In July, I helped lead a Civil Rights Journey of Black and Jewish teens across the South, following the trail of the Freedom Riders. The group that organizes the Journey (and an entire year-long program before and after the Journey) is called Operation Understanding DC (oudc.org). We began in New York and went to North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, hitting up spots of importance in the Civil Rights Movement, meeting with local leaders past and present and also checking out Southern Jewish Communities. Needless to say, it was an incredible experience.
The food along the way ranged from eye-opening and mouth-watering, to downright nasty. I ate some excellently authentic soul food, though being a vegetarian, I missed out on some of the most famed items. Highlights included warm biscuits and corn bread, sweet tea mixed to perfection, creamy mac n’ cheese, bread pudding and the bbq’d tofu prepared by the African Hebrews. mmmhhhhhmmmm. (You best expect some soul food on the show real soon).
Some of the low moments included questionably vegetarian items at a Chinese buffet in Mississipi, salads consistently covered with soo much cheese (!), weak and bitter coffee, and greens made with pork (no iron for me).
As you might have expected, my digestive tract and I were very excited to return home after eating on the road for so long and I had a homemade sushi feast waiting for me when I got back from the airport! I also had something else waiting for me when I got back.
So, without further ado, I give you, Bizzaro Cookin’…