Strictly Sunday

    

At the top of the leaderboard an elegant flamingo (Katie). At the bottom, an “electrocuted stork.”

And yet the stork in question (Jeremy) lived to jive another day – in his own “peculiar” fashion. As did Katie whose Viennese Waltz was as light as a feather. Partner Anton, who’s had his toes fractured by Judy Murray and Jerry Hall in recent years, mustn’t know what to do with himself.

It was Daniel O’Donnell (where were his legion of loyal followers last night, huh?) who faced the dance off – along with a mohawked Kirsty. Who, despite looking like she should be amazing, isn’t really very amazing. Yet. To borrow a phrase, there’s a good dancer lurking in there somewhere. Will it emerge, this lurking dancer of hers, that is the question? And if so, what will it look like?

Anyway, Daniel went. He was a gent. Partner Kristina blubbed. No one feels this show as much as Kristina. She even feels it when she’s dancing with someone she doesn’t want to feel. Love her. 

  
Elsewhere, and the weight of expectation on Jay – after last week’s finale-style fireworks – was just too much to bear for the nervy one. There were mistakes in his Quickstep. Horror. The poor blighter only got 25 points. It was just a stumble, assured the judges. And we think they’re right. The pressure’s off again. Next week, the Travolta toes will be back.

What else. Helen needed to “earth her grind”, according to Craig (answers on a postcard…), but other than that predictably got 32 for her salsa. And Anita did well with hers while looking like she was trying a little too hard, again. 

  
Jamelia “found” her dance. It was the Charleston. Doesn’t everyone do well with the Charleston? Kirsty needs to do the Charleston. We’re happy for Jamelia, anyway. Like us, she’s a Brummie, her mouth gets her into trouble and she’s a bit more rubbish at dancing than she should be. This was hopefully the turning point.

Kellie did a lovely (read: boring) foxtrot inspired by her nan. The sentiment was sweet but it wasn’t a patch on last week’s Star Wars jig. Technically, however, that last statement isn’t true as she got exactly the same amount of points as she did last week. Her finger placement also got Craig excited.

  
Ainsley did a waltz quite proficiently. Georgia looked sweet hopping around the floor with her Quick Step. She’ll be in the final, that one.
Probably alongside Pete, who did a tango to Blue Monday. After last week’s bad panto performance, he was “back”. However he has a tendency to over-dance, according to Len. We agree. Easy there, Pete. 

 
The last word goes to lovely Carol, who is quite the heartthrob amongst men of a certain age. I know this because my uncle, who is of a certain age, signed up to Twitter just so he could contact her. (She didn’t reply). Apparently he and his friends discuss her merits over pints of ale down the local. This weekend she got all mean and moody in the Paso Doble and danced well. And she looked rather fetching. Her merits are probably being discussed right now.

  
See you next week. And until then, keeeep…

The perfect brunch: swoodle pancakes 


Author: Sarah-Louise James

So if zoodles are zucchini noodles, swoodles are officially sweet potato noodles. And swoodle pancakes are what happens when you lightly fry them in olive oil with eggs, spring onions and garlic.

Yep, the Spiralizer’s been out again and we’ve been having oodles of fun making food that rhymes with oodles. Foodles.

Anyway, while the Spiralizer is amazing for pasta-impersonating dishes, we wanted to do something a little different but just as easy, for the blog.

A couple of hours rummaging around Pinterest, Instagram and BBC Good Food later, and the swoodle pancake – or, sweet potato latkes sans flour, if you’d rather – was no longer just a twinkle in the eye. It was becoming a cobbled-together fully-formed thing.

And once the ideas became ingredients and those ingredients went into the frying pan, we were looking at a potential brunch winner.

These babies are easy to make, taste good and they’re healthy. And here’s the thing, they can even be made without a Spiralizer (gulp). You can grate the sweet potato instead if you like. You just won’t be able to call them swoodles very convincingly.

So… with two whole days of weekend coming up, tonight’s the night to stock up on sweet potatoes and get prepared. (Because everyone loves nothing more than stocking up on sweet potatoes on a Friday night.)

Ingredients and how-to after the pics…





What you’ll need for 4 people eating 3 medium-size swoodle pancakes each:

2 large sweet potatoes, 5 juicy cloves of garlic, 2 big organic eggs, a bunch of spring onions chopped up (we used 6 sprigs. Is sprigs the right word?), rock salt and pepper, olive oil, sour cream (we used shop-bought)

What to do:

  1. Wash, peel and halve your sweet potatoes
  2. Unleash the Spiralizer; stick the fat, flat half of your sweet potato to the spikes and go, go, go. (Or grate your sweet pots)
  3. Transfer your sweet p ribbons to a chopping board and cut them into more manageable shorter curls (make ’em about 5 inches)
  4. Now pop them in a big mixing bowl and sprinkle them with rock salt and pepper
  5. Chop your spring onions and add to the bowl
  6. Grate or finely chop your garlic and add to the bowl
  7. Crack two eggs into a jug, whisk until silky smooth and pour into the mixing bowl with all the other stuff
  8. Stir your mixture with a wooden spoon so it all starts bonding together
  9. Pour one tbsp of olive oil into a big saucepan, swirl it about then stick pan on hob on a moderate heat
  10. Once your oil looks ready, fork out some of your mixture out and create  a circle/patty shape with it in the pan, like in the pics above – do 3
  11. Press down on your sweet pot patties (that sounded a bit wrong) with your fork or spatula for about about 3/4 mins
  12. With a spatula, carefully check that the underside looks golden brown and if so, flip it over and cook for same time on the next side
  13. When you’re happy with your swoodle pancakes’ tans, whop them onto a plate and top with a dollop of sour cream
  14. Repeat the above for the next 3 people
  15. Don’t beat yourself up if some people’s swoodle pancakes are smaller than others. Trial and error. Trial and error.
  16. Serve with a Bloody Mary


Happy weekend, folks! Will any of you be whipping up brunch or, better still, whipping out your Spiralizer? Let us know x

Strictly Sunday

  

Duh-duh-duh… The first results show. And there was Jamelia in the bottom two. What a turn up for the blooming books. And yet… Her limbs were wayward, her footwork too loose and her posture all nervy. Meanwhile, Iwan’s powerful pelvic thrusts were more “murderous” than Mmm-mm, according to the sometime viciously-bitchy Bruno. It was the former Olympics-y man who eventually sashayed, – or rather, thudded – into the sunset, however. And neither the judges nor his bruised-footed partner Ola look too upset about it. 

As for the Saturday night show, well there were a helluva lot of fours going on. And everybody seemed a bit rubbish for ages, if we’re honest. We’ve already mentioned Jamelia. Brendan hoisted a rather stiff-looking Kirsty around like she was a sideboard that needed shifting into the next room. Anthony was less go-go-go and more no-no-no. Georgianni lost their fizz. And even Jay – who made the judges froth – is still wearing the look of a man who doesn’t have enough credit on his Oyster card. 

  
  
Thank goodness for an upturn in skillz in the second half of the show. Kellie and Kevin are looking likes ones to watch, as are dark horses and unexpected “It” couple Katie and Anton. Everyone loves an underdog. And a dark horse. Anita was slick. Peter once again ruled the roost, like a magenta-clad cockerel. And Helen did a scary sex look during her Cha Cha while shaking her tassel-clad hips. Other mentions go to grandfolk’s faves – Daniel, Carol and Jeremy. All rubbish but charming enough to be a bit lovable. 

Until next week!

Strictly Sunday

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Sparkles! Shimmer! Pink, pink, pink! We love a bit of Strictly Come Dancing. So we decided to get creative in anticipation of its first ep. And if you can’t knock up a set of sequin-clad coasters for the start of Strictly, when can you…

These unashamedly pink and scarlet babies*, with sewn-on gold and red sequins – and a bigger coaster for your bottle – really brightened up our Oyster Bay drinking. Which, as a side note, isn’t actually that hard.

We also like to think our fairy lights resemble tiny mirror balls – but we’re probably just trying to justify ourselves. We love fairy lights as we’re sure you’ll come to notice.

Anyway, on to the couples. Here’s our verdict. Please pardon the puns…

Peter and Janette: Wonder how many episodes it’ll take him to rip off his shirt and ripple his abdominals a la the “Ooo-ooooh-weeee-ooooh Mysterious Girl” vid. We give it three. Maybe even two.

Kirsty and Brendan: Power couple. Tall, dark, lean, determined, like champion racehorses.

Jamelia and Tristan: Forgone conclusion: those legs, that rhythm – she’s going to be some kind of superstar…

Kellie and Kevin: Ahh, cute. And with potential. Kev from Grimbsy won’t want to let his ‘Never done a dance off’ crown slip.

Carol and Pasha: We forecast the smiley weather woman’s legion of fans will take her at least half-way through the competition, dance prowess or no dance prowess…

Jeremy and Karen: There was a hip swivel. We’re not sure how we felt about it. Wonder how he’ll get on dancing the swing(o-meter).

Jay and Aliona: Jay looks like a kind of hunky human version of Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Whether he’ll roar into the final (…) is anyone’s guess at this nervy stage…

Daniel and Kristina: The time sexy Kristina’s powerful female pheromones were spoil-sportingly bottled up.

Ainsley and Natalie: He talks the talk but can he walk the swingy-hipped walk? Natalie smiled gamely on. As she does.

Katie and Anton: The Proms host’s dancing partner couldn’t hide his glee. Katie looks a bit like Darcy but whether she has the moves is still up in the air.

Anthony and Otlile: This pairing. Pure. Sex. Appeal. If she can make him dance, there’ll be Strictly fireworks.

Iwan and Ola: Maybe his hips were a bit stiff from a recent run…

Anita and Gleb: If she ever stops objectifying the poor boy we might find out if she can dance.

Helen and Aljaz: Barbie and Ken – in the nicest possible way. And Helen’s limbs look promisingly more fluid than plastic.

Georgia and Giovanni: Aw ‘Georganni’ – destined to be big. Even though they’re small.

Strictly Sunday will be back in three weeks. Until then we’re going to enjoy the last shreds of sunlight and pretend that the Christmas countdown is not on.

* If you like our Strictly coasters you can find them in sets of 4 and 6 in our shop.

Party! It’s 4 Aperol Cocktails for the Weekend

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Cheers!

And welcome to the We May Be Little launch party! Starting as we mean to go on, we’re kicking off our first proper blog post – and the launch of our shop – with a cocktail recipe. Four cocktail recipes, in fact, all featuring our beloved Aperol.

We love Aperol. It’s the Indian-summery drink du jour. Not just a style-bar secret anymore, now its gorgeous orangey goodness casts its glow everywhere. From rooftop restaurants to wedding receptions. Everyone loves it.  Prosecco who? Rose pah-ha-ha…

COCKTAIL RECIPES (Clockwise from top left)

Classic Aperol Fizz

The regular Aperol Spritz is 3 parts fizz to 2 parts Aperol to 1 splash of soda water, served with ice ‘n’ a slice. Our take on this is a little more decadent.

  1. Get yourself a swanky champers glass
  2. Pour in a good glug of Aperol
  3. Add Prosecco – or champers if you’re feeling posh
  4. Drop in half a strawberry

The 70s 

Hello, Cinzano! Our nans loved you and we know why. Let’s bring you back.

  1. Fill half a highball glass with ice
  2. Pour Cinzano up to the 1/3 line
  3. Add Aperol to the 2/3 line
  4. Top with soda water and serve with fresh lime slice

The Aperol Julep

A take on the classic Mint Julep that you can serve with or without the standard bourbon.

  1. For four servings, bring half a cup of sugar, one cup of water and 1/4 cup of torn mint leaves to a moderate boil
  2. Reduce the liquid by a third
  3. Strain your minty sugar syrup through a sieve and leave to cool or stick in fridge
  4. Fill a tumbler with ice
  5. Add several oz of Aperol. And bourbon if you’re feeling cheeky
  6. Top with 1/4 of a glass of syrup
  7. Garnish with mint and a straw

Aperol Hardball 

This is for those after-dinner moments when you want to sit back and sip on something that will get you warm and drunk.

  1. Add a shot or two of vodka to a small tumbler
  2. Top up with a v generous splosh of Aperol
  3. Garnish with an orange slice (and enjoy one of your five a day)

To make cocktail drinking chez vous even more spesh, why not serve with an array of tasty nibbles and string up some fairy lights? We served our drinks on our ‘Aperol’ coasters* too. We hope we’ve inspired you to get a little creative/tiddly with your cocktails this weekend! What are your favourite tipples?

 

* `WMBL’s ‘Aperol’ coasters are now available in our shop if you like the look of them.

ApCheers