Potluck #1

Jan. 25th, 2011 03:15 pm
glass_icarus: (mango man)
[personal profile] glass_icarus
Welcome to the first edition of Potluck!

A note on the carnival: Potluck was inspired by a round of internet conversations about food, shame, and culture/ethnicity, including but not limited to [personal profile] deepad's Doodh se Dhuli, [personal profile] vi's gross, weird, inedible, and [personal profile] troisroyaumes's Seven things. It is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights, and cultural and racial issues. This is not to say that we have or will cover all of these intersections in a single carnival; Potluck is simply a room in which we can talk about them- or so [personal profile] yiduiqie and I hope!

Since we are sort of in the middle of a stretch of fall/winter celebrations, the theme for this edition was holidays:

[personal profile] oyceter writes about New Year away, among other holidays:
Late January and early February is always a bad time for me in the US. I never mind spending Thanksgiving or Christmas with friends or away from home, and half the time I don't do much for Christmas anyway. But New Year is different.


[personal profile] starlurker talks about Canadian Thanksgiving in Potluck post:
Thanksgiving was a foreign concept to me as a child, and adding the term Canadian before it did nothing to illuminate the concept. Growing up in Manila, my awareness of Thanksgiving was limited to US media sources, so my idea of the holiday involved the following traditions:

1) Something about pilgrims and something about Indians
2) Everyone needed a large basket of fruit to put on the middle of the table
3) Thanksgiving and Christmas were the only times people from the States wanted to be with their families
4) Pumpkin pie
5) A large, golden brown and perfectly cooked turkey that the mom/grandmother/mother-in-law spent the whole day making, or b) a charred, inedible carcass, usually deposited with great anger on the table because people were so ungrateful; or c) an uncooked bird, because shenanigans got in the way of the turkey preparation.


[personal profile] lovepeaceohana discusses family traditions and cultural expectations in pretend this is a clever title:
My mama, in the kitchen, poring over the recipe journal written in her own hand, copying ingredients and amounts onto a separate sheet of paper. "Do you think we should try siopao this time?" she asks, and I shrug my shoulders.

It could be any one of the number of occasions for which my mama bust out the recipe journal - our annual Thanksgiving party, our annual Christmas party, our annual Fourth of July party; my birthday, my brother's birthday. She loved to play hostess and nearly always served some of her mother's recipes to our guests. Staples included what I've since come to think of as The Big Three: lumpia, pancit canton, and adobo.


[personal profile] ey talks about comfort food in potluck: mental illness + holidays:
I’ve talked before about the importance of a tea ritual for me in handling anxiety attacks. This time, I want to take a look at comfort food. Holidays often come with a ritual sacrifice — as the character Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer says of Thanksgiving, “To commemorate a past event, you kill and eat an animal. It’s a ritual sacrifice. With pie.”


[personal profile] vi has a brief comic about Lunar New Year stuff and nonsense.

I have also included several non-thematic posts:

[personal profile] eccentricyoruba writes about jollof rice in Foood!:

Jollof rice is usually the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of popular West African dishes. Though cooked differently depending on which country you're in, the must have ingredients are; tomatoes, tomato paste, Maggi cubes, onions, scotch bonnet chillies (what I call atarodo) and of course, rice. These are the standard jollof rice ingredients and usually give a plain but tasty dish. Argument ensues when the question "Which country does jollof rice come from?" is asked. Time for another anecdote; once my friends and I decided to have an international dinner*. My Caribbean friend got really excited when I said I was going to make jollof rice. 'What of the plantains?' she asked and when I replied that I had none, she went on to say that fried plantains were a necessary accompaniment for jollof rice. How did she know about jollof rice and plantains? Well, apparently in the college she went to in London, Nigerians and Ghanaians always used to argue about who had invented jollof rice, to her amusement.


[personal profile] oyceter writes about learning to cook Chinese food in Cooking: I can haz it:
I enjoy cooking, but it may be one of those things I enjoy more when I have a lot of spare time; when I get a job again, we'll see how much I keep doing it! But so far, I feel like I've been learning how to cook all over again in the past few months. On the plus side, I think I've actually gotten to the point when I can kind of stare at the fridge and throw things together, which was my target way back when.

The really big difference, though, is that I've finally learned how to cook Chinese food.

I tried when I first started to cook, but I didn't trust most English cook books, and despite watching hours and hours of Good Eats, I had zero knowledge of the basics of Chinese cooking. As such, I could make around 3 dishes, and they all didn't taste very good. I eventually ended up mostly making vegetarian and Mediterranean inspired food when I took up cooking in 2005, largely due to the recipes my flist was posting.


[personal profile] marina picspams her trip to Odessa in kizil and rachki and schmaltz:
So, this is the foodspam of my trip to Odessa last fall. Unlike my other travels, I knew I would never do a travel-log/summary/picspams/whatever of the trip because so much of it is personal and complicated and impossible to recount in a fun travel diary way, not to mention things like "and this is the house where my dad went to school when he was little" isn't something most people would find super fascinating.


[personal profile] kaz writes about cooking while low on spoons in o food:
Two days ago, I was watching clips of Nigella Lawson on YouTube after [personal profile] irrationalpoint discovered I didn't know who she was. If you are also in this boat, Wikipedia knows everything as usual. (short story: she's done multiple cooking shows and published cooking books.) We were watching the recipe - chicken teriyaki - with interest, with occasional aside discussion of feminist critiques of the show and what we think of them. Then comes Nigella's remark: "Now this is what I call an easy weekday treat".

We look at each other and burst out laughing.

Both of us had been thinking "hey, this looks like something special I could try if I'm feeling really well and energetic."


This concludes the first edition of Potluck. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We would love to hear your feedback, and suggestions for future themes and volunteers for future hosts are very much welcome. [personal profile] yiduiqie will be hosting the next edition of Potluck, so keep an eye out for the announcement post!

Date: 2011-01-25 08:21 pm (UTC)
jibrailis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jibrailis
I thoroughly enjoyed the first edition of Potluck. Thank you for the links, and for the excellent discussions about food and culture and everything my head and my stomach needed. :D

\o/

Date: 2011-01-25 08:32 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: Close-up of the moulded design on a bar of Grenada Chocolate Company chocolate. (food -- grenada chocolate)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Thank you for all your work!

Date: 2011-01-25 08:49 pm (UTC)
rhivolution: Simon's Cat has a festive bow for the holiday season...and, typically, wants food (winter holidays demand noms: Simon's Cat)
From: [personal profile] rhivolution
I really look forward to reading through these posts. Thanks so much to you both and to the writers!

Date: 2011-01-25 09:18 pm (UTC)
crossedwires: ma eats a cake (cake)
From: [personal profile] crossedwires
Thank you for hosting this! ♥!

Date: 2011-01-25 09:36 pm (UTC)
colorblue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] colorblue
I was waiting for this! Thanks for compiling.

Date: 2011-01-25 09:38 pm (UTC)
eruthros: Toph from Avatar: TLA preparing for battle (Avatar - toph getting ready)
From: [personal profile] eruthros
Thanks for hosting! *opens many links in tabs*

Date: 2011-01-25 09:42 pm (UTC)
littlebutfierce: (atla iroh noodles)
From: [personal profile] littlebutfierce
Yay, thanks for doing this!

Date: 2011-01-25 09:46 pm (UTC)
whymzycal: Shirota Yuu nomming something adorably (Shirotan nom)
From: [personal profile] whymzycal
Oh, lovely! I can't wait to go through all the wonderful posts.

Date: 2011-01-25 10:17 pm (UTC)
azuire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] azuire
I didn't get something in for this round but I'm hoping I can for the next! Thanks for this <3 *drools over food*

Date: 2011-01-26 12:10 am (UTC)
sarashina: (Oz - grin)
From: [personal profile] sarashina
These are wonderful and so very hunger-inducing. Thank you, everyone!

Date: 2011-01-26 12:55 am (UTC)
kake: The word "kake" written in white fixed-font on a black background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kake
This is brilliant - thank you!

Date: 2011-01-26 01:15 am (UTC)
themadpoker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] themadpoker
Thank you for hosting this! I'm looking forward to checking out these posts.

Date: 2011-01-26 03:42 am (UTC)
lovepeaceohana: A photo of halo halo, a Filipino dessert made with shaved ice and various delicious toppings. (halo halo)
From: [personal profile] lovepeaceohana
Woo hoo! Thanks so much to everyone who's participating - and to you, of course, for hosting :3 Can't wait to read these!

Date: 2011-01-26 07:34 am (UTC)
vi: (brightshines)
From: [personal profile] vi
Thank you for doing this! I can't wait to sit down and read these tomorrow. =D

Date: 2011-01-26 08:10 am (UTC)
ciderpress: default: woman with red umbrella (Default)
From: [personal profile] ciderpress
Yay, thank you for compiling all of this, can't wait to read through this edition!

Date: 2011-01-26 08:45 am (UTC)
kairia: A character, Zotoh Zhaan, smiling. Her eyes are closed. From the tv series Farscape. (Zhaan - Smile)
From: [personal profile] kairia
Thank you for hosting this! ♥ I can't wait to go through these and hopefully, next time I shall contribute too!

Date: 2011-01-26 12:11 pm (UTC)
illariy: uhura smiles (uhura: smile)
From: [personal profile] illariy
I've made a cup of tea and shall now go read+digest some links of nom and thinky. Thank you so much for organising this. :D

Date: 2011-01-26 03:01 pm (UTC)
eccentricyoruba: (mishil laughing)
From: [personal profile] eccentricyoruba
Thanks for including my post in this edition of Potluck! I really enjoyed the compilation! ^^

Date: 2011-01-29 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] miss_haitch
Eeee, these are great posts! I've loved getting pleasantly hungry reading them. :D

Date: 2011-01-29 02:19 pm (UTC)
jolantru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jolantru
Brilliant! :)

Date: 2011-02-05 08:39 pm (UTC)
trascendenza: izzy from shadowhunters in bright colors. (Default)
From: [personal profile] trascendenza
Thank you so much for hosting this! All of these are going into my ReadItLater for delicious consumption later :D

Date: 2011-02-06 11:21 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
These look terrific - thank you for compiling!

Date: 2011-02-22 10:49 am (UTC)
snowynight: An Asian doctor who's also Captain America (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowynight
Thank you for hosting.

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