Thursday, 27 June 2013

Salmon, Pea and Broccoli Pasta

When the sun is shining outside, you don’t want to be spending an absolute age in the kitchen, rustling something up for your supper. This dish took us a max of 20 minutes to prepare and make  - it's so light and fresh yet creamy too!  You could even try and re-create those wonderful images you've collected on Pinterest ( we're talking candles, fairy lights, throws, food, family and friends) as this really is a perfect Alfresco dining meal.  


3 cooked salmon fillets
300g pasta shells
150g long-stem broccoli
100g petit pois peas
A handful of fresh mint
A handful of fresh coriander
Juice of half a lemon
200ml Crème Fraiche


1.     Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add in the pasta and cook according to the packet.

2.     Meanwhile, finely chop the herbs.

3.     Mix together the lemon juice and crème fraiche along with a little seasoning .

4.     Half way through the pasta’s cooking time add in the broccoli. 
Then 3 minutes before the end of the pasta’s cooking time add in the peas.

5.     Once everything is cooked, drain the pasta. 
Then add in the salmon, herbs and creamy mix. Serve straight away and enjoy! 

Recipe and photography by Ailie Williams

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

What We're Listening To...

It was back in 2006 that our love for Arctic Monkeys began both musically and visually (we're pretty sure there was some of us out there who took a fancy to their Northern charm), but sadly they seem to have quietened down more recently and have become little more than pleasant nostalgia.

This hasn't necessarily been because the Arctic Monkeys lessened in talent, it was really more that they had entered the music scene so vibrantly, with their songs that had that 'let's go out and dance' vibe from their first album Whatever I Say I am, That's What I'm Not, that when their later albums came out, much slower and less gripping, many of us quite simply lost interest. 

 Yet away with the doom and gloom because they are back with a track that will suppress your weekly audio appetite with the new single Do I Wanna Know? They're still projecting that Sheffield twang and we are digging it for sure, not to mention the video to accompany this dashing new song is simply genius. 

 Don't be fooled by the line, see it through until the end and you'll see what a beauty this video is. Watch on ladies...

If you're a lucky squirrel and happen to be at Glastonbury then you will be seeing them there, otherwise you'll have to travel further afield... 

Their new single can be purchased on iTunes but you'll have to wait until September for the arrival of their fifth album AM.

By Melodie Walter

Monday, 24 June 2013

A few of our favourite things...

Joel Penkman is definitely a guy after our own hearts - just take a peek at his sugary sweet artwork! His realistic, simple still lifes depict a few of our favourite treats, from the rocket ice lollies, party rings and even those sherbert-filled flying saucers we so fondly remembered.

He say's "I love food, and I love to paint, so combining the two seemed like a good idea." 

 We're now on a sugar high from just looking at them... 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Something For The Weekend...

Cellardoor spent a sunny afternoon (rare, we know!) at Somerset House recently, taking in the artistic genius of Erwin Blumenfeld. 

Throughout a prolific career spanning 35 years, Blumenfeld became one of the most influential and highly paid photographers of the twentieth century. He shot more Vogue covers than any other photographer in history and was renowned for his experimental techniques and imaginative imagery.

The exhibition focuses on his fashion photography from the 1940s and 1950s including his long running collaborations with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It also showcases some of his celebrity portraiture, advertising campaigns and war effort propaganda. Blumenfeld’s innovative methods demonstrate his desire to instil artistic significance into photography and subsequently helped define the look of a generation. 

 The exhibition runs until the 1st September 2013 and is definitely worth checking out! 

 Words and images by Cheryl Maguire.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Stamp it.

There's nothing better than receiving something sweet in the post and at the moment we are loving these cute retro postcards from Sugarboo. We know a few loved ones would also love to see them posted through their letterbox too... 

The coastal collections has us dreaming of sunny afternoons on the beach!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Peanut butter, Chocolate and Banana Milkshake

Now that Summer is truly on its way we thought it was about time we made another summery treat to share with you. Over the weekend to get us up and going in the mornings we made our peanut butter, chocolate and banana milkshakes! 

You can add ice-cream for extra coolness but the frozen banana itself usually generates enough cool creaminess. These are just delicious - try for yourselves...

Serves 2 
2 bananas
1 dessert spoon of drinking chocolate powder
1 heaped tablespoon of peanut butter
300ml milk
2 spoonfuls of vanilla ice-cream 

- The night before you want to make your milkshakes, slice the bananas, pop them in a plastic bag and freeze them over night
- When you want to make your milkshakes, blend all over the ingredients in a blender, except for the ice-cream
- Then add the ice-cream for extra coolness, if desired. 

By Melodie Walter

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What We're Listening To...

Once I Was An Eagle is the new album from an absolute favourite English gem Laura Marling. We take a quick look at why this record should be your new listening choice for this week. 

Firstly, if you weren't in love with Alas, I Cannot Swim and I Speak Because I Can - her first two albums, then we can only assume that was because you hadn't learnt of her literary inspired and brilliant song-writing. At the time of her musical inception to the public ear circa. 2008 she was welcomed by most of us as a wonderful new talent and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize at just eighteen. Marling had a steady success for the next couple of years and has been refining her style as she's gone onwards and upwards. 

Now twenty three years of age, still very young, she has gained credible life experience and her songs simultaneously have gained a depth beyond what most people her age might be able to portray, which is really what gives Marling her USP.

On Once I Was An Eagle there are songs that are dark and angry but sung in her melodic charm become almost at times seductive. It is a story-telling album of her failed relationships made up of sixteen songs that were recorded within ten days' recording and the result is that Marling has left her childish ways behind and brought us an album which we can listen afresh to her new life concepts and enjoy her compelling vocals and acoustics.

You can buy Once I Was An Eagle from Virgin or download from iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

When I Grow Up...

Following on with our When I grow up series, we caught up with textile designer Naomi Tuffery founder of Tuff Love, who specialise in creating stunning digitally printed silk scarves. Read on to find out how she managed to bag her dream job... 

You graduated with a degree in Textiles and Surface Design, was this is always your dream career?
Definitely not! When I finished my A-levels I thought 'Oh gosh! What am I going to do with my life now?!' I knew I wanted to do something arty but was unsure of the direction I wanted to go in so decided to do a foundation degree but was told they had no more places at my interview. I immediately thought it had all been a waste of time and that I was back at square one but the interviewer carried on talking with me and looked through my work and thought I was ready to go straight to degree and between us we hand-picked the Textiles and Surface Design on the spot. All of a sudden I was doing a degree! It was very surreal. Luckily when I started the course I fell in love with print design and that was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. 

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?
A huge combination of things! I find that it's pretty random, for example I may stumble across an old photograph and it will inspire a whole collection. All it takes is one initial thought to expand and lead onto other things...

Who would you most love to see wearing one of your designs?
I think I would say Kate Middleton. She has become such a fashion icon and she dresses very smart, classy and sleek – A look that I think my scarves go with perfectly.

Do you have a favourite piece?
I have a couple in the collection that I like the most but if I had to pick I would say my Winter scarf print, partly because of how it came about. Last year I went out to my car and it was completely covered in the most beautiful intricate patterns that had been formed by the ice overnight. I photographed them and used them to design this piece. That then inspired the whole of the Seasons Collection.

 Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My mum. She is so supportive of me and my career. Having her motivate me and keep me positive keeps me going and not let me give up on my dream of being a successful textile designer. I’m getting there one day at a time and I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.

Describe your average day...
Well I work freelance and am building my business up at the moment so I have other part time work around it. This means most days I will work a shift at one of my part time jobs and then I will go home and try to do as much designing as I can in the evenings, or visa versa. I love to design in my room with a big mug of tea and background music or telly. My favourite days are when I have no other work on and I get to work from home all day creating beautiful things! I'm hoping one day I can quit the other jobs and that can be my full working week.

Any advice for our readers wanting to take the plunge for themselves?
Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your business. You don’t want to waste time and money investing in something that is not going to work. You need to look at every aspect of your idea and decide whether it is a good one. When it came to picking my label name it took me ages and before I finally settled with ‘Tuff Love’ I asked most of my friends and family what they thought. They all loved it and I’m so happy I stuck with that one.

Tell us something no one else knows about you...
I spend a lot of my time designing from my bed, drinking tea and eating chocolate! It is work, I promise!

What does the future hold for Tuff Love?
I will definitely be widening my range of products. At the moment I am just selling digitally printed silk scarves but soon I will have hand printed T-shirts available too. Then even further in the future I hope to have even more products!

Oh and as we've just released our music issue, we want to know what's on your ipod at the moment?
 I am in love with ‘Waiting All Night’ by Rudimental! I cannot stop listening to it. It is definitely my favourite song at the moment. 

See more of Naomi's designs on Etsy and Folksy, and at Nisbett and George

Thursday, 6 June 2013

What We're Listening To...

Probably not Daft Punk’s best album by a long chalk but Random Access Memories is Cellardoor’s listening recommendation for the week as there are some killer dance tunes on this record none the less.

Daft Punk, unsurprisingly, are French musicians (the French often tend to bring out the best techno music) Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter and in past years have produced some absolute gems in the past years including One More Time and Harder Better Faster Stronger.

After a few years’ absence the duo are back with cool and rather popular new single that some of you might have already heard (more than likely) Get Lucky featuring the super laid back and handsome Pharrell Williams.

Admittedly the best track from Random Access Memories released this month is Get Lucky and is already UK’s number one – an impressive feat for Daft Punk, not forgetting that this record is also the fastest selling album of the year so far. Listen and take a look to Get Lucky...

Their album can be on iTunes or other respectable online stores.

By Melodie Walter