Fesignerd’s awesomesauce pancakes

Sweet Pancakes

Awesomesauce Pancake Recipe
420 g cake flour
3 ml salt
4 eggs
750 ml water (I find milk makes your pancakes sticky)
50 ml sunflower oil
30 ml brandy
Extra sunflower oil for frying

How to pancakes

  1. Sift the flour and salt together.
  2. Beat the eggs, water, oil and brandy together. Stir into dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Cover and allow to rest for 60 minutes.
  3. Add a few drops of oil or butter to a preheated non-stick frying pan. Tilt the pan to cover the base with the oil.
  4. Using a tomato sauce bottle, squeeze little patterns into your preheated non-stick frying pan. Cook until bubbles appear and the surface appears dry. Flip the pancake and cook until golden.

How to awesomesauce pancakes

Place scoops of ice cream on your super cool shaped pancake. Add a few slices of banana. Repeat this layering as many times as you wish. On your top layer, add whipped cream and chocolate sauce:

Awesomesauce pancakes

Awesomesauce Savory Pancakes
Fill your super cool shaped pancakes with chicken-mayo and bacon strips:

Savory pancakes

Awesomesauce Halloween Pancakes
Make web-shaped pancakes. Decorate them with ice cream, cream and icing spiders:

Halloween pancakesHalloween pancakes how to

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How long would I last in a zombie apocalypse.

Zombieness
I watched Zombieland recently. It is a comedy about survivors of a zombie apocalypse, looking to find a sanctuary, free from zombies. The topic has been done to death.

With Zombieland however, it was done in a witty, neurotic, pop-culture, trend setting way. I loved Bill Murray, he was awesomesauce.

The movie made me question my ability to survive a zombie apocalypse. I measured my zombie endurance level, by awarding myself a point, whenever I felt I would naturally follow a Zombieland rule:

  1. “Cardio” I need to get out more. [0]
  2. “Double tap” One of the most sensible survival rules ever. [1]
  3. “Beware of bathrooms” Female public toilets train all woman to be vigilant when using a bathroom. [1]
  4. “Wear seatbelts” Instinct. [1]
  5. “Cast iron skillet” Duel purpose – I do like breakfast food. [1]
  6. “Travel light” Even without a zombie apocalypse. [1]
  7. “Get a kickass partner” [1]
  8. “Bounty paper towels” Music festivals taught me that anti-bacterial wet wipes have more functions. [1]
  9. “Bowling Ball” [0]
  10. “Don’t be a hero”[1]
  11. “Limber up” Refer to rule #1 [0]
  12. “Avoid strip clubs” [1]
  13. “When in doubt, know your way out” [1]
  14. “The buddy system” Padi tought me well. [1]
  15. “Check the back seat” [1]
  16. “Enjoy the little things” [1]
  17. “Swiss army knife” I have a pedicure set that should do what I need it to do. [0]
  18. “Clean socks” [1]
  19. “Hygiene” [1]
  20. “Always have backup” [1]

Whoohoooo, I have an 80% survival rate – So in any zombie film, I’m pretty much the girl who gets killed just before the movie ends. Meh.

How would you do?

The Graeme Watkins Project & Jesse Clegg

SATURDAY 25 June 2011 – River Deck

Jozi was dishing out the frostiest weekend of the year, and I thought dancing to some seriously cool, live tunes would warm me up. I picked up my friend Mari, and we braved the night kitted with 7 layers of clothes each. (Mari made me promise that I would not go into too much apparel detail)

The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP)

GWP

I had heard a song or two on the radio by GWP, and I think their “Music Affair” video, is the seriously hawt – It looks a little like Panic at the Disco, but sounds a little like Franz Ferdinand. They’re definitely doing something haven’t tried locally, and I love it. Graeme, runner-up of SA Idols Season 5 in 2009, had a supremely cool stage presence. It takes a special kind of strange to warm up a cold room like that. He was rocking it. The band consists of 3 phenomenal musicians: Ryno Zeelie – Lead Guitar (Turns out we went to school together), Rudo Pieterse – Bass and Matthew Marinus – drums.

*Watch this [               ] – these d00ds are going places!

Jesse Clegg turned out to be way more rocky than I expected. I’ve never seen anyone have that much fun on a stage. I was surprised by two things. The first being a cover of “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone. It was really cool. The second, he is only 23. He is young,  talented, and looking so comfortable with all of it. *respect

Both these bands are heating up venues all over Johannesburg this coming month. Layer up, and go see them!

The Naked and Famous is awesomesauce!

The Naked and Famous

New Zealand has been musically mute for a little more than a decade. They have not managed to top a chart in their own country for 16 years. They have flipped 180 degrees by birthing a rediculously cool quintet called The Naked and Famous. Their first studio album, “Passive Me, Aggressive You”, was released 6 September 2010 and I’ve literally spent days listening to it.

The Naked and Famous members (For lack of a better word) are:
David Beadle, Thom Powers, Aaron Short, Jesse Wood, Alisa Xayalith

The Naked and Famous’ record collections would appear to include The xxesque guy-girl harmonies, the shoegaze sounds of  Slowdive, the synth-popness straight from the 80’s like MGMT / Imogen Heap, and the distorted electronica of Chemical Brothers. Bubble bubble toil and trouble, sounds like a disasterous musical concoction of sonic rubble. No siree! It’s magic.

Fesignerds highest ranking tracks:
No way | Punching in a dream | The sun | Girls like you | Young blood | All of this

The Naked and Famous is awesomesauce! Give it a listen and let me know what you think.