Ohlone Salad | Native America | PBS Food

Ohlone Salad | Native America | PBS Food


(rap music)
– [Man] There’s a contemporary
phrase that we have
(foreign language)
frown turn to stone but
the world is still alive.
You know, we’re in the
midst of all this urbanity,
we gotta make
sense of our world.
We are doing what we
can with have available,
and sometimes that means
creating a cafe space
in the back of a bookstore.
– [Man 2] Just so
everybody knows
what our menu is today,
to start off, we have
a rosehip tea and
an elderberry tea.
A native green
salad, and a dressing
of walnut oil and blackberries.
We have soft-boiled
quail eggs, acorn soup,
one of them with wildflower
honey, one of them
is left unsweetened,
acorn flour brownies.
We have venison, that’s
currently being smoked,
with bay moral and bay salt
from San Francisco
Bay shoreline.
So, (foreign language) welcome.
(foreign language)
Now let’s eat.
– [Vicent] Luis and
myself started Mukwekma
which in (foreign
language) language in means
art food.
– [Luis] Is an
organization we started
in order to return our
traditional ohlene foods
to our families who haven’t
experience in at
least two generations.
– We just got to do what
we have to do to make this
foods stay in our lives
on a regular basis.
Even when it seems like we are
going against a lot of odds.
This very place right
here could be where
our direct ancestors
gather 400, 500 years ago.
(low beat music)
– So right here this is
the (foreign language)
which is the yerba buena.
This is an herb we make it
into a tea, is that essential
taste of home.
(birds chirping)
(low music)
It makes us feel really
good to be able to
make this kinds
of food, you know.
To be able to use this
ingredients and then see
how happy they make people also.
People I don’t think
understand, how decadent and how
rich our diet is, you know.
We always saw that our
food is inherently bochi.
(laughter) because of their
ingredients on their own
This is a blackberry yerba
buena bay moral dipping sauce.
And we add al little of
acorn flour to this ethicana
This the bay moral
we gather yesterday,
this are quail eggs (foreign
language) in our language.
This are going to be soft
boil for three minutes.
And we are going to have
roasted medicine back strap
that is wrap in yerba buena.
We going to have Luis’s
acorn flour, brownies.
– Which has something
that we made
to introduce acorn
to our young people.
We adapted a brownie recipe
to include acorn flour,
and to use coconut oil
rather than butter.
– You know, for me
our contemporary foods
that we are making,
are foods that
our people would recognize.
Because they are rooted in
everything that is traditional.
We do not cook with
anything that wasn’t here
in those pre-contact days.
There is always room for
creativity, but we also
know that there are rules
we have to follow too.
With those rules,
that means that
we have to be steed
fast and making sure
we don’t change things too much.
Because that changes the
nature of what our food is.
By having ohlene foods here
today, it makes it inarguable
that we are here.
(low beat music)


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