Strawberry Cream Popsicles

StrawberryPopsiclesIt’s that time of year again.

Strawberry season!

Where you can pretend you’re running through strawberry fields and munch on them all day. Or if you’re feeling a little hot, suck on these Strawberry Cream Popsicles.

They’re the best sort of sweets. And (you know us) a healthier version of a tasty treat. We’re all about healthy desserts.

Prep Time: 15 minutes/ Cook Time: 4 hours/ Serves: 6

Ingredients

1½ cups of coconut shreds
3 cups of boiling water
½ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of vanilla
¼ tsp of cardamon
¼ tsp of sea salt
3 cups of strawberries

Instructions

In your blender or food processor add your coconut shreds, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon, sea salt and boiling water.
Blend for 3 minutes.
Strain your milk through a nut milk bag.
Rinse out your blender and the coconut milk you just created and the 3 cups of strawberries.
Blend for 1 minute and pour into your popsicle tray. Freeze for 3 hours and then enjoy!

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Want some food while you wait? Why not try Adam Liaw’s Salty Lime Prawns Recipe.

Published on Urban Society / 01 October, 2013

Quinoa with Corn, Kale and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

quinoacornkale.500x333Dont go running for the nearest espresso brownies just yet. This quinoa recipe is far from boring. Mixed with corn, kale and roasted cherry tomatoes this is your ultimate healthy lunch, or dinner, or midnight snack…

Need more convincing? Here’s just three benefits from eating quinoa:

– It’s a great source of protein: One serving can have as much as 20% protein, about 50% more than wheat and more than 2.45 times that of rice.
– It gives you a large dose of fibre: Quinoa has double the fibre found in most grains, so it will help keep you regular.
– It can help your cardio-vascular health: Regularly eating quinoa can lead to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and higher HDL or “good” cholesterol

Now that we have that sorted here’s a recipe. Get cooking.

Quinoa with corn, kale and roasted cherry tomatoes. Recipe courtesy of WeHeartFood.

Ingredients:

Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Brown sugar, spoonful
1 shallot, minced
2 cups quinoa
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 bunch kale, finely chopped
2 cups firm nigari tofu, browned
1/3 cup pesto
1/3 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Instructions:

1. Roast the cherry tomatoes
2. Heat oven to 180ºC.
3. Cut each tomato in half and arrange in a large oven-proof baking dish.
4. Add a splash of olive oil, a spoonful of brown sugar, and some few pinches of salt, and pour over the tomatoes. Toss to coat the tomatoes, and flip them so they’re cut-side up.
5. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, until the tomatoes look shrunken and delicious.
6. While the tomatoes bake, rinse the quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer.
7. In a medium saucepan heat the quinoa and 4 cups water until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed and quinoa fluffs up, about 15 minutes. Quinoa is done when completely tender. Drain any extra water and set aside.
8. In a deep cooking pot heat the olive oil and salt over medium-high heat.
9. Stir in the shallot and cook for a minute or two. Add the quinoa and corn and cook until sizzling.
10. Stir in the kale and the tofu, cooking until tofu is heated through.
11.Remove from the heat and stir in the pesto and pumpkin seeds.
12. Stir until the pesto is well incorporated.
13. Transfer onto a platter and top with the shredded Gruyere and cherry tomatoes.

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Published on Urban Society / 17 September, 2013

The Bondi Hipsters have their own series on ABC2

Screen.Shot_.2013.09.17.at_.3.09.09.PM_It wasn’t enough to promote online fashion site The Iconic earlier this year. Now The Bondi Hipsters have their own series on ABC2.

It seems The Bondi Hipsters – Christaan Van Vuuran and Nick Boshier – have officially sold out, and props to them.

But you’ll quickly forget that idea when you see the first trailer for the show. Titled “ABC2 Can Suck My Dick” the boys make it clear that they aren’t like the other “sell-out barns”. Of course, there was a lot more naughty language involved.

ABC2 has also put together series on The Bedroom Philosopher and Axis of Awesome in a bid to show that they aren’t ‘just a kids’ channel’ – they’re hip and ironic, too! Well, we kind of knew that when Ja’mie King hit the scene, but now their Gen Y anti-hero home status is firmly cemented. Practise your ‘yah’s everyone…

The station’s controller Stuart Menzies told Mumbrella that the artists were given the freedom to choose how they would promote the channel.

“We have all the problems of being a small voice in a crowded marketplace and there’s no point hiding that that… doing it in the voices of the people we’re including and letting them loose is actually just fun. If you try to interfere in that process, edit or manipulate it you would actually destroy it.” Menzies says.

Watch how The Bondi Hipsters chose to promote the channel below. In the words of the boys themselves: “Watch it if you want to, or don’t if you don’t.”

Published on Urban Society / 17 September, 2013

Angelina Jolie wants YOU in her movie

Angelina_DirectingCalling all scrawny, pasty white guys: Angelina Jolie wants you in her movie.

Remember when you were like ‘shut up mum, stop oppressing me. I don’t want your stupid dinner.’ and she was like ‘you look like you’ve been in a concentration camp’ – well, send her a smarmy text, your wise decisions are landing you a one-way ticket to fame!

But only if you are a 17-50 year-old very skinny Caucasian male who could portray a prisoner of war in a detention camp in WWII.
Oh and you also need to be willing to get your hair cut, and not have any tattoos.

Any of you still with us? Good.

Because you females out there still have a chance. The casting call also asks for Louise Zamperini “30s-40s; Italian; MUST SPEAK FLUENT ITALIAN; Louis Zamperini’s beloved mother; she constantly prays for him to get his life on track and stop causing so much trouble. She loves him dearly.”

Better get in there quick and you may be close enough to touch Angelina Jolie; but we advise against it, that would be creepy.

Jolie is coming together with Universal Pictures to make this movie, named Unbroken. The film is based on bestselling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.

The story centres on Louis Zamperini, a former prisoner of war and Olympic long distance runner. Ten-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join the team as director of photography along with Jon Hutman as production designer.

Still interested? Submit your headshot and resume to http://www.unbrokenmoviecasting.com/

Bring your jazz hands (but check ‘em at the door – it’s a prisoner of war camp, not Gaga’s Alejandro).

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Fourth porn performer HIV positive

codom-1-1An AIDS health care advocacy group claims that a fourth porn performer has been tested positive for HIV.

President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Michael Weinstein, told the Huffington Post that the performer approached the group saying he was HIV positive. “I think he wanted to check out everybody that could be of any help to him. We gave him information, but he’s not ready to come forward,” said Weinstein.

But it seems that’s all they know. Or, all they are willing to say…

It is not clear whether the performer contracted HIV on set or off, and Weinstein declined to say when the performer approached them or when he discovered that he had the disease.

The Free Speech Coalition, the industry trade group that oversees a database of all performers and their STD test results, has accused the Foundation of being untruthful.

“This information came from AHF who is currently trying to push regulation on the industry… It is extremely likely that this situation is more posturing for AHF’s political agenda,” the spokeswoman for FSC has said in an email.

Weinstein and the AHF helped pass a mandate in 2012 to have condoms made mandatory on porn sets in LA County, despite a large, coordinated campaign against it by the porn industry.

The porn companies say that condoms would hurt their profits so much that it would have forced them to film outside LA. Some porn performers even say that being forced to wear a condom is a violation of their freedom.

If you would like more information on living with/diagnosing HIV, contact ACON

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Kale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad Recipe

Kale.Strawberry.Avocado.Salad_.6Have you gotten your kale intake with our kale, apple and pancetta salad or our cheesy kale chips snacks this week?

If not we forgive you, and offer you something which may just get you jumping on the kale superfood bandwagon.

With the weather resembling something like summer, we suspect you are getting some serious fruit cravings. We have just the thing for you with our kale, strawberry and avocado salad with lemon poppy seed dressing.

Salad Ingredients

4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup feta cheese

Dressing Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Put the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the kale and massage the leaves with your hands until the leaves are darker in color and tender.

2. Add the strawberries, avocado, almonds, and feta cheese. Toss gently.

3. In a small jar, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Shake until mixed well.

4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve.

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Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Russell Brand’s Hugo Boss nazi jokes

Screen.Shot_.2013.09.11.at_.12.31.23.PM_.1Hugo Boss Nazi jokes.

That’s apparently what you can expect from Russell Brand when presenting him with an award.

The British comedian got banned from the GQ Men of the Year Awards after-party after ripping apart the magazine and their sponsor, Hugo Boss, while accepting an Oracle award.

“Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniform for the Nazis,” Brand told his audience at London’s Royal Opera House. “The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look fucking fantastic.”

Not surprisingly, the magazine’s editor, Dylan Jones, kicked Brand out shortly afterwards.

So then what do you do? Well if you are a righteous British comedian you go home and tweet this:

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Check out the hilarious full video below.

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Vintage Hollywood star diet

ku.xlarge-1A cup of hot water for breakfast.

Cottage cheese, pineapple and buttermilk for dinner.

This was a vintage Hollywood star diet found in a magazine from the 20s proving what we already suspected, celebrities are bonkers.

A January 1929 issue of Photoplay magazine, unearthed by Jezebel, features a vintage diet story that warns that women put their lives at risk to be Hollywood skinny. Yes, even back then.

In the article titled ‘Diet – The Menace of Hollywood’ writer Katherine Albert explains why eating like the stars of the time caused illness and death. “Barbara LaMarr died of tuberculosis brought on by weight reduction. Kathryn Grant ruined her career and was made an invalid from starvation. Lottie Pickford took her life in her hands when she resorted to quick reducing medicines and is today virtually an invalid.” Were just some of the examples Albert used to prove this point.

Fortunately the article also provides a ‘correct diet’, which includes, “roast beef, baked potato, spinach, picked beets, cucumbers, buttermilk and fruit cup.” Obviously more appealing then saltine crackers, but we feel they could have put a little more effort in. Perhaps not encouraging women to lose two or three pounds a week would have been sufficient.

Sadly, today seems no different. Even though we now know more about physical and mental health than ever, fashion magazines are still shoving celebrity diets in our faces, reminding us that those jiggly bits just aren’t natural.

Sigh. It seems that the only thing that has changed over the years is that we now have much better diets.

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

8-year-old Yemeni child bride dies after wedding night

large_child.bride_.again_UPDATE: Authorities in Yemen are saying this story is fake. What do you think?

An eight-year-old girl in Yemen has died of internal injuries due to sexual trauma on the first night of her marriage to a 40-year-old man.

The Gulf news has reported that the Yemeni child bride, named Rawan, has suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding.

Yemini activists and human right organisations have called on police to arrest the groom and Rawan’s family. They are hoping the death brings attention to the issue of forced child marriages in Yemen.

More than a quarter of Yemen’s females marry before age 15, according to a report in 2010 by the Social Affairs Ministry. Adding to that, the United Nations Population Fund have stated that between 2011 and 2020 more than 50 million brides will be under the age of 15.

One of the main human rights issues in countries like Yemen is that there is currently no consistent established definition of a ‘child’ that has been agreed upon worldwide, leaving each country to decide for themselves. Establishing an age limit is among the top priorities of groups like the Human Rights Campaign as more pro-age-limit organisations agree that 18 should be the legal age for marriage.

But there is also the problem of tribal custom, which perpetuates the idea that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation. It is believed that the gripping poverty in Yemen plays a key role in hindering efforts to stop the practice. ‘Bride prices’, which the husband pays to his future wife’s family, can be hundreds of dollars. For families in poverty, this can be difficult to refuse.

In February 2009 a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 18, but it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.

Thanks to PROJECT FUTURES, our Not For Profit partner, for bringing this story to our attention.
If you wish to support champions of women and children’s rights all over the world, please support them and donate.

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

“Fallen Princess” series shows a not so happily ever after

princesses-snowwhitePrincesses usually get a happily ever after. But what if they don’t?

What if Cinderella turned into an alcoholic, and Ariel ended up exploited in an aquarium?

Photographer Dina Goldstein captured such images in her “Fallen Princesses” series, showing a dystopic demise for all of our favourite fairytale princesses.

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These images depict the princesses facing quite depressing real life problems, such as struggling with kids, weight problems and undergoing chemotherapy.

As Goldstein herself says; “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues,”

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One image depicts Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, laying on an operating table while doctors inject needles into her already bruised face. A contemporary Snow White’s queen?

Another shows Pocahontas surrounded by a shit-tonne of cats – who would have known she would turn into a crazy cat lady? Well John Smith did leave her, so there was no other option, right?

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Goldstein says she put much thought into these images, giving backstories to all of them. She justifies Pocahontas’ predicament by explaining” “She’s an agoraphobic and, after her love disappeared, Pocahontas waited and waited and eventually just went into a depression and wouldn’t leave her house. She’s now working a job out of the house and her only interactions are with delivery people who come and pick up packages from her—and her cats … and her one dog.”

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We still find this hard to believe, last time we checked Pocahontas loved the outdoors and Belle was more interested in books than her self-image.

Nice try Goldstein, but we will stick to our happily ever afters.
Keep dreaming Urbanites; your Prince Charming is coming*

*May not come.

Published on Urban Society / 13 August, 2013