Archive | September, 2011

Naked Art Show in Pictures

27 Sep

As you might have heard, we have had the amazing opportunity to put on two events recently, our art creation session and an art exhibition – both clothing optional. Its really been fantastic, and we’ve has loads of positive feedback from both events. We’d specifically like to thank the artists that contributed, the folks at Islington Mill and Kraak Gallery, and everyone who came along to the events and helped made them fantastic.

Naked Art Creation event at Islington Mill, 21st Sept 2011:

Spencer Tunick - style landscapes, Alan Towse

Spencer Tunick - style landscapes

Luke + Body Paint

Luke + Body Paint

blue

blue

Drawing trio - Alan Towse

Drawing trio - Alan Towse

Greta's body paint

Greta's body paint

hug

hug

Body Image Workshop

Body Image Workshop

bowing

bowing

Art Exhibition at Kraak Gallery, 26th Sept 2011:

Tea Party

Tea Party

sketching

sketching

by Conor Collins

by Conor Collins

Impromptu yoga

Impromptu yoga

some art

some art

c4 interview

c4 interview

Naked art corner

Naked art corner

We also had some fabulous performance poetry from Manchester’s most famous queer vegan poet, Dominic Berry, fresh from winning the Nuyorican Cafe Poets Slam in New York. He bravely performed in the nude for the first time. Here he is performing at another event:

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Sandra’s Steakless Sandwich

24 Sep

This is another great recipe from our friend Sandra of Creamy Garlic Mushrooms fame. Thanks Sandra!

Sandra with Steakless Sandwich

Ingredients: 1 medium onion, 300g mushrooms, 1 pack beef-style mock meat slices, 2 baguettes or ciabatta, 1 tsp miso paste (available in most oriental supermarkets, don’t worry if you can’t find any), Gravy granules of your choosing, Mushroom ketchup or vegan worcester sauce, oil for frying

Chop the onion into thin slices and fry over a medium heat until they’re transparent.

Slice the mushrooms and “beef” into bite size pieces and add to the pan of onions. Fry until the musrooms are cooked then add the miso paste and a dash of mushroom ketchup, and about half a cup of water. Cover the pan and simmer for a few minutes, and while the mixture is simmering, toast your baguette/ciabatta/whatever bread you have. Add the gravy granules to the pan to thicken the sauce, butter your bread (it’s especially tasty with a little mustard) and fill with the mixture.

You can leave out the mock meat all together if you prefer not to eat processed food, and in that case I’d recommend using portobello mushrooms, or another large, meaty variety.

FamilyV served ours with chips and steamed cabbage with salt and pepper; tasty, but littleV was more interested in the comforts of mum’s…other food… x.S.x

Sandra, littleV and steakless sandwich

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Some of the cake for tonight

21 Sep

Here is a picture of Greta with some of the cakes we have baked for the naked tea party tonight.

Hopefully see some of you there!

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

17 Sep

This recipe has come from the lovely Jae, and is absolutely gorgeous. Sorry for the massive delay in getting these posted up Jae, we look forward to more of your scrumptious recipes! Thanks : )
At NVC, we have been making tonnes of cupcakes recently, so we have a few more cupcake recipes to come soon. In other news, we have been on the Anything Goes radio show talking about our upcoming art shows (we are about an hour in).

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!

Jae with Cupcake!

Jae with Cupcake!

Ingredients for the sponge mixture: 100g Flour, 100g vegan margarine, 100g Caster Sugar, 2 heaped spoonfuls of soya flour, 1 heaped spoonful of cocoa powder, 100ml water

Ingredients for Icing: about 25g dark orangey chocolate (ASDA do some vegan chocolate orange buttons – alternatively use normal dark chocolate and add a drop of orange extract), 100g of icing sugar, 100g vegan margarine

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar and the marg together until creamy, add the soy flour and 50ml of water and whisk until smooth. Add the flour and the 50ml water and the cocoa and mix until smooth. Scoop into cupcake cases and cook for 30-40 minutes until they are soft and a knife runs clear.
To make the icing, blend the marg, icing sugar, cocoa and the chocolate together until smooth – use to decorate when the cakes are cooled. Enjoy!!

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Naked Tea Parties / Art Show

15 Sep

For immediate release – 15th September 2011
Manchester, UK

Press Release: Naked art exhibition to be held in Manchester

Artists, naturists and activists are collaborating on mass-nude body-positive art projects for an upcoming exhibition in Manchester on the 26th of September. The exhibition will explore themes of non-sexual nudity, feminism and body positivity.

Pieces of art will be collectively created on the 21st September, between 6pm and 10pm, at Islington Mill, Salford, where members of the public will be invited to strip off to whatever degree they feel comfortable and be drawn, painted and photographed by various artists in a variety of mass-nude poses including, “Body Landscape”, “Tea Party” and others.

The art pieces will then be exhibited at Kraak Gallery, Manchester, on the 26th September between 6pm-11pm, where performance artists and members of the public will stage a public “Naked Tea Party”, with live music and (naked) poetry performances from local artists.

Organiser Jess Bradley said “We are really excited about both the events; mass nudity is a fantastic tool to help normalise nudity and promote positive body image – especially in a society which idealises  an unacheivable standard of beauty”.

Notes for the Editor

1. The events are being organised by the collective behind http://www.nakedvegancooking.com in order to highlight issues surrounding body-image in modern day consumer culture.
2. Both events will be filmed for a Channel 4 documentary on young naturists.
3. Media attendance is welcome and encouraged at both events, we have several people willing to be interviewed. We request that no filming or pictures are taken of individuals without their explicit prior consent.
4. Mass naked art creation – Islington Mill, Salford, 6-10pm 21st September. Directions and venue info: http://www.islingtonmill.com/contact.php
5. Exhibition and public naked tea party – Kraak Gallery, Northern Quarter, Manchester, 6pm-10pm 26th September. Directions and venue info: http://kraak.co.uk

Contact: Jess Bradley for interviews and information  education@ssdp.org.uk

Flyers:

Sweetcorn Fritters

14 Sep

These little fried cakes make the most delicious starter, we served them at a dinner party last week where they went down a storm. These quantities make 15-20 fritters, enough for about 6 people, or 2 very greedy people. Dip in sweet chilli sauce or any other yummy dip you have around.

Ingredients: 200g self raising flour, 2 tablespoons soy flour, 2 tablespoons of water, 300ml soy milk, 1 can of sweetcorn, 6 spring onions (chopped), salt and pepper to taste, 1 tsp chilli powder, vegetable oil to fry.

Mix together all the ingredients and fry in about 2cm of hot oil. They take about 2 mins on each side, or until well browned and delicious smelling.

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Gardener’s Pie

6 Sep

Michelle made this amazing pie for a housing co-op meeting. It’s a really impressive vegan meal, this amount will serve about 10 hungry people. We had 7 but it all went by the end of the day!

Ingredients: 300g mung beans, 7 large potatoes, 3 large onions (i used 1 red and 2 white), tblsp Yeast extract, pinch of salt, 4 tblsp vegan margarine, a little soya milk, a little cooking oil, vegan stock, tblsp cumin, tblsp paprika, tsp – tblsps chilli powder depending on how much you like chilli, a range of vegetables, whatever you fancy. I used 4 large carrots, half a large red cabbage, 1 small celery and 1 leek.

Boil mung beans and potatoes in seperate pots. Chop and fry vegetables including onions in a large frying pan or wok. While the veg is gently frying, mash cooked potatoes with salt, margarine and enough soya milk to get a nice mashed potato consistency. Add cooked mung beans, spices, gravy and yeast extract to pan of vegetables and simmer for 5 minutes to mix flavours. Make sure the gravy is nice and thick, mung beans should make it even thicker. If its too runny, simmer for longer to thicken or add a little more gravy granules (or a tiny bit of cornflour if you’ve made the gravy from scratch).

When the gravy/veg/mung bean mixture is nice and thick and well mixed, transfer to a couple of deep oven dishes. Put a layer of mashed potato on top of the gravied layer, using a spatula to spread the potato. you may use a fork to make nice patterns in the mashed potatoe if you like. I put a heart on one of mine but you couldnt really tell when it was done. Put dish in oven at 180-200 degrees celsuis for about 15 minutes or until potato is golden. Nice served on its own or with a side of roasted vegetables.
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Whats Seasonal in September?

2 Sep

apples, blackberries, damsons,

aubergines: baba ganoush

beetroot: beet, chickpea and dill salad

broccoli, summer cabbages: cabbage leaves stuffed with sweet potato orgasm , broad-bean, cabbage and mushroom risotto

carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumbers, courgettes and marrows

endive and chicory, fennel, french beans, various lettuces, onions,

mangetout and peas, onions, pears, sweet peppers, chilli peppers

plums, potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash,

radishes, runner beans, samphire, sorrel

spinach, spring onions, strawberries ,sweetcorn,

tomatoes, various turnips, watercress, wild mushrooms

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