Eat Local, Think Global
Two BU students connect markets to kitchen
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Join Meghan Faulkner and Dana Moyer on their culinary journey from the City Hall Farmers Market to their brownstone on Bay State Road, where they prepare vegetarian pad thai for friends.
Cooking is a communal experience for Meghan Faulkner and Dana Moyer, who whip up dinners and birthday cakes for friends at Boyd House, their brownstone on Bay State Road.
“I always joke that I’ll drop out of BU and go to culinary school,” says Moyer (CAS’10), who has taken classes at the Cambridge Institute of Culinary Arts. “I love the way cooking brings people together. It’s a passion, and I want to add a level of expertise to my skill set.”
Beyond cooking’s convivial aspects, both believe in following an Earth-friendly diet. Vegetarian cuisine and using local produce from farmers markets, which open later this month, is a priority.
“It’s important to buy local,” says Faulkner (CAS’11), “because fewer fossil fuels are required to transport food shorter distances, and by doing so, you’re supporting your local economy, the small farms close to home. And the benefits of a vegetarian diet go beyond animal cruelty to decreasing world hunger and improving personal health.”
Faulkner’s views on sustainability and vegetarianism prompted her to join the newly created Boston University Vegetarian Society (BUVS). As vice president of the group (whose Web site tagline boasts, “Yeah, we get enough protein!”), she has helped organize educational and social events, such as trips to vegetarian restaurants and a nutrition class. BUVS has also worked with BU Dining Services to improve vegetarian options in campus dining halls.
BU Today asked Faulkner and Moyer for their recipe for vegetarian pad thai:
Vegetarian Pad Thai
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 cup broccoli florets
3/4 cup sliced onions
1/4 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
1/4 cup diced mushrooms
3 tablespoons crushed unsalted peanuts
4 tablespoons General Tsao’s Stir-fry Sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
14 ounces soft stir-fry noodles
16 ounces firm or extra-firm tofu
1. Prepare noodles according to package directions (usually soaking them in hot water for 10-15 minutes).
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the garlic and onions and sauté until they begin to brown, about 1 minute.
3. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the peanuts, stir-fry sauce, rice vinegar, and noodles.
4. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until all the ingredients are combined and heated through.
For more information about farmers markets in your neck of the woods, visit the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets.
For another student culinary journey, view Home Cooking Retooled for School, featuring graduating senior Colleen Caldwell (CAS’09).
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