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.

Skinny Onion Bhajis

200g onions, peeled and sliced thinly

60g gram flour

Lemon juice, cumin, coriander and chilli to taste

1 tbsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

Low calorie cooking spray


Mix the ingredients (except the spray) in a bowl with a few tablespoons of water, so the onions are coated in thick batter.  Leave to rest for 15 minutes and mix again.

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan oven/Gas mark 7.

Line a baking tray with parchment or foil, and drop small (think dessert spoon size) lumps of the mixture onto the tray.

Spray with cooking spray  and bake for 15-10 minutes until golden.

Remove and eat immediately.  (I’m given to understand that dipping them into full-fat yogurt is “cheating”….).


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