Pulp Legislation

A quick google defines pulp as popular or sensational writing that is generally regarded as being of poor quality. Hence, Pulp Fiction. This is new information for me. While I saw the movie, I didn’t recognize it as genre of writing. I have however, seen several recent legislative bills that are both sensational and poorly written which would result in creating ill will and reputational disrepair for states that are not cautious. Pulp Legislation.

Carrot Pulp

Carrot Pulp

It seems that there is some hyper-sensitivity to centrist viewpoints at the moment. It’s momentum building to make bold statements that shore up the far edge of the political platform. Unfortunately, as the ideologues mount their campaign positions, the economic impact of those statements is not considered. Consumers and tourists vote with their wallets and whole economies will feel the impact when the ballot box is moved elsewhere. We’ve seen it before.

Turning the page, so to speak, there is a soft, wet, shapeless mass of material -the frequent leftovers from my juice – a regular addition to my compost pile. Pulp. I once tried to make crackers with it in the dehydrator and while the flavor wasn’t all that bad, I felt like I was scarfing the scruffy side of the kitchen sponge. Then came this recipe from Ani Phyo. I have to admit that I was very skeptical at first but this was a home run and my boys had no idea that it wasn’t salmon.

Save the Salmon Patties
from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen
makes 4 generous portions


  • 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pulp from 5 juiced carrots
  • 2 Tbs yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbs dulse flakes


Place carrot pulp in a large bowl. Blend first 5 ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Add to pulp. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Divide into 4 balls and flatten into patties. Dehydrate at 104 degrees for 5 hours or place in warming tray. The outside will develop a nice crust and the patties will be slightly warm. Serve on a bed of lettuce. We applied a raw faux hollandaise also from Ani Phyo.IMG_2084



Are you attentive to the pulp legislation being drafted in your community or do you try to steer away from the political landscape?

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  1. Lisa H

     /  February 17, 2014

    Oh, yum! And it looks fairly easy. What a great way to use the pulp from your juicer.
    Politics have turned to sound bites and twitter. No longer do politicians work to create sound legislation, they look for quick and emotional topics, which gives them air time. Very frustrating and detrimental to the good of the community.

  2. I juice carrots, celery and apples, resulting with a nifty by-product called carrot “fluff”. I try to separate out the clumps of the more mushy celery and apple pulp, and the skins and bigger shavings, leaving a nice pile of carrot fluff. This goes into the refrigerator and we put some in our cooked five-grain cereal every morning. This is an excellent “intestine scrubber”, if you get my drift! ;-> Chemotherapy medications are notorious for creating unpleasant blockages in the elimination system, but this helps to keep the mail moving, so to speak.

    Haven’t tried it as a fish substitute, though.

  3. Living in a country with a dire political landscape it is very much in our face every day. This is a great use of the pulp from juicing 🙂

  4. When I first heard of the movie, Pulp Fiction, I had no idea of the meaning or ‘genre’ it had created. This is a great way to use up carrot pulp – I’d never have thought of it xx

  5. Interesting metaphor Tammy. I wonder if legislators reflect the rest of us. While I agree some legislation is poorly drafted I’ve also seen some that is well done. I also know legislators who try very hard to do their work well so I think it is a mix. Like the rest of us legislators good work and mediocre. It is therefore important that the rest of us keep ourselves informed in a democracy and make contributions where we can and where we think it may be most effective. I love to read history because it frames the present and gives perspective. If you read some history on legislation and politics you will find there has always been pulp legislation. Democracy is a messy business. — Dan

    • Thoughtful comment Dan. Thank you. I do believe that the legislature reflects the rest of us except that the world of compromise and consensus building is messy stuff as you say. What you caused me to realize is that in my attempt to be quite neutral without accusation, I made all out to be villains. That’s not okay. History is important and I’ve learned that by learning it, it’s a reasonable way to unravel things. I completely agree that we must remain informed and active – I’m just so frustrated when the place that I love keeps appearing on national news in an unpleasant manner.

  6. Mmmmmmm,…What a tasty burger recipe made with o.a. The carrot pulp. Great idea. I just made a sunflower seed milk, check it out. X

  7. Great way to repurpose the pulp, Tammy.

  8. Interesting idea on the use of pulp. I agree with Dan that there are good legislators and bad. I do think that the extremists no matter their direction get the most exposure. Sort of the “squeaky wheel getting the oil” sort of thing. So many people dislike politics, but those are the ones who most need to be in the process so that the extremists don’t take the controls. Good post Tammy.

  9. I’m very critical of the economization permeating more and more areas of life. The EU has opened more to radical capitalism during the past two decades, and I see the current economical and financial crisis as a direct result of that development.

    The recipe sounds lovely! I’ve never dealt with carrot pulp though because I don’t juice. Instead, I have a lot of almond pulp from almond milk making. Should think of something to do with that …

  10. The Editors of Garden Variety

     /  February 23, 2014

    How creative….and they look delicious!

  11. “I felt like I was scarfing the scruffy side of the kitchen sponge…” I guffawed, Tammy, what an image. But a great recipe which finally solves the problem, by the look of it….

  12. I always worried about dumping the pulp when I used to juice. What a great solution!

    • I think it’s one of my favorite new challenges. It always works well as dog food too!

  13. HI Tammy, in Tennessee, our state legislature has become the butt of comedy shows’ jokes nationally (like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show) and they have earned it with their incredibly regressive and ignorant legislation. It’s hard to believe these politicians are existing in the 21st century. Nashville is a little oasis of sanity in the state.

    On the other side of Pulp–I am most intrigued by these Faux-Salmon patties. Wow! I love your “scruffy side of the sponge” analogy, too.

    • I only hope that some state begins to overshadow my own in terms of national jokes! We’ve had a rough couple of weeks. The patties are terrific – they really surprised me.

  14. Abby's Kitchen

     /  March 23, 2014

    Oh wow! I’m marking this recipe for the next time I juice my carrots (often). What a clever idea to use the pulp. Can’t wait to give it a go! Thanks for sharing!

  15. You go, girl! I’m with you on the politics. And as for pulp, it can be many things as your recipe proves…

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