Decided to do a bit of baking today. Made some breads (Almonds & Laphroaig, Walnut) and some partially improvised shortbread. The recipe for Almond Rye Shortbread I noticed on the back of a Doves Farm Rye Flour bag (but it’s also available online). As you might notice from the picture I didn’t follow it strictly (partly out of necessity, as I didn’t have any ground almonds, only chopped almonds). Anyway, this is how my end result looks:
Here are the ingredients I used:
75g caster sugar
125g Doves Farm Organic Wholemeal Rye Flour
125g chopped almonds (the original recipe is for ground almonds)
And this is how I made it:
Preheat oven to 150°C (fan assisted)
MIx butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy
Mix in flour and chopped almonds
Gather it all together into a firm ball of dough
Roll dough into a cylinder shape and chill (I actually put mine into the freezer for 30-45 minutes or so)
Slice into round biscuit shapes
Place on baking rack lined with non-stick baking paper
Bake at 150°C (fan assisted) for about 40 minutes
Turned out very nice, taste very nice. The chopped almonds make them quite crunchy. I’ll also make them with ground almonds once I’ve been shopping and bought some ground almonds. I expect they will be a bit smoother then. Either way, I think both ways will be great, I’m happy I tried out the recipe and am sure I will make them again.
That went quickly, the third and final entry of this short series is already here. After The Mysterines, Dream Wife we last but by no means least come to The Big Moon (Wikipedia entry) from London. Of these three bands I believe they’ve been around the longest, so I’m rather late to the party. They certainly make brilliant videos. Let’s start with one where they play every single role, Sucker:
They get rather colourful in Cupid, must have been fun making that, despite the mess:
Silent Movie Susie is a beautiful stop motion video with dolls taking on all roles. There’s also a cameo of the band, both as dolls and real people. Can you spot the previous video they are quoting?
From their second album is Your Light. With lots of cycling. And puppets. What more could you want?
Having started this introduction of bands I discovered for me this year with The Mysterines I’m now moving on to the second band I found: Dream Wife (Wikipedia entry). Formed while at university in Brighton they have since moved to London. Let’s start with Hey Heartbreaker from their debut album:
Also from their debut album is Somebody (with a very memorable chorus line):
Moving on to their second album, released in 2020, with Hasta La Vista:
Another one from the second album is So When You Gonna…. with a quite interesting video:
To close a live performance mixed with an interview on KEXP:
Again I hope you enjoyed the music, I love the variety in Rakel’s singing and Alice’s guitar play, brilliantly supported by Bella’s bass. The third and last band in this series to follow tomorrow.
Over the last two years the two main new bands I listen to were (and still are) The Regrettes and Skating Polly. In addition to them I also discovered Jade Bird. A few weeks ago I decided to go on a hunt for a few new bands (new to me, not necessarily new to the scene) I might like. That hunt turned out very successful as I’ve found three bands (all British) that have been on heavy rotation since and I expect will remain for some time. So I thought I share some of their music, starting with The Mysterines from Liverpool (introduction in the NME), opening with Take Control:
Moving on to Love’s Not Enough:
A quite fast version of Gasoline:
To close just Lia Metcalfe on her own with an acoustic guitar (incl a much slower version of Gasoline):
I hope you enjoyed the music, more in the second part to follow tomorrow.