The Bake and Destroy Interview with the Iron Fucking Sheik

Thanks to this website, I’ve had the opportunity to do some pretty cool stuff. Judge cupcakes on Food Network, bake on The Cooking Channel, meet Svengoolie… but none of those things, as radical as they all were, could have prepared me for waking up to this direct message on Twitter:

tweet from iron sheik


After I was done shitting my pants and rubbing it in all my friends’ faces (the fact that sheikie baby emailed me, not rubbing my shit in their faces…I realize how that might be confusing), I emailed the god damn Iron Sheik to see how I could possibly help him. Turns out, the Sheik has recently released an alarm clock app and he wanted to do an interview on Bake and Destroy to tell you guys about it.

For those of you scratching your heads, I host a pro-wrestling-themed bake off every year called SugarSlam – oh, and WWE superstar CM Punk wrote the forward to my book. So it kind of makes sense. Kind of. But it doesn’t matter if it makes sense because it’s the Sheik! Not only is he one of the most recognizable names in pro-wrestling, he’s also hands-down the funniest person on Twitter. So I’m going to shut my no good mouth and get to it.

My Interview with the Iron Fucking Sheik

You’ve recently released an alarm clock app featuring messages like, “Monday Fuck the Monday” and “What time is it? I don’t give a fuck!” What kind of rice dick jabroni would not spend 99 cents on such a crucial piece of technology?

My lady you ask excellent excellent question. Anybody who don’t pay the fucking $0.99 they are cheap no good cheeseburger tits and they never ever be Iron Sheik class. This way they need to get humbled and I break their fucking back show hem who the real and who the tic tac balls.

Who is a bigger dick, Chris Brown or Kim Jong-un’s actual dick?

Chris Brown biggest piece of dead dog shit in the world. Kim Jong have mosquito dick. Chris brown black man. That way he have big dick but otherwise he a no good piece of shit I never respect the man who hit the woman.

Bake and Destroy is a food blog, so I have to ask you at least one food question. If you could share shish kebob with any WWE Diva past or present, who would you share it with?

Only because I love her forever the Mae Young break my heart last week. She always best in my business and I say God bless her forever.

Who does the cooking at sheikie baby’s house? Ultimate Warrior’s mom?

My wife best lady in the world. She my queen real. Ultimate Warrior mother paint her ass and she eat dog food.

As you may or may not know, CM Punk wrote the forward to my cookbook. What’s your opinion on Punk? No good or Iron Sheik class?

The CM Punk he good friend mine. He Best new generation. He impress me a lot that way he Iron Sheik class. He never be like the Virgil class.

You’re a wrestling legend, an accomplished comedic actor and a Twitter god – what do you want to accomplish next?

Bubba, everything I do with my heart. I love my fans and I love I make them happy. Soon my movie come and I show the world why I am the legend forever. I work very hard to show the people he real Iron Sheik.
iron sheik alarm clock

So there you have it, folks. The Iron Fucking Sheik right here on Bake and Destroy. I will leave you with this actual quote from the press release about the app, “If you don’t have the balls to pay $0.99 for this app, you are a no-good jabroni, piece of shit, low life and YOU CAN go fuck yourself FOREVER.” Search for Iron Sheik Alarm Clock in the iTunes app store and check out his website at #TeamSheikie

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Bake and Destroy Blog Takeover

So, a few months ago the folks from Earth Balance approached me about doing a blog takeover in February as part of their Book Club series. In a nutshell, I take over the blog for a week, thus kicking the world of butter vegan spread squarely in the pants. Today they let me know that due to “some exciting new changes to the blog” that they will no longer be featuring me in February. But shoot, I already did the work for the takeover, so why not post it somewhere?

Therefore, I am taking over my own blog. Please enjoy this exciting guest post from one of our favorite food bloggers here at Bake and Destroy, Natalie Slater of Bake and Destroy!

Blog Takeover

Natalie Slater Bake and DestroyChicagoan Natalie Slater is the creator and writer of popular food blog Bake and Destroy which features original recipes with a healthy dose of pop culture. She has written for Baking and Pastry International, and her recipes have appeared in Bust Magazine, Time Out Chicago and several online publications. Natalie’s first cookbook,Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegansis available now wherever books are sold.

Q & A

Tell your story. How did you become vegan?

I was up late one night just after I graduated high school in 1998 and I somehow ended up on PETA’s website reading about factory farms and watching terrible videos of animals being abused before being slaughtered. It just broke my heart and I decided right then to never eat another animal. The more I read and learned about the meat and dairy industries the less I wanted to contribute to the suffering of animals. Over the years I’ve also witnessed first-hand the transformative benefits of a plant-based diet. I’ve had friends with diabetes, cancer, all kinds of health issues who have literally healed themselves by eating more plants and less of everything else.

How did Bake & Destroy come about?

I started my site with the intention of keeping my friends and family posted on how my life was going with my newborn son. I spent nap time playing around with recipes I remembered from my days as a professional baker – so I’d post an update about the baby along with a recipe. Pretty soon I started getting comments from other punky moms, vegan bakers, and just food fans in general and I realized my “mom blog” wasn’t just a family affair anymore.

What food do you always, always have in your fridge or pantry?

Nutritional yeast is a staple in our house. We throw it into sauces, soups, sprinkle it on pasta, and make it into “cheese” sauces all the time. It’s such an easy, tasty addition to just about any dish that I buy it in bulk.

vegan samoa pot pie bake and destroyWhat’s your personal favorite vegan snack?

Apples with peanut butter – is there anything simpler?

What’s your favorite way to use a particular Earth Balance product?

My family is totally obsessed with all the Culinary Spreads. I use the Coconut Spread to make vegan caramel sauce, the Garlic & Herb Spread instantly transforms a loaf of bread into savory garlic bread and there is nothing better than slathering the Sweet Cinnamon Spread onto a hot stack of pancakes.

Veganism seems to be “hip” now. Do you agree? What’s that like from your perspective?

I grew up in the Chicago hardcore scene, and in the 90s a lot of the shows I attended took place in Krishna temples, so I have friends who have been vegan for more than 20 years. I’d agree than veganism is hip these days – a lot of celebrities have made it a household word – but I see that as a good thing. The more “normal” a plant-based diet becomes to people, the more likely they are to give it a try and see that it’s actually pretty tasty way to live.

If you had a restaurant, what dish would always be on the menu?

Jackfruit a zillion ways! I love how versatile jackfruit is, and that I can get it dirt cheap at the Asian market by my house. I’m surprised more vegetarian restaurants don’t serve it – but I’m always excited when I see it on the menu. (Read more about my love of jackfruit here.)

vegan banana bread french toast cupcakes bake and destroyWhat’s the best piece of advice you’d have for someone wanting to go vegan?

Arm yourself with snappy comebacks. Thanks to the Internet, it’s pretty easy to find vegan recipes and to understand the basics of a vegan diet – but the one thing you might not be prepared for is all the unsolicited opinions on nutrition you’re going to get from people who mean well. It’s like as soon as you go vegan every aunt and uncle you have becomes an expert on protein and calcium. Do your research and store all that info about nutrient-dense foods in your brain because it’s really helpful to have quick answers to questions like, “How do you get your protein?” My go-to is “elephants get enough protein from plants, I’m pretty sure I’ll be OK.” (Also check out my Plant Strong Crash Course here.)

Recipe and Whatever

Then they were going to share a couple of my recipes, which you can find by buying my book and/or checking out my recent blog tour! My publisher would also like me to tell you that the recipes in my book are all original, and have not been previously published on my blog. I feel like you knew that already, but he doesn’t know you like I do.

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Bake and Destroy: The Deep End

Natalie Slater

photo by Sean Dorgan

I just got home from the Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco and I’m scooting off to the Social Media Strategies Summit in Las Vegas in a few days but I did manage to squeeze some fun into my few days at home.

Since Morrissey canceled on us again (get well soon, Moz!) I spent Saturday morning shooting photos for my book with Sean Dorgan. The morning started out disastrously - I won’t get into it, but let’s just say six dozen cupcakes down the drain – but I had Melisser from Cruelty-Free Face on hand to do my make up, Tressa Slater from Salon Tress fixin’ my hair and a certain international playgirl standing by to snap Instagram photos of the whole thing – so how could I lose?

The next day, after a late night of vegan eats at Karyn’s on Green, I braved the sleet and snow to pop into my friend Chris‘ podcast, The Deep End. We took some questions from listeners and gabbed about friendship, dating, and how blow jobs are similar to my favorite Thai dish. (For serious!) Anyway, if you care to listen you can download the episode right here.

If you decide to listen in, come back here and let me know what you thought. I have a few items to give away courtesy of the deadXstop publishing corporation, I think you might like ‘em.


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Bake and Destroy on Wrestling With Depression + Vaguely Asian Kale Chips

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to sit down with Marty DeRosa of Creative Has Nothing For You, $5 Wrestling and, of course, Wrestling With Depression. I’d just listened to his interview with Colt Cabana, so I knew I was in for some serious self-reflection. We talked about growing up weird, coping with death, and why all pro-wrestlers should stop body sculpting and start being more like Arn Anderson.

You can listen to my interview on Wrestling With Depression.

I also know it’s been a while since I posted a new recipe, and I do apologize for that. I’m hard at work on Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans and that’s been distracting me from the blog. But I have two pieces of good news for you: One, my photographer for the book is Celine Steen of Have Cake, Will Travel. Her photography is gorgeous and I’m honored to have her not just photographing, but actually cooking my recipes and styling them as well! And two, I’m going to post a new recipe right now!

Celine is working on some shots this week, and last night we were laughing that kale chips are just ugly, there’s no getting around it. So while you probably won’t find any shots of them in my book, you will find several recipes for making them so good you’ll forget all about Doritos. (Well… maybe.) So please accept this recipe as an apology for neglecting you. I promise it will be worth it when the book comes out!

Bake and Destroy on Wrestling With Depression + Vaguely Asian Kale Chips Recipe

Kale chips are ugly, please enjoy this photo of Arn Anderson.

By BakeandDestroy Published: October 30, 2012

  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Ready In: 45 mins

If you're new to kale chips, this recipe is a great place to start - lots of flavor so even die-hard green vegetable haters will give them a try. If you can’t eat the whole pile in one shot store them loosely covered on your countertop to keep them crunchy for a few days. (As I said, kale chips aren't photogenic, so please enjoy this picture of Arn Anderson.)



  1. Wash your kale, then tear out the stems and rip into bite-sized pieces (about the size of a potato chip). Allow the clean kale to dry completely.
  2. Heat your oven to 200 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats. In a small bowl combine chili powder and lemon pepper and set aside. Toss kale with vinegar, oil and lime juice, then gradually add the dry spice mix. Make sure each leaf is coated in spices. Add garlic, ginger and sesame seeds, and give it a quick stir to evenly distribute.
  3. Spread the kale in a single layer on lined baking sheets - you might need to scrape some ginger and garlic pieces from the bottom of the bowl. Place the kale in the oven, and prop the door open - bake for 10 minutes, and check on the progress. Rotate sheets if necessary. Keep baking in 10 minute increments until the kale is dry and crispy. 20-30 minutes.

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    Interview with Global Looking Glass

    I recently had a chance to speak with the folks at Global Looking Glass, a magazine full of social commentary, interviews with movers and shakers and vegan eats galore. We talked about what heavy metal and pro-wrestling have to do with cooking and caking, and I got a chance to talk about my cookbook. You can download the whole issue here, my interview is on page 36 and there’s also a vegan whoopie pie recipe from me elsewhere in the magazine!

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    Tess is More: An Interview With Plus Model Tess Munster

    Note: The giveaway is closed, thank you for entering! 

    Sometime last year I was absentmindedly scrolling through my Facebook timeline when I was stopped in my tracks by an absolutely stunning face in a photo posted by my friend Roxanne. The face, I later found out, was attached to Miss Tess Munster, an up-and-coming plus size model from California. She’s been modeling hair accessories for Roxanne, among many other projects, and I only had to see a few more photos before I was making my way to her Facebook page to become a fan.

    I’ve been following Tess for a year now, and every day my fandom grows a little more. Not only does she model “fatshions” so cute they make an average-sized gal like myself jealous, but she’s also a mom, a business woman and an activist. If you follow her on Tumblr you’ll see her offering words of encouragement to men and women of all shapes and sizes on a daily basis – be yourself, don’t let the fuckers get you down, beauty has no size, etc. (And please, for the love of Godzilla, consult her FAQ before you ask about her make up routine or where she gets her clothes!)

    I finally decided it was time to step away from all the baking and destroying for a moment, and to introduce this inspiring woman to those of you who haven’t already seen her in the pages of Inked and Skorch Mag, or modeling your favorite plus-sized fashions. Speaking of which, stay tuned until the end of the interview for a sweet giveaway from Domino Dollhouse, one of Tess’ favorite clothing companies.

    By: Monique Antionette Photography MUA/Hair: Manny Martinez

    So Tess, you were discovered by a casting agent for A&E’s “Heavy” through your portfolio on Model Mayhem – what made you decide to pursue modeling in the first place? What were you doing before you started booking modeling jobs?

    I had always wanted to be a model, but never thought that I would have the opportunity to because of my height and size. Once I landed the “Heavy” gig, I realized that was my chance to finally pursue my dream. Prior to modeling, I worked in banking and at a dental office.

    Your style is a little retro, a little spooky and a little bit fairytale… what kind of little girl were you? Were you always dressing up and pretending?

    I was always living in my own dream world. I have always had a very big imagination and I think that has a lot to do with my style. I spent my days hiding in the “clubhouse’” my grandpa had built for me and pretending that I was an actress, or some famous star. My mother would let me wear her makeup and clothes and I would dance around our house singing Ace of Base. While all of the girls around me were chasing boys, I was wearing Tweety Bird and playing with Barbies.

    Do you feel like your personal style has changed or evolved since your modeling career has taken off?

    Oh definitely. The access and knowledge that I have gained to different designers that I didn’t have before has really changed how I dress and look at fashion. Also, I have always loved fashion, but I didn’t learn how to truly love myself and feel comfortable in my own skin until I started modeling. With that came the confidence to be more adventurous with clothing. I take risks and don’t limit myself on what I “can’t” wear because of my size. Before modeling I didn’t even own lingerie, now I will wear a bustier or garter skirt out to an event. If you got, flaunt it, right?

    Photographer: Monique Antoinette MUA/Hair: Manny Martinez

    Sometimes I read the fan letters you get on Facebook and Tumblr and I get choked up. It’s so amazing to see how much confidence you instill in other women of all shapes and sizes – did that take you by surprise at first? How do you feel about being a role model?

    Yes, it was surreal… It still is. When I got my first letter I cried, and I thought, “Who? Me?” To this day, I don’t consider myself a role model, but more of an “ambassador” for women and men of all sizes, sex, race, etc. Believe it or not, I get a lot of emails from gay men that relate to me because they to know what it’s like to be treated like an outcast for something you cannot change. The message of loving yourself is universal, and affects us all whether we admit it or not. I just try my very best to make sure that everything I’m doing and saying is setting a good example for everyone that is watching me. There are so many examples of what not to do out there, and I don’t want to be one.

    I’ve heard you say that the key to confidence is to surround yourself by positive people who build you up rather than tear you down. (And when all else fails, put on some lipstick and go out and have fun.) Do you still have moments when your confidence waivers? If so, what triggers that?

    Like everyone, I’m human so I most certainly have my moments. It’s usually a combination of the opposite sex, online “trolls,” and old insecurities that sneak up on me. However, when I encounter those feelings, I just remind myself that I’m fabulous, and if other’s can’t see it, that’s their problem, not mine.

    Photographer: No Regrets Photography MUA: Tony Kougar Modeling: Xanthia Pink Designs

    What are some misconceptions you think people have about plus size models and the plus size modeling world?

    That it’s easy…and it’s not. We don’t just stand there and take photos, there is so much blood, sweat, and tears that goes into every photo, every job, and it takes a very strong woman to succeed in this very tough industry. Also, women don’t understand that a size 10 is industry standard whether they like it or not. With that being said, they have to remember that it’s just as hurtful to the “smaller” plus models to be bashed because of their size just like it is for larger plus models like myself. We are all working for the same cause and we can accomplish so much more united.

    I’ve heard you say that some members of your family, and sometimes even your own friends don’t approve of your size, and get on your case to lose weight. How do you handle the assumption that a size 22 woman can’t be healthy? What do you do to stay healthy?

    Simple… I ignore their ignorance. Do I eat cheeseburgers, cupcakes, and all things awfully delicious? Yes. Do I do it all the time? No. I try my very best to keep everything in moderation. I absolutely love to cook, and growing up down south, I only knew how to cook really fatty foods. So, I started reading and researching about how to eat and cook healthy. I drink a ton of water, exercise, and stay away from soda as much as possible.

    Who are the people in your life who have always been supportive of you and your career?

    My mother is really the only person that ever believed in me growing up and still to this day. She always encouraged me to chase after my dreams no matter how absurd or impossible.

    Growing up I was the pasty skinned girl with her nose stuck in a Greek mythology book, and later I was the “devil worshiper” in a Catholic High school. Now that I’m a grown woman and I’m comfortable with who I am, it’s so important to me that my son be accepting and understanding of people from all walks of life. How does being a mom influence your mission to empower other women?

    I grew up in the “bible belt” where no one respected anyone that was considered out of the “norm”. That’s the reason why I do not live where I grew up because I too want my son to respect everyone, regardless. It’s a fact that we are not born prejudiced, it is taught, and it’s up to us to break the cycle and teach our children to love themselves and one another.

    A few weeks ago someone on Tumblr used your photo as “thinsporation” on a pro-anorexia blog. They say “haters gonna hate” but how do you prevent things like that from raining on your parade?

    When I first encountered that photo, and other down right evil things people have said about me, I was angry. Then, I realized that I cannot be mad at them because clearly they are sick and need help. I understand that not everyone has fully accepted who they are, and some never will, so for them, seeing a bigger girl like me in a bikini or sometimes…nothing at all, is foreign to them. So, what do we do as humans when we don’t understand something? We tear it apart instead of educating ourselves and opening our minds and hearts. So for me, instead of taking the road of hate towards them, I just hope that one day they learn to love themselves and get the help they need.

    Let’s talk about fun stuff now… What is the single best cupcake you’ve ever eaten?

    The Lemon Blueberry Cupcake from Sprinkles in Beverly Hills. YUM!

    If you could steal the wardrobe from any movie ever made, what movie would it be?

    I cannot choose just one, but I can narrow it down by saying either Tank Girl (because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want torpedo boobs?!) or The Great Gatsby. I know it’s not out yet, but based on the photos I have seen, I would die to prance around in it all.

    What song results in a guaranteed dance party every time you hear it?

    It’s a tie…and an odd tie at that: The Faint – Worked Up So Sexual. I cannot help but dance all over the room when it pops up on iPod! Murder City Devils- Boom Swagger Boom. They are my favorite band, so perhaps I’m a bit partial, but how can you not shake what you got to this song?

    Domino Dollhouse

    Are there any current fashion trends you’d like to make illegal?

    Where do I begin?

    Stirrup pants, they are down right awful and should have never been in style 20 years ago.

    Ed Hardy & Affliction clothing makes me cringe, and I think it should all be burned and looks ridiculous.

    Uggs. Enough said.

    Jeggings. They don’t look good on anyone, and jeans are so rad – why ruin the idea of them?

    2011 was jam-packed for you, and you just booked your first overseas shoot in Australia. What other forms of magic does 2012 hold for Tess Munster?

    I think the best is yet to come! In the next month I’m hoping to launch my website, and start expanding into other areas of the industry. I am also modeling for a couple new clothing companies that I’m very excited about, as well as traveling and speaking to women about my journey of finding self love. I recently joined forces with a couple magazines that I will have monthly features in, so I will also be writing a lot more…which I love! Last, but not least, I will be spending more time with my son, and taking time to appreciate how far I’ve come, or as they say “stopping to smell the roses”. I know life won’t always be this sweet, and I want to appreciate every moment while it’s here!

    If you could go back in time and tell 12-year-old Tess one thing, what would it be?

    The bullies don’t know what they are talking about, and that you really are beautiful. So what that you are a little bigger than most girls, you are healthy, and there is nothing wrong with the way you look. Being unique isn’t bad, it’s just different…and not everyone will understand that, but that’s OKAY! Just be yourself, and everything else will fall into place.


    Domino Dollhouse founder and Chubble Bubble blogger Tracy Broxterman was sick of the drab fashion options out there for a size 14+ lady, so she took matters into her own hands. These days, Domino Dollhouse offers some of the cutest “fatshions” out there, many of which are modeled by the girl of the hour, Tess Munster. Tracy has been kind enough to offer a $50 gift certificate to Domino Dollhouse to a Bake and Destroy reader! (If you aren’t plus size, don’t fret, I’ve ordered accessories from DD and they are way cute!)

    To enter, leave a comment on this post that finishes this sentence, “I love my _______.” Yep, tell me one thing you love about yourself – is it your luscious lips? Your goofy laugh? Your big feet?

    For a bonus entry, Tweet your answer at @DominoDollhouse and leave a comment here with the link to your tweet!

    I’m randomly choosing a winner on 3/21 – good luck!

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