Friday, 26 January 2018

January 2018 Favourites List

Happy New Year, food lovers! I hope 2018 is treating you well! I am intending to spend 2018 enjoying good food, good music and maybe a little bit of travelling. How will you be spending yours? 

To kick off the new year in appropriate fashion I was at Rockaway Beach festival at Butlins, Bognor Regis this month. The festival took a year off and has moved from October to January. But the same commitment to celebrating the best of alternative music remains. 

I was amazed to be standing at the feet of bass guitar legend Peter Hook (Joy Division and New Order), a man whose distinctive playing has been the soundtrack of my life from childhood. I was privileged enough to see Wild Beasts final festival performance (their farewell tour is next month). I discovered a love of Honeyblood, proving that women rock. I found out why British Sea Power's live shows are so celebrated; the party atmosphere and costumed bears invading the audience. Definitely a band to see again! 

Peter Hook

I witnessed the brooding power and rock star moves of Faris Badwan, during the Horrors' dark (literally!) set. Alabama 3 impressed with their subversive lyrics and bluesy sound. Gang of Four proved that even when you have a change of line up, great bands fight on.

Faris Badwan - The Horrors

My pictures are the highlights of my weekend, hope you enjoy looking at them and picking over my cultural titbits for the month.


Butter beans are creamy, delicious beans, great in salads, super in soups:
Colourful shredded veg in the sesame flavoured slaw, with chicken for a healthy midweek supper.
One of Tom Kerridge's low cal but high flavour new recipes:
Wild Beasts (Hayden)
Wild Beasts

A vintage fusion food post from Helen at Fuss Free Flavours - lamb keema tacos:
Tash at Food I fancy blog shares her Seafood linguine recipe. Dig in!
Thrifty, warming, comforting supper for four people - costing a fiver in ingredients.

Honeyblood (Stina)
Honeyblood (Cat)
British Sea Power

British Sea Power (Hamilton)

Food writing and articles:

What food trends can we expect this year?
I do intermittent fasting to allow myself the chance to eat what I want the other days of the week. 5:2 if I've indulged myself too much, 6:1 too keep things in check. It's not for everyone, but I can't do dieting.



The Drop

Alabama 3
Alabama 3 (Rob/Larry)


Green Leaves (Nick Drake Covered) - Various Artists (a Mojo magazine compilation)

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

Wild Beasts - Boy King

New Order - Substance 1987

Gang of Four

Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.