Eco-Chef Bryant Terry on Going Vegan, Burying Chickens in His Yard
Who doesn't love soul food? Fried chicken, with or without waffles. Collard Greens. Sweet Potato pie. Trouble is, it's not the most healthful grub around.
Shh...Don't tell that to Lolo. Eat greens, not grease!
So how'd a boy who grew up eating fatback and chitlins become a vegan? Believe it or not, he was inspired by an early '90s rap song about meat processing.Terry shared a little bit of this linguistic gem with the audience, courtesy of Boogie Down Productions:
Let us begin now with the cow
The way it gets to your plate and how
The cow doesn't grow fast enough for man
So through his greed he makes a faster plan
He has drugs to make the cow grow quicker
Through the stress the cow gets sicker
Twenty-one different drugs are pumped
Into the cow in one big lump...
That was enough to make him quit meat cold turkey (pun intended). Terry asked the audience if anyone knew a vegan or vegetarian who was, um, dogmatic. Self-righteous. Totally annoying "I was that person," he quips. "It caused so much stress and conflict in my home." He went so far as to bury a whole chicken in his mother's front yard so she couldn't cook it. Ouch. Hopefully mom didn't believe in corporal punishment.
After struggling with the portable stove last night, Terry whipped up a batch of citrus collard greens with raisins (a recipe from his book) for the audience. While cooking, he shared a few tricks:
Don't put your fat first! When cooking with oils, put the garlic or other item to be cooked directly in with the oil instead of heating the oil first.
Tofu equals no fu. Don't just substitute tofu for meat in a recipe! Your kung fu is weak if you can't invent a veggie recipe on your own.