Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Egg Nests

Next to Christmas, Easter is the most food-oriented holiday of the year. If you want a break from all of the usual Easter eggs you snack on over the weekend, why not take a stab at these tasty Easter Egg Nests?


Ingredients
Makes 4
2 tbsp golden syrup
56g butter
2 dsp brown sugar
4 large handfuls of cornflakes
1 tbsp peanuts
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp dried pineapple 
1 tbsp coconut flakes
1 tbsp dessicated coconuts
Mini chocolate eggs

Method
- Put the golden syrup, butter and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to the boil then change from a medium to a low heat and boil for 1 min
- Add the syrup to the cornflakes and mix, make sure that they are all covered in a sticky layer
- Add the coconut flakes, dessicated coconut, raisins, dried pineapple and peanuts and mix
- Press down the mixture in cupcake cases, press the mixture down in the middle and sprinkle a little dessicated coconut over each 'nest' and place a mini chocolate egg in each
- Ready to eat!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

What we're listening to...


You’ve seen the snow drifting past your window and you’ve felt the chilly Atlantic breeze but now it’s time for some soothing down tempo music (or in technical musical genre terms jazz trip hop).



Bonobo aka Simon Green is the mature and experienced man behind the calmingly beautiful music that Bonobo is. A producer, musician and DJ this man is responsible for most of the instrumentation that goes in to making his music. Bonobo in fact prefers live instrumentation over sample based production and is quite clearly a master when it comes to orchestrating layers and atmosphere in to his sound. With his years’ worth of industry experience circa 1999 he’s made four of his own distinctive and successful albums since then - most recently Black Sands in 2010) - and produced Andreya Triana’s album Lost Where I Belong in the same year. Now Bonobo’s back with a fifth album The North Borders which will be out next month.

Here’s the official video to his first single of the new album Cirrus. Retro vogue images mechanically flick in sync with clockwork structures simultaneously with the music. Who couldn’t love this?




You can order the album on iTunes and catch Bonobo playing live at Rock City in Nottingham on May 20.

By Melodie Walter

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Monochrome

Black and white are the two basic shades that build any look. Although spring fashion is often associated with pastel colours and bright hues to stray away from the winter darkness, this year the tables have been turned and spring fashion has been given a strong dose of monochrome. 



 The entire look is effortless, chic and timeless. There is a certain ambience that surrounds a monochrome outfit, and it can be perceived in two different ways: boring and dull, or minimalistic and chic. You can interpret it in whichever way, but there's no denying that the simplicity of black and white is effective.

 Seen all over catwalks as well as the high street, this year has been filled with solid coloured looks and monochrome goes hand in hand to create a perfect balance between light and dark.


 The black and white trend originated in the swinging '60s, when Twiggy was the talk of town, and mods, mini skirts and monochrome were popular amongst the stylish women. A-line minidresses, emblazoned with geometric prints were also everywhere to be seen.


 From Moschino and Marc Jacobs to Louis Vuitton, this trend is still dominating. There is a definite flare to this eye-catching trend and we love the blatant yet stylish boldness to it!

By Eli and Nicole from The Green Raybans

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Cherry Cheesecake

Kick the dreary winter blues out with this delicious cherry, chocolately and lime-drizzled cheesecake!


Ingredients
Base
  300g dark chocolate digestive biscuits (crushed)  
150g butter (slightly melted)     

Filling
227ml double cream  
600g soft cream cheese   
1 tsp vanilla extract  
100g icing sugar  
410g canned dark cherry fruit filling     

Lime sauce  
2 fresh limes  
3 tbsp sugar  
4 tbsp water  
2 tsp cornstarch        

Method  
- Mix the crushed biscuits and butter together and put into a 20cm springform baking tin and chill in the fridge for an hour  
- Beat together the soft cream cheese; then beat in the icing sugar and vanilla extract and finally thoroughly beat in the double cream  
- Layer the mixture on top of the biscuit base from the outwards inwards so that it is spread evenly  - Put in the fridge over night 
 - Add fruit topping and return the cheesecake to the fridge while you make the lime sauce  
-  Mix the cornstarch and water in a bowl until the mixture is smooth  
- Heat the lime juice and sugar on a medium heat, then add in the cornstarch mixture  
- Heat and stir until the sauce thickens and begins to boil 
–  Allow to cool and then drizzle over the cheesecake   

- Eat when ready to be demolished – yum yum!

By Melodie Walter

Monday, 18 March 2013

Drumroll Please...

We're so excited to finally introduce our brand new issue, and this time around it's devoted to music! 



 There's an exclusive interview with Kate Nash and some of our favourite new British talent including Bastille, Marcus Foster and the insanely talented Stave sisters. Not forgetting your regular dose of fashion, recipes and even a sneak peek into Laura from Roots and Feather's nest.  



So what are you waiting for? Have a peek!


And seeing as it is the music issue, we've created the perfect playlist to accompany reading it. Including some of the greats acts we have interviewed, as well as some new stuff we've been listening to whilst working on the issue. So go on and hit play!

THE MUSIC ISSUE PLAYLIST 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Something for the Weekend...

The National Theatre is celebrating a century of Norman Parkinson’s beautiful and highly influential work with a collection of his most famous photographs. 

Cellardoor recently paid the exhibition a visit and was impressed and inspired by the late photographer’s iconic work. It showcases images spanning from his early career in the 1930’s up until his death in the 1990’s, including portraits of movie stars, musicians and royals, as well as his pioneering images for Vogue. Parkinson’s use of unusual props and far flung locations revolutionised modern fashion photography, making him one of the most important British photographers of the twentieth century. 






The exhibition runs until the 12th May 2013 and pays a must see tribute to this seminal fashion photographer’s remarkable career.

By Cheryl Maguire

Thursday, 14 March 2013

What we're Listening To...


Following on from last week’s listening choice of the week, we’re introducing you to Pond! The cutting edge band from Perth, Australia have been around since 2008 and you may spot some familiar faces from Tame Impala – notably Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson.



What’s different about this band is that it was set up to be collaborative with members who could play and perform whatever kind of music they wanted. The line-up of musicians therefore frequently changes so there are no ‘set’ members. They started playing psychedelic rock but as time as gone on, they have now reached a more pop-influenced sound, especially on their last album Beard, Wives, Denim.

Unlike other psychedelic bands, Pond are talented enough to write interesting lyrics and produce music that really does sound like a psychedelic-pop band ought to. So many bands try to be ‘far out’ with their blurry-effect videos and spacey strumming and wear all the right clothes but lack the gritty psychedelic substance. On the other hand; these guys have an authenticity that not many others have! As NME has said Beard, Wives, Denim was one of the best albums of 2012 and dubbed them ‘Hottest Band in the World.’

Here is the video to Moth Wings from Beard, Wives, Denim – filmed on an iPhone – homemade and brilliant. Watch on…


Why not download (pondband.com) a copy of ‘Giant Tortoise’ from their album Hobo Rocket which is due to be released later this year.

Sadly they’re not scheduled to play any live gigs but you can purchase the band’s music on iTunes!

By Melodie Walter

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Girl Power


Seeing as Friday marked International Women's Day, we thought what better way to celebrate than to take a look back at the most influential style icons in the fashion industry, past and present!  

You may love them or hate them but you defiantly cannot ignore them, we’ve handed picked our top 5 most stylish women that have affected the way other women dress....


Coco Chanel Coco 
Chanel completely changed the way women dressed in the 20th century by introducing a looser, more comfortable silhouette and taking a break from the tight fitted corsets and long dresses. She changed the way women looked at fashion and still to this very day is influencing the industry, so there is no surprise the designer has reached our top ten.


Isabella Blow 
Isabella Blow had a natural sense of style and a unique way for predicting future fashion direction. After winning an award in 2012 in recognition of her creative inspiration and influence in the fashion industry, there was no doubt in our mind that Isabella would reach our Top 5 list. Owner of one of the most outrageous wardrobes, the late Isabella Blow had many trademarks - one of them being hats! Her fascination with fashion rubbed off on others influencing the industry in more ways than one.


 Mary Quant 
Putting the swing into the 60’s Mary Quant designed clothes everyone wanted; tiny tunic dresses, knickerbockers, flared hipster trousers – the effect her designs had were sensational.  Quant may or may not have invented the miniskirt but she defiantly popularized the mini and brought exposure to strong, bold mod designs which continue to reappear on today’s runways.


Audrey Hepburn 
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and few style icons have inspired more imitators than Audrey Hepburn. No one has ever captured the heart of fashion quite like her. Our fellow top 10 designer Mary Quant once commented calling Audrey the “most stylish women that ever lived”. 




Iris Apfel 
The queen of kookiness, inspiring everyone from designers to well-known magazine editors. Apfel is someone who looks at clothing as an extension of her creative personality and self-expression, she is someone who isn’t afraid to wear colour and have fun. The icon truly is a true individual and a creative free spirit which comes across in her style.


By Georgia White

Friday, 8 March 2013

Breakfast Muffins


It is International Women’s Day today so we’ve decided to celebrate this morning baking our own cornflake breakfast muffins – they smell delicious and taste just as good! Try for yourself…


Ingredients
80g porridge oats
20g cluster oats
½ pint milk
1 egg
125ml sunflower oil
175g Demerara sugar
50g cornflakes
150g raisins
20g chopped walnuts
20g sesame seeds
150g self raising flour
½ tsp cinnamon

Method
- Mix the oats, cluster oats and milk in a bowl and leave them to soak for 15mins.
- Heat oven to 200C
- Grease the muffin tray with a little butter
- Beat the egg, then beat altogether with three quarters of the sugar, with the oil, half the cornflakes and the raisins and cinnamon, add the oats and milk and mix thoroughly
- Beat in the flour and divide the mixture between the cups of the muffin tray
- Sprinkle tops with the sesame seeds, walnuts, remaining sugar and cornflakes
- Put in oven for 20-25mins

By Melodie Walter