No-Fail Nut Roast

I’ve been using this recipe, with various twists, for more than twenty years, and it’s never let me down. I don’t claim any credit for its creation. That goes to Amanda Sweet, author of the long-out-of-print Vegan Health Plan. If you can find this book second-hand, grab it. I’d rate it as one of the best books on vegan nutrition out there, and the recipes generally make good on their promise to deliver tasty and wholesome vegan food. It may appear to be a bit wholefoodish, but the end product is usually at least pretty decent and it’s definitely a firm foundation for creative vegan cooking.

Serves 4.

  • 175g (wholemeal) breadcrumbs
  • 175g finely chopped nuts (one type or mixed e.g hazel, cashew, walnut)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbs margarine
  • 150ml strong stock
  • 1 tbs tomato pureé
  • 1 tsp yeast extract or miso
  • Rind and juice of a small lemon
  • 1 tsp each of dried sage and thyme
  • Black pepper

Preheat oven to 190C and grease a 1 litre ovenproof dish or 1 kilo loaf tin.

Fry onion and garlic in margarine on a gentle heat until soft. Remove from the heat and add the nuts, breadcrumbs, tomato pureé, yeast extract / miso, lemon rind and juice and herbs. Season well with black pepper and mix thoroughly. If you’ve not made breadcrumbs before, it’s dead easy – just blitz chunks of fresh or slightly stale bread in a food processor / blender until they resemble breadcrumbs. It’s usually best done in two or three lots to stop the blade getting clogged up.

Add enough stock to moisten and bind the ingredients together – more for a moister roast, less for a firmer one that can be sliced. Just don’t make it too sloppy.

Press into the prepared dish, cover with foil and bake for an hour. Take the foil off for the last 15 minutes to brown the top.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes and remove from the dish ready to slice for serving (you can also leave it in the dish and serve it straight from that). Plate up with roast tatties, heaps of veg, lashings of gravy and a glass of whatever you like, scoff, burp and feel content with life.

It’s easy to play with this mix too – I often finely dice a couple of mushrooms and add ’em to the onion when I’m frying that then put a layer of thinly sliced raw mushroom in the middle of the loaf when I’m pressing it into the tin. I’ve done a similar thing with a layer of herby stuffing. A grated carrot or two makes a nice change, and the author also recommends trying a grated cooking apple (which I haven’t, yet).

The firm version really does slice well, and is great in a sandwich with a bit of sweet pickle. Reheating is easy in the microwave, or you can even fry it if you don’t mind a bit of extra fat.

Detached – None The Wiser CDEP

Detached coverDetached play some competent and energetic third-wave style ska, with fast guitar chops, strident beats to move the feet, frenetic basslines and a full complement of brass laying down some smooth rhythms. I’ve got to say that I find the main voice slightly annoying – I really don’t like the faux American twang that seems to creep in to quite a few non-Yank ska bands’ tunes, and I also found it to be a bit scratchy on my ears at times. But overall, that’s no big deal. The well-contructed melodies behind them ensure the whole lot hangs together pretty solidly. A classy production job also helps.

The lyrics are well-written but, again, don’t really float my particular boat. I don’t mind the odd tune that gets into the whole life, love and loss thing, but I struggle when it’s nearly every song. I guess that’s as much about me being old and jaded as anything else. I shouldn’t forget that these young pups will still be riding emotional rollercoasters that need an outlet somewhere. And this is certainly a better way of doing it than standing around on street corners mugging old ladies.

Overall, these are tunes that I’d enjoy if they popped up on a compilation disc, something like the ‘Hey Brother…‘ series that I still love to this day, but are harder work listened to all in one go. And, at four quid to download six tracks (albeit well-polished ones) and six quid for the hard copy, I wouldn’t rush out to buy it. Those with youth on their side may well have a different experience.

OP’s opinion: Three

Listen to the entire EP for free on the group’s Bandcamp page. If you like it you can buy the download from there too.

Hard copies and other merch can be found in their Big Cartel store.

Jakal For Jack All

While you may not yet heard of ’em, Jakal have been knocking out bouncy political skadubpunk tunes for quite a few years now. You’ll regularly find them in a pub or squat playing a benefit gig for not much more than a bowl of food and a beer. And they’re really friendly too, seemingly happy to chat about whatever mindless nonsense spills out of your drunken mouth in the early hours of the morning (sorry, Jakal). I caught ’em again just a few weeks back when they played one of their occasional soirées at the best pub in the world.

The band are also happy to share their sounds with people who haven’t had the chance to see them in person. If you visit their Bandcamp page you’ll be able to download everything they’ve released, totally free and in a load of formats including FLAC for audiogeeks like me, with the exception of their latest (and best so far) 5-track CDEP which cost me a recession-friendly £2 at the gig, less than the cost of a pint and giving me pleasure for a whole lot longer. As they say themselves

Download our first 4 releases for FREE then burn 100 copies for your mates 🙂 spread the word…

So that’s exactly what I’m doing. You may be asked to sign up to their mailing list along the way, but that’s no big deal. They only use it to tell you about nice things like this.

Mobs v. Mobiles

Under the slogan ‘If They Won’t Chase Them, We Will’, UK Uncut has called a day of action this Saturday to target Vodaphone and Philip Green (owner of British Home Stores, TopShop etc.). Just between these two, they have cheated the nation out of billions of pounds through blatant tax evasion and cronyism.

UK Uncut want to hammer home the point that

At the same time as making massive cuts to public services, this government is letting rich individuals and corporations avoid billions of pounds of tax. Join UK Uncut’s Big Society Revenue & Customs (BSRC) and become part of an army of citizen volunteers determined to make wealthy tax avoiders pay.

The first action in October shut down 10% of Vodaphone’s stores and disrupted many more. That’s a great starting point 🙂

Connecting The Dots

Here’s a little bit of shameless self-promotion that fulfils both my need to do something during long nights of insomnia and my belief in mutual solidarity and support. Punks of the virtual world, I give you the Anarcho-Punk Pages.

It’s really not much to look at and, for a code hacker rather than a coder, the software’s not the easiest thing to work with, but it does exactly what it needs to in order to get the job done. A bit like punks themselves really.

Please use it and help spread the word to people who still go out to pubs n’ stuff.

Nuts To The Cuts!

The Best Cut

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It’s simple. The ongoing and proposed cuts in public services, including education, are nothing but class war. The Tories want everything in private hands, so that they and their capitalist string-pullers can bleed as much as they possibly can from us. The LibDems are happy to collaborate with their dirty work, such is their desperation for a sniff of power. And if they were back in government the Labour Party would screw us the same way they always have, slightly less violently and with a bit more lube. It should come as no surprise to anyone – when you’ve all been to the same schools, sit in the same boardrooms, have shares in the same major businesses and inhabit the same luxurious neighbourhoods, then your political ‘differences’ really are only superficial.

Other people are making the anti-cuts arguments far more eloquently than me (some with a half-brick, some with a sense of humour). But to really help put things into concrete terms, the place to check out is False Economy. Here, you can witness first-hand the very real effects of this vicious assault on individuals, families and communities. You can also add you own information and experiences to the database.

While at first glance it might seem depressing, False Economy sends out a powerful positive message – we are all under attack and we are not alone. Start to build links with others in your workplace and community who are (or soon will be) at the sharp end of the cuts. Learn from what’s happened in the past (Poll Tax anyone?) then plan and organise in whatever way you can. There is space for a whole range of tactics, from the peaceful to the confrontational. The more we vary our responses then the more people we can get involved, and the more difficult it will be for the forces of the state to deal with us.

Putting the wind up Camilla and Charlie was just the start.

Rodent Popsicle Records Year End Clearance Sale!

I’m posting this on behalf of Bill, the bloke behind the excellent Rodent Popsicle Records. He’s a top fella and you could do far worse than take full advantage of this generous offer. Take the ‘mindless’ out of ‘mindless consumerism’ and get your hands on some of the absolute bargains to be had from him right now.

Need to fill someones stocking with good music cheap? Is it time to stock up your distro? Maybe you just missed our sale last year? Let’s face it, CDs are not very popular anymore and everyone is hurtin’ for cash and so are we! So everything’s on sale until the holidays are over or we run out of stock! Please forward this to anyone you know that might be interested and thank you for your support!

Any 10 of the following items are $25 (including media mail postage in USA)

A GLOBAL THREAT – IN THE RED 7″
TOXIC NARCOTIC / A GLOBAL THREAT – THE SPLIT 7″
TOMMY & THE TERRORS – OUTBOUND 7″
TOXIC NARCOTIC – HAD IT COMING 7″
MIDNIGHT CREEPS – DOOMED FROM THE GET GO CD
A GLOBAL THREAT – EARACHE/PASS THE TIME 7″ EP
TOMMY & THE TERRORS / WHISKEY REBELS – HELLA WICKED SPLIT 7″EP
BOSTON PUNK COMP 2003 DOUBLE CD
MISERY/ PATH OF DESTRUCTION – SPLIT CD
BRISTLE – 30 BLASTS FROM THE PAST CD
FLEAS AND LICE – RECIPES FOR CATASTROPHES CD
TOXIC NARCOTIC – LIVE IN BOSTON DVD
FLEAS AND LICE – PREPARE FOR ARMAGEDDON CD
MOUTH SEWN SHUT – PANDEMIC = SOLUTION CD
AGAINST EMPIRE / ISKRA – BRING THE WAR HOME SPLIT CD
BRISTLE – 1984450 CD
MIDNIGHT CREEPS – SINGLES/SPLITS/DEMOS/LIVE CD/DVD
MOUTH SEWN SHUT – DOOMED FUTURE TODAY CD
ANTIDOTE – ANOTHER DOSE CD
ANTIDOTE – BACK IN YEAR ZERO CD
ANTIDOTE – NO COMMUNICATION CD
THE RESTARTS – OUTSIDER CD
INNER TERRESTRIALS – X CD
PUBLIC NUISANCE – BACK WITH A SWILL CD
SOLID EP (CITIZEN FISH, MDC, MOUTH SEWN SHUT, ETK) SPLIT 7″ EP
TWO MAN ADVANTAGE – SOUTH OF CANADA CD
HUMAN EP – (PHOBIA, MDC, RESTARTS, EMBRACE THE KILL) SPLIT 7″ EP
TOXIC NARCOTIC -21st CENTURY DISCOGRAPHY CD
MOUTH SEWN SHUT “2009” CD

Let’s sweeten the deal with some non-Rodent Popsicle items from our distro that are included as part of this sale! While supplies last!

THE VARUKERS “KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE” CD
V/A STILL OUR FUTURE YOU’RE MESSING UP COMP CD (DISCHARGE, VARUKERS, BROKEN BONES, etc.)
POISON IDEA “LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT” CD
WOLFBRIGADE “COMALIVE” DIGIPACK CD
PHOBIA / SKRUPEL – SPLIT CD
MISERY – EARLY YEARS CD
MISERY / EXTINCTION OF MANKIND – SPLIT CD
END OF ALL – THE ART OF DECADANCE CD

Please note that we always include free records and CDs with any large order!

International orders email us first with you’re your order and country to calculate shipping!

Also the following LPs are available from RP Records!

ABSINTHE ROSE / HUMANWINE “SPLIT” LP
Two very unique yet similar Boston based bands on this new split full-length album! Both of these bands exist on the fringe of musical categorization but basically fall within the realm of Acoustic, Folk and Gypsy Punk! Both bands have strong DIY ethic and mix many various styles of music with political, personal and apocalyptic subject matter! Limited Edition LP – 500 pressed on Bronze Vinyl RPR 114

THE VARUKERS “MURDER / NOTHING’S CHANGED” LP
Eighteen tracks from the Murder LP and the Nothing’s Changed EP re-mastered on one LP from this legendary UK Hardcore Punk band making this a complete collection of the bands nineties studio recordings! Limited Edition LP – 500 White Vinyl and 500 Black & White Quartered Vinyl! RPR 082

MOUTH SEWN SHUT “2009” GATEFOLD LP
Fourteen songs recorded in 2009 from this Boston based DIY Eco-Political Hardcore Reggae Ska Crust Punk band! Recorded by Richard Marr at Galaxy Park and Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless! Limited Edition Gatefold LP – 400 Opaque Yellow Vinyl, 300 Opaque Yellow and Black Half & Half Vinyl and 300 Yellow and Black Splatter Vinyl! RPR 112

MDC / THE RESTARTS “MOBOCRACY” SPLIT LP
One of the most anticipated splits of 2009 is finally out! US Punk legends MDC are back with seven new songs that are without a doubt their best material in recent years along with one of the UK’s finest DIY Punk bands THE RESTARTS with eight new songs of killer punk rock! LP comes with full color cover and printed inner sleeve with art from Kieran from THE RESTARTS! RPR 117

ABSINTHE ROSE / HUMANWINE “SPLIT” LP (Bronze Vinyl) Comes with free CD inside LP!
THE VARUKERS “MURDER / NOTHING’S CHANGED” LP (White Vinyl)
THE VARUKERS “MURDER / NOTHING’S CHANGED” LP (Black & White Quartered Vinyl)
MOUTH SEWN SHUT “2009” GATEFOLD LP – Opaque Yellow Vinyl
MOUTH SEWN SHUT “2009” GATEFOLD LP – Opaque Yellow and Black Half & Half Vinyl
MOUTH SEWN SHUT “2009” GATEFOLD LP – Black and White on Yellow Splatter Vinyl
MDC / THE RESTARTS “MOBOCRACY” SPLIT LP Brown and White Quartered Vinyl
THE RESTARTS “OUTSIDER” LP (Black, Red and White Splatter)
THE RESTARTS “OUTSIDER” LP (Red and White Half and Half Vinyl)
TOXIC NARCOTIC “89-99” PICTURE DISC LP

RODENT POPSICLE DISTRO! (Yes, we’ve begun a very limited distro again)

THE PIST “IDEAS ARE BULLETPROOF” LP (Havoc)
THE PIST “INPUT EQUALS OUTPUT ALBUM ONE” LP (Havoc)
THE PIST “INPUT EQUALS OUTPUT ALBUM TWO” LP (Havoc)
THE VARUKERS “KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE” LP (Vile Recs, UK)
DISCHARGE “DISENSITISE” PICTURE DISC LP (Vile Recs, UK)
V/A STILL OUR FUTURE… COMP LP (DISCHARGE, VARUKERS, BROKEN BONES, etc.) (Vile, UK)
THE RESTARTS “ACTIVELY SEEKING WORK” LP (Plastic Bomb Recs, Germany)

To keep things simple all LPs are $10 each plus shipping! For international orders email first with your request and where you live so we can calculate your total!

Here’s the deal for LPs shipped in USA

1 for $13 Including media rate postage in USA
2 for $25 Including media rate postage in USA
3 for $35 Including media rate postage in USA
4 for $40 Including media rate postage in USA

NOTE: we are only accepting PAYPAL for this offer! This offer is only available from RP Records!

Please email your wish list and address to bill |at| rodentpopsicle.com

Send PAYPAL payments to bill |at| rodentpopsicle.com

Thank you everyone for your support please forward this to any of your friends that might be interested! Any help is greatly appreciated!

Rodent Popsicle Records

Happy Tweeting Tweeting, Happy Tweet

Now here’s something I didn’t expect – Captain Sensible has just tweeted about this collection of random nonsense and given us the highest praise:

This is what the webs all about…. DIY punk, vegan recipes, politics, and even a Pogo Pope Compilation http://www.oldpunksneverdie.com/

Blimey! I met the Captain back in the mid ’80s, when he took part in an anti-vivisection demo I’d helped to organise in Southampton. He was a genuinely nice bloke, totally up for supporting what we were doing. And his connection with the CRASS punks is pretty well documented too.

To anyone who’s followed his tweet and landed up here, I hope you like what you find. If you don’t, that’s fine too. The back button is your friend.

Cheers Cap’n, thanks for the kind words. Here’s to growing old disgracefully!