It doesn’t get a lot of attention on this blog, but I’m actually a rather political person (to me veganism is a political statement as well by the way). About two weeks ago in my english vocabulary class at university, the task was to discuss a few random topics by asking questions. One on the list was ‘do you consider yourself a feminist?’ which I thought wouldn’t really lead to a discussion at first. Aren’t we all feminists at a university filled with highly educated and modern students?
When I asked the first fellow male student he fiercely declined. I was really confused and questioned him why. He mumbled something about ‘radical and aggressive men-haters’ and went on to another question. When I switched to the next partner I immediately repeated the same question again and got the exact same answer. I asked about wether he thinks men and women should be equal, which he affirmed. When I told him ‘roughly, that is feminism’ he just shrugged it off and said he didn’t think so.
Of course I’m mainly surrounded by people who have a very similar mindset, but I’m repeatedly shocked by the lack of knowledge and interest in contemporary issues like feminism and equal rights. Never before has the subject been approached from a more accessible angle. Even if you’re not into the academic or political aspects, it’s everywhere in our pop culture. Feminism is cool nowadays! There are TV shows featuring strong women and diversity (Orange Is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder, Transparent), new books published and old books dug up on that topic all the time (How To Be a Woman, Bad Feminist, Madame Bovary), visible and popular celebrities talking and tackling this issue openly (Aziz Ansari, Ellen Page) and awesome projects sprouting up all around us (Lenny; Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls).
Feminism is for everyone! Oxford dictionary‘s definition is as following:
The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
So dear humans, please don’t be afraid to stand up to the idea of it, don’t be afraid to call yourself a feminist. There is nothing bad or radical about it, unless you make it.
By the way, I’m absolutely aware that my selection of shows, books etc. is very basic and pop cultur-y, but there are various possibilities to get your hands on further information all over the internet (look here, here or here)
But now let’s talk food! This is one of my go-to recipes when I have the honour of some last-minute guests or just very little time on my hands. I adapted the Plum Roses from a (non vegan) baking book I bought about ten years ago and never got rid off. Since you don’t have to prepare the dough yourself, it also couldn’t be much easier to wrap up. And they are incredibly delicious! Just imagine light and crisp pastry, sweet and melting fruit, covered in sticky cinnamon glaze. To me it tastes like christmas, but it can certainly be served anytime of the year. Of course you can try it with any other kind of fruit as well, Mango for example is delicious, too! I like to eat them right out of the oven, still hot and soft! Eat them plain or with scoop of ice cream.
300 gram plums
1 pack puff pastry
1 pack vanilla sugar
2 tablespoon water
50 gram vegan butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
50 gram powdered sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Wash and halve the plums. Remove the stones and cut into very thin slices with a sharp knife.
3. Cut puff pastry into 2 cm wide and 20 cm long stripes.
4. Place the plum slices slightly overlapping on the stripes while leaving out the last centimeter and sprinkle with vanilla sugar.
5. With a brush dab a little bit of water on the pastry ends, carefully roll them up and press on the ends. Set them on a lined baking sheet.
6. Melt the butter in a small pot, then stir in cinnamon and powdered sugar. With a brush apply on the plum roses.
7. Bake for about 20 minutes until slightly golden. I like them best directly out of the oven.
Note: This recipe is veganised from the German baking book “backLust” published by GU. It’s the book who got me first into baking about 10 years ago.