Brick: Muse on News by Ben S. Pollock

  • Vanilla and Chocolate V’Ices
    Given that ice cream, gelato, sorbet or even “nice cream” are indulgences, here is an alternate name. As nice cream usually refers to a banana-based treat, I’m going for “v’ice” — short for vegan ice. The vanilla mock ice cream is adapted from Silk’s recipe. The chocolate version is from King Arthur, which is based […]
  • Pando Pan Loaf
    Years ago I did sourdough for a spell but moved to other recipes, ending up at the no-knead school. All the talk about sourdough baking during the 2020-21 novel coronavirus-2019 pandemic, and pockets of time from working at home, led me to return. King Arthur Flour has been my touchstone on sourdough this time out, […]
  • Carrot Coneys
    One food I didn’t miss when I went veg was the hot dog. But last Memorial Day I realized my error. My Beloved considers the store-bought vegan frankfurter a quick occasional lunch, heating a couple to go with a salad. Works for her, meh to me — until the American holiday when I bought some […]
  • Arse Recipes: Why Kook Cooks Writes
    Or: Why Kook Cooks Is Written In recent years, more Bricks have been about food. Why? Brick started in 2003 as a continuation of themes of columns I’d written for newspapers — contemporary life, personal reflections, and local and national issues — oh, let’s call the last two politics. These self-published online columns have been […]
  • Musing on Muesli
    This is for when you want a hot cereal that’s jazzed up but no extra trouble in the morning. That’s how I enjoy this muesli, at any rate. Muesli is, however, intended to be served cold, even though it’s mainly out-of-the-canister oats. Actually oatmeal, even the old-fashioned traditional sort, arrive in the grocery pre-cooked. Rolled […]
  • Don’t Buy the Ranch, Make It
    To start with, oils are 14 grams of fat per Tablespoon, a standard amount, and that’s the same for any of them, olive, avocado, coconut, soybean. Conventional vinaigrettes are 2/3 oil and 1/3 acid, not counting salt and other flavorings. Even before I started eating really healthy, that seemed like too much oil. Mayonnaise, and […]

Food Columns

  • Vanilla and Chocolate V’Ices
    Given that ice cream, gelato, sorbet or even “nice cream” are indulgences, here is an alternate name. As nice cream usually refers to a banana-based treat, I’m going for “v’ice” — short for vegan ice. The vanilla mock ice cream is adapted from Silk’s recipe. The chocolate version is from King Arthur, which is based […]
  • Pando Pan Loaf
    Years ago I did sourdough for a spell but moved to other recipes, ending up at the no-knead school. All the talk about sourdough baking during the 2020-21 novel coronavirus-2019 pandemic, and pockets of time from working at home, led me to return. King Arthur Flour has been my touchstone on sourdough this time out, […]
  • Carrot Coneys
    One food I didn’t miss when I went veg was the hot dog. But last Memorial Day I realized my error. My Beloved considers the store-bought vegan frankfurter a quick occasional lunch, heating a couple to go with a salad. Works for her, meh to me — until the American holiday when I bought some […]
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