Thoughts on “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist”

13 Jan

I thought I would jot some thoughts on how our recent brush with fame in “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist” went whilst it is still fresh in my mind! First of all, I’m really glad about our portrayal in the documentary, and I think we came across pretty well. We were filming with the documentary crew for a long time and talked a lot about the politics of feminism and body image, and I’m glad that at least some of that comes across. The production company were pretty cool throughout, considering they could have properly screwed us over if they had wanted to! For those of you who have seen it, you can catch it on 4OD if your in the UK and here if your are from overseas.

I feel to a certain extent that the some parts of the documentary seemed a little de-contextualised, and it’s a shame that overall the result made the documentary less political than it could have been. The production company must have a lot of footage of me, Luke and Alex ranting about feminism, capitalism and body image on their cutting room floor! Although I think we always knew that going on a mainstream telly was always going to involve a bit of a compromise on politics, so overall I think we’re pretty chuffed with how it’s gone.

My biggest bugbear is probably the title – “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist” along with being largely misleading (at least half of us were male and over 20), it seemed to promise furtive glimpses of underage feminine sexuality which ran contrary to what the documentary was about – being comfortable in your own skin. I guess that was Channel 4’s way of hooking in the punters.

Reading through some of the reviews in the papers, almost every one picked up on a conversation between Luke and two girls whilst flyering in Manchester, about how Darryl and Alex were pretty attractive, and whether or not this made them good adverts for body-positivism. I don’t want to speak for Alex or Darryl, but I’d wager that every person, no matter how conventionally attractive, has had doubts about their body image and self esteem at some point. This is pretty much the basis of the beauty industry – fostering hang-ups in order to profit from cosmetics, creams, and cover-ups. As such, going publicly naked represents a big step for anyone, regardless of how pretty other people think they are. And frankly, as astute as those girls statements were, I imagine the media’s reaction would be much more scathing if this was a documentary about older and well-weathered nudists, sadly. It’s a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Another thing I’m surprised hasn’t been raised much in criticism of the documentary is about how white we all are. There is a serious lack of diversity in the show, and the naturist movement/community as a whole. We talked about it a fair bit with the production crew (which didn’t make the cut), and have jotted down a few of our own thoughts on the subject, but would love to hear your thoughts on how this situation can improve – get in touch if you want to contribute articles to the blog, or have any good resources to share.

I hope I can speak for all of us when I say that we have been really overwhelmed with the positive comments, tweets and emails that have flooded in. Some comments have been amusing, others filled with anger (of the good sort), and more so have been incredibly touching. I’m sorry that we won’t get chance to respond to them all, but thank-you for them all the same.

Whilst I’m on the subject of thanking people, I’d like to give a shout out to my best friends and naked vegan comrades, Luke and Greta. You’ll probably recognise Luke from the documentary, and heard how his body-positive attitude has helped me come to terms with some of my own body issues. Greta wasn’t in the documentary as her family was worried about the potential of it being sensationalised and sexualised in the media (which in hindsight was well founded) but has really been a powerhouse behind making this project work, as well as doing some really fantastic campaigning around the media and ad industries perception of women and bodies.

We’ve met some good people through doing this documentary, and have come a long way since the documentary was filmed. Naked Vegan Cooking also has some exciting projects coming up, including naked clubbing and a pop-up restaurant which you can hear about if you subscribe to get email updates or to our events mailing list. Other ways of keeping in touch with us include facebook and twitter. And don’t forget if you fancy giving naked vegan cooking a try in your own kitchens you can submit your own recipes to go on the blog here.

With love, Jess

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Vegan Omelette

11 Jan

Just one day now until the Channel 4 documentary comes out.  Eeeek!

These don’t taste exactly the same as an egg omelette but are delicious none the less, experiment with your own fillings!

500g of silken tofu, 2 desert spoons nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 level teaspoon black salt (can be omitted if you can’t find any), 60 grams gram flour (chickpea flour), 1 desert spoon cornflour (the white kind, not polenta), 2 cloves garlic (chopped or processed), 4 desert spoons olive oil, A drop of veggie oil, Black pepper to taste.

Filling idea: A punnet of sliced button mushrooms gently fried in garlic, wilted spinach, Easy Peasy Cheesy Sauce.

Makes 4 omelettes

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes per omelette

For this recipe you can use a food processor, a hand blender or a potato masher (and some patience). If you’re not using a processor then get a mixing bowl ready for your ingredients.

Start by preheating your biggest and best non-stick frying pan with a tiny bit of veggie oil. Add the garlic, tofu, nutritional yeast, olive oil, turmeric, pepper and black salt (this is what makes it eggy) and blend (or mash) until its smooth. Add the gram and corn flour and blend until its all mixed in.

Okay… this is the tricky bit. Slowly spoon a quarter of the omelette mix into the middle of the pan. Gently spread the mix into a rough 15 cm circle with the back of a wooden spoon. Fill in any holes or tears with a little extra mix. Then, if you’re picky like me, wash your spoon and use it to press the sides of the omelette to make it into a neater circle.

Let the omelette fry for 5 minutes before flipping it like a pancake. If your toppings need to melt or wilt you can pop them ontop now. Fry the other side of the omelette for a couple of minutes then slide it out of the pan onto a plate. Add any extra toppings, season and enjoy:).

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P.S. Regular readers will know that we talk a lot about gender and race issues on the blog. Allow us to point you towards a great new resource: Liberate Yourself. This website allows you to learn more about the experiences of black people, disabled people, LGBT people and women. You can also ask anonymous questions on any topic.

P.P.S Why not check out our latest project? The Burrow Housing Co-operative

Easy Peasy Cheesy Sauce

11 Jan

This is just a quick recipe for a vegan “cheesy” sauce, which we used to cover the vegan omelettes. Because we don’t have a picture of the sauce, here is a picture of Luke reading an oversized book about anarchism:

2 cloves of garlic (chopped finely or pressed), 4 desert spoons of olive oil, A pinch of thyme, A pinch of black pepper, A pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of corn flour (the white stuff, not polenta), 15 desert spoons of nutritional yeast, A good squeeze of fresh lemon juice, Half a litre of veggie stock or some bouillon powder + water.

Cooking time: 10 minutes.

Makes about half a litre of sauce. Preheat a little saucepan on a very low heat. Add the olive oil and fry the garlic for a couple of minutes. While the garlic is frying slowly drop a heaped teaspoon of cornstarch into a cup and mix with just enough water to make a smooth pourable paste. Mix the cornflour paste into the stock.

Add the salt, pepper and thyme to the pan and fry for half a minute before adding the stock mix to the pan. Turn your hob up to a medium heat and whisk the sauce as it bubbles and thickens for about 5 minutes.

Finally add the lemon juice, take it off the heat and cover to keep it warm until serving.

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And now for a commercial break…

10 Jan

We often get emails asking us what we get up to when we are not being naked or cooking. We also get a fair few emails asking us if we are single… (!) Well, vegan fans, its your lucky day – we will be answering one of these questions!

Most recently, we have been focusing a lot of our efforts on setting up The Burrow, a housing co-operative in Manchester. Our vision is to purchase a property and turn into a (naturist-friendly) communal house for us and others to live in whilst providing an accessible meeting space and base for local activist groups and community projects. We will also be running a bulk buying food co-op out of the house to provide the local community with cheap, good quality vegan food.

A housing co-op is a legal entity that allows people to live communally without the hassle of landlords or the financial commitment of buying a house off your own back. The Burrow is a member of Radical Routes, a mutual aid network for co-operatives which gives advice and financial support to co-operatives. Here’s a good article written about our friends at The Drive Housing Co-op, if you want to learn a bit more about other people who have successfully set up housing co-ops (they are housed now) and how they work.

If our housing co-op project is going to succeed than we need private investors. We are offering investment opportunities from any value from £200 to £25,000, over a negotiable period from 5 to 25 years. Interest on the loans will be paid annually with the entire sum returned at the end of the term. Investors can choose a rate of interest between 0 and 4%. Housing co-operatives are relatively safe investments, with no Radical Routes co-op ever having defaulted on loanstock in the organisations 20 year history. To learn more about investment, please  download our loanstock pledge pack .

Sorry for blatantly advertising on the blog. To make it up to you, we were going to post a recipe for “gingerbread housing co-op’s” (pictured) which didnt turn out that well, but did give us a newfound respect for the adhesive power of sugar syrup. If you are interested in finding out more about co-ops, drop us a line to theburrowcoop[at]

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My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist – C4 Jan 12th 10pm

9 Jan

It is less than a week until “My Daughter, The Teenage Nudist” – a documentary about the growing numbers of young people who are choosing to get involved in nudism and naturism. If you catch it, you might see some familiar faces – as the documentary features interviews with nakedvegancooking regulars Jess, Luke and Alex.

My Daughter, The Teenage Nudist, Thursday, Jan 12, 10pm on Channel 4.

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Vegan Festive Trifle

30 Dec

This recipe is a bit of a tradition in our house, it’s the pudding we always eat on the evening of Christmas day, after the enormous main meal has settled! We alter the recipe slightly each time we make it, it’s not a very conventional trifle but it is always very well received. The secret is that we use home-made cupcakes in the jelly layer, so much tastier than shop bought trifle sponge! Vegan jelly can be bought from health food stores and often also from Muslim grocery shops as most gelatine based jelly is not Halal (watch out that it doesn’t contain special Halal gelatine though). Vegan custard can be bought ready made or made with ordinary custard power and soya milk. You could experiment with topping the trifle with vegan cream but we don’t usually bother, it doesn’t taste like it’s missing anything as it is!



For cupcakes:

230g sugar

230g vegan margarine

230g self-raising flour

4 tablespoons soya flour

6 tablespoons soya milk

2 teaspoons vanilla essence


For rest of trifle:

6 brandy snap baskets

Half a tin of chopped pineapple

Half a tub of glace cherries

150ml amaretto liqueur

2 packets vegan jelly power

3 chopped bananas

600ml vegan custard

Small amount of dark chocolate and a few cherries to decorate

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Cream the margarine and sugar, then stir in the rest of the cake ingredients. Put mixture into cupcake cases and bake for about 20 mins, until lightly browned.

Brake brandy snap baskets into small pieces and put at the bottom of your bowl, then cover with a layer of cupcakes (remove paper first!). Then put on top the pinapple chunks and cherries and pour over 100ml of amaretto. Make up the jelly according to the instruction on the packets, pour over the cake and fruit mixture and leave to cool.

Once the jelly has set top with the chopped bananas and pour over the rest of the amaretto, then top with the custard. Melt the chocolate and flick it over the trifle with a fork to decorate, put some more cherries on the top desired.

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Christmas Tips from Naked Vegan Cooking!

23 Dec

Christmas is fast approaching! Its kind of taken us at NakedVeganCooking by surprise as we have been trying to buy a house and sort out our other projects. Were going to be cooking for a fair few people this year, and right this minute we are trying to organise what we are cooking! The perfect time to jot down some quick tips for cooking on Christmas Day.

First of all: start early, plan now! We’re going to be cooking our starter and dessert on Christmas Eve so things are less hectic on the day.

General Tips: use fresh herbs, it makes ALL the difference.

Starter: We are going to be making a little mushroom and white wine horderves* by making little pastry pockets and filling them with sautéed mushroom, parsley, garlic, and white wine mixture. Basically, mini versions of our Mushroom and White Wine Pie There a plenty of simple soups you could make the day before and are great to heat up the next day.

* ahem – hors d’oeuvres

Potato Roasties: We will be making hassleback potatoes, which are a kind of cross between normal roasties and chips, by making slices 2/3’s down into the potato about half a centimetre thick, and adding liberal amounts of olive oil, fresh rosemary and thyme, garlic, salt and pepper, and baking for about 45 mins.

Parsnips: We will be doing traditional roast parsnips, in with the potatoes to save on oven space. For those of you who fancy a change, baking parsnips in orange juice covered in aluminium foil is a great way to sweeten up the parsnips and make them succulent.

Yummy veg box

Yummy veg box

Sprouts: Were going to roasting our sprouts with fresh chestnuts, but our roasted sprouts with apples recipe is just as good. In fact, we are going to be roasting apples separately anyway instead of having apple sauce.

Red Cabbage: Were going to be making red cabbage poached in red wine by sautéing red onions and garlic and red cabbage with loads of Christmassy spices (think mulled wine tastes) and red wine.

Mash: We’ll be making our garlic and herb mash, its wonderful with either butterbeans or potato mash.

Stuffing: Were going to cheat and get shop bought stuffing, but by adding a few extras you can make it just a lovely as homemade. Were going to be adding more garlic (naturally), fresh breadcrumbs and herbs to the mix, and baking it with sausages. Yum.

Main event: We are going to be making our red wine and chestnut pie; which is absolutely scrumptious.

Dessert: Vegan Trifle (recipe to come before new years, promise), plenty of mince pies and the Christmas Dr. Who special.

Happy Christmas from all at NakedVeganCooking!

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