If you think back over the last 30 years, there have been so many great, classic bands from the UK, it’s near impossible to list them all… were you to list the bands that made up the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement in the late 70s/early 80s, it’d read like a roll call of metal’s most influential all-stars:
bands like Venom, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Diamond Head, and Angel Witch.
The UK Midlands, of course, are a kind of death metal/grindcore epicenter, having spawned bands like Napalm Death and Bolt Thrower (the latter being from the unlikely metal hub of Leamington Spa). And the doom genre would not even exist, nor be what it is today, without bands like Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General, Cathedral, and Electric Wizard.
As I write this, the names just keep on coming to mind… Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, Godflesh, Discharge… it really is quite staggering.
So, as a salute to all these great UK bands, here is a veganized version of a very British dessert: the trifle!
This thing is basically like five desserts in one… the first layer is a sponge cake, followed by a layer of fresh fruit (I used strawberries, raspberries, and bananas). On to this you pour a layer of jelly (or ‘jello’), and on top of THAT you pour the final layer: custard!
Vegan jelly (i.e. without gelatin) and custard mixes are often available from Indian/Pakistani shops and markets, as many brands from that part of the world don’t use gelatin for religious reasons. The packets should say ‘suitable for vegetarians’ on the front. And just to prove that point, here is Molly, providing examples of such jelly and custard-mix brands (poor Molly is also reluctantly modeling the Napalm Death and Electric Wizard albums I listened to while concocting this mammoth dessert…)
The other metal thing that’s metal about a trifle is that once you start serving it up, it can start bearing an eerie resemblance to an operating table. Once you’ve piled some on your plate, top it off with a shot of vegan whipped cream, and try to wrap your head around the different flavours and textures that are coursing down your throat. Sweet, sweet gore indeed, and a worthy sacrifice to hail some of the true masters of metal! By Pranjalistkrieg