Archive for March, 2017

Foodie Friday: Easy Cheesy No-Pastry Quiche

(Serves 6)

Ingredients:
200g Tenderstem broccoli
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced into strips
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
120g goats’ cheese, sliced
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
25g pine nuts

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Blanch the broccoli in boiling salted water for 2 minutes, then drain.
2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan, add the pepper and fry for 5 minutes until nearly tender.
3. Pour the eggs into the pan and add the goats’ cheese and Parmesan. Season generously. Cook for a few minutes to firm up the base, then sprinkle over the pine nuts.
4. Pop the pan in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until the quiche is puffed, golden and completely set. Cut into wedges to serve.

Wielders of the Baton

Whether they play different continents on consecutive nights and record everything possible with any orchestra, or loathe the limelight but always cause a sensation, conductors of the twentieth century come in all shapes and guises. Michael Tanner gives us the score.

The great age of the conductor, or the age of the cult of the great conductor, coincided with the rise fo the gramophone. The relationship between art and technology has been, here as elsewhere, fraught. Many of the finest conductors loathed recording, especially when they had to stop every four minutes, as in the age of the 78rpm record. Both Toscanini’s and Furtwängler’s greatest records, with a few exceptions, tend to be of live performances. But with the advent of the LP and of recording tape, some conductors became more attached to the studio than the concert hall, and some even learned scores in order to record them, rather than setting down, after many years, the fruits of their experience. And as recording techniques became ever more sophisticated, it was the sheer sound rather than the meaning of the music which absorbed much of their attention. The most conspicuous case of that was Herbert von Karajan (1908-89), who made a phenomenal number of records and became more interested in the control room than the podium. The other crucial way in which records affected conducting, as they did to a lesser extent other modes of music making, was that the educated musical public began going to concerts, or buying new recordings of familiar works, with the experience of many other performances fresh in their minds. Correlatively, younger conductors naturally tended to listen to the recordings of the masters to hear what they sounded like, and either formed resolutions to play in the same way – a striking example was the Italian Guido Cantelli, killed in an air crash in 1956, who modelled himself very successfully on his idol Toscanini – or determined that they would be different. But as the number of Beethoven Fifths increased, it became difficult to be different from all of them, so some very strange recordings resulted from this need to be individual. It was this factor, too, rather than any burning artistic zeal, which led to the cult of period instruments and ‘authentic’ performances.

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Ballet Shorts

Storytime: The Jolly Witch

Year: 1990
Author: Dick King-Smith
Illustrator: Frank Rodgers

Mrs Jolly was the school caretaker. She had a short nose and two, comfy round chins and curly brown hair, going grey.

Mrs Jolly had a ginger cat. Mrs Jolly was friendly, nice and cuddly.

But there was something the headmistress didn’t know. Or the other teachers. Or the children.

In the Autumn term when Mrs Jolly swept the playground clear of leaves with a broomstick, even then, nobody guessed that she was… a witch!

At the end of school each day when everyone had gone home, Mrs Jolly, the caretaker became Mrs Jolly, the witch.

This was the time when she used her magic powers, though she looked just the same. Friendly and cuddly.

Buy to find out more!

Music Monday: March roundup

I don’t think we’ve ever seen a tie before on this chart, but numbers do have a sense of humour. Extra videos around!

1. HIM (146)
2. Evanescence (129)
3. Diary of Dreams (116)
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (116)


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