Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ackee and Callaloo with the Spy Club


Almost six years ago, I was involved briefly with a grassroots anti-nuclear affinity group we called the Spy Club, which went to Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Easter 2008 to take direct action, which resulted in two arrests. I wasn't part of the group which went over the fence into the nuclear base, but I was involved with the support on the day and prior to the action, and I wrote a bit about it in a reflection which was published in the Christian Anarchist publication A Pinch of Salt, despite considering myself to be neither a Christian nor an anarchist!

However, one part of the time we spent together preparing for the action really sticks out in my memory and yet has nothing to do with nuclear weapons or taking direct action: the food we ate together, and particularly one meal, a Jamaican dish called ackee and callaloo. I noted down the recipe we used, and have made it a few times for really special occasions, and I thought I would share it here. Whilst it does have a long list of ingredients, it's actually a deceptively simple dish to make! Plus, it clearly has activist-energising and inspiring (inspyring?) powers.

I don't have any photos of the dish available to me just now, but when I find one I'll add it in here.

Recipe: Ackee and Callaloo

Friday, 21 February 2014

Excitement in the garden!

Today was a very exciting day for me. There's a communal garden at the rear of my flat, which I'm lucky enough to have direct access onto from my patio door (one of the very few advantages of basement life!), and last year I planted a bunch of seeds and seedlings in pots; mostly vegetables, but also some flowers including irises. I hadn't been holding out much hope for anything much growing due to a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the fact that I was out of the country for three months last year; a tree falling in the garden in the summer and destroying quite a lot of stuff on the way down; and a neighbour's dog who is frequently let out unsupervised into the garden to poop everywhere, dig things up and jump on top of anything left out, which resulted in the demise of my small outdoor box for storing garden stuff. However, when I went out for a look this morning, look what I found in one of the pots!

Three whole carrots! Grown from seed with pretty much no interference at all! Plus, there are a number of baby carrots still growing in the pot!