Welcome to a Week of Eating Indigenous Food 2012. This site honors the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), an ambitious, year-long eating challenge directed by Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway and Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. The “American Indian Health and Diet Project” at KU invites all interested parties to support Martin's project by joining in the SECOND challenge: to eat only pre-contact foods November 2-9, 2012.
"Traditional" in the context of these projects means pre-contact foods. No beef, mutton, goat, chicken, pork, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, or any other "Old World" food that many of us have lovingly incorporated into our diets and tribal cultures. No processed foods (Doritoes, Lays Chips, etc), even if the base is corn or potatoes. No chocolate unless it is unsweetened cacao or sweetened with honey from the Melipona bee, fruit, stevia, camas or agave. Be adventurous and try unfamiliar foods! There are many foods to choose from. My American Indian Health and Diet Project site lists and defines many of them.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Plantain and Prickley Pear Cactus Fruit
Bananas and plantains are not the same. In this shot, plantains are at the top, bananas at the bottom. Don't eat plantains raw. Yuk.
Here is a breakfast idea: plantains and prickley pear cactus fruit. Peel the plantains and cactus fruit, slice into small bites. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to skillet and turn to medium heat. Saute the plantain and cactus fruit until tender.
The cactus fruit has large seeds that might break teeth. I put that fruit in a strainer and mashed it down to extract the red juice and pulp. Mix with the plantains. Add a bit of salt and chili powder.