Thursday, 1 June 2017

Homemade Nakd Bars Recipe

My daughter recently demonstrated a penchant for Nakd bars to replace her toddler snacks. With their natural ingredients, we were happy with this, but the price made this a prohibitively expensive snack. However, I also thought that this meant they should be easy to make at home. I therefore consulted the ingredients lists, did a couple of calculations to turn percentages in weights and googled a little to see what other people's experiences with homemade nakdness was. This - very simple - recipe is the result.

Ingredients

  • 180g Medjool dates (these will need to be pitted, but are juicier than 'standard' dates)
  • 180g cashew nuts
  • 65g raisins
  • 25g 70% chocolate
  • teaspoonful of vanilla extract
Method
  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and turn it on. The mixture will look quite dry and seem to thump a lot as it is processed, but leave the machine running and eventually it should come together in a solid ball. (This did take a few minutes, and my ancient food processor did start getting quite warm as the final mixture is quite stiff.)
  2. Line a 1lb loaf tin with cling film. (There is time to do this while the food processor is processing.)
  3. Put the mixture into the lined loaf tin and press down to form a flattened rectangle. (I found another loaf tin pressed down on the mixture was quite helpful with this.)
  4. Fold the cling film over the top of the mixture and put in the fridge overnight to chill.
  5. Unwrap the slab of fruity goodness and slice it into 12 (or fewer if you like larger portions) bars. I wrapped each bar in a square of greaseproof paper and twisted the ends. These then seem to keep quite happily in the fridge for a couple of weeks at least. (They were all eaten by this time, so they may last longer if you exercise greater self-control.)
I am confident that any of the other flavours can be made very simply by adapting the ingredients based on the percentages printed on the official products' wrappers. My choice of 180g for the dates was simply based on the packet size sold in the supermarket.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Young Adult Fiction: Technology Reading List

Having updated the blogged reading list for my doctoral research on a somewhat irregular basis over the years and compiled them a couple of years ago, they are somewhat bitty.

This is therefore an updated bibliographical list which will form an appendix for my thesis in the (hopefully not too distant) future. I have removed the blurb which was present in previous lists, as each title links to Amazon where much more information can be found.

Anderson, MT (2002) Feed
London: Walker Books.

Anderson, MT (2004) The Game of Sunken Places
New York: Scholastic.

Ashby, Madeline (2012) vN
Nottingham: Angry Robot.

Ashby, Madeline (2013) iD
Nottingham: Angry Robot.

Asher, Jay & Mackler, Carolyn (2011) The Future of Us
London: Simon & Schuster.

Bacigalupi, Paolo (2009) The Windup Girl
London: Orbit.

Bannon, James (2011) i2
Los Angeles: Banco Picante Press.

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn (2013) The Naturals
London: Quercus.

Blackman, Malorie (1999) Dangerous Reality
London: Doubleday.

Bradbury, Jason (2009) Dot.Robot
London: Puffin.

Briggs, Andy (2008) hero.com: Rise of the Heroes
Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Briggs, Andy (2008) villain.net: Council of Evil
Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brooks, Kevin (2010) iBoy
London: Penguin.

Cabot, Meg (2008) Airhead
London: Random House.

Card, Orson Scott (1977/1985/1991) Ender's Game
New York: Tom Doherty Associates.

Clarke, Cassandra Rose (2013) The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Nottingham: Angry Robot.

Cline, Ernest (2011) Ready Player One
London: Arrow Books.

Cline, Ernest (2015) Armada
London: Random House.

Collins, BR (2011) Gamerunner
London: Bloomsbury.

Collins, BR (2012) MazeCheat
London: Bloomsbury.

Collins, Suzanne (2008) The Hunger Games
London: Scholastic.

Collins, Suzanne (2009) Catching Fire (Hunger Games Book 2)
London: Scholastic.

Collins, Suzanne (2010) Mockingjay (Hunger Games Book 3)
London: Scholastic.

Condie, Ally (2010) Matched
London: RazorBill.

Dalquist, Gordon (2013) The Different Girl
New York: Dutton Books.

Dashner, James (2011) The Maze Runner
Frome: Chicken House.

Dashner, James (2013) The Eye of the Minds
New York: Delacorte Press.

Dashner, James (2014) The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine 2)
London: Random House.

Dashner, James (2015) The Game of Lives (Mortality Doctrine 3)
London: Random House.

Day, Susie (2010 (2008)) serafina67 *urgently requires life*
New York: Scholastic.

Dickinson, Peter (2001 (1998)) Eva
London: Macmillan.

Doctorow, Cory (2008) Little Brother
London: Harper Voyager.

Doctorow, Cory (2012) Pirate Cinema
New York: Tom Doherty Associates.

Driza, Debra (2013) MILA 2.0
London: HarperCollins.

Driza, Debra (2013) MiLA 2.0 Origin: The Fire
London: HarperCollins.

Driza, Debra (2014) MiLA 2.0: Renegade
London: HarperCollins.

Falkner, Brian (2011) brainjack
London: Walker Books.

Fisher, Catherine (2007) Incarceron
London: Hodder Children's Books.

Goldman, EM (1995) The Night Room
London: Puffin.

Harrison, Kate (2011) Soul Beach
London: Indigo.

Harrison, Kate (2012) Soul Fire
London: Indigo.

Hodkin, Michelle (2012) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
London: Simon & Schuster.

Horton, Ben (2010) Monster Republic
London: Corgi Books.

Hoyle, Fred (2010 (1957)) The Black Cloud
London: Penguin.

Lancaster, Mike (2011) 0.4
London: Egmont.

Lancaster, Mike (2012) 1.4
London: Egmont.

Landstrom, Sam (2010) Metagame
Las Vegas: Amazon Encore.

Lassiter, Rhiannon (1998) Hex
London: Macmillan.

Lassiter, Rhiannon (1999) Hex: Shadows
London: Macmillan.

Lassiter, Rhiannon (2000) Hex: Ghosts
London: Macmillan Children's Books.

Leigh, Jena (2012) Revival
Amazon.

Lewis, Stewart (2011) You have seven messages
New York: Delacorte Press.

Lloyd, Saci (2011) Momentum
London: Hodder Children's Books.

London, Alex (2013) Proxy
New York: Philomel Books.

Lord, Karen (2013) The Best of All Possible Worlds
London: Jo Fletcher Books.

McEvoy, Seth (1986) All Geared Up (Not Quite Human Book 2)
London: Dragon Grafton Books.

McLaughlin, Lauren (2011) Scored
New York: Random House.

Merle, Claire (2012) Glimpse
London: Faber & Faber.

Meyer, Marissa (2012) Cinder
London: Puffin.

Meyer, Marissa (2013) Scarlet
London: Penguin.

Miller, Lauren (2014) Free to fall
New York: HarperCollins.

Murail, Marie-Aude, Murail, Lorris & Murail, Elvire (2002) Golem 1: Magic Berber
London: Walker Books.

Murphy, Pat (2012 (1987)) Rachel in Love
Untreed Reads.

Myers, EC (2012) Fair Coin
New York: Pyr.

Myracle, Lauren (2004) ttyl
New York: Amulet Books.

Naam, Ramez (2013) Crux
Nottingham: Angry Robot.

Naam, Ramez (2013) Nexus
Nottingham: Angry Robot.

Ness, Patrick (2013) More Than This
London: Walker Books.

Nix, Garth (2012) A Confusion of Princes
London: HarperCollins.

Odle, EV (1923) The Clockwork Man
London: Doubleday, Page & Co..

Oliver, Lauren (2011) Delirium
London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Patrick, Cat (2013) The Originals
New York: Little Brown and Company.

Pearson, Mary (2011) The Rotten Beast
Macmillan USA.

Pearson, Mary E (2010) The Adoration of Jenna Fox
London: Walker Books.

Philbrick, Rodman (2006) The Last Book in the Universe
London: Usborne Publishing Ltd.

Plaisted, Caroline (2001) e-love
London: Piccadilly Press.

Plum-Ucci, Carol (2008) Streams of Babel
Orlando: Houghton Mifflin.

Price, Lissa (2012) Starters
London: Doubleday.

Revis, Beth (2014) The Body Electric
Scripturient Books.

Rose, Malcolm (2010) Jordan Stryker: Bionic Agent
London: Usborne Publishing Ltd.

Roth, Veronica (2011) Divergent
London: HarperCollins.

Roth, Veronica (2012) Insurgent
London: HarperCollins.

Rush, Jennifer (2013) Altered
New York: Hachette.

Seifert, Christine (2011) The Predicteds
Naperville: Sourcebook Fire.

Shusterman, Neal (2008) Unwind
London: Simon & Schuster.

Shusterman, Neal (2012) Unwholly
London: Simon & Schuster.

Stephenson, Neal (1992) Snow Crash
London: Penguin.

Terry, Teri (2012) Slated
London: Orchard Books.

Terry, Teri (2013) Fractured
London: Orchard Books.

Terry, Teri (2015) Mind Games
London: Orchard Books.

Thorpe, David (2007) Hybrids
London: HarperCollins.

Tintera, Amy (2013) Reboot
New York: Harper Teens.

Tsui, Susan (2012) You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy
Oneiros Press.

Vizzini, Ned (2004) Be More Chill
New York: Miramax Books.

Wasserman, Robin (2007) Hacking Harvard
New York: Simon Pulse.

Wasserman, Robin (2009) Crashed
London: Simon & Schuster.

Wasserman, Robin (2009) Skinned
London: Simon & Schuster.

Wasserman, Robin (2010) Wired
London: Simon & Schuster.

Wells, Robinson (2012) Feedback
London: Harper Teen.

Wells, Robison (2011) Variant
New York: HarperCollins.

Wells, Robison (2013) Blackout
New York: HarperCollins.

Westerfield, Scott (2004) So yesterday
New York: RazorBill.

Westerfield, Scott (2005) Uglies
London: Simon & Schuster.

Young, Suzanne (2013) The Program
New York: Simon Pulse.

Zadoff, Allen (2013) Boy Nobody
London: Orchard Books.