The week that started 30th March 2020

In our black caucus at work, we talked about black authors to read, here are some recommendations…

  • Kiley Reid x 2
  • Tomi Adeyemi x 2 (The Children of Blood and Bone trilogy)
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Brit Bennett (debut: The Mothers)
  • Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn)
  • The autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • Tananarive Due
  • CP Patrick
  • Dr. Joy DeGruy
  • Jasmine Guillory
  • Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar (short stories, poems and other non-fiction work)
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (memoir about growing up in a big family in New Orleans)
  • Nayyirah Waheed
  • Audre Lorde
  • Clint Smith
  • Yrsa Daley-Ward
  • Danez Smith
  • adrienne maree brown (Emergent Strategy, about nature and activism and community and life and stuff)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward
  • The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
  • Dean Atta
  • Travis Alabanza
  • Jay Bernard
  • Octavia Butler
  • Warsan Shire
  • Queer BAME Authors
  • Black History Month 2018: A List of 31-writers
  • 35 Top African-American Artists on the Work That Inspires Them

Recipes: Eating without spoons, the real low motivation edition

Seems like a lot of folks are luxuriating in having free time to learn how to become masterchefs. Meanwhile, I’m excited to be making simple bean and grain dishes. Return of recipes for folks living with fatigue, aka Eating without Spoons.

Most commonly, I’m making kichari, but with buckwheat instead of rice.

  • Water
  • Split mung beans
  • Nigella seeds, aka kalonji
  • Asafoetida
  • Turmeric
  • Black pepper
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Garam masala, just a little
  • Buckwheat (add when mung beans have softened)

Been making dhal too

  • Water
  • Split red lentils
  • Asafoetida
  • Turmeric
  • Black pepper
  • Garam masala
  • Chilli powder

Considering branching out to the most basic of broccoli soups…

  • Water
  • Onions would be great…
  • Garlic, roughly chopped big chunks fine
  • Broccoli, including delicious stems (hack and hold method
  • Italian herb seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Add black eye beans, cooked, to taste
  • Reserve some florets, blend the rest
  • Add mustard powder to taste
  • Add nooch (nutritional yeast) to taste