Dai Nasty’s Fine Dai-ning: Gazpacho a la Gramsci

With the nights drawing in Mrs Nasty and I like to tuck into this classic Spanish cold soup to remind us of summer. There are many recipes out there but this is my favourite and it’s also the most left-wing:


  • 1kg ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 2 ripe red peppers (roast them first under a hot grill and remove the blackened skins)
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed (like the proletariat under the iron jackboot of the Cameron/Clegg junta)
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2tbsp sherry vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


Put the above in a blender and blend until smooth, then adjust the salt, pepper and vinegar to taste and stir well. Finally, chill the gazpatcho in the fridge. Serve cold.

Kassandra’s Kommunist Kitchen: Plum and Summer Fruit Krumble

Plum Krumble

What better way to show solidarity with our fairtrade fruit-farming brothers and sisters than by smothering the plummy fruits of their labour with a “liberal” layer of crumbley goodness.

Plums, halved and stones removed
Mixed summer fruit (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries etc)
Muesli (such as, but not limited to, Dorset Cereals’ ‘Berries and Cherries’)
More sugar
Ground ginger

Measurements: each according to their need.
Serves: the people.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C or gas mark 4.
  • Add the fruit to a medium-depth dish and sprinkle a nice heap of sugar over it.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, and set aside to cool.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 200C or gas mark 6
  • Rub the butter and flour together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the muesli, cinnamon, ginger and sugar to the mixture. Get your hands right in there and mix them up. Don’t even think about putting them in a blender – blenders are the kitchen utensils of the bourgeois.
  • Pile your krumble over your fruit mixture and bake that beauty for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with custard or vanilla ice-cream and share widely.