Thug Kitchen – Relax, Of Course There’s Dessert

buckeyes

Now that you’ve experienced a healthy full fledged breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what kind of people would be be if we didn’t top it off with some f*cking dessert? Perfect your skills with this recipe before the holiday season rolls around and everyone will be begging you for the secret to your tiny little bite-sized moments of peanut butter perfection. Share with your friends, bribe your enemies, or do what I do and eat the whole batch yourself.

Crispy Millet and Peanut Butter Buckeyes

No clue what in the fuck a buckeye is? It’s a tasty treat from the Midwest that is supposed to resemble an Ohio buckeye tree nut. Breaking that down even more, it’s basically a peanut butter cup in ball form. Don’t waste any more time trying to understand this shit, just make it.

Makes about 24 buckeyes

1⁄2 teaspoon oil (olive oil, grapeseed, coconut… almost anything is cool here)
1⁄3 cup uncooked millet
2⁄3 cup creamy peanut butter (don’t buy shit that has more than 3 ingredients, OK? Bad fucking news)
¼ cup powdered sugar (Yeah, this is dessert, so relax)
2 tablespoons flour
11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil, if needed

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and toss in the millet. Shake the millet around in the pan until it starts to smell toasted and look a little golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Set it aside.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, flour, and vanilla until a thick dough is formed. Fold in the millet and mix until that shit is all in there. Make walnut-size balls with the dough and put them on the baking sheet. You should get about 24. You can lick your fingers here, we won’t snitch. Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

3. Right before you are about to take out the peanut butter balls, you need to melt that chocolate. (For an easy technique for melting chocolate, see page 182.) When the chocolate looks all smooth, turn off the heat. This whole process should take about 3 minutes.

4. Gently lower a ball into the chocolate using a fork, and spoon the chocolate over the ball to coat all the sides. Traditionally you are supposed to a leave the little spot of peanut butter open at the top, but if you find it easier to just roll all those bitches in the chocolate, don’t fight it. If you’re having trouble doing it, stir in the coconut oil while the chocolate is still hot and it will loosen that bastard up. Drip off the excess chocolate and place the buckeye down on the baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the balls. Freeze them on the tray for at least 3 hours before serving. Store in an airtight container and they will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge or freezer. But for real, you will eat them long before then.


9781770894655 We only have one prize pack left to give away! Remember to tag @HouseofAnansi and #ThugKitchen on Twitter or Instagram to get your pic entered in the last draw. Bake these delicious balls by Thursday, October 23rd for your chance to win! Must be a Canadian resident, excluding Quebec.

 

Thug Kitchen – Chili or Soup? Have Both.

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We’ve gone easy on you so far, but this week’s recipe is what delicious vegan cooking is all about. Sure, the difficultly level may be upped, but challenge yourself with this amazing dinner recipe that provides amazing leftovers for the rest of the week. And with Thanksgiving fast approaching, why not impress the f*ck out of your family and bring this dish to dinner, it’s like a big warm hug on a cold ass day. No guts, no glory – not only is this tasty recipe easier than it looks but everyone will be thankful you didn’t bring Tofurky again.

Pozole Rojo

Part soup, part chili, pozole is a hearty dish that you can trick out with a fuckton of toppings.

Makes enough for 6 hungry people, no fucking problem

5 large dried chiles (guajillo, ancho, whateverthefuck kind of big chiles you can find hanging at the end of the spice aisle)

2 cups warm water

1 large onion

5 cloves garlic

1 zucchini

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (yeah, the same shit you use to make brownies)

1 teaspoon olive oil

8 ounces of tempeh

2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari

1 can (29 ounces) hominy (hominy is made by soaking maize kernels in a lime mixture to soften their hulls causing them to swell up. It’s fucking awesome. You can buy hominy already cooked in cans near the beans and salsa at the store, or you can find it dried and cook it yourself like the package says)

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

5 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon maple syrup or other liquid sweetener

Juice of 1 lime

Toppings: sliced cabbage, sliced green onions, radishes cut into matchsticks, cilantro, sliced avocado, lime wedges

1. Grab a big pot or griddle and toast the dried chiles on both sides until they get a little bendy and soft, about 2 minutes. Don’t let these fuckers burn. Stay focused. When they are all good, throw them in a bowl with the warm water and let them soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

2. While that’s going down, chop up the onion, garlic, and zucchini. When the chiles are nice and rehydrated take them out of the water but hold on to the water. Cut off the chile tops, remove the seeds and chop them all up. Throw them in a blender or food processor with the water they were soaked in, the garlic, and cocoa powder, and run it until the chile-garlic paste looks all mashed up with no big chunks left.

3. Heat up the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté that shit for 2 minutes. Grab the tempeh and crumble that fucker right into the pot in dime-and-nickel-sized chunks and sauté until both the onion and tempeh start to brown, about 3 more minutes. Add soy sauce for a little flavor. Next, add the zucchini, hominy, oregano, cumin, and salt. Stir that all together and then add the chile-garlic paste you made earlier. Toss all that around so that everything is well coated and then add the broth. Cover that bastard and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to get all the flavours to combine. Next add the maple syrup and lime juice. Taste that fucker and adjust the spices to the way you want it.

4. Serve hot with your favourite toppings.


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Don’t forget to tag @HouseofAnansi and #ThugKitchen in your tweet or Instagram and send us a pic of your food porn to win one a Thug Kitchen prize pack. Get your submissions in by Thursday, October 16th at 5 pm! Must be a Canadian resident (excluding Quebec) to win.

 

Thug Kitchen – Next Level Lunches

noodles

Now that you have breakfast on lock, we want to take your lunch game to the next level with another recipe from inside Thug Kitchen.

You might think you want that floppy baloney sandwich now, but this lunchtime delight is the recipe that made Sarah MacLachlan, our president and publisher, and Meredith Dees, our lovely editor, realize we all needed Thug Kitchen in our lives. Your mouth isn’t going to know what happened and your digestive system will surely thank you for keeping it healthy and on the reg. No more sad leftover pizza squished up at the bottom of your lunch pail, it’s time to cook something healthy and fulfilling.

Grilled Eggplant with Soba Noodles

Perfect for the middle of summer when basil and eggplant price have hit rock-bottom and you’ve spent all your fucking money on a new fan.

Makes enough for 4 people or just 1 if you want to save this stuff for lunch all week.

EGGPLANT AND MARINADE

1⁄2 cup rice vinegar
1⁄4 cup water
1⁄4 cup tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon agave syrup or other liquid sweetener
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)

NOODLES

8 ounces soba noodles (you can use whole wheat pasta or whatever here, but soba noodles – made of buckwheat flour – taste way fucking better)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1⁄2 cup fresh basil cut into thin ribbons
11⁄2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1. Mix up everything for the marinade in a glass. Slice the eggplant cross wise into 1⁄4-inch rounds. Place the eggplant in a large pan of some kind and pour the marinade over that shit. Let the eggplant marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour if you’ve got the fucking time.

2. While the eggplant marinates, cook the soba noodles according to the package directions. Drain the noodles and rinse them with cool water so that they aren’t still cooking. Place them in a large bowl and add the toasted sesame oil and rice vinegar. Stir it all up.

3. Bring your grill or grill pan to a medium heat (around 300° to 350°F). Oil the grill grates. When the eggplant is done marinating, grill the eggplant slices (but don’t throw away that marinade) on each side 2 to 3 minutes or until you see some grill marks. If the eggplant begins to look a little dry, take the slices and dip them in or brush them with the remaining marinade and continuing cooking them until done. Eggplant hydration. Boom.

4. When all of the eggplant is done cooking and has cooled slightly, cut it up into 1⁄2-inch squares. Mix together 1⁄2 cup of the leftover marinade and the 3 tablespoons of water. Pour that mess all over the noodles and mix. Toss in the eggplant and basil and mix again. Top with sesame seeds and serve at room temperature or cold.


9781770894655 If you want to enter the contest for a free copy of Thug Kitchen and a badass tote remember to tag both @HouseofAnansi and #ThugKitchen when you tweet or Instagram a pic of your next level lunch. Get your entry in before Thursday, October 9th contest open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec.

Let’s F*cking Cook

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Your food game is weak. We want to help you.

We’ve all been there: you have three condiments and an old zucchini in the fridge, and somehow you have to turn that into a viable meal. You want to try out a recipe that is Pinterest worthy, but you can’t find any of the bizarre ingredients listed and, frankly, the instructions are so confusing that you may as well give up before you even start.

You are in a codependent relationship with your delivery guy and it just isn’t healthy anymore.

If you saw this week’s post from editor Meredith Dees, you know that excitement levels for our new cookbook are at max. We’ve been cooking like crazy in the office, and it has been yummy and fun. Cooking at home shouldn’t be an endless struggle. It should be delicious, healthy, and easy. House of Anansi and Thug Kitchen want to give away four copies of Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook, so you can start eating like you give a f*ck.

You want to win this shit:

Each Friday for four weeks, we will release a new recipe from the cookbook. We want you to cook it, eat it, tweet or Instagram a picture of your sweet, delicious victory, and tag @HouseofAnansi and #ThugKitchen.

You have from now until Thursday at 5pm to enter. When the contest closes, we will draw a winner from that week’s entries. The winner will be announced on Friday along with the release of a new recipe (and a new chance to win!)

If you don’t win the first week, you’ve got three more chances, so keep checking the blog! The contest is open to Canadian residents with the exception of Quebec (sorry guys).

The Prize:

One copy of Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook, two decals sporting your new cooking manifesto, and one badass tote so you can grocery shop like a champ. We’re going to give one of these prize packs away every week for four weeks in a row.

The First Recipe:

 

grits

Maple Berry Grits

“Grits don’t get enough love at breakfast. They are creamy, slightly sweet, and full of fiber. You’ve had enough oatmeal; it’s about damn time to try something new.”

Makes enough for 4, or a solid solo breakfast for 4 days

2 cups water

2 cups almond or other non dairy milk

1 cup stoneground grits (not that instant bullshit)

¼ to ½ teaspoon salt

1 to 2 teaspoons maple syrup or your favourite liquid sweetener

Your favourite jam

Fresh Berries

1. Grab a medium saucepan and bring the water and milk to a boil over medium heat. Gently whisk in the grits and ¼ teaspoon salt. Don’t just dump it all in and spill water everywhere – show some fucking care, man. Bring it all to a boil and then reduce that heat to low. Cover the pot and then let that deliciousness simmer for 20 minutes. Stir the fucker on occasion while you sip your coffee and troll the Internet, ‘cause you don’t want anything sticking to the bottom.

2. When the grits have absorbed most of the liquid and are tender, turn that flame off and add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Taste and add the rest of the salt and syrup if you think it needs it. That’s on you. Serve with a small scoop of your favourite jam on top and some fresh berries so it looks all classy as fuck.


9781770894655Don’t be a chump and skip breakfast this week. Give this recipe a go. Tweet or instagram us a pic of your grits by Thursday, October 2nd at 5pm and you could win!

Check your answers! Here are the authors in our #ReadWomen2014 video

Last month we asked you to identify the authors in this video. Hundreds of your responded, and one of you won a fabulous prize. If you didn’t get the package of books this time around, you might want to study up for next time, and so we humbly present the authors from our #ReadWomen2014 video: the women Anansi publishes (in chronological order).


Here goes!

1. Margaret Atwood
2. Marian Engel
3. Anne Hébert
4. Doris Lessing
5. Erin Mouré
6. Jean Bethke Elshtain
7. France Daigle
8. Daphne Marlatt
9. Marie-Claire Blais
10. Lynn Crosbie
11. Ursula Franklin
12. Sharon Thesen
13. Janice Gross Stein
14. Lisa Moore
15. Margaret Visser
16. A.L. Kennedy
17. Sheila Heti
18. Suzanne Buffam
19. Margaret Somerville
20. Dr. Maria Tippett
21. Siobhan Roberts
22. Terry Murray
23. Elena Forbes
24. Gil Adamson
25. Lana Slezic
26. Lynn Coady
27. Maureen Medved
28. Elise Partridge
29. Shani Mootoo
30. Dr. Bonnie Henry
31. Emily Schultz
32. Heather McHugh
33. Helen Garner
34. Karen Solie
35. Zoe Whittall
36. Alison Pick
37. Kathleen Winter
38. Marjorie Harris
39. Tessa Virtue
40. Diana Athill
41. Georgia Nicols
42. Julie Booker
43. Karin Altenberg
44. Marie Michaud
45. Roberta Lowing
46. Alix Ohlin
47. Carrie Snyder
48. Clare Conville
49. Claudia Hammond
50. Deborah Levy
51. Erin Knight
52. Frances Harrison
53. Marie-Reneé Lavoie
54. Sandra Martin
55. Threes Anna
56. Cathi Unsworth
57. Charlotte Grimshaw
58. Maude Barlow
59. Camille Paglia
60. Hanna Rosin
61. Maureen Dowd
62. Caitlin Moran
63. Parinoush Sanie
64. Perrine Leblanc
65. Ru Freeman
66. Saleema Nawaz
67. Sara Peters
68. Théodora Armstrong
69. Sarah Lang
70. Anne-Marie Turza
71. Eve Harris
72. Nadia Bozak
73. Lynn Thomson
74. Elizabeth Renzetti
75. Sarah Boston
76. Monia Mazigh
77. Dr. Dona Matthews
78. Dr. Joanne Foster
79. Mareille Silcoff
80. Jacqueline Park
81. Sofi Oksanen
82. Adrienne Clarkson

Whew!

How many of these authors have you read?

#ReadWomen2014

It’s fair to say that House of Anansi has always published great women writers, so when Joanna Walsh of the Guardian began her #readwomen2014 initiative we decided to do a Vida Count of our own. We were pleased and fascinated by what we discovered.

In 1967, our founding year, Anansi published Janis Rapoport’s debut poetry collection, Within the Whirling Moment, in the Young Poets series (YPS) and the young Margaret Atwood’s second collection, Circle Game, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, was published under the House of Anansi imprint (HAP 3).

This was an auspicious beginning to be sure, however, over the next twenty-two years Anansi published only twenty female authors. That’s not a high number, but in the ensuing twenty-five years, since 1987, the house has published more than seventy women writers — a 300% increase! We’re happy to report that women writers have very strong representation at Anansi, across all genres. Our women authors write about everything: health and wellness, science, history, astrology, memoir, poetry, and fiction.

We have decided to take up #readwomen2014 as our campaign slogan for the upcoming fall season largely because we have a plethora of fabulous women writers on our list and want the world to know about them. More importantly, we want everyone to read their books! So please take a look at what we have to offer you in the coming months. Enter our contest to win wonderful prizes. And please, please read and share these extraordinary writers! #readwomen2014

House of Anansi President and Publisher, Sarah MacLachlan

 

Enter to win!

Love is Flawed. Books are Perfect.

This Valentine’s Day, forget about wasting money on expensive chocolates, squeezing into starchy clothes, staining your teeth with red wine, leaning over a steak you don’t want, facing a person you’re not sure you even like — and all to avoid being alone on a holiday you don’t believe in anyway.

On this day that celebrates one of life’s greatest gifts, you deserve better. You’re the best kind of lover: a book lover. And this February we want you to fall into bed with a book that loves you back. Submit your stats to our gentle machine, and we’ll enter your name into a draw to win the most romantic weekend of your life.

Our big winner will:

  • keep ’em guessing. We will send a bouquet of your favourite flowers to your place of work for all your co-workers to see (with a card signed “Your secret admirer.” Natch.)
  • melt you into an absolute puddle thanks to a $100 gift certificate to WaySpa.com.
  • get set up with this good-looking bunch of eligible companions. (Everyone knows that passionate book lovers are polyamorous.)

All the Rage The Book for Dangerous Women Caught Hellgoing Liar 

But really, everyone wins.

Even if you don’t get the big prize, we do have a special gift just for you. Watch your inbox on Valentine’s Day to collect. (It’s really good. We promise.)

Deets

Enter through Facebook. You can enter once per day until February 10th. We’ll contact our winner on February 11th, and everyone who enters gets their special something on Valentine’s Day.

Enter the contest