Sunday, 31 October 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Birthday cakes

Coming up in December, 2 very important people have very important birthdays.

I've been asked to make cakes for the parties (Vanessa is letting me be on her decorations committee too) so I've been looking for some inspiration...

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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Allotment falafel

When you choose to follow a meat free diet, your meal choices can become somewhat restricted. Cooking for yourself isn't a problem and Brighton caters pretty well for the herbivores amongst us, but once you leave the city eating out tends to be narrowed down to goat's cheese tart or falafel. Luckily I do rather like goat's cheese, but falafel was never really to my liking, mostly because I find it too dry.

However, the summer before last, we had an awful lot of picnics and the beetroot falafel from Waitrose became a staple at these events. They were incredibly tasty and moist and easy to eat. Waitrose don't do them anymore and although I haven't thought about them for a while, they did pop into my head when I was thinking of novel ways to use the Beetroot on the

I found a recipe for Carrot Falafel by Sophie Grigson and replaced the carrot with beetroot. It was so easy, I just mixed the chick peas, grated beetroot, spring onions (also home grown), garlic and cumin with a food processor then made into patties and shallow fried. Not only were they fun and quick to make, they also gave the chopping board, washing up water and my hands a beautiful pink hue.

The photos below don't quite do justice to the amazing colour but you can get some idea of how they looked.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Found Items

Found these in the street on the way home last Saturday night.

Sewn Items

I just stumbled across Charlotte Brown's blog, it's full of gorgeous art projects and sewn items in particular.

It reminded me of Lou Trigg, a Brighton based artist who produced this lovely piece that I've got in my living room.

You can find her at

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Josie Long at the Dome

It’s the Comedy Festival this month in Brighton so I went with Jonathan to see the delightful Josie Long do some stand up on Thursday. Previously I’d seen her on the TV, doing various panel shows as well as having heard her on the radio and her humour was always very sweet, observational comedy about people, places and the silly things she gets up to. I heard her being interviewed a few weeks ago saying that she was trying to be more grown up, attempting to make the world a more pleasant place in her own little way by sharing her ideas for a better world with her audience. It’s how I feel at the moment too, it’s time to start acting like an adult and develop my own grown up opinions and stuff.

After seeing the show, I am positive that if I ever met Josie Long, she would become my best friend. She even opened the show with a sketch about being an astronaut! That can’t just be a coincidence. We have a connection.

The show was hilarious, she talked about her travels, did a hysterical section on politics and introduced us to the flickr account of her new found friend Walter Ezell over in the states. Here’s the link to his project to photograph his breakfast every day for a year, it’s lovely, although Josie did highlight that Walter eats his way through a terrifying number of eggs. And I don’t know how he manages it, but even with his vast assortment of photographic equipment he manages to make nearly every breakfast look equally unappetizing. They remind me of the pictures from mum’s 1970s cookbooks in which the colour scheme consisted of brown and yellow with the odd red cherry on top of something.

Come back to Brighton soon Josie!

Pecha Kucha

Last Friday I experienced Pecha Kucha for the first time. In a nutshell, it’s an event where you watch strangers present a slideshow of 20 images, each of which they talk about for 20 seconds. It originated in Tokyo as a forum for designers to showcase their work but has expanded and now presentations are made on a multitude of subjects and events are held around the globe. On this particular occasion, the presentations were all linked to the theme “Queer Culture” and ranged from the story of a drunken night out at Pride to the dangers of erotic film. It’s a fun way to learn about things I wouldn’t normally have even heard of, a really nice way to spend an evening with Alice and Rach.

There are Pecha Kucha nights coming up in Miami and Zuerich on 18th November so I recommend you try and make it to them. They also hold events in Madrid, Munich and Berlin and tonnes of other cities all over the world. It’s worth checking the website every now and then and go and find out something about some of the strange characters we share this planet with.

Here’s the link to the list of cities: