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Fresh Foods Wednesday #69

Good morning and welcome to Fresh Foods Wednesday #69! Ow ow! (If you have to ask why we “ow ow’d”, Google it.)

Fresh Foods Wednesday #65 Real Food Link UpSo in case you haven’t heard, the Olympics are happening. Like, right now. I’ll be honest – I don’t know the names of the Canadian athletes participating, I’m not sure how many medals they’ve won or even what day the Olympics wrap up. And I don’t want to. I get that the Olympics were once this pristine event full of healthy competition, nationalistic pride and everything good (or so I’ve heard). But here’s my thing with the Olympics – they’re full of nationalistic competition, nationalistic pride and everything scary to do with nationalism.

If you haven’t read Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism or Race, Space, and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society by Sherene Razack, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times by Jasbir K Puar, or Failed States by Noam Chomsky (to name 3 books sitting next to me right now), then you might not realize the dangers inherent in nationalism. But let me tell you – they come in plenty. And so when anything that’s as highly regarded as the Olympics and embodies the Nationalistic or Patriotic pride that it does, I get a little nervous. Never mind foreign terrorism, what about the inequalities and injustices that go down in the name of national sport?

What are your feelings on the Olympics? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Indifferent? Have any great reads to share? Have you heard of these writers before? Is it scary when I go all Feminist on your ass? Should I stick to food and only food?

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  • Naomi
    February 12, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    I admit that I both detest and enjoy aspects of the Olympics. I dislike the social injustice (someone’s house always gets torn down because it’s poor and ugly) and become rather cynical (everybody’s taking drugs). On the other side, I occasionally enjoy watching feats of athletic prowess, where people have worked hard to achieve the limits of the human body. And there is always some heart warming story of generousity or sacrifice. I haven’t read the books you listed, but I think there is a difference between pride in one’s country and nationalism. Just my two cents! 🙂

  • Janine
    February 12, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Wow, that is some deep reading. I think I will just veg and envy how loose and great those skier look in their snow gear. I look like a mummy when I ski!

  • Kirsten
    February 12, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    I rarely read deeply, though I can still see, scrawled on the back of my hand, the title of a book recommended to me yesterday: Wild. I’ll have to check it out. My book group is reading Sweetest Illusion or Allusion right now (that’s what I miss about reading on my Kindle, the constant view of the cover of the book so I remember what the title is).
    We were in a hotel room without the appropriate channel Friday night and missed the opening ceremonies but caught a CBC broadcast a couple of days later. I was delighted when they cut away from the US group coming into the stadium to chat with the flag bearer from Canada 😉 and it was fascinating to hear of the folks who vacation in some tiny tropical country and “volunteer a lot there” so they get to represent that tiny country in the winter games. Ok, then!

    I joined with The Giving Table to help #feedsouthafrica with my Multigrain Sourdough Bread post–we’re over halfway to the goal of feeding 100 kids lunch for a year.
    I’ve got an easy side dish, Cheesy Leeks and Orzo, using some of the fat & sassy CSA farm share leeks.
    And finally, a total tease of a pizza (garlic scape and pistachio pesto, anyone! Mwahahaha, I’ve got some in my freezer!) Fast Creamy Honey Wheat Pizza Dough.

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers
    February 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Thanks for hosting! I shared about the Pixie’s Real Food Birthday party… and an ice cream recipe!
    Happy Wednesday!
    ~ Christine
    PS We’re not watching the Olympics either… they are too commercialized and they annoy me. 🙂

  • Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents
    February 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  • Erin @ Natural Wonderer
    February 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Of the three books you listed, I’ve only read the Chomsky one, but thanks for the other recommendations. They will go on my list of books to read in the near future! I haven’t seen any of the Olympics, either. I find them a strange, strange mix of nationalism, athletic prowess, commercialism, and hyped-up over-emotional stories that I can do without, not to mention the injustice that goes along with them.

    Thanks for hosting the blog hop!