Feminist in the Suburbs

Carrot Tops Are Not Orange

But they are edible! Who knew?

I only found out because they were in my farm box from Cal Poly Pomona, which you can buy online here. I figured if they hadn’t cut off the tops then maybe they were like beet tops, which are as yummy as Swiss chard.

So thanks to some inspiration from this recipe from The Guardian, I made a pesto sauce from the carrot tops! SO easy and delish.

Make sure to use organic as the tops get the bulk of the pesticides.

Carrot Top Pesto

-1 bunch carrot tops
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1-2 garlic cloves depending on size and preference  
-Handful of walnuts (roughly 1/2 cup), or substitute pine nuts or almonds
-Salt to taste 
-Crushed red pepper for heat (optional)

Rinse the carrot tops well. Soak them for 10 minutes. Then rinse and soak again. 

Use a blender or food processor to blend the rest of the ingredients, except the crushed red pepper, which you can sprinkle on once plated. Simple as that! 

For those with sensitive tummies (like mine), cook the pesto in a frying pan for a few minutes. The heat takes off some of the zest of the garlic so it’s easier on the stomach. 

This would be great on sandwiches, salads and any dish where pesto shines. I like it with brown rice pasta with veggies and chicken. Yum!
Blended pesto
Blend, baby, blend!
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Carrot-top pesto mixed with pasta, veggies and chicken, oh my!

Fresh Produce Changes Everything

14.5 pounds of fresh veggies and citrus

I feel like it’s really dramatic–and privileged–of me to say that. And yet, it’s true. Since I started picking up a box of locally-grown produce from Cal Poly Pomona, about five weeks ago, everything’s changed.

Up until now, I haven’t been part of the “eat local” movement because I live in a part of L.A. that isn’t trendy enough to access it. I was going to get Farm Fresh to You based on a friend’s recommendation but they only deliver during the night and anything left on my doorstep would be stolen before dawn.

So when Cal Poly Pomona announced it had started a “Farm Box” program that allows you to pick up CPP-grown produce for just $26–and that every purchase supports student success–I thought I’d try it out. I had no idea how much it would impact my life.

These fresh items require creativity and timely attention–cooking has become an innovative art around here! And, even after too long in the kitchen long after my feet began to ache, it boosts my spirit to know that I’m eating off the land, in a way that supports students, the local economy, and the earth. Oh and did I mention my new nickname? My pops calls me “Farmer Joe” because on our Sunday Zoom call, I show off the contents of my box of produce. My sister-in-law asks, “So, what’s on the menu this week?”

I’m not sure what recipes I’ll play with this week but they will include the following goodies, or what my brother called “deliciousness”: broccoli, spinach, beets, kale, lettuce, avocados, lemons, oranges, celery and cauliflower.

Purchase a Farm Fresh box of produce from Cal Poly Pomona here. The only drawback is that you have to pick it up from campus on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Given we’re in a pandemic and I can’t really go out any way, it hasn’t been a problem.

If You Haven’t Binge Watched Ramy Yet, What Are You Waiting For?

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Just two weeks after the new series Ramy debuted, Hulu has just announced that it’s been renewed for another season. Because there are so many reasons to watch it, I talked about it on Rising Up with Sonali and wrote about it for Ms. MagazineCheck them both out below. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the show! (more…)

Feminisms in Motion at Cal Poly Pomona

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Join us this Thursday for a performance by Amitis Motevalli and a reading by Jessica Hoffmann, Mia Mingus and me! Books will be on sale for $20. The gallery space on campus is beautiful and the show that’s up right now–Somewhere in Between–is incredibly moving. See you there!

Cheat Sheet for Nov. 6 Ballot

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Based on numerous requests from friends, I’m sharing my endorsements for the (tremendously long and difficult to understand) Nov. 6 election here, see below. Next election, a very wise union organizer friend and I will give you a summary of our thinking but I have too much on my plate to do so now, which is why this is a “cheat sheet” not a thorough endorsement with explanations.

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Cheat Sheet for the June 5 California Election

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A friend of mine who’s overwhelmed by making ends meet and mommyhood asked me if I could tell her how to vote in the upcoming primary. Given how non-transparent electoral politics are, I assume she’s not the only one who could use a hand. So, I spent most of my Sunday figuring out which bubbles to fill in so that you don’t have to! (I highly recommend Ballotpedia.org to help sort through it all.) See my recommendations below. 

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Catch Me At LitFest Pasadena!

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Come on out to LitFest Pasadena at the Pasadena Playhouse on Sat., May 19 at 5:30 PM. I’ll be talking about my experience as an Arab American feminist writer from LA. Join in the thought-provoking discussion and give me a hug. Much-needed medicine in these times.