Archive for May, 2016

Music Monday: May roundup

May is always a month I feel like airing out my pagan music folder, no surprises there. The surprise this year was that long-time staples didn’t get too much playtime (I’m looking at you, Inkubus Sukkubus), together with a couple of exciting new arrivals that will get some pretty heavy rotation from now on.

1. Omnia (162)
2. Jenna Greene (120)
3. Three Weird Sisters (117)


Foodie Friday: Giant Stuffed Yorkshire Puddings

leftover-chicken-giant-yorkie(Serves 4)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 large leek, trimmed, washed and sliced
1 eating apple, cored and chopped
1 tsp dried sage
2 tbsp plain flour
300ml hot chicken stock
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp clear honey
300g leftover roast chicken, skin removed and discarded and meat shredded
300g leftover roasted vegetables, such as parsnips and carrots, chopped
4 giant Yorkshire puddings

1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the onion, leek and apple and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Stir in the sage and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the flour until combined.
2. Gradually pour in the stock, then stir in the mustard and honey. Bring to a simmer, add the shredded chicken and shopped vegetables, then cover and cook gently for 15 minutes until the chicken is piping hot throughout.
3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C, fan 180C, gas 6. Heat a baking tray to hot. Transfer the Yorkshire puddings to the hot tray and heat for 6 minutes.
4. Spoon the chicken casserole mixture into the Yorkshire puddings and serve with mash.

British Music: Nine Great British Composers Whom Time Forgot

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) affirmed her unstinting support for women’s suffrage in March of the Women and also brought verismo to England in her opera The Wreckers (1906). Her style owes much to German romanticism.

Constant Lambert (1905-51) was an attractive and colourful figure in English music who introduced Jazz and Stravinsky-inspired features into once very popular works like The Rio Grande for piano, orchestra and chorus (1927).

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) achieved phenomenal success with the exotic cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast (1898). Sadly, little is heard of his music now.

Continue reading ‘British Music: Nine Great British Composers Whom Time Forgot’

Wordless Wednesday: Beren & Luthien, by Jian Guo



Storytime: Mr Greedy Comes Round for Lunch

greedy-lunchYear: 1997
Author: Roger Hargreaves
Illustrator: Roger Hargreaves

One sunny day, a strange noise woke everyone up.


What could it be?

Might it be an earthquake?

No! It was just Mr Greedy’s tummy rumbling!

Gobble, gobble! Slurp, slurp!

A loaf of bread, two sausages, a slice of cheese and four boiled eggs.

‘Just a little breakfast to keep me going,’ said Mr Greedy, finishing up the last few crumbs on the table. ‘Never mind, i can have a big lunch to make up for it.’

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