pumpkin & horseradish lady:
by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe Tribe Member
So the big weekend has arrived… every child’s dream of collecting and devouring an obscene amount of sugar and processed “stuff” compacted into brightly colored, expertly marketed packaging may come true on Sunday night. This, of course, depends on a well-planned-out route, size of bucket, or bag, used for candy collection and the quality of the costume. First off, if you head into an upscale neighborhood where the houses are large and the incomes even bigger, you face a couple obstacles, if you will. You are going to have to walk more for less. The houses are larger, more spread apart, and you run a greater chance of encountering empty houses, as these people are more likely to be traveling, because they can afford it! Also, I'm pretty sure there is some sort of evidence to back this up, moms in the fancier hoods tend to be focused a little bit more on healthier eating than the mid-income, 9-5 mom who just does not have a lot of time or help on her hands. So chances of you winding up with a sack of apples, granola bars, and fruit leather are 75% greater in these neighborhoods. My advice, skip the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s house and head over to the Brady Brunch’s pad.
Choose you bag or bucket wisely! Large and easy to carry...
The mid-income neighborhood offers a few solid advantages. To begin with, the houses are closer together, so you already have a higher yield coming your way. Secondly, you are going to get a lot of variety. From apples to Mambas, the mid-income neighbor houses the borderline-rich to the borderline-poor. So you have the moms who fret over everything that enters their child’s mouth, to the moms who rely on frozen dinners and powdered chocolate milk. The mid-income neighborhood also offers a certain level of safety, which is pretty important depending on the size of your group and level of supervision. Now, if you are ready to eschew safety and well being for highest yield, best overall earnings, and the pure, raw ruckus of a rowdy Halloween, head straight to Roseanne’s neighborhood. The candy is top-notch (in terms of desirability based on sugar-content and cool packaging), the houses are even closer together, and you can hit up ungated apartment complexes for maximum yield. Front doors are mere feet from one another! Also, there are going to be a lot more peeps hangin’ out in Roseanne’s hood!
The better the costume, the more candy they will drop in your bag, cuz they'll be so distracted by your cool costume. Guaranteed.
Just remember to keep your Native Foods Café Vegan Candy Guide on hand at all times to help you navigate through that sugar-coated haze of a night. And don’t overdo it, even on the vegan candy! Stomachaches are no fun and crashing from a sugar high is the pits.
The more bright, crazy colors... the bigger the stomachache. I'm just sayin'.
So where did these sugar bombs we call candy come from anyways? Well, it all started with people eating honeycomb straight from the beehives to get their sugar fix. (And no, technically honey is NOT vegan, but that is another blog coming your way shortly…) People then started rolling nuts and fruits in the honey, creating the first confections so to speak. In the beginning, due to the high cost of manufacturing sugar, candy was very expensive, so it was a treat only enjoyed by the wealthy. But eventually, the process became standardized and hard candy found its way into the open market at very reasonable prices. Now there is a surplus of candy for all! At least here in America. So enjoy yourselves this Sunday and please be safe and courteous to all your fellow trick-or-treaters.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! WE LOVE YOU! BE SAFE!
by the Tempeh Spirit
Native Foods Cafe
The Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns dates back many centuries, when the lanterns were actually hollowed out turnips or gourds rather than pumpkins. Legend has it that a man by the name of Stingy Jack double-crossed the devil by tricking him into turning into a silver coin in order to pay for Jack’s drink (living up to his name!). Instead of using the coin to pay for the drink, Jack slid it into his pocket next to a silver cross he had picked up earlier that day. The powers of the cross prevented the devil from changing back into his original form. Eventually Jack agreed to free the devil from his pocket only if the devil promised to never take Jack’s soul. Through the course of his life, Jack played a few more tricks on the devil, which only angered the devil more. When Jack finally died, God would not allow such shady soul into heaven; and the devil kept his promise to never let Jack into hell, so Jack was left with nowhere to go. The devil sent Jack into the endless night with a lump of burning coal, which Jack put into a hollowed out turnip to create a makeshift lantern. He then became known as Jack of the lantern which was later shortened to jack-o’-lantern.
So here is your chance to vote on these modern-day jack-o’-lanterns! They were carved by Native Foods customers and we need help choosing some winners. So pick your favorites for these three categories:
Then post your selections on our Facebook wall!
Pumpkin #13 (Lucky 13, that is!)
Return to Facebook to cast your votes on our wall!
Vegan Boyz in Da Hood!
Vegan Boyz in Da Hood!
By Holladay Allen
By Holladay Allen
Native Foods Tribe Member
Native Foods Tribe Member
Glen E. Friedman is undoubtedly one of the most important photographers of our generation. In 1976, at the age of fourteen, Glen scored a gig at Skateboarder magazine as their youngest staff member after taking some pictures of friends skating an empty pool in the area known as Dogtown (made famous by the 2002 film of the same title). In the early eighties, he started taking pictures of the punk shows he frequented and ended up documenting some of the most important and inspirational moments in the eighties punk music scene.
He shot the likes of Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Kennedys, the Adolescents, the Germs, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat (I hear Seeing Red playing on my iTunes as I write this). In the mid-eighties, Glen found himself working at the newly formed Def Jam Records with Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons (both vegans as well, yay!). He started promoting and photographing the most influential hip-hop acts of the past three decades: RUN D.M.C., Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, KRS-1, and Ice-T to name a few. Henry Rollins summed it up when he said; “Glen E. Friedman has been capturing outbursts of energy for almost two decades.” He is uber rad! Oh, and he eats at Native Foods Café!
Biz Stone is the co-founder and creative director of Twitter. What? You’ve never heard of Twitter?!? Where have you been? With their slogan, “What’s happening,” Twitter essentially delivers a public instant messenger to satisfy the general population’s fix on needing to know everything that is going on, but within a 10 second attention span. Pure genius. Oh, and they put a 140 character limit (WITH SPACES!) on the insta-messages, or Tweets if you will. Biz is cool. Heck, his name is even cooler. He blogs, he tweets, and he is at the forefront of social media. And his wife loves Native Foods Café!
Carl Lewis is one of the most successful Track and Field Olympians ever. He has won 9 Olympic Gold medals and 8 World Championship Gold medals. Lewis excelled at the 100m and 200m sprints as well as the long jump. He dominated these events throughout most of the early eighties. He was also drafted into both the NBA and NFL but never played a game in either. In 1991, when Lewis turned 30, he ran “the best race of his life,” setting the world record in the 100m sprint and defeating the top two sprinters in the world. He attributed this to his new vegan diet.
Rich Roll is seriously one of the most inspirational people in the world! At the age of forty, he reassessed his life. He was fifty pounds overweight, lacking energy, and looking for something to set his sights on, a goal of some sort. He experimented with a vegan diet and felt a surge of energy. He eventually considered the idea of training for an Ironman, but realized that most of these races sell-out a year in advance. Then he came across the Ultraman, a three-day, double Ironman distance triathlon (that is a 6.2 mile swim, 260 mile bike ride, and 52.4 mile run in three days! Yowsers!). He signed himself up. Today, he is considered one of the “25 Fittest Guys in the World” by Men’s Fitness magazine.
Earlier this year, he completed the EPIC 5 Challenge, which is five Ironman-distance triathlons on five Hawaiian Islands in less than a week. He attests his physical success to mental preparation and plant-based nutrition. Holy cannoli! Rich, you rock!
Cesar Chavez is everywhere, especially if you live in Los Angeles! Who exactly was Caesar Chavez? Well, he was kind of like the Martin Luther King Jr. of Hispanic Farm laborers. Chavez was a self-taught farm laborer who founded the United Farm Workers (UFW), which paved the way for many improvements in the lives of union laborers, especially Latinos. His protests gained national support due to their non-violent, well-organized nature. Channeling Gandhi, he would often fast for days on end to protest a particular issue. During the 1980s, he fasted for 36 days to protest the use of pesticides on grapes, which led to a 15% drop in profits. He also took an unusual stance in the immigration debate, calling for a restriction on immigration. He felt that The US workers were being shafted while the immigrants were exploited and mistreated. Chavez also had a cool slogan, “Si, se puede,” or “Yes, it can be done.” PMA baby! I am sure his peaceful approach to incendiary issues was fueled by his plant-based vegan diet.
Prince! This guy is the epitome of individuality. He creates pop and R&B hits by the dozen (for himself and others) as well as winning 7 Grammy awards, a Gold Globe, and an Academy Award. He has changed his name from Prince (which is his birth name), to an unpronounceable symbol, to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, to just The Artist. The BBC ranked Prince as one of the top eight guitarists of the past 30 years and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. He is a Jehovah’s Witness and has been known to go door-to-door in order to spread the word. In July of 2010, with the release of his last album, Prince eschewed the Internet refusing to make his album available on any of the digital downloading websites as well as deleting his own website. He is quoted in The Daily Mirror as saying, “All computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and they are not good for you.” Whew!
Dave Chapelle forever immortalized the incredibly unique nature of Prince on the Chapelle show (one of the best episodes ever!). The comedic reenactment involves Charlie Murphy, Eddie’s little brother, recounting a late night evening that ends up with Prince and his crew demolishing Murphy and co. at a game of hoops and then serving them vegan pancakes. Pure awesomeness, just like Prince himself.
And last but not least, Mr. Remy Patrick Mackay Lynch. Remy was born on January 20, 2009, so he is 19 months old. He has been vegan since birth!!! He is super strong, fast, agile, and taller than every single one of his friends his age, and even older ones. Remy is super smart and very compassionate. He loves playing the drums and basketball. He doesn’t really care for swings or garbanzo bean skins (I mean, can you blame him?). Remy loves it when his mom Briana (a retired Native Foods tribe member) and dad Joe (a super rad horror movie director) take him to Native Foods Café. He loves all beans, avocado, and Daiya cheese, so of course he loves the Brontosaurus burrito at Native Foods Cafe! He also loves the sweet potato fries, and he loves to DIP. He's all about dipping things, so he loves to dip stuff in the Ranch dressing at Native Foods Café; and if he runs out of things to dip he just dips his fingers and starts licking them. He loves guacamole, hummus, broccoli, mac-n-cheese, quinoa, tempeh, seitan, tofu, coconut milk ice cream and yogurt, and salty snacks.
EAT-The Senate Passes School Lunch Nutrition Bill! It's been lingering since the spring but got a little push from the White House and it was well passed by Senate and food manufacturers. This is the legislation Michelle Obama was pushing to help reduce childhood obesity and will add foods to school lunches that are healthier choices, limit junk food sold, and help more kids get free lunches. So Yeah! Though we still have to ...
PRAY-Now decisions will be made on what foods will be sold and this will be left to the Agricultural Dept! So now we have to send ...
LOVE- that all decisions are made with the kids and health in mind and not special interest groups or companies that promote vitamin water as a healthy choice instead of sodas. You've all read John Robbins Blog on that yes? If not do so I think you'll find it interesting....http://tinyurl.com/24x5p33