Thursday, 26 January 2012

Things I've learned from Reba

[1] The heart is a lonely hunter.

[2] If you suspect your beau is cheating:

a) Stay away from phones.

b) Duet with his sailor suited seductress, and blow them both to smithereens in a boat*

[3] Prostitution is okay…in Fancy's case, it was her last chance. She didn't let her mama down.

[4] Don't sleep with men named John.


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Pancakes for One

Pancakes are a favourite in the bluebirdcage household. You can always count on them cropping up on weekends, and the occasional lazy-dinner night.

Whoever told you that baking fluffy pancakes is hard, just didn't want to share their dirty little secret - you can do this in under 10 minutes!

Fluffy American Pancakes for One

(makes 3 large pancakes - just the way we southern gals like 'em)


1c Flour

1tbsp Sugar


1tsp Baking Soda

1c Milk (I use Soya)

1/3c Berries (this week's choice: blueberries. It's like a flat blueberry muffin!)

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Then stir in the milk until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Finally, gently fold in the berries.

Tip 1/3rd of the mix onto a heated pan (gas mark 6), and let it sit until the cake forms firm bubbles and firm sides - this will take a minute or two. Then flip the cake to cook on its' reverse side for another minute.

Plate up and lather them in butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, or any other toppings you can think of!


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Something for the Weekend

Saturday saw me in the kitchen for the greater part of the day, test baking for an upcoming commission (for my boss, and one of the heads of Toppers, none the less). I'm pleased with the outcome...



Today I headed off to East London for a bit of a wander, some vintage dress perusing, and to stuff myself with yummy food!

Dinner at the Diner, nothing could be finer...than to have American-inspired cuisine in the middle of London! Oh I do like a bit of escapism every now and then.

Look who I spied in the piles of old tees in Beyond Retro...

the thunder rolls

Gazed at the street art dotted around town...



Then it was time to roll home (to a rather large pile of clothes waiting to be folded).

Until next time...

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Vol. 4

Side A:

Comet Sands - Andromeda

Real Estate - Easy

The Like - Wishing He Was Dead

Baxter Dury - Claire

KRS-One - Sound of Da Police

Side B:

Howler - 14 Days

Iwan Rheon - Sink

Sex Bob-Omb - Garbage Truck

Warpaint - Billie Holiday

The Like - Release Me

Hoping to hit up the Comet Sands gig on Friday with my dear friend Nino.

Download six of their home-spun gritty tracks here (for free!)


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Bits and bobs for the new year...

[1] Snail mail

In this electronic age where everything is instant, the art of letter writing has taken a back step (and perhaps faded away) from most of our lives.

Remember that tingle in your belly when you last received a friendly letter in your post box? The smudged ink on lined paper. The mini off-side sketches. The polaroid tucked safely into the envelope...

In a bid to keep this art form alive, I've gathered a few addresses from friends of old and will be breaking out the ol' pad and pen from time to time. Hooray for pen pals.

[2] Tidy desktop, tidy mind

A friend of mine jokingly said 'tidy desktop, tidy mind'. Joking aside, after gathering two-years worth of images & files, I've finally organised my beloved mac and feel all the better for it. Check out the tidiness:


I also took to my closet - a known land mine to my husband and all who set eyes on it. 5 bags to charity, 2 bags to eBay, and 1 bag to friends & family later, my closet is looking immaculate. It's funny the amount of 'must-have' free crap one gathers when working in fashion.

here's hoping it stays that way.

[3] All quiet on the baking front

Remember when I baked a lot? Two recipes every Sunday without fail; posting my own recipes on this little blog. (Me too, sigh...)

Somewhere in the midst of blown out mixer engines & working with a team who don't eat sweets (who else would I pawn the baked goods onto?), my baking motivation has failed me (and you, poor readers).

Well, Christmas graced me with this buttermilk steel beauty:

look at her go!

My amazing mom and pops took note that I've been pining over this sleek (but too expensive for my budget) piece of kitchen machinery for years, and surprised me with their want to purchase one for me.

Here's to turning over a new baking leaf.

And just to show you I'm still in the baking game…here's one of the little goodies I baked on Christmas Eve:

house of ginge

p.s. happy birthday Elvis.x