Month: June 2011

Bach it’s good for the soul

Bach gets funked up and put onto a course of steroids in this vid.  These guys have just won the YouTube ‘On the rise’ competition, musicians who are going in new directions and using new cool tools.  I’ve played this over and over since it came up today, helping contribute to the huge number of hits it’s had – and is going to have when anybody who sees this watches it.

Turn your sound up and fall a little bit in love with cellos.

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Super Duper Louise Cake

Louise Cake is one of the good things in life, but it must be admitted there is louise cake, and then there is that other thing the Super Duper Louise Cake.  The difference is that to make it super duper it needs real raspberries in it, and shredded coconut not just your common or garden desiccated coconut.  This one is all luscious and drippy and you probably need a plate to eat it – no you really do need a plate to eat it.  You could serve it for desert or for afternoon tea with friends, or you could have it for breakfast which is totally acceptable with goodies of this calibre.

It is going to be messy (see above) and crumbly and oh god would you just make it please.

The recipe comes from a great book from Taste Magazine called Taste Favourites.

Ready in 15 min (Isn’t that good!)

So messy - So yummy!

Base

125g butter, 4tblsp caster sugar, 4 eggs separated, 1 and 3/4 cups of flour, 1 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder.

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and light.  Beat in the yolks one at a time.  Sift flour and baking powder together and add to butter mixture in three batches.  When mixture becomes too dry to combine turn it out onto a clean work surface and gently knead it together with your hands (add a little bit of water if it doesn’t come together).  Press it evenly into the bottom of a 19cm x 28 cm baking tray neatly lined with baking paper.

Spread the jam over the base and then place the raspberries over the top as well – I always add more than the recipe says.

Beat the egg whites in an a large clean bowl until stiff peaks form.  Using a large metal spoon gently  – really gently – fold in the sugar and coconut in several batches until just combined.  Gently spread this meringue mix over the raspberries.

Bake at 180 degrees C for 40 min until the meringue is light but firm to the touch – you may need to loosely cover it with foil after about 25 min cooking time if the top is already browning.  Cool on a rack and Cut into squares to serve.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I’ve held off writing about this book because I bought it for my daughter and I wanted her to read it before I said what I thought.  Tessa has been a Tina Fey and 30 Rock fan since it first screened in New Zealand.  I was a late comer to the series and it grew on me the more I watched it.  One day recently pottering around the Uni Book Shop I discovered Tina Fey’s biography lurking, decided to buy it for Tessa and then promptly read it myself!  It was an act of motherly love to read the gift I bought for her.  Really!  Honest!

Bossypants is the story of Tina Fey growing up, her folks and her steady rise to celebrity via Saturday Night Live and on to movies like Mean Girls and my fave Date Night.  This celebrity did not come easy.  Fey writes about how incredibly sleep deprived she was, how work was really the only thing she did for years on end when she was chief writer on Saturday Night Live.  The stories from the beginning of her career with a travelling acting troupe were interesting and probably good reading for anybody who is interested in a career on the stage.

I enjoyed the book.  It is funny (as you would expect).  Tina Fey is clever, it is so obvious.  She has an eye for a good line and obviously 30Rock – based on a fictional live comedy sketch show which just has to be Saturday Night Live – is testament to that.  The woman has balls and is a force.  I liked her at the end of the book, which is unusual with these celebrity bios, usually I can’t stand the buggers at the end – See Russell Brand and Dawn French for examples.  Like all of these books it is a little choppy but I didn’t mind that this time.

I loved the lists and quotes in the book particularly.  And I especially liked the quote from her Dad about the cover of the book.  Something to the effect that they might want to rethink the cover if they expected to sell any!

Below the beginning of the audio version of the book.  Yes folks, she is quirky and fun,  and can rip of Sarah Palin really really well.