Half Banjo, Half Real News

This week on The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, some foot stompin’, gitter-pickin, bluegrassy country!

Then it’s down to business with 35 minutes from The Real News Network.

The Lima Group met in Ottawa and signed the Ottawa Declaration to oust President Maduro from power in Venezuela. 13 conservative Latin American governments, plus Canada, officially recognized Juan Guaido as the transitional President of Venezuela and accepted Venezuela’s membership to the Lima Group. Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, and Greg Wilpert discuss the outcome

Here is the file airing on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Gomae Recipe

Japanese gomae is a cold side dish of wilted spinach and a toasted sesame dressing.

The first time I made it I followed exactly the recipe from aheadofthyme.com and tried it out on Lynelle , Jessica, and Patrick. It was alright, and I learned a couple key things about serving this dish: it takes an obscene amount of greens to get any substantial amount, and, don’t skip the step of toasting the seeds.

Today I thought I’d give it a second try, and WHOA success. It was so darn yum, my family immediately devoured every bite and I didn’t get a picture.

This time instead of a tiny side dish portion, I wanted to make an entree meal out of it. Right away I doubled the sauce ingredients. This time around I learned that you can achieve the same flavour and texture by blending it all together. For the greens I used up half our CSA box of greens for this week (which was komatsuna, pac choy, red/green tatsoi, leaf cabbage, etc etc) plus a whole bag of frozen organic spinach.

This made a heaping pile of nutrient dense greens in each bowl, over which I generously poured all of the sauce. Some canned salmon on the side from Oyster Bay was a tasty accompaniment (a gift from Larissa). Since gomae is supposed to be served cold, it’s a great make-ahead meal, ready to serve out of the fridge in a moments notice. I made this entire dinner at 3pm then served it at 5:30.

Here’s my version of the recipe.

Gomae Entree

Steam & cool 800g of greens.

Toast 8 tablespoons of sesame seed in a dry pan. Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnishing.

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch in

8 tablespoons of water.

Add to a blender or processor:

The cornstarch and water.

The 6 tablespoons of toasted sesame.

4 tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce.

3 tablespoons of honey

Blend until smooth, then cool completely. Serve next to preserved fish or roasted vegetables. Pour sauce over cold steamed greens and garnish with remaining sesame seeds.

Ambient Electronic and TRNN

This week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, first half music, second half talking. Not just any talking, but Canadian POLITICS on The Real News Network!!!

Here is the file, airing on Wednesday January 23rd, 2019 on CHLY 101.7FM

Tracklist coming soon…

TRNN: This year, Canada will hold its first federal election since the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau replaced the conservative government of Stephen Harper in late 2015. In the 2015 election, the traditionally social democratic NDP, which was then led by Tom Mulcair, was considered a real contender to win the election. But a late surge by Trudeau’s Liberals and a corresponding collapse in support for the NDP propelled Justin Trudeau to power. Tom Mulcair paid for the NDP’s electoral debacle by being ousted from the NDP leadership. Many attributed the collapse in NDP support to Mulcair’s decision to move the party’s domestic platform toward the right and away from traditional center left ground of the NDP.

For example, Mulcair insisted that an NDP government would maintain a balanced budget, while Trudeau said he was ready to engage in deficit spending. Mulcair also failed to champion a more progressive tax structure, whereas Trudeau advocated for a modest increase in the top marginal tax rate. All of this has been much discussed. What has received less attention is the NDP’s approach toward foreign policy. That is the focus of a new book by Canadian author and activist, Yves Engler. The book is entitled Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada. The basic thesis of the book is that the NDP and other actors who are traditionally thought of as constituting Canada’s left, including the leaders of major trade unions, have been largely supportive of Canada’s imperialistic, U.S. dominated foreign policy.

Crispy Maple Glazed Brussels

…or “How to get your kid to eat 25 tiny cabbages”

This is a pretty simple recipe, with one fallible quality: you need 2 pans. Overcrowding will retain too much moisture close to the sprouts, and water is the enemy of crispiness. So either do two batches or use two pans. Trust.