Baba Ghanouj with White Chocolate

14 Apr

The wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when he first spoke his truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others. When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other’s truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love. – All About Love, bell hooks

This is delicious. You should definitely eat as much of this as you can.

Ingredients: 5 cloves garlic, 3-4 medium aubergines, 75 ml fresh lemon juice, 150 ml tahini, 120 g white chocolate, 1½ tsp. ground cumin, dash of salt and pepper, 1½ tsp. smoked paprika, finely chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds to garnish.

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Stick the whole aubergines under the grill until the skin is charred and blackened and the flesh is soft. This should take about half an hour to 40 minutes, turning occasionally. Meanwhile, fine chop the garlic and parsley and break open the pomegranate. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and let cool for a bit.20140225_184230

When the aubergine is soft, take it out from under the grill and let cool. Peel the skin off the aubergine, retaining the soft flesh. Add the aubergine pulp, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper, chocolate, tahini, lemon juice, and paprika to a bowl and mash up with a fork or blend with a stick blender. Check the seasoning, and serve topped with chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds.

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Thoughts on the “Single Man Problem” in naturism

9 Mar

(For those of you who haven’t come across the term, the “single man problem” basically refers a perceived gender imbalance within naturist spaces, with men outnumbering women.)

I’ve been thinking a bit about how we as a community conceptualise this gender imbalance issue within naturist spaces, and what this particular conceptualisation tells us about the naturist community as a whole. I find it interesting that the problem is couched in terms of it being a problem with single men, rather than simply male dominance on the whole. It’s as if no matter how overbearing an individual man may be, as long as he brings his wife along than his impact of the gender dynamics within the space is neutral. Whereas a single man, who could potentially be an awesome feminist who calls out other men if they are lecherous, overbearing, or talk over women is seen as less welcome because he doesn’t have a woman companion. As such, I don’t think the problem is with “single men” but rather, men in general, or the behaviour of some men (regardless of relationship status).

I appreciate that for a lot of clubs it would be impractical to base it on behaviours instead of numbers, especially when most of the problematic behaviours aren’t necessarily creepy just mildly annoying, or somehow difficult to call out. However, I do think the focus on numbers over changing the behaviours of men within naturism is focusing on the symptom not the cause; a concerted effort amongst naturist men to change the way that they behave is a necessary part of addressing this problem, and one that currently isn’t really being discussed.

Another aspect of the “single man problem” is it sets up this sense of compulsory heterosexuality within naturist spaces. By making the problem of male dominance specifically about “single men” it assumes that all naturists are heterosexual, and by extension, that all naturists should be heterosexual. How does this impact on gay, lesbian, or other queer-identified naturists wishing to access these spaces?

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Easy Rainbow Salad for 100, Spicy Rainbow Salad and Pasta with Tofu, Kale and Apple

19 Feb

This last weekend the naked vegan cooking crew were cooking en masse for 100 people for the Radical Routes gathering. For those of you who do not know, the NVC crew live in a Radical Routes housing co-op. This means we are part of a network of housing cooperatives, working cooperatives, and radical social centres which seek to offer help and support to each other, and to grow the cooperative movement.

The gathering was 2 days long stretched over the weekend, and Jess and Xen were tasked with cooking the Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch for approximately 100 attendants. On Saturday we cooked a veggie chilli with jacket potatoes, a rich black bean and dark chocolate mole, a simple tomato salsa and a rice salad. On the Sunday we cooked a Sweetcorn Chowder, accompanied with simpler version of the Potato and Dill Salad  and a rainbow salad. Below you can find a recipe for the rainbow salad we served, plus a spicy version we made just for our co-op the day after. Also we are sharing a great quick and easy pasta recipe that goes great with either version of the rainbow salad. 

Rainbow Salad for 100

This rainbow salad was a delicious accompaniment to the sweetcorn chowder, and managed to feed about 100 people (with each person taking a serving spoonful of salad).

Ingredients: bunch of fresh coriander, bag of carrots, half a big red cabbage, half a big white cabbage, red onion, couple of cloves of garlic

Fine chop the cabbages, red onion, coriander and garlic, and grate the carrots. Assemble in a big serving bowl.

We served this with a dressing made from whizzing up olive oil with hemp milk, mustard seed and dates.

Greta with Rainbow Salad

Spicy Rainbow Salad

Jess modified some of the leftover salad for a spicier version. The basic recipe (for an amount which would fill the average salad bowl) is:

Ingredients: about 1/8th a red cabbage, about 1/8th a white cabbage, 2 carrots, half a bunch of coriander, 4 tomatoes, couple of garlic cloves, 1 chilli (we didnt de-seed because we are hardcore chilli fans, but you might want to)

Assemble as above, basically fine chopping everything and adding to the grated carrots.

Spicy Rainbow Salad

Pasta with Tofu, Kale and Apple

Jess served the spicy rainbow salad above with this simple pasta dish.

Ingredients: block of smoked tofu, 4-5 cloves garlic, handful of kale, an apple, some basil pesto, pasta.

For the basil pesto: whizz together fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and seasoning.

For the tofu with kale and apple: Cut the tofu into bitesized pieces and saute in olive oil until browned. Add some chopped garlic, an apple (in chunks), and chopped kale. Saute gently, adding a splash of water to ensure the kale steams slightly rather than goes dry on the heat.

Add the pesto and tofu-kale mix to cooked pasta, drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Pasta with Tofu, Kale and Apple

 

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Fred’s Cranachan

8 Feb

We got this lovely veganised version of a traditional Scottish desert in from a friend of ours called Fred. The recipe is written in a narrative style which is really interesting as it takes you through the journey of creating a new veganised recipe, we have put the crucial info you need to make it in bold for easy reference. We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but should be cooking it up soon!  

 

We used to confuse this with Atholl Brose. Apparently many people do.

Wikipedia says:

One traditional recipe for cranachan is 3 ounces (85 g) pinhead oatmeal, 1⁄2 imperial pint (280 ml) double (or whipping) cream, and 2 tablespoons (35 ml) of whisky. The oatmeal should be toasted in a pan over a high heat then dust should be sifted out. The oatmeal is soaked in whisky overnight and then added to the whipped cream, with a little more whisky added to the mixture. Some raspberries are placed in the bottom of the serving glass before adding the cream mixture. An option is to break up some of the raspberries and gently blend into the mixture. The volume of whisky used may be adjusted to personal taste, but it should be a subtle hint rather than a strong flavour.

In MeatSpace:

Pinhead Oatmeal? Yeah, right. We have rolled oats for porridge. They will have to do. (Shame!)

Three Ounces of rolled oats is quite a lot.  Roast it in a dry frying-pan or skillet over a hot flame for ten or twelve minutes. Two Tablespoons of whiskey gets lost immediately in three ounces of rolled oats, even after the dust is sifted out. There wasn’t that much dust. Try five tablespoons. That’s better. We can add more later, maybe.

We have a 200g pack of KTC brand creamed coconut. The instructions say mix this with 450mls hot water and strain through muslin.  450mls is just of 0.75 pints: so we want 300 mls and about 140g from the packet.  Oops – this stuff is solid. There is no way I’m going to separate 140g of this dense sticky stuff. In that case, we’ll make up the lot and separate it as liquid. The extra 60g/150mls can go in bread.  In boiling water, it seems to have all dissolved. I don’t think we need to strain this.

Mix it all in together and leave it overnight.  The initial taste… disappointing! The coconut swamps all the other ingredients. You can’t taste the whiskey at all! So… let’s add the juice of a lemon.

That’s more like it. That makes a nice pudding. Or dessert. Or sweet. And actually, you can taste just a hint of the whiskey.  Tested with herself, and verdict is …yes! We have a dessert! Vegan Cranachan!

Fred's Cranachan

So, to recap, there was 6 tablespoons of whiskey, 3 ounces of rolled oats, ½ pint of coconut cream, and the juice of one lemon.  Roast the oats in a skillet, and soak them in three or four tablespoons of whiskey overnight. Add this to ½ pint of coconut cream and the juice of a lemon. 

Herself was toying with the idea of adding roasted almonds and grating 87% chocolate over the top. I’ll have mine straight.

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Chocolate and Orange Cake with Chocolate-Fudge Sauce

1 Feb

Hello lovely NVC readers!

As you have probably noticed our posts have been a bit few and far between recently. There have been significant technical difficulties (broken laptops and awful internet connections) which have stood in the way of regular posts. However we are still eating vegan food and being naked (at least some of the time!) It has also been super super cold over winter which has meant we have trouble being as naked as often as we would ideally like.

Thanks for sticking with us and we should have lots of lovely recipes and articles coming to you over the next weeks and months.

Speaking of lovely recipes, here is a truly excellent cake that one of our co-op mates  kindly made for us.

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Ingredients: 250 g margarine / butter, 300g brown sugar, 400g dark chocolate, 300g self-raising flour, 100g cocoa powder, half tsp salt, zest of 2 oranges, approx 300ml orange juice, mandarin segments.

For the sauce: 200g dark chocolate, 150g fudge, splash of soy milk / regular milk

Preheat the oven to 180’ C.

Cream the butter and the sugar in a bowl. Melt the dark chocolate on the hob in a bowl over boiling water, and add to the mix. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and add in the zest. Give it a good mix, and slowly add in the orange juice, until it looks about right.

Grease two cake tins, and position the mandarin segments in the bottom. Pour the cake mixture on top. Place in the oven for about half an hour, it’ll be ready when a knife poked into it comes out clean.

To make the chocolate sauce, simply melt together the chocolate and fudge with a splash of milk. It is seriously delicious.

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More Christmas Food!

23 Dec

Jess cooked a large amount of christmassy food the other day. Here are some of the recipes. Sorry for the lack of pictures, many glasses of wine was drunk during the cooking process…!

Garlic Mushroom Hor d’Ouvres

Great if you have any pastry going spare. Fine chop an onion and saute with a few cloves of minced garlic. Add sliced mushrooms and sweat down with a splash of white wine and a splash of soy. Cook down for a bit and if necessary add a little flour to thicken. Season with salt, pepper and some chopped fresh parsley.

Pre-bake pastry rounds in a cupcake tin (or hor d’ouvre tin if you have one). Spoon in the mushroom mixture into the pastry case and serve.

Smoked Tofu with Pesto

This recipe is a bit of cheat really but excellent to get some nibbles / appetisers out of the way on a busy Christmas. We just bought some fancy smoked tofu, cut it into cubes and put them on little cocktail sticks and added a pesto dip. We made our pesto by blitzing together basil, pine-nuts, garlic and olive oil.

Sprouts with Sage and Apple

For this simple recipe we sweated down some red onion with garlic in a fair bit of butter and a dash of sugar until the onions had caramelised. We then added brussel sprouts which we had cut into quarters and sauteed them for a bit. We then added diced apples, lots of chopped fresh sage and seasoning.

Butternut Squash, Hazelnut and Sage Stuffing

Peel and chop up the butternut squash and roast in the oven until soft. Saute onion, garlic (we used loads), bay leaves, cubes of bread and hazelnuts in butter. Add the squash and mix, adding a splash of wine when the mix starts to stick. Roughly blend the mixture with a stick blender, put into a dish and bake until the top is brown.

Parsnip and Thyme Pancakes 

Grate about 5 or 6 parsnips and combine in a mixing bowl with a fine chopped onion, garlic, a splash of wine, 1/4 cup of veg oil, 1 egg replacer (we used the linseed goop), plenty of chopped fresh thyme, a dash of flour to bind (we used rice flour to make it gluten free), salt and pepper, and some runny honey (or agave syrup). Mix it together until the mix coats the parsnips and shallow fry a spoonful of the mixture for a minute or so on each side.

Roast Potatoes

Delicious roasties can be hard to get right. Preheat your oven to about 180’C. Add some oil to a roasting tray and let the oil heat up in the oven. Meanwhile, peel and cut your potatoes into regular sized pieces. Peeling is super important! (I hardly ever peel potatoes, I only really make the effort for roasties because it makes such a difference!) Pop in a pan of boiling salted water and boil for about 8 mins, til the outsides of the potatoes are soft and can be bashed a bit. Drain the water, keeping the potatoes in the pan and shake the pan about… this gets the outsides a bit fluffy which is the key to getting crispy roasties. Add the potatoes to the roasting tray and enjoy the sizzle as they hit the hot oil. Even them out a bit and roast for about 30 or 40 minutes until pleasantly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Kale and Apple Pancakes

14 Dec

These delicious kale and apple pancakes would make a good addition to a Xmas meal! We made these lot with a shop bought gluten free flour blend but they are also good with regular flour. The quantities are approximate, sorry about that, I was mostly making this up as I went along and wasnt really paying attention!

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Ingredients: a fair bit of kale, 2 apples, 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1/4 bunch parsley, 1/4 bunch dill, 1/2 cup of whatever milk, 1/4 cup veg oil, 1 cup flour, 1 egg replacer (we used flaxseed salt and pepper to taste

Fine chop the kale, apple, onion, garlic, and herbs and place in a mixing bowl. Add the flour, oil, milk, egg replacement, salt and pepper. Check the consistency, the veggies should be coated but not too thick (add more flour, oil, or milk accordingly).

Heat some oil in a flat pan on the hob. Add a spoonful of mixture and fry both sides. Eat whilst hot. Enjoy!

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