Archive | February, 2013

No Dash for Gas + Basic Bread Recipe

27 Feb

Hey guys! I want to briefly chat a bit about one of my best friends Riley who has submitted this recipe to us. Riley is an absolutely fantastic baker and has provided us with a lovely basic bread recipe below.

If you follow our twitter feed, you’ll notice that I have been tweeting recently about the climate protesters from the No Dash for Gas group who are being sued by energy giant EDF for a whopping £5 million. The No Dash for Gas group, including my friend Riley, occupied a gas-fired power station at West Burton which is the first of 20 proposed gas power stations under new plans. The plant is still under construction, but the seven day occupation by No Dash for Gas activists saved 19177 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Here is a short video from No Dash for Gas explaining how and why they occupied West Burton.

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As some of you may know, I’m an environmental scientist and so can talk about climate change at great length if given half the chance. Ill try to keep it brief! What’s key to know is that the UK government has exempted West Burton power station from emissions regulations for basically the entire life span of the plant – 45 years – even though when operational it is predicted to emit more carbon dioxide that the whole of Paraguay. This new dash for gas power threatens our ability to meet our (woefully unambitious) emissions targets, which we need to not only meet but exceed if we have any hopes of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius.

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As such, many of us feel that the potentially drastic consequences of climate change calls for drastic measures. The No Dash for Gas group put their bodies on the line to make a stand against global climate change, and EDF are suing them for a whopping £5 million. Whilst EDF make billions of profit every year, £5 million is more than Riley or any of the other defendants could dream of earning in a lifetime. This whole suing malarkey is an unprecedented  slap in the face to the UK’s vibrant history of civil disobedience and protest, and really raises questions about big corporations trying to deter dissent and criticism.

A brief list of things you can do to help:

- Jess

Now, on with the bread!

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Ingredients: 1lb strong white bread flour (or 50/50 strong white and wholemeal), 1 tsp instant yeast, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 pint warm water, handful porridge oats, handful pumpkin/sunflower seeds, pinch of herbs eg. oregano.

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eigh out the dry ingredients into a bowl. Give it a stir in between adding the yeast and the salt because the salt will slow down your yeast.

 Mix in the water until the dough comes together. I use my hands but you can use a spoon if you don’t like mess. Leave it for 10 mins. 

Then turn out on to an oiled OR floured work surface and knead until soft, supple and smooth. 

Put it back in the bowl, covered with a tea towel or a plastic bag, and leave for about an hour in a reasonably warm place. 

Put the oven on at 200C to preheat. Lightly oil your baking tin or tray.  

Turn your dough out onto the surface and divide into two. Shape each lump of dough into a round shape and place onto your pre oiled baking trays.  

Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 45 mins. It’s ready when it doesn’t spring straight back when you lightly prod it.  

Cut a slit into the top and lightly dust with flour.  

Bake in the oven until golden brown. Start checking after half an hour. 

Leave it to cool at least a little before slicing.

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Raspberry and Banana Crumble

25 Feb

This past week our little site has gone viral again. According to our stats, we hit 2 million hits a while ago, and have been viewed in all but 15 countries in the entire world! Awesome!

A few weeks ago you might remember we were running a competition for the best crumble recipe. The winner gets their recipe in our new cookbook, along with a couple of free copies. We had a hard choice choosing between all the wonderful crumble recipes but had fun eating lots of crumble.

This lovely recipe came in second place, and comes from the lovely Catriona. Cause the recipe was so yummy, we are going to send Catriona a free copy of our body image anthology when it is printed (which should be very soon!). We will be announcing who came in first very soon!

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup ‘Pure’ sunflower spread (I’ve found the soya spread just doesn’t work as well!), 1/2 cup brown demera sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter, 3 chopped bananas, 1 1/2 cups of raspberries (or 1 punnet)

 Method:
1. pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
2. spread the raspberries and banana into an oven proof dish in the shape of your choice!
3. mix together the sugar, flour and spread. Rub together with your fingers until it is crumbly, add more sugar or flour to taste
4. add 3 tbsps (again more or less to taste) and rub into the crumble mixture with your fingers
5. spread the crumble mixture over the raspberries and bananas
6. pop in the oven for 30 minutes
7. Serve hot with custard or cream (alpro do great vegan alternatives of both – particularly custard!)
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Northern Vegan Festival

17 Feb

We are chuffed to announce that we will be having a stall at the Northern Vegan Festival this year. We will be selling our the Body Image Anthology that we have been working on, as well as food and other goodies

The festival has about 90 stalls from various groups selling food and vegan products, as well as lots of campaign info. There’s going to be workshops, films, cookery demonstrations and more.

Date: Saturday 13 April, 2013 10am – 6pm

Venue: Sachas Hotel, Manchester 

Hope to see you there! :)

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