Possibly the most ambitious cake I’ve ever made! This was for my fella’s 30th birthday – as a poker player and avid cake lover, it was the perfect cake.
It’s a chocolate cake with lemon buttercream and fondant icing. If you have tins and basic equipment you can make this without buying loads of fancy stuff (I used a wine bottle top to cut out the chips and a cassette tape box to measure the cards!)
It would have been better to make headway on this challenge in the winter; now the clocks have gone forward and I’m no longer getting up at 5am for my job, I can feel the call of London nightlife grow louder.
The opening sequence of this film hasn’t dated at all. There’s something clean and modernist about the block colours and the silhouette horses running across the screen.
As someone who loved earlier Westerns like High Noon and Stagecoach as a child, it took me a while to get used to the long, slow shots and lack of dialogue for the first five minutes. Also everyone looked blatantly Italian and it was hard to remember we weren’t in Sicily. But why shouldn’t they look Italian? If the characters in earlier Westerns look more northern European (ie blonde haired and blue-eyed) that probably says more about Hollywood than it does about the immigrant population of the Wild West. Continue reading →
There are few more evocative parts of London than along the River Thames. From the splendour of Hampton Court to the Southbank arts complex to the docks and wharfs of the East End, it’s a constantly changing landscape. I’ve done … Continue reading →
A prolific duo with an amazing live setup, SBTRKT and Sampha continue to amaze me. Last year’s self-titled album has to be one of 2011’s best.
Supported by the excellent Disclosure, the headline set opened with the stage obscured by a huge print of an African mask – like the ones SBTRKT and Sampha wear onstage to. It was part rave, part jam and being on the top balcony gave us a great overview of thousands of people going nuts in an old theatre.
The live drumming sounded amazing and it was incredible to watch them creating beats and loops whilst juggling playing drums, keyboards and singing. The highlight of the night was when the awesome Roses Gabor came onstage to perform this: