Béalleka

Béalleka presented at Tender Table on July 1, 2017 at High & Low Gallery in Portland, OR.

  Photo courtesy of Béalleka

Photo courtesy of Béalleka

 

One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: I'm a Black, queer, indigenous Kenyan raised in an L.A. suburb by my yt, workaholic mom + in Berkeley by my dad's 20-something girlfriend.   

What will you be presenting on? Queer families & food culture

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Put your heart into it. As with every act, the emotion will come through.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: split red lentils, warming spices and basmati rice + mangoes from the Kenyan coast

Favorite food: Savory crunch + salt + creamy; fish & rice with briny pops of flavor like tobiko.

Recommended reading: Martia Bonner; Zora Neale Hurston; Audre Lorde's Zami; Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Sula, Beloved, and The Bluest Eye; Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; The Fire This Time ed. by Jesmyn Ward. Everyone should read Citizen by Claudia Rankine. Everyone. All Octavia Butler, all the time. Wait, was this supposed to be about food?

Best meals: Prepared without haste for chosen family with music + great conversation

Food you’d like to try: I've tried a lot, memorably horsemeat and bee larvae in Matsumoto and a bowlful of tiny, smiling, snails in Granada. I want to test whether flour in Italy might not poison me like it does in the U.S.

Additional comments: I like reverse engineering recipes to accommodate dietary restrictions and replicate what I can't afford to buy, like Honey Mamma chocolate.