Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa Enlightened by TV Buddhas

Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa Enlightened by TV Buddhas

George Washington Carver is well known for his work with peanuts. But the botanist/inventor also did a large amount of work with sweet potatoes. During a 1921 presentation on peanuts, Carver told the Ways and Means Committee that there were over 107 different sweet potato products including vinegar, molasses, postage stamp glue and ink. In 1936, he released a bulletin offering recipes and instructions for creating foods and household products from the sweet potato. Carver even convinced the Department of Agriculture, during the wheat shortage of 1918, to begin making flour from dried sweet potatoes. The government and Carver went so far as to draft plans for some large-scale experiments. Unfortunately the end of World War I also marked the end of the wheat shortage and the sweet potato as flour plans never materialized.

For Halloween this year, I’m dressing as George Washington Carver. I mean it is only natural considering all the sweet potato experiments I’ve been working on recently (like this and this and this). Last week, moments after I created a new pair of running shoes from the plant, I put together some sweet potato enchiladas. Check it:

Sweet Potato Enchiladas With Homemade Salsa
(printable version)

-2 sweet potatoes
-1 cup of black beans
-1 onion
-1 inch square of seaweed, ripped into small pieces
-2 cans diced green peppers
-1 Tbs. chili powder
-1 cup frozen corn (or fresh, if available)
-avocado
-tortillas

for the salsa:
-2 cups tomatoes
-1 onion
-cilantro
-juice of 1 lime
-salt
-pinch of sugar

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Boil the sweet potatoes in a big pot of water until their skin can easily be pierced with a fork. Drain the potatoes and mash with a potato masher or fork (adding water or soymilk as necessary to moisten the potatoes).

3. In a large pan add a bit of oil and saute the onion until it is translucent. Drop in the black beans  and seaweed. Allow to simmer for a few minutes.

4. Combine the black bean mixture with the diced peppers, chili powder, and corn. Add the mashed sweet potatoes and stir until everything is well mixed.

5. Layer the sweet potato mixture on a tortilla. Fold the tortilla over and place it in a glass baking dish with the folded side down. Bake for 20 minutes.

6. Combine the ingredients for the salsa in a food processor. Pulse until the tomatoes and onions have been reduced to a slightly chunky salsa. Set aside.

7. Remove the enchiladas from the oven. Top with salsa and sliced avocado. Move on to your next sweet potato invention.

If George Washington Carver had had the technology, their is no doubt in my mind that he would’ve thrown together enough sweet potatoes to invent a band like the TV Buddhas. Their music is brazen, bold and raw (just like the sweet potato). Based in Germany, but originally from Tel Aviv, the TV Buddhas have been playing their brand of alienation drenched garage-punk for six years (first as a husband and wife duo, most recently as a trio {husband, wife, brother}). The band self produces all their work, they rely on only a close circle of friends and sustain themselves almost solely by the band. That includes 200 plus shows a year. Here are three tracks from their EP:

Kale A Mung Us Overindulged by Tailor, Alex Kelly and The Happy Hippo Family

Kale A Mung Us Overindulged by Tailor, Alex Kelly and The Happy Hippo Family

I’m not Italian. I’m also not a big fan of processed foods. This makes carbo loading for a half marathon a pretty dull thing. I beat the doldrums for a while by changing up the sauces I used. When that started to grow stale, I experimented with the types of vegetables and flavors that I worked around the pasta. But after 17 weeks these too became redundant. I was still a few weeks short of the race and the thought of one more bite of pasta caused me to swell up to the point that people began mistaking me for Milo (my sister-in-laws dog who overindulges on pasta and then must be rushed to the emergency vet in order to have his gluttonous belly pumped).  Then, somewhere just north of the live eels and crabs in my local Chinese grocery store, a thought occurred to me. Why don’t I change up the noodles a bit? It was a brilliant thought. During this time I grew a slight affinity for mung bean noodles (namely because I couldn’t find sweet potato ones anywhere).  This kale dish was crafted with those noodles:

Kale A Mung Us (adapted from That Was Vegan)
(printable version)

-8 Tbs. soy sauce
-2 Tbs. peanut butter
-2 Tbs. brown sugar
-4 tsp. white vinegar
-4 tsp. sesame oil
-1 Tbs. garlic, minced
-dash of powdered ginger
-1 Tbs. chili oil
-8 ounces of mung bean noodles
-2 bunches of kale, stems removed, rough chop
-1 bunch broccoli, diced
-salt
-4 Tbs. peanut butter
-sesame seeds

1. Mix the first 8 ingredients. Set aside.

2. Boil the noodles according to the directions on the package. When they are finished, drain them and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

3. Saute the kale and broccoli in water for 4-5 minutes. Drain. Place the veggies back over the heat source (which should now be turned off) and allow them to dry out over the warm burner for a few minutes.

4. Pour the noodles into the kale. Mix. Add the sauce, additional peanut butter and sesame seeds. Do the running man.

A dish like this offers an escape to your typical pasta meal. It pairs gorgeously with Tailor nee Melanie Le Roux’s haunting songs of escapism. She invites her listeners to disrobe, remove the Earthly shackles that weigh them down and free their selves to float sonically through space. Amidst purring whispers and belting chorus, Tailor shows a versatility that hints at Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Feist, Florence Welch and Kate Bush. Moods range from lush to downtempo to cinematic to sparse to simple to rich, paying a visit to all points in between. “Step Back” and “Wolf” both come from her debut full length The Dark Horse.

Back in June New York City’s Alex Kelly released her first full length album Orange Circle. Her brand of politico electro power pop is a refreshing burst from a genre overburdened by pointless lyrics, cheap hooks and not enough guitar. “Catalyst” is the second single from Orange Circle. It is a love song that will hook “anyone who has ever truly been smitten.” It also comes with a steamy video.

The steamy video:

7 months ago Jacqueline Music (I saw that like I have any sort of clue who this is) posted The Happy Hippo Family’s track “Mustache” on soundcloud. A week ago, I found it. My life will never be depressing again (no matter how much pasta I’ve ingested or how many miles I’ve ran).

Food Flavored Video: Down by E-Dubble

Food Flavored Video: Down by E-Dubble

Like a wild dog snapping at the heels of a stranger, E-Dubble is following last week’s successful release of his single “Two Steps From Disaster” (garnered over 100,000 plays on YouTube and Soundcloud) with a video for the first single from his Reset EP “Down.” The track follows in the footsteps of many of E-Dubble’s other releases with its food imagery and protein packed lyrics. “Down” hits on pink slime, ground beef, sweet and sour sauce and chicken nuggets all in rapid succession. Drink down a little cough syrup and we’ve got ourselves a well rounded meal, E-Dubble style. The video was directed by A.P. Fischer, a recent graduate of the Art Center College of Design. Reset is set to drop November 6th.

 

Food Flavored Song of the Day: Carnivore Girls by FIDLAR

Food Flavored Song of the Day: Carnivore Girls by FIDLAR

Remember FIDLAR? I mean I haven’t posted anything about them in twenty-four hours. 1440 minutes ago (give or take a few) I mentioned that they had a kick ass EP that they just released called Shit We Recorded in Our Bedroom. It consists of four raw and ready hits including “West Coast Girls”, “Shrooms” and “Crackhead Ted.” But here at writeclickcooklisten we are most concerned with their second track. This is the one that mentions the girls we love. The meat eaters. The ones that take a side of meat with their meat. It is a “Carnivore Girls” type of night:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the whole EP at their soundcloud page.

Fame by Association Stuffed Red Peppers Along With Mile Me Deaf, Echoes De Luxe and Trails and Ways

Fame by Association Stuffed Red Peppers Along With Mile Me Deaf, Echoes De Luxe and Trails and Ways

At least five mornings a week I wake up and my third thought (after why does it sound like a hockey match in here and what happened during the night that all my pillows are still on the bed but I am on the floor) is why didn’t my brother marry someone like, I don’t know, a Kardashian. Don’t get me wrong, his current wife is fabulous, she has given him two healthy boys, she knows how to deal with his moods better than anyone else I’ve ever met and she is always willing to help others. But if he had married a Kardashian, just think what I could’ve gotten out of it. I’d be famous by association. And with that fame would come perks. Like, for starters, the picture to the right in this post wouldn’t be all washed out and weirdly fluorescent because I would’ve had Annie Leibovitz take it for me. I mean I am the brother of the guy who just married a Kardashian. The typeface for my blog  would probably be made out 24 karat gold, I could get my idea for a zombie workout video face-tracked. Book deals would be signed, television appearances arranged and my own restaurant/dance club named The Vegan Grind would be opening shortly. All of this despite having never done anything worthwhile in my own life.

Which brings me to Pippa. I don’t even need to give a last name because you know who I am talking about. Sure she has a nice ass (at least that is what J-Fur said). Outside of that, what has she done except be the sister of the lady that married a prince? Now she is a published author sharing with us some of her finer childhood memories and even teaching us how to cook. If you are interested in knowing more about Pippa’s life or cooking the way she does, go here. One of the things picture in her book (for which she received six figures) are bean stuffed peppers. Just like Pippa, I stuffed some peppers the other night too. Thanks to my brother, they weren’t worth anywhere near six figures.

Tri-Colored Cous Cous Stuffed Red Peppers
(printable version)

-2 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
-1 cup Tri-Colored Cous Cous
-10-15 grape tomatoes, halved
-2 cloves garlic, diced
-1/2 onion, diced
-1 cup spinach
-salt
-vegan pesto

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the peppers directly on the middle oven rack and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven and put them on a baking sheet. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cook the cous cous according to directions. Set aside.

3. In a pan with a little bit of olive oil, saute the onion, garlic, grape tomatoes and spinach. After the spinach is wilted and onions are translucent remove the vegetables from the heat and combine with cous cous. Spoon in some salt and pesto. Mix.

4. Scoop spoonfuls of cous cous mixture into the peppers. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Wipe your mouth with fifty dollar bills.

In celebration of their upcoming jaunt through Europe (alongside A Thousand Fuegos) Mile Me Deaf (here) have presented another single for free from their debut album Eat Skull. The pleasures of  “Troubles Caught” begins and ends with the way underrated harmonica. It makes one think of the safety offered by Blues Traveler, I See Hawks in L.A or dusty country roads. Once you are lulled into security it attacks with wheezy noisepop wizardry. I like to think of “Troubles Caught” as John Popper getting ambushed by an asthmatic hooker in the middle of the Sahara Desert. I’d pay to see that. Yet I don’t have to:

Echoes De Luxe’s sophomore EP finds them picking up where they left off. 70’s anthemic rock? Check. Progressive sensibilities? Check. Incendiary spirit? Check. Tender Branson slow to the draw? Check. I’ve been enjoying “Don’t Change” for perhaps a month but couldn’t find the right spot to fit it in. Thankfully it has a stuffed pepper type feel to it.

Trails and Ways just released the lead single from their debut full-length (called Trilingual and due out early next year). According to the band, “Border Crosser” is immigration dreampop in it’s purest form. Frontman KBB penned it as a love letter between his grandparents circa 1942. Melodically it swells from the highs of leaving Europe to the tense synths of traveling through the Middle East and across the Alps and finally ends in summery California. For a “like” on Facebook, they’ll trade you the track:

A Braised Kale and Chickpea Sandwich Intervention Smoothed Out by Flora, Snoskred and FIDLAR

A Braised Kale and Chickpea Sandwich Intervention Smoothed Out by Flora, Snoskred and FIDLAR

I made the mistake of espousing to my friends a while back that spinach is the only green for me. I said I didn’t care what nutrients I may be missing out on, I wasn’t ever turning my back on spinach. This led some of my more serious green loving friends to begin holding interventions. At first, the “interventions” were funny in the same way a dude falling off his skateboard and tearing up his face is. They presented the case for mustard greens or dandelion greens or broccoli raabe (by far their best presentation), I told them to make me a smoothie and subsequently spit it out at various levels of completeness. We shared a laugh and moved on to other things. But at some point these interventions became a pain in the ass. I began dreading my return home from work. I would walk into my apartment, find everyone sitting in a circle with a plate of greens and it took all I had not to flip out. The laughing wasn’t there, the smoothie spitting was done just a little too forcefully. After our evening with romaine lettuce it seemed that everyone got the point as the interventions sort of died off.

But last week I entered the apartment and found Dack sitting at my kitchen table with a big bowl of kale. He was the only one there. I moved to my bedroom to change clothes and told him to make me a smoothie. I returned to a mixture of kale, water, banana and blueberry. It wasn’t bad, I didn’t need to spit it out, but it was much chunkier than spinach smoothies. I told Dack kale wasn’t the green for me and changed the subject to dinner. Dack forged ahead saying that kale wasn’t a dish best served as a smoothie. He suggested I try a kale sandwich instead. I laughed it away. But he wasn’t joking. Dack proceeded to put together a Braised Kale and Chickpea Sandwich with Sumac Onions. I took a bite and was immediately won over. Now kale won’t replace spinach as my green of choice, but it will be expanding out of the reserved for soup zone that it currently resides in.

The sandwich I ate was pretty close to the original recipe. The only changes were that instead of mayo, I spread an olive hummus on the bread (olives, garbanzo beans, olive oil and salt). I also didn’t have any pizza bianca bread so we enjoyed our sandwiches on regular bakery buns.

I salvaged Flora’s “It’s a Lie” from my spam folder this weekend and was glad I did. The track is the first one to be released from Flora’s upcoming album. In it, the Israeli artist uses her beautiful voice as a floatation device that masterfully maneuvers through waves of  hypnotic, airy instrumentation. F*** if she isn’t a much hipper version of something my mom might listen to. You can catch her around New York the next few days as she follows up her CMJ appearance with three other shows. On the Tuesday she will be at Fontana’s Bar, Wednesday’s appearance is at Pianos and Friday is at Lit Lounge. You can name your price for some tracks from Flora at her bandcamp page.

Snoskred is a Norwegian band on the indie label Sad Songs for Happy People Records/Riot Factory. Their debut album Whiteout will be released this Friday (October 26th). “Come Closer” is their second single from the album. It evokes images of a sonic attack, sort of like a flock of angry blue jays repeatedly pecking a gangly male figure as his girl screams in the distance. You can hear the sounds, the pleas, but you can’t get at them, they are just too far away. For music snobs, that can be interpreted as noisy guitars, seductive synths, pounding drums, rumbling basses all caressing dreamy indie rock blossoms of shoegaze forget-me-nots.

I’m loving Fidlar right now. First they’ve got a new EP (coming in a food flavored song post shortly) that is being offered free. Second they’ve got some awesome singles to their name including the new one with Kate Nash “Awkward.” I could really see this becoming the anthem for high school nerds everywhere. Hell, I could see this becoming the anthem for teachers of those nerds, you know the ones I’m talking about. Instead of interacting with other teachers in the lunch lounge they spend their lunch breaks watching Marzano videos and stupid stuff like that.

Food Flavored Songs of the Day: The Butchered EP by Oso Negro

Food Flavored Songs of the Day: The Butchered EP by Oso Negro

(Carpaccio picture by Franzconde via Creative Commons)

Oso Negro is back. The recovering scientist turned hip hop artist who raps with one hand on the mic and one finger in the food tries his hand at butchering on his new EP. Four tracks, each revolving around a different delicacy of meat, that breaks it down, chops it up and wraps it in a neat little package for everyone to enjoy. The best part is you can enjoy the meat without any of the squeamish side effects that makes vegetarians and vegans cringe. There is absolutely no blood splatters on your plate and no hard to handle smells that make it impossible to ignore the fact that this food was once alive. The EP begins (and ends) with designer stuff. The opener “Carpaccio” uses dreamy background music beneath Oso Negro’s signature raw rhymes and distinct beats to create a “carnival for carnivores.”

The track’s video (includes a look at how to make a mean carpaccio):

After two tracks that don’t really do anything for me, the closer, “Sacred Cows,” sends the EP out with a bang. According to Oso’s Facebook page this track is an election hymn that he penned in honor of the US’s nasty presidential race that is taking place. As Oso puts it, it is an election of lies, like a choice between a “douchebag” or a “turd sandwich” and the legions of voters are the ones who suffer. Stand out lines are the repeated “they build it up just to break it down.”

Butchered is the next step in the progression of Oso Negro (and producer Phil A). Each EP has been a finer cut than the last, and this one is no exception. Enjoy it for a few moments, savor and then start anticipating the next. Get Butchered, free, here.

Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes Remouladed by E-Dubble and PropaneLV

Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes Remouladed by E-Dubble and PropaneLV

J-Fur is sort of like the female cooking version of the most interesting man in the world (a Dos Equis commercial if you’ve never seen it). She doesn’t always cook but when she does, it steals the show. One of her best meals came this summer when she cooked up a batch of Post Punk Kitchen’s Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes. She made them for a little gathering. I cooked a side of potatoes to go along with them and our pal brought a deep dish pizza. The Tempeh Cakes and remoulade stole the show (although the deep dish was sweet as well… my potatoes were a distant third on the tastiness scale).

These cakes remind me of fresh starts and taking out the old (think the Eels singing ‘I’m tired of the old shit, let the new shit begin’). That means they are perfect for the new album from e-dubble. The album, called Regret, is all about clean slates and putting the wisdom of hindsight to good use. You can pre-order it now at his new Edubforpresident website. While his new track, “Two Steps from Disaster,” isn’t on the album, it still gives us something new to check out while waiting for the real thing.

Also worthy of the longing one feels for Tempeh cakes (and Ryan Gosling) is the new PropaneLV track “Hey Girl.” It combines hip-hop beats with R&B and pop elements and lyrics of wanting something that you can’t have.

 

National Find a Stranger and Offer Them a Sweet Potato Day With Work Drugs, Blonde Louis, Pacific UV and Little Daylight

National Find a Stranger and Offer Them a Sweet Potato Day With Work Drugs, Blonde Louis, Pacific UV and Little Daylight

Whoa there. Step back for a second. Take a moment to breathe and tell someone you love them. Pull a couple weeds from the garden in your soul. Smile, a little. Relax. Share a sweet potato. Anyone in America that lives in a swing state can attest that they need these moments. I mean there is a lot of hate flowing. Ads on television, message boards in the newspapers, graffiti on the bathroom stalls, you name the medium and there has probably been some angry diatribe flung recently. We’ve become a bunch of three year olds sticking our tongues out, calling each other bad names and competing to see who can come up with the best sound byte or one line zinger.

And to think we had to live 18 years just to earn this right.

That is why, for one day, I am proposing a truce. A chance to get your life back in order. A chance to tell those who are suffering from kidney disease or fallen from a tree and are currently unable to walk (and may never do so again) that you love them and you will be there for them. A chance to find a stranger and offer them a sweet potato.

Spinach and Garbanzo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
(printable version)

-2 sweet potatoes
-1 Tbs olive oil + more for drizzling
-six handfuls of spinach
-2 tsp rosemary
-1 cup garbanzo beans
-salt and pepper (to taste)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Bake the sweet potato on a baking sheet for 45 minutes (or until it can easily be punctured with a fork). Slice and cool for ten minutes. Scrape out the insides leaving the potato skin intact.

3. In a cast iron skillet, saute the spinach in bunches. Add the rosemary and sweet potato innards. Mash everything together.

4. Pour in the garbanzo beans and season with salt and pepper. Circulate until well combined.

5. Place the garbanzo mixture in the sweet potato skins. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for an additional ten minutes. Serve to someone on the other side of the fence.

There was a time when this country knew a thing or two about partying. That’s like all we did for a decade. “Tigerbeats” by Work Drugs is an ode to a period of partying, one that happened this July in Philadelphia at Barbary’s weekly indie dance party. “Tigerbeats” is about memories that are fuzzy, photographic evidence that fills in the gaps and timeless teen idols that remain forever young. Look for a new album, Delta, due out in November via Bobby Cahn Records.

Blonde Louis is a four piece pop rock band from Letchworth Garden City, Herts, UK. They look good and play great (which explains their performance splits of swooning teenage girls and young hipsterish gentlemen). The band is preparing for the release of their debut album by debuting a four part video web series entitled ‘Cover Stories’. Here they reinterpret other people’s masterpieces. The second installment is Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”:

One of their original tracks “If You See James”:

PacificUV has just released a double EP that features remastered versions of last year’s Chrysalis E.P and 2006’s E.P. Included on this double shot are a rare Eluvium cover, a Smiths cover, a guest appearance by Carolyn Berk (Lovers) and a number of remixes. There is also a low key live version of “Funny Girl” (my favorite track):

I also dig (literally) sweet potatoes and sharing with the likes of Little Daylight. Their new remix: Passion Pit’s “Constant Conversations”: