Monthly Archives: July 2015

Rework, Return

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Still assisting my sister with her Slenderisers World (TM) project.  Cue a rework of a couple of previous recipes; https://theanxiouscook.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/antipodes/#more-1020, a courgette bake, this time made with wholemeal flour rather than white (wolfed down in record time by both of us).  Also https://theanxiouscook.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/red-onion-rock-out/#more-955, veggie burgers, this time with carrot rather than sweet potato, and baked in the oven with a touch of 0% cooking spray instead of being fried in oil (still delicious, rammed into a pitta bread with some low fat margarine).

We are however still trying to work out why chickpeas/yellow split lentils (the constituent parts of gram flour) are “free” on the Slenderisers World menu (ie you can eat as much as you want), whilst gram flour itself is a “syn” (limited consumption only) ……….???

Radium

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Had a nostalgic moment for my time spent a few years ago in New Zealand, and whilst I was at work put on my headphones and tuned into http://radioactive.co.nz/, a Wellington radio station.   Admittedly it was probably about 2am in the morning out there, but it was even more eclectic/baffling than I remember.  There was a DJ but they only spoke at the start and end of the show.  No adverts.  Not even so much as a traffic report.  And they played two pieces of electronic ambience that John Foxx would have been proud of, a couple of songs by people still pining for Prince’s glory days in the 1980s, some home-grown Kiwi indie-rock (you could almost taste the wetas), a piece of shouty goth from the soundtrack to The Crow, a dub version of New Order’s “Blue Monday”*, and then three minutes of gunfire and sampled American voices going “Gee, where did you git that gunnnn….”over Bryan Adam’s “Everything I do, I Do It For You” (I swear I am not making this up).

I wandered off for five minutes to talk to a colleague and by the time I came back they were half-way through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, fireworks, cannons and all (not making that up either).

One can only admire what is a steely refusal to consider such trifles as music genre, market demographics or coherent content programming.  Capital FM, eat your heart out.

Today’s recipe comes courtesy of AnxiousSister, who is trying to lose weight with the dieting empire Slenderisers’s World.  Seems quite a sensible eating programme; you can have proper food, albeit with minimal sugar and fat, rather than trying to live off Daft Bloody Milkshakes(TM).  And she has this rather moreish recipe for healthy onion bhajis, for those who crave a spicy hit of Indian food without the oil….

*quite good actually.

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