Paper Planes – Jess Locke

Late to the party on this one but got there in the end ๐Ÿ™‚ Jess Locke is an absolute delight to listen to and if you like sweet, honest indie pop you’ll enjoy this ๐Ÿ™‚

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Brownies

I know it’s not music related but I think I’ll start sharing some recipes here too. Better platform than any to do so. First off here’s the brownie recipe I’ve been using for years which I can’t remember where I found so can’t give credit but it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good. It’s easily a one bowl recipe as long as you don’t use many tiny bowls to weigh out ingredients beforehand, I tend to just use measuring cups and add everything into the bowl as I go through each step. I’ve also added a layer of peanut butter to the top and walnuts in the mix in the past with great success so you can definitely try that too.

Ingredients

  • 200g baking dark chocolate
  • 200g butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa (sifted)
  • 1 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain flour (sifted)
  • 1/4 self-raising flour (sifted)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line your baking pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl over a saucepan of bowling water, melt the butter and dark chocolate together, making sure to stir the mixture so that everything is incorporated.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from heat and allow to cool slightly on a bench.
  4. Add in the sugar and sifted cocoa and mix well.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition
  6. Add both sifted flours and stir until flours are fully incorporated. (If you’d like to add walnuts then do so now)
  7. Transfer the mix to the baking tray and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer/butter knife inserted comes out clean.

*If wanting to make peanut butter ones, melt 3-4 tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave, and add it to the mix after it is in the tray. Use a skewer or chopstick to swirl the peanut butter on the top and bake for the same time. Brownies will be a little bit crumbly because of the oil in the peanut butter but they will also be oh so delicious!

Serve on their own, or with ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ Brownies will keep probably keep for a week in an airtight container but I can’t say for sure cause they seem to be eaten before then haha.

 

Slowly Slowly – Chamomile Launch Giveaway

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The legends inย Slowly Slowly are launching their debut album ‘Chamomile’ on August 19th at the Evelyn and I’m so so bloody stoked for them. To help celebrate, I’m holding a little giveaway which includes a double pass to the show, a copy of the album and a tee of your choice (depending on availability on the night).

To enter just comment with your name and a contact email andย I’ll randomly draw the winner on the 12th August. Entry is one per email address so if you have a few you’re welcome to use them all. Good luck and see you at the show ๐Ÿ˜€

Tim Smyth & HolyTrash

โ€‹โ€‹I know I bang on about a lot of bands but holy shit everyone, get down to a Tim Smyth & HolyTrash show as soon as you can.

I’ve been lucky to see Tim play acoustically and once as a full band, but tonight was something else altogether. I missed the first song and one of my favourites in ‘An Overdose of Everything’ but the rest of the set made up for this little blunder of mine. There were a few songs that I hadn’t heard before and a few that I had only heard acoustic but every one of them had my toes tapping and my face a-beaming. California, a Ryan Adams cover (Change Your Mind – for those playing at home) and current single ‘My Imagination’ were clear favourites with the crowd, and rightly so by the way, but my favourite of the night was ‘Money’ ๐Ÿ’–

I first heard it acoustically months ago and the lyric ‘Money would be nice, happiness is better’ stuck with me for weeks after. I hadn’t seen it performed again in months and I could barely contain the excitement or hide the stupidly massive grin I had when I realised what was I was hearing. I am so super proud and happy for this band and can’t wait to hear more. There’s a few more shows left on this current tour so please check them out and chuck em a like on the usual platforms.
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