Easy Chicken Masala

1-3 lBS of boneless skinless chicken thighs chopped 
The marinade

  • 1 teaspoon tarmac powder
  • 1 teaspoon gar masala 
  • 1 chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups of plan yogurt 

Combine all ingredients including chicken into a large mixing bowl. Stir until all the spices are worked through the yogurt. Set aside and let marinade for 1-2 hours. 
On a stove-top grill or cast iron skillet cook chicken pieces for 3-5 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned.
The sauce 

  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 1 8oz can of evaporated milk
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 2 diced peppers (chillies)

In stove-top pot on medium heat combine all ingredients and chicken and stir together. Cover and let simmer for 15-25 minutes and serve over rice.

Check out season 2 of my Podcast

The aNvkai Tree season 2 premiered last night with an episode entitled “Integrity- Do you know what the hell it is?” The episode delves into the concept of integrity in communities of color and how we bring that into our politics, art, commerce. We talk about the ideas of selling out vs. buying in and what that means in the context of celebrity. We also touch lack of diversity in children’s book and what that means for the future of literature. Listen below or look up on apple podcast and spotify.

3 plastic free disposable utensil brands

Recycling in the the united states has been on the decline on an industrial level for a few years now. Mainly because countries like China and Indonesia aren’t buying our recyclable materials like they used to. So it falls on us the consumer to reduce our plastic consumption and maybe the corporations will reduce the amount they produce.

World Centric

World Centric was founded in 2004 to raise awareness of large-scale humanitarian and environmental issues and how our pursuit of a good life was severely degrading the planet’s ecosystems and at the same time creating vast inequalities where 2.5 billion people live on less than $2/day, without access to basic necessities such as adequate food, water, healthcare, education, housing, sanitation etc. We started by hosting award-winning documentaries and speakers on environmental, social, human rights and peace issues, offered courses on sustainability, simple living, and globalization and started to work on a Conscious Living guide. World Centric is based in California and sells a vary of products at super markets all around the country. Such as knifes, spoons, plates, and coffee cups. You can check their website https://www.worldcentric.com/ their products are also available on amazon and target.

Repurpose

Repurpose is another California based brand of plastic free picnicware. Repurpose is the newest kid on the block and although it is not as readily available in stores as some other brands I find their general price point to be lower and their quality to be higher. The plates and cups are great for parties or events. AND THEY MAKE STRAWS!!! So if you have kids or love straws but worried about the environmental, worry no more. http://www.repurposecompostables.com/shop

Vaneerware by Bambu

Vaneerware is a line of disposable flatware made from, you guessed it! Bambo, the company is based in Oregon but sustainably made in China. The products are 100% biodegradable and reusable to an extent. They’re very high quality and perfect for everyday home use or professional events and catering. If you like fancy plates these are the fanciest! Bulk orders are available on their website. They even have sample boxes starting at $15 USD. I will definitely be ordering some for my next party. https://www.bambuhome.com/collections/compostable-dinnerware

OP- The Unraveling of America

I think I’ve tried to write this piece about ten or fifteen times in the past two weeks. There are many layers and nuances to the conversation, thousands of variables and millions of lives in the balance. Each time I’ve sat down to write it’s just become a clusterfuck of thoughts and emotions. Finally this morning I just though to myself “fuck it!” . It needs to be said and whether I’m right or wrong, I want at the very least to be honest. The United States is falling apart.

Firstly this is not piece where I intent to blame all the countries woes and short comings on the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. If we are to have this conversation in earnest we can not look at the United States a-historically. That is to say, like every story America has a beginning, middle and ultimately an ending. I’d like to focus on the beginning for moment, because that is what makes America so different than the eastern part of the world and the histories therein.

So in the 1400’s Christopher Columbus and a rag tag band of European convicts and hustlers, where shipped off by the king and queen of Spain to find a new route to Indian by sea. This of course was death mission in disguise. Columbus was a known con-man all over Europe and had pretty much become a public nuisance. In my mind Ferdinand and Isabella were like fuck it! Let’s get him and these other derelicts out of our hair. At if actually finds a new route great, if he dies even better. Anyway somehow these fools end up in the eastern hemisphere and it’s the beginning of the end for everyone who isn’t white. There began a centuries long apologue of bloody genocide, slavery, war, and over consumption of recourses.

The foundations of America are important and relevant to its current state for many reasons. Chiefly that it has always been a nation that proclaimed “All men are created equal and free.” But the stark contradiction of America’s reality is, that the only men who were equal and free FOR CENTURIES!!!!!!! Where white men. And you can except to build a lasting sovereign nation of slavery and lies. Let’s be real America had two centuries of chattel slavery, followed by Jim crow laws, segregation, and the disproportionate mass incarceration of peoples of African decent. All of which took place without a national point of healing or momentary reparations. That was bad nation building strike 1. Strike 2, the United States had never prioritized women or children. In health care, education or pay for work. Strike 3, we haven’t stopped warring since WWII. American ended it’s long period of isolationism by entering into WWII and since then we’ve always been engaged in some type of conflict aboard. which lives little money and resources for infrastructure and social investment. I say all this to say, when a foundation is shitty (at best) what’s built upon it will never actually be stable.

In the present American has basically become oligarchy, corporations are people; who matter more than people who aren’t corporations. The corporate capitalist machine and it’s interest control America. The middle class has basically become walking piggy banks for bail outs when the real citizen can’t pay their bills. As we speak Michael Cohen is singing like the Harlem Boys choirs to congress about how horrible of person is sitting in the oval office. But I digress, Donald Trump is a symptom of American’s sickness not the disease. Although I have a theory that the Russians gave him the money to bribe the electoral college, win the election and destabilize the country. But that’s just a shot in the dark.

In order for America not to unravel I feel it must atone for its past sin and heal to move forward but American hasn’t even been to church.

Easy Game Night Menu

Asian Style fried chicken wing

5-10 LBS of chicken wings

2 cups soy sauce

2 tpbs. chilli garlic sauce

1 tps.  Chinese 5 spice

2 tpbs. Minced ginger

4 cloves of minced garlic

3-4 cups of flour with ¼ tps cornstarch and ¼ tps baking power mixed in

to clean the chicken:

In an extra large bowl or pot add the chicken wings and several cups of apple cider vinegar until the chicken is covered. Add ¼ cup of kosher salt and ¼ cup of lemon juice and stir until the salt dissolves. Cover and place and the fridge for at least 3 hours to overnight. Skim off white film/foam off the top with a spoon before draining the chicken.  

In the same bowl or large Ziploc bag combine wings, soy sauce, chilli garlic sauce, 5 spice, ginger, and garlic. Marinade chicken for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oil to 325°F in a deep fryer or stove top Dutch oven/hard bottom frying pan .

There is no egg wash needed for this recipe just coat the chicken in the flour mixture and fry until chicken in dark brown and crispy. Drain the a strainer lined with paper towel.

Puff pastry turkey patties

2 lbs ground turkey

5 scallions

1 tps cumin

1 tps chilli powder

salt & pepper to taste

2-4 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed and lightly floured

in a large skillet coated with a few tablespoons of olive oil combine the ground turkey, scallions and spices. Over medium heat cooked turkey until lightly browned. Set aside and let cool.

In the meanwhile, on a floured board cut puff pastry into 4” squares. In each square add 1-2 spoonsful of the meat. In a small bowl or dish prepare an egg wash of 1 egg, 2-3 tbps of water and 1 tbps of melted butter. Dip a finger in the wash and go around the inside edge of the pastry, fold on a diagonal (triangle) and press to seal. Once all the patties are complete brush them with the remaining egg wash and bake them in an oven that been preheated to 350 for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown.