Thick Onion Soup

A big thanks to landysrock, one of our readers, for this contribution. It sounds perfect for a chilly autumnal eve or a typical British summer’s day.

Got more onions than you can juggle with? Thick onion soup!

  • 75g soya marge
  • 500g onions(finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 40g plain flour
  • 600ml veg stock
  • 600ml soya milk
  • 2-3tsp lemon/lime juice
  • Good pinch of allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 carrot(coarsely grated)
  • 4-6 tbs soya cream (thick one if possible)
  • Pepper

Melt the marge on a medium-low heat, add onions and garlic then fry gently for about 15 mins until soft. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute then raise the heat to medium and gradually add stock. Bring to boil, stirring all the time. Stir in the soya milk and bring to boil again. Season with pepper, stir in the lemon/lime juice, and add the allspice and bay leaf. Reduce heat and simmer for about 25 mins until the onions are tender. Chuck the bay leaf out, add the carrots and cook for 2-3 mins more, then stir in the soya cream and re-heat. Sprinkle a bit of parsley on the top and there you go!


I’m always open to new ways of incorporating the humble, yet delicious, chickpea into my diet. Legumes generally lend themselves well to all manner of savoury (and even sweet) food, but the chickpea has a soft spot in my stomach. I simply can’t imagine a world without hummus.

Randy (of Insurgence Records / Rebel Time Records) kindly passed this recipe for balilah, a chickpea salad, on to me. He claims no credit for originality – the dish is a traditional Palestinian one (which probably means that, just like hummus, there are variations found in every household across the Middle East). But he says it’s so good, it deserves to be spread around. He’s right. It’s almost hummus without the hard work, with the added bonus of lots of distinctive flavour hits as you chomp your way through each mouthful. It’s fresh, substantial, cheap and perfect on its own or with a few other things thrown in too – I’ve added tomatoes to one bowl and fresh baby spinach to another and both worked a treat.

Serves 4-6

3 cups canned chickpeas, drained
3 spring onions, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cumin (for best flavour use whole seeds, gently toast ’em for a few minutes, then grind ’em up in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder)
1/3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine the chickpeas, spring onions and parsley together in a bowl.

Whisk or shake the rest of the ingredients together in another suitable container, then pour over the chickpeas and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes so everything mingles nicely then eat, preferably with friends and a cold white wine in the garden on a balmy summer’s eve.

D.I.Y. Irish Hardcore Punk Archive

This is a blog dedicated to Irish Punk and Hardcore, mainly from the early 90’s up until present but there are a few earlier pieces as well. Everything has been ripped to mp3 format from old vinyl, demos, live recordings, unreleased songs and so on. It is only music that is out of print so it’s a chance to get listening to bands you may have once missed out on, rekindle memories of old bands you may have forgotten and even check some recent bands you may not have heard of. It also contains a few videos and some zines that have been scanned in. Well worth checking out and downloading some things whether you know or don’t know the bands.

Recommendations: Stress, Coitus, Striknien D.C., Monkhouse, Pink Turds in Space, Cuinas, Steam Pig, actually, just download everything, it is all great.


Wat Tyler – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (The Seedy Side Of…) CD

Artist: Wat Tyler
Title: I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (The Seedy Side Of…)
Source: CD
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 01:14:55
Size (mb): 449
Label: Rugger Bugger Discs (defunct) / Gap Recordings
Cat. No: SEEP007 / GAP004
Year: 1992

01 No I.D.
02 Hops And Barley
03 Heavy Metal Vivisector
04 We Pledge Our Allegiance To Satan
05 Coming Home (Parts One And Two)
06 Regina Coult
07 Johnny’s Puppy
08 Bring Me The Head Of Gus Caesar
09 Keith Cassells
10 The Foulmouth Grave Robber
11 Decidedly Dodgy
12 The Thrusting Cod Piece
13 Dung Heap
14 Tucker Raps
15 A Public House
16 Interfering With Play
17 Apologies
18 Militant Strike
19 Elm Park Tramp
20 Who’s Game?
21 Life In The Toffee Apple
22 The Little People
23 Primeval
24 It Must Be Boring Being In Snuff
25 Young Warriors
26 Directive
27 Sweet Child O’ Mine
28 Even Great Men Talk Bollocks
29 Brostitute
30 Why?
31 The Day We Ommed On Next Doors Coffee Table
32 There’s A Guy Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Saddam
33 Slaughter Of The Little People
34 Terry Fenwick’s Leg Takes Crack
35 The Smurf Song
36 Get Down On It
37 The Mindless Slaughter Of The Little People
38 Violent Precinct
39 Billy Bond’s Claret And Blue Army
40 It’s Football, Not Fuckin’ Soccer
41 Mr. Punch
42 At The End Of The M1
43 Bat Out Of Surbiton
44 The Resurrected Zombie Little People Kick Arse
45 The Tools Of Satan And The Glorious Army Of The Supreme Soviet (I’m Feeling Mellow)
46 Rainbow
47 The Coachmen
48 Visions Of The Daughters Of The Albion
49 Everything I Do
50 Washing Machine
51 9 To 5
52 There’s A Guy Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Satan

Wat Tyler. The funniest band to have drunkenly stumbled around a stage. Ever. FACT. This is their first compilation CD, taken from all of their recordings up to the year of release, and features 52 tracks* of rampant stupidity, cover song massacres and a nod to pretty much every musical genre under the sun.

Incontinence pants are advised.

OP’s opinion: Five

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* The cover lists 54 tracks, but only 52 actually made it on to the disc. The missing two tracks are ‘Steven Do’ and ‘A Crappy Song For A Crappy Compilation’.

New Punk News Blog

Fellow punk Alex Distro-y has started a blog dedicated to listing all of the latest releases from the punk world, as well as other relevant news, events and so on. I don’t know exactly what Alex’s definition of punk for this particular site is but, from what I know of him, I’m guessing he’s on a similar wavelength to me (anarcho/radical covering all styles but maybe with a soft spot for d-beat judging from the title).

So go and check out D-Beat Beater and keep your ear close to the underground.

VA – A Tribute To The Oppressed: Fuck Fascism Before It Fucks You CD

Fuck Fascism tribute CDFor those of you who don’t know of ’em, The Oppressed are one of the key bands to have taken a stand against the braindead boneheads who’ve dared to try and worm their way into our scene. Totally in touch with their working class and skinhead roots, for almost 30 years they’ve celebrated our culture in a typically no-nonsense fashion. And that’s included facing up to and facing down the fascist scum. While they might not be the most ‘right-on’ of bands in some eyes, there’s no denying the simple passion and pleasure they get and give from belting out their own unique blend of classic British Oi!

To celebrate their history and continued involvement in the movement, Patrick (creator of the short-lived but highly influential RASH mag Skinhead Revolt) has put together this belter of a tribute CD. In true internationalist spirit, bands from across the globe have paid their respects to Roddy and the boys with their own takes on The Oppressed’s back catalogue. My personal faves are Toro Bravo’s (Lithuania) rendition of ‘Don’t Look Back’ and Singapore’s The Bois ‘Fuck Fascism’ but, with 18 tracks on offer, there should be enough choice to please the fussiest of anti-fascists.

For people who also like: The Oppressed (!)

OP’s opinion: Three half

Download sample track – Fuck Fascism (The Bois)

I have a few copies available for a fiver plus a quid for postage in the UK (proceeds to local antifa, natch), so drop me a line if you want one.

Seitanic Mass

I’ve read so much over the years about this mysterious wonderfood called seitan, but never been able to find the basic ingredient (wheat gluten powder) in the UK, at least not within a reasonable price range, to have a go at making it myself. There’s a long-winded way to knock some up with ordinary flour, but it takes fucking forever (I know, I’ve tried) and you lose loads of bulk when you rinse it out, ending up with a tiny lump of the stuff (not to mention all the water used – there’s only so much waste water a small garden will absorb before technically becoming a swamp). Gluten powder has all the hard work done.

Now, thanks to the interwebs, I’ve found somewhere that offers it at a great price per kilo and will deliver up to 30 kilos for a fixed cost (just under a fiver). I bought 5 kilos and, even with the postage, it’s a good deal. If a group of vegans (what’s the collective noun for a group of vegans – a righteousness?) chip in and put in a bulk order, it’s a total bargain.

I’ve tried a couple of recipes so far, one of which involves boiling the seitan in stock so it comes out looking like a brain but slices up in a very meaty fashion (taken from Robin Robertson’s fantastic ‘1000 Vegan Recipes’), and one from the ever-dependable Post-Punk Kitchen that turns it into a salami sausage or loaf (depending on whether you make one roll or two). Although the boiled stuff is good (and essential for many recipes), the salami recipe is definitely the one that’s gonna be seeing regular action in my kitchen. Seriously, this stuff slices perfectly for sarnies, can be part of your pizza topping, chopped into pasta (sauce), stir-fried, diced into a chili or whatever other creative urge takes your fancy (although I wouldn’t recommend it on a cheesecake).

I’ve just found a new addiction.