Wednesday, 4 April 2018
For the soup
1 kg onions
2 tbsp olive oil
50 g butter / Vitalite
2 cloves garlic / 2tsp garlic paste
1 tsp sugar
2 pints mushroom stock*
200 ml white wine
1 tsp ground black pepper
Nutritional yeast to taste
200g finely grated Gruyere (optional)
For the cornbread
200 g fine cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250 ml milk (preferably full fat)
75 g butter
2 tsp garlic salt
For the vegan cornbread (optional)
2 tbsp ground flax
8 tbsp water
1 tbsp olive oil
150g fine cornmeal
150g gluten free flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tin canelli beans
250 ml non animal milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp garlic salt
*For the mushroom stock (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 carrot, diced
1 leek, chopped roughly
6 cloves garlic, quartered
1 kg mushrooms, chopped roughly
8 sprigs fresh parsley
8 sprigs fresh thyme
3 bay leaves
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp salt
3 pints water
If you're using stock cubes, skip to (6).
1. Heat the oil and add the carrot and leek; cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft - up to 10 minutes;
2. Add garlic, stir, for about a minute;
3. Add the rest of the veg and seasonings, pop the lid on for about 5 minutes, checking it's not burning;
4. Add salt and water, boil, then simmer on a low heat for an hour;
5. Strain liquid and set aside;
6. Heat oven to 200C
If you're not doing the full vegan, skip to (14)
7. Grind flax as fine as possible, add 6tbsp water, and mix vigorously;
8. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and stir;
9. Blend drained beans with 2tbsp water until smooth;
10. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl and stir;
11. Add the dry to wet and mix gently but thoroughly;
12. Pour into a greased oven dish and cook for 20-30 mins, until it's firm in the middle;
13. Leave to cool, and skip to (20);
14. Put the butter in a baking dish in the oven;
15. Beat the egg like a naughty child;
16. Add everything to a bowl and mix gently but thoroughly;
17. Remove dish from over and add batter;
18. Cook for 15-20 mins, until firm in the middle;
19. Leave to cool;
20. Heat oil and butter in a large pot until sizzling;
21. Add onions, garlic, sugar; stir occasionally for 5-10mins until the onions are darkening;
22. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and leave for 30mins;
23. Add white wine, deglaze pan with it, then add the stock, salt, and pepper and turn up the heat;
24. Once it boils, reduce heat again and leave for an hour;
By now your cornbread should be cool.
25. Oven to 150C;
26. Cut the cornbread however you like into approx 1-1.5cm cubes;
27. Lay the cubes out on a baking tray and sprinkle liberally with garlic salt;
28. Bake for 20-30mins, until they are crouton-like;
29. Once the onions have been cooking for an hour, give it a taste. You may feel like adding water to make it more brothy, salt and pepper for general flavour, or nutritional yeast for an umami kick;
30. Serve soup with a generous handful of croutons on top, and the Gruyere if it's suitable. If you're a carnivore, a few meatballs in the bottom also go down a treat;
31. Repeat 30 a lot.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
I've always been interested in tattoos.
I started to notice of late that tattoo artists are becoming ever more deserving of the title 'artist', as the work being produced these days is likely to be unique, expressive, and far more aesthetically pleasing than a simple stencil chosen from the wall. And the ever-increasing incidence of sleeves, often grown from one small piece on the arm into a vast wraparound tale, drawing the viewer in with questions.
And that's when I noticed the lines.
Sometimes visible, sometimes implied, almost everyone who gets inked keeps it in places that can be covered - which is understandable, considering the continued discrimination against people with tattoos and piercings. These absences are often conspicuous, challenging the world while silently bowing to perceived standards.
So what of the people who defy these rules? The ones who hear the cries of, "Oh no, you don't want to get a tattoo there" and do it nonetheless? There must be stories in these indelible traces on hands and faces, reasons for choosing to wear a statement so boldly. Or, taking this further, there are some parts of the body that are know to be more sensitive than others; why subject yourself to bonus pain? More stories lie therein...
The only way I know of to investigate is through photographs. As a starting point I think I need a handful of people with visible art on their hands or face who would be willing to have a chat about their tattoos and let me point a camera at them.
Any volunteers? Hit me up on email@example.com!
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Once upon a time there were no Science Festivals. In 1990 the first of its kind started here in Edinburgh, the festival city indeed, and it's gone from strength to strength, spawning others across the globe.
I remember the first year it happened, my mother got special permission from my school to let me leave early for five days so we could go to a series of lectures. And so being able to work with the organisation 25 years later - for that is the anniversary it was celebrating this year - fills me with a strange pride.
My first stop this year was at the LateLab they held on launch day, back in January. The theme this year was patterns so we were treated to a lot of patterns!
And so to the first LateLab proper, an Atmosphere screening of Logan's Run with a live recreation of the Carrousel scene. Not the most immersive setup I've seen there, but certainly one of the most dramatic, and the experimental 3D hologram was deeply disturbing!