31 July 2008

Fishcakes

We are so addicted to Fishcakes and not the English version with potato but the Caribbean ones with Salt fish (salted cod).

Commonly called Fishcakes in most Islands, Accra in Trinidad or salt fish fritters in Jamica , however we are EC (eastern Caribbean) so we calling them fishcakes. Fishcakes is soked saltfish deep fried in a spicy batter.

We know Bajans love them, and from Dominica right the way to Grenada they all have their own special recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup onions, finely chopped
1 cup sweet pepper, finely chopped
½ cup whole kernel corn, drained
½ cup green onions, or chives, chopped
1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeds removed and diced, or 1 tbsp Bajan peppersauce
1 cup flour, sifted
1 tbsp baking powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp oil plus oil for frying
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup milk
1 lb salted cod fish, cooked and flaked

Directions:

Soak salted cod fish in water for at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight, changing water a minimum of three times.

In a heavy pan heat the oil and sauté the onions and sweet pepper until soft. Set aside. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt/pepper in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour egg, milk and butter and mix together lightly. Fold in cooked onions, sweet peppers, hot pepper, corn, chives and fish. Batter should be thick and slightly lumpy. If the batter is too watery, add sifted flour to achieve the desired consistency.

In a large deep pan or deep fat fryer, heat cooking oil to a temperature of 340 degrees F. Drop batter by the tablespoon into hot oil but do not crowd. Cook until golden brown and drain on paper towels.

My Mum made these:

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Gotta love the hot pepper sauce

De Tropix

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Following on from all things tropical. I came across this duo De Tropix, you may know the singer Cherry B as Mia’s hype girl with Producer & Vocalist Instinct. Hailing from St Vincent and the Grenadines the Island that brought you Jamsey P ‘Nookie tonight’ with a remix with Mia and Kevin Lyttle’s 'Turn me on'. So it’s no wonder the sound of De Tropic fuses dancehall reggae and rapso along with dance and afrobeat.

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Really loving Oi Oi Oi here is the Recording

Listen to all songs on their Myspace especially Drop the Count, can somebody say roadmarch.

Cherry B shakin she ass

Park Life

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Style
Weather
Company ……..Priceless

30 July 2008

Missing

Okay we at BNN have been missing for a bit, we've been busy:

Feteing
Wineing
Drinking
Liming
Eating
Ageing
Working
Drawing
Sewing
............all in no particular order.

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24 July 2008

Parrots

As a designer I’ve seen the recent over kill of birds, in fashion, interiors, wall stickers, stencils, giftware etc. They can be seen perch on your shoulder, flying over your head adorning walls and window displays everywhere, but have you notice it’s the usual quaint English swallows, robins and wrens.

Its now time for the tropics, beautiful hummingbirds, parrots, scarlet ibis with vivid bold colours all native to the islands of the Caribbean.

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Continuing the trend Tribe carnival band has just launch their presentation for Trinidad 2009 based solely on tropical birds (check saucy carnival blog for pics of launch).

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Picture source

So a few months back I was pleased to see in the Tiger shop in Hammersmith this £2.00 scarf. I loved the parrots placed among the oversized lush tropical leafs. Last week I decided to knock up this skirt.

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19 July 2008

16 July 2008

Bell & Howell

Having a dig around in my Dad’s shed I came across his Bell & Howell old 8mm movie camera. I had forgotten how it looked in this digital age.

In the 70s and 80s family movies was the dun thing, me,my sister and my cousins use to feature in the staring rolls using 8mm tape.

When you recorded your film you then had to use a projector and a pull down screen to watch. We also used to watch old Black and white films such as King Kong as this was the original VHS.

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The song that went with the camera:
Susan Cadogan ~ Hurt So Good 1975

15 July 2008

The Antilles

I am currently inspired by all things tropical at the moment and wishing I was on Macaroni beach Mustique. I found these vintage travel posters here.

I love the colour palette of bold blues with pastel fonts and simplified shapes.

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Black

If you have the Supreme Being Black Tee and would like to coordinate with matching serviettes, head down to Tiger with their stylish Copenhagen style in hammersmith kings mall, where we got these (they also came in other colours and so did the tee).

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Philipp Starck Lemon squeezer,Carluccios Olive Oil

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Felt Tip

So felt tip art is everywhere and a medium which was the main staple for every primary school child. Memories of felt tip stain pencil cases and pockets comes to mind, but when you move up to Graphic design A level and discover your local art shop, you find out that felt tips take on a whole new level. Forget about your Berol names such as Copic and Letraset Tria start to pop up they also go up in price to £5.00 each.

Felt-Tip was an exhibition in 2006 of original artwork by 30 leading graphic designers in collaboration with Letraset.

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We especially like this one Be Nice to NERDS by Damian Poulain, a french graphic designer and art director who lives in East London.

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We like this by Rachel Thomas

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Felt Tip

12 July 2008

London Get Ready

Rock The Bells 2008 Music Festival

Guerilla Union's Rock The Bells has established itself as a world-class hip-hop platform by hosting legendary performances by Rage Against the Machine, NAS, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, Blackstar (Talib Kweli and Mos Def), Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill and Jurassic 5 as well as reuniting Wu-Tang for their last performance with ODB in 2004. In 2007 it was the top-grossing hip-hop event in the country.
In 2008 Rock The Bells will feature performances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon & Ghostface (Cuban Linx), Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Murs and Kidz In The Hall. This year will be highlighted with an unexpected reunion of The Pharcyde. But it does not stop there, as fans will also see performances by the brightest names in the emerging electro-hip hop scene including Spank Rock, Santogold, Kid Sister, Wale, Flosstradamus, Jay Electronica and The Cool Kids with hosts B-Real of Cypress Hill and the world renowned Supernatural.
After its July 19 launch, Rock The Bells will hit nine more North American cities on seven consecutive weekends, wrapping up in Vancouver at the end of August. 2008 also marks the first year that Rock The Bells will go global with four stops in Europe and one in Japan. Highlights of the series include first time dates in Toronto, Vancouver and Philadelphia, plus a return to the Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA where last year's show sold out with a capacity crowd of 45,000 people.

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Rock The Bells 2008 Trailer


Saturday September 20
Sunday September 21
O2 ARENA LONDON

10 July 2008

9 July 2008

Real men smoke cigars..

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........and yes , that is the Italian Vogue Black issue.

8 July 2008

Nerdy Glasses Disguise

We found these Nerdy delights by a designer called Lupin.

The glasses are made out of black felt with elastic to secure them.
Get them here

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7 July 2008

Universal battery charger

Never seen outside the city of Lagos, this melange of electronics will charge any mobile phone battery and for fifty Naira you cant go wrong....INGENIOUS!

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Lauryn Hill - Howard Stern Interview 1996

I know were way late on this one but I had to post this interview with Howard Stern taken in 1996 after Lauryn Hill Supposedly said "she didn't want white people to buy her records".

Media love twisting these type of statements and creating the very thing theyre so enraged at!



Ps. Howard Stern is an EEEEEEEEEDIOT!

6 July 2008

Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me

UK Top 5 Singles

1 Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harris - 'Dance Wiv Me'
2: Ne-Yo - 'Closer'
3: Basshunter - 'All I Ever Wanted'
4: Jordin Sparks ft Chris Brown - 'No Air'
5: Chris Brown - 'Forever'

4 July 2008

DJ GREEN LANTERN AND NAS "NIGGER TAPE"

This one speaks for itself we jacked it off Kanyes blog! click HERE for download be quick yall..u know it aint gonna be there long..HEAVY!!!


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2 July 2008

The Sweet Vandals...BEAUTIFUL

Loving this tune right now!! so sweet when the vocals drop....."I ALWAAAAAAYS THINK TO MYSELF IF OUR LUV WAS SO BEAUTIFUL"...lifts me everytime and the hammond sweeping over me like a warm duvet and that James brown guitar lick. Even makes big brother bearable when it comes on in the break on that fiat advert....STUNNING!

Oh yea its by a group called The Sweet Vandals and the tune is called Beautiful and they're from Madrid and they've got a myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/thesweetvandals

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Ps. what a beautiful donkey...