There are cans of chickpeas in the cupboard. I fancy making them into soft cakes, seasoned with rosemary and garlic and frying them to a crisp on the hob. But once the peas are crushed to a velvet purée, I raid the little box of aromatics in the bottom of the fridge for some seasoning. Even that is unusually low, revealing nothing more than a shallot or two, a couple of chillies somewhat past their best and two stalks of lemongrass, but there is a good firm lump of ginger. There is also a bag of spinach, slightly past its use-by date, and a few herbs. The chickpea cakes can have a ribbon of spinach running through them, a southeast Asian seasoning. … [Read more...] about Nigel Slater’s recipes for vegan chickpea cakes, and baked apples
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At the heart of the talks are issues of access and quotas. Under the EU’s common fisheries policy (CFP), all member states have equal access to EU waters apart from the first 12 nautical miles from the coast. At the end of this year, the UK will become an independent coastal state, operating under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea rather than the CFP. As such, Britain will have control over an “exclusive economic zone” up to 200 nautical miles off its shores – some of the most bountiful seas in the world. … [Read more...] about What’s the catch? British fishermen’s hopes and fears for Brexit deal
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But any lingering cynicism Acker had evaporated when she met them in Hell’s Kitchen. Manufactured though they were, the Spice Girls were entirely unpolished and unrehearsed in what they were saying. All of this was new to them; they didn’t have their lines yet. At points it devolves into unintelligible chatter and it’s not quite clear who said what, and as a journalist it makes me sweat: the idea of interviewing five Spice Girls at once and having any hope of control. But Acker just went with the madness and by the end she was smitten. She appreciated their subversion, their anarchy and their overwhelming personalities. As she says repeatedly in the interview: “I like these girls.” … [Read more...] about ‘The world is infested with evil!’ When Kathy Acker met the Spice Girls