20 November 2010

It's all about the letter 'K'

Is it just me, or do all the great bands of today begin with the letter 'K'?

Kasabian (my favourite live band both at a festival & gig), Kaiser Chiefs (deffo know how to get the party started), Kings of Leon (top of my list to see next year) and now Klaxons are joing my list of kracking bands!

I was slightly dubious at what to expect from the Klaxon boys as there first album Myths of the Near Future was so immense with hit after hit I wasn't sure if I'd like the new stuff from Surfing the Void.  However, they did not disappoint and worked the crowd mixing new songs with the old classics Golden Skans, Two Receivers and It's Not Over Yet.  The songs from the new album take a bit of getting used to as it is a huge move on from the catchy airy lyrics of the first album, but after seeing them perform live I'm totally in love with them & Twin Flames and Echoes. 

So, if you like Indie bands but fancy more substance than a pop boy group turned bad in skinny jeans then check out Klaxons for electro/deep baselines/new rave mix - & girls Simon Taylor-Davis in my opinion is the eye candy of the group....with the typical messed up hair/unwashed/just been travelling look.  Klaxons are on tour now - make sure you pay them a visit http://www.klaxons.net/tour.php
Klaxons @ O2 Academy Bournemouth

07 November 2010

Star Appeal

One bonus for not having horse competitions every weekend during the winter means I can indulge in one of my other fave pastimes - baking!  Since watching the Great British Bake Off I've been eager to start baking cakes again. Last weekend I made these really cute Vanilla Stars, using a really simple recipe from 'Everyday Muffins and Bakes'.
Yummy star biscuits
  • 225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 125g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl.  Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Stir in the caster sugar and vanilla essence and mix together to form a firm dough.
  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to 2.5cm/1".  Stamp out 12 stars with a star shaped cutter.  Arrange the stars on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven. 180°, for 15-20 minutes or until the stars are a light golden colour.  Transfer the stars to a wire rack to cool completely.  Dust them with a little caster sugar just before serving.
Simples!  They went down very well with my folks and work mates.

For those of you who loved the Great British Bake Off, I totally recommend following the finalists blogs: