Visual Collector. Swimwear Hoarder. Accessories Lover. Modern Jewellery Magpie. Pattern and Colour Obsessor. Vintage Fancier. Craft Advocate. Sunseeker. Jodi Muter Hamilton.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Notting Hill Carnival 2012

Anyone that knows me knows Carnival is my favourite event of the year, with the added emphasis of 50 years of Jamaican independence everyone was in great spirits as the sun shone (considering the day before was a complete wash out with unbelievable thunder and lightening, the carnival gods were kind). Norman Jay was back with Good Times but I was quite disappointed we couldn't get up on the wall, so just felt a bit penned in. Kids have a great time and people make a special effort to look good! (I probably wouldn't leave my Porsche on carnival route!)

Olmo Cassibba

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Featured in Jocks & Nerds Magazine

Nice when you can link people up Matt Lodder (University lecturer with body art and modification as his specialism) and Jake Allen (Rock & Roll musician) featured in Jocks & Nerds Magazine

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy to....

I often get requests from friends to help them to do, find or make something. The questions can range from 'where can I find a new bag in a style that you know id like' to making them things 'if I pay you can you make me; shoe bags, bunting, cushions, a hat for Ascot, a necklace from a stag horn I found'.....
So I thought I'd start sharing with the things that crop up and my response.

Hello Princess,

Hope you've been well. Just wondering if, when you get a chance, I could get your recipe for lasagne and shepherds pie? Sounded amazing! Will be cooking it this weekend. :-)

Hello Darling,

No problem hon, there are lots of versions of recipes out there but these have been passed down from my family....

Spag Bol
2 garlic cloves (I use up to 5 as I like garlicky)
1/2 onion
3 rashers of bacon or pancetta
1/2 box of mushrooms
Chop all above cook in olive oil till cooked right through and soft, medium/low heat
1 pack (350/500g) mince
Brown mince, keep mixing in. Add 1 tin chopped tomatoes, salt pepper, 1/4 bottle of red wine

Simmer for 30/40 mins or so slowly, add basil & oregano about 20mins before end (can also add dried herbs at point of cooking onions if you like). Can leave for longer, just keep adding a bit of water and some wine if it gets too dry..
I usually double the above quantity, so 1 onion 2 packs of mince etc...Tastes better the next day
Can use for lasagne

Cottage Pie
More or less the same as above but add sliced carrots (some people add peas but I cook these to serve with later)
Don't need to add wine if you don't want but DON'T add tomatoes & herbs instead add pint of stock (veg) and some tomato ketchup, worcestershire sauce to taste, and if you want darker you can always add some bisto or gravy browning (I usually do)
Boil peeled potatoes to top and grated cheese on top cook in oven till cheese is lovely and bubbly and browning.. Mmmmmm

Also the above form basis for Chilli too, add kidney beans and chilli (peppers if you like them)... don't get caught up on measurements, see how you go, enjoy


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Catch & Release

Catch & Release, 63 Redchurch Street, EC2 7DJ is home to Zone 7 Style founded by Seth Bradley who has collected amazing pieces from brands such as Moschino and Versace capturing some great prints, and Lee Yule from Loveiwear showcases his immaculate collection of unworn vintage sunglasses and frames which Lee can arrange to have your prescription lenses fitted into. A great team up for Black Neon, the colours, prints and nod to sunshine with stylish eyewear sits perfectly. Black Neon swimwear summer sale at Catch & Release continues till the end of August.

Puma Yard / Brixton Splash

Olympics bringing out the Jamaican spirit all round....
Saturday at Puma Yard in Brick Lane, East London was a great venue to watch Jessica Ennis win Hepthalon and Moe Farah win 10,000m. 
Sunday saw the sun shine in Brixton, for Brixton Splash, next stop Carnival in a couple of weeks.