Saturday, 28 May 2011

Nino Paulito vs Bluebirdcage

A little collaboration I did with my buddy Raf.

An entirely edible collection of boutique cookies - save for the roof on the lincoln log house. Raf supplied the candies and gave me free decorative reign. Using Humming Bird Bakery's Sugar Cookie recipe & this icing recipe, these are the end results:

Book Nerd Breakfast

Ahh, yet another three day weekend is upon us.

After a late trip to the land of nod - beginning on the couch and ending in a warm duvet covered bed - I woke at a very welcoming, and very lazy, 7.30am. Luckily mr. bluebirdcage shares the earlybird gene, so he stumbled out of bed shortly after.

One short trip to the local bookshop later, we've now got two new inhabitants for the bookshelf: Margaret Atwood's 'The Blind Assassin' & Glen David Gold's ' Sunnyside'. It'll be my first taste of Atwood; however Gold's 'Carter Beats the Devil' is one of the best books I've read in recent months. Needless to say I'm excited to read his follow up novel which tells the story of 'the troubled genius that is Charlie Chaplin '.

With a tummy lined by a warm cheese & onion omelet and a steaming cup of black coffee, the rest of mid day will be spent on the couch with one of these little darlins...

Until next time.


Sunday, 22 May 2011

In Which I Go to the Theatre

A self-proffessed theatre lover, my first encounter was at the ripe ole age of eight during a family trip to London.

All dolled up by my mother and father, we ate a choice picnic of MackyDees and followed it up with a matinee of Les Miserables chased with 'a show about cats…' in which I fell in love with the Rum Tum Tugger & the Magical Mr. Mistoffelees

Since then, notches on my poster board have been etched for:

- Phantom of the Opera (twice)

- West Side Story

- Billy Elliot

- Wicked

- Rocky Horror (with Steve Pemberton- of League of Gentlemen fame- as the narrator)

- Little Shop of Horrors

- Blood Brothers (twice - Come on, there was a Spice Girl in it!)

- Spring Awakening (a guilty pleasure)

- Les Mis (a further three times & favourite by a landslide)

…just to mention a few.

This month has caught me attending the theatre twice: Firstly to Matthew Bourne's Cinderella, secondly to Cameron Mackintosh's Betty Blue Eyes.


Mum-in-Law bluebirdcage first introduced me to Matthew Bourne (most famous for his all male Swan Lake), when she booked tickets for the two of us to see Car Man - a provocative romp of a ballet based in 1960's small-town America, to the tune of Bizet's Carmen.

Needless to say I was hooked to Bourne in an instance and have since attended his productions of Edward Scissor Hands & the Nutcracker. It's no surprise we booked tickets for Cinderella as soon as tour dates were announced.

Set in the London Blitz and backed by Prokofiev's score, Matthew Bourne steers away from conventional ballet & re-tells Cinderella's story by introducing handsome RAF pilots, murderous mother-in-laws, and even a foot fetishist brother (who looked a bit like Cripsin Glover).

It's not everyday that Cinderella is taken to a war torn ball room in the side-car of a white motorcycle.

The two of us left the theatre jiving & singing Pensylvania 6-5000 (the only words sung throughout this darkly stunning ballet).

Sadly, the Cinderella tour was short lived in London and is currently in Sheffield (check out tour dates here.)

Betty Blue Eyes

To celebrate our anniversary, the husband and I shared a bag of penny sweets & took seat in the Novello Theatre for Betty Blue Eyes.

Set in post war Britain & based on the film 'A Private Function' - Betty tells the story of food rationing, a royal wedding, an illegally reared pig, and the lengths a foot doctor & his wife would go to for status (played by Reece Shearsmith & Sarah Lancashire respectively).

The soundtrack is highly catchy, with notable tracks 'Nobody' & 'Painting My Heart' - the later a trippy little number sung by a meat inspector & closet Picasso (or Pigcasso, as it were…). The cast is incredibly funny & equally moving (got a little teary-eyed during 'What Kind of Man am I') And lest we forget Betty the pig- she's a stunner.

With it's current cast listing, at times it was like watching a live episode of Psychoville - which is an added bonus if you ask me!

This is one production I definitely recommend.

Until next time...


Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Daydreamer

Big ups to sister bluebirdcage (aka SnapperHank) who's Daydreamer design has been reprinted on Take a look at some of her happy customers.

Get your mitts on one here.


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Friday, 20 May 2011

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Did Someone Say Brunch?

If you ever find yourself roaming the streets of Shoreditch with that peckish feeling, take some time to visit the Albion.

Located just caddy-cornered to the Tea Rooms, the Albion's minimalist surroundings swirl with the scent of freshly baked goods. Pyramids of cupcakes, flapjacks & american sized cookies are stacked in wait to be plucked onto plates and into tummies.

Aside from baked goods, the Albion offers a lovely all day breakfast menu, as well as simple British dishes (Welsh rabbit & fish pie…among others). There are also several wonderful options for us Veggies - ranging from omelettes to fresh soups.

Each table is dotted with a silver tin filled with the freshest, thickest slices of house-baked sour dough bread - which is served fresh out of the oven & complimentary with your meal.

My choice menu - a simple cheese omelette sided with a cuppa - was met with great expectation. Sharp cheddars oozed out of the pillowy yellow omelette, while the strong fresh coffee woke me right up for some vintage shopping afterward.

Thanks to my girl Cally for pointing out this tasty little hideaway.

Until next time...


Sunday, 1 May 2011

Vol. 2

Side A:

Garth Brooks - Baton Rouge

Brooks & Dunn - Boot Scootin' Boogie

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

(What happens when Star Wars, Spirited Away & Fleetwood Mac Combine? This.)

Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight

Alan Jackson - Chattahoochee

(It doesn't get sexier than wet ripped jeans, cowboy hats, aviators and swimming vests. Or maybe it does…)

Side B:

Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

The Wedding Present - Once More

Fleetwood Mac - Big Love

(Papa always claimed this was one of the greatest guitar players alive. I agree. Oh ah! Oh Ah! Oh ah!)

Reba McEntire - Fancy

Garth Brooks - Standing Outside the Fire

Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy

The Beatles - Free as a Bird

For more interpretive dance brilliance click here.

Until next time...