Traditional Foods

"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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tosh graduated from Baldwin High this weekend. We had the celebration in the morning before the ceremony so he could run around and visit friends afterwards.  We prepared a variety of dishes, including grape and sweet potato salsa, cookie pizzas, venison and meatless burritos, tomato and corn salsa, lemon-raspberry ade, mimosas (champagne, orange juice and Triple Sec) for stressed parents,  with three types of chips: pita, whole grain, and veggie. I forgot to take pics of everything.

Grape Salsa: click here for the recipe

Sister-in-law Adele Mihesuah chops onions for the grape and sweet potato salsa

Ari cuts up grapes
Tosh, the Senior class president, gives a speech about the senior class gift.

Tosh's godfather Kevin Blake cuts scallions

We made a ton of sweet potato salsa.Click for recipe You can eat this with chips, roll in burritos, put on meats, or eat alone. I scrambled eggs with them the next day.

Fruit pizza was a hit. We made six of them.

Pure sugar. Cousin Jolene made the great cake. Purple shoes symbolizes Baldwin High School; the orange is Baker U.

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