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  • 2 tbsps of olive oil (not extra virgin!)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • ~5 cloves of garlic, halved
  • 2 cups frozen edamame beans
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of tahini
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/2 Lemon juice, juiced
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • Pinch of salt


  • Food processor
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons (for measuring the tahini, olive oil and dry ingredients)
  • Knife and chopping board (for cutting up the lemon & garlic)


  1. Heat the olive oil on a medium heat and sautée the diced onions (reduced the temperature slightly once they’ve been added.
  2. Add the garlic once the onions start becoming slightly translucent.
  3. After a minute or so add the frozen edamame beans, stir and leave to cook for 2 mins.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and bring the heat to a simmer for ~5 minutes.
  5. Once the liquid has reduced down a bit, add to the food processor and blend!
  6. Taste and season additionally according to your tastes.
  7. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool!


  • 400g tin (240g when drained) tin of chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 4 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 heaped tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Pinch of sea salt (or celery salt, if you can get your hands on it)
  • 2-3 cloves (or way more if you’re me…) garlic, crushed
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Splash of water


  • Food processor
  • Measuring spoons (for measuring the tahini, olive oil and dry ingredients)
  • Knife and chopping board (for cutting up the lemon & garlic)


  1. Drain your tin of chickpeas. They don’t need to be bone dry but there shouldn’t be a big puddle when you…
  2. … transfer the chickpeas to the food processor
  3. Add the tahini, the olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, lemon juice, salt and crushed garlic (i.e. everything but the black pepper)
  4. Close up the food processor and blend for about 20 seconds
  5. Run a fork/spatula/something that’s not your finger around the sides of the food processor to mix in any of the ingredients that didn’t get properly blended
  6. Add a splash of water (not too much) if the mixture is looking a bit thick and stir through with your fork/spatula/thing that’s definitely not your finger
  7. Close up the food processor and blend for another 10 seconds
  8. Add a few grinds of black pepper and stir in lightly
  9. Taste and season additionally according to your tastes
  10. When you’re happy with it, it’s done!

Days Nights

Although Wikipedia states that Daley “received his mainstream breakthrough when he became the guest vocalist” on Gorillaz’s Doncamatic in 2010, chances are that his is a name most people on the street won’t recognise if you ask them. For anyone who wrote him off on the basis of that track, you’re missing out on one of the most promising British R&B/soul singers of the past couple years.

So what’s happened in the past three and a half years?

  • 4 EPs.
  • Guest features on singles by Wretch 32 and Nelly (yes, that Nelly. ‘Hot in Herre’ Nelly.)

  • Shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2011.
  • Touring with Emeli Sandé, Maverick Sabre, Jessie J and Miguel.
  • And a year and a bit of work on his debut album

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It’s hard to believe that Warpaint have only had one album (albeit they preceded this by a fantastic EP and subsequently provided the instrumentation to a wonderful cover of The XX’s Crystalised).  The one album illusion comes to an end this weekend with the release of their eponymous second album.

The lovely lads over on NPR are streaming the whole album which is very kind of them, isn’t it?  Have a listen there cuz god knows we have no clue how to embed that monstrosity of a streaming player.

The injection of a smoother R’n’B sound into this record, compared to what Warpaint purists might be familiar with, gives the album a sexier, more confident edge than the band’s previous releases.  It comes as no surprise that Theresa Wayman stated that “playing music can take you closer to that same kind of state of ecstasy as an orgasm” in an interview with the Guardian last weekend.

The album’s lead single, Love Is To Die, featured in the Calvin Klein Fall 2013 campaign and has been given the live treatment…

… whenever they’ve got the chance over the past couple of months.

This is the kinda record that will only sound better on vinyl so be sure to pick up a copy when it goes on sale this weekend.

This post comes to you courtesy of the sizeable G+T I just consumed and also on pain of being mauled by a pine marten.