Shazam’d! Sunday – July 29th

Your Majesty, Your Majesties, Your Highness, President Roc, Ladies and Gentleman,

In honor of the Olympics, I’m handing out gold medals for music tonight and ZZ Ward and Mariachi El Bronx both get one!  Doesn’t matter that I have no authority to hand out gold medals… this is all in pretend-land anyway – me pretending like my taste in music is worth sharing, my friends pretending like they actually read our blog… but in pretend-land, ZZ Ward and Mariachi El Bronx get gold medals!  And more than 10 people read our ramblings on a daily basis!  Yay for them!  Yay for us!  Yay for you for being one of the lucky few to hear the AWESOME tracks below!

If you like blues music and feisty women with strong voices and strong women with feisty voices and people from Oregon, you’ll like ZZ Ward.  If your thing is mariachi music with a punk twist, you’ll like Mariachi El Bronx.  I happen to like both.  Let me know if you do too.

“Put The Gun Down” by ZZ Ward (from her Criminal EP)

“Revolution Girls” by Mariachi El Bronx (from their album Mariachi El Bronx (II))

Happy Olympics, everybody!

xx Hannah

I’m making bread! I hope it’s not disgusting!

This post comes to you live from my boss’ kitchen! Oh, the joys of housesitting! I am in LOVE with her house and the glorious kitchen and I already asked her if I could just rent her guest room and never leave. She said…maybe.

While they are away, I have been determined to use this space to my advantage. Tonight, I take on something that terrifies and intimidates me. I have never tried to conquer this task and so you all will go on this ride with me. That’s right. I am losing my bread-making virginity. ON THE INTERNET.

My mom won’t like that joke one bit.

Moving on…Tonight I conquer (hopefully) ROSEMARY BREAD!

Ingredients:

Yield: 2 loaves

1 tablespoon yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons rosemary- I also took advantage of the rosemary bush (tree?) growing in the backyard!

2 tablespoons butter

TWO HELPFUL TIPS:

My mom is a lovely baker and she gave me some hints before I baked my first loaves.

UNBLEACHED flour is key. I went organic for good measure as well. Also- room temperature, UNSALTED butter. We don’t use eggs in this recipe, but if you do- apparently room temperature eggs are best. Moms from Texas don’t lie, y’all.

Directions:

Place yeast, sugar and water in large bowl allow mixture to become bubbly. The yeast will “bloom” as they say. In other words- it will grow and expand.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Mix (electric mixer on low) in 1 tablespoon butter (room temp), salt, and 2 cups of flour.

Add one tablespoon of the fresh chopped rosemary.

Knead for about 10 minutes by hand or in food processor ( I love you, Kitchen-Aid mixer!)  about 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

If you do use a Kitchen-Aid mixer, use a DOUGH HOOK piece once you have added your flour to the yeast mix.

Add more flour if necessary as you are kneading/mixing.

Oil a bowl, put dough in it and cover with a towel.

Let dough rise for about one hour until doubled**

** Note for those living in Southern California- My dough doubled in 30-40 minutes. Dry climate!

BEFORE & AFTER:

Punch down dough and divide in half.

Let dough rest about 5 minutes.

Spray baking pan or cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Shape the dough into 2 small rounded oval loaves.

Sprinkle remaining 1 Tablespoon of rosemary over the loaves and press into the surface.

Let loaves rise again until doubled (30 min)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

Carefully remove from oven, brush with remaining butter (and salt if desired).

YUM YUM YUM.

Recommended dinner pairing with this bread:

Take 2 chicken breasts, drizzle with olive oil. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sprinkle salt, pepper, lemon, garlic over chicken, cover with foil and place in oven for about 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, uncover the chicken and let it cook in the oven until there is NO pink inside. You might even want to broil for 2-5 minutes at the very end for a crispy outer layer.

Sauté some broccolini, maybe cook some brown rice or pasta w/ an olive oil/parmesan sauce and BOOM! DEEEELICIOUS meal with your homemade bread.

You have got yourself a lovely Italian-style meal right there, folks! Please enjoy!

This bread would also be delicious with some sliced turkey, ham or chicken for lunch. If you’re of the vegetarian persuasion- just add some spinach, cucumber, tomato and pesto for an amazing meal.

Good luck with your bread making endeavors!! It’s not so scary after all!

-ashley

Tunes On The Tube: July 17-23

Hello all!

Tuesdays have really become one of my favorite nights of television (especially now that Mondays no longer hold the allure and intrigue of THE BACHELORETTE… team Jem forever!!), and that’s due in large part to USA Network’s awesome spy drama COVERT AFFAIRS.

Piper Perabo (you might know her from a little movie called COYOTE UGLY) plays Annie, a young, beautiful CIA operative who is incredibly gifted when it comes to picking up foreign languages and convincing operatives from other countries that she is little more than a pretty blonde American tourist (albeit an incredibly intelligent one).  Annie’s best friend at The Agency is Auggie, a blind ex-military hottie who lost his sight in the armed forces and was recruited by the CIA for his ridiculous tech skills.  He’s like “Marshall” from ALIAS but with some serious sex appeal.  Annie and Auggie have been besties since he showed her around her new work digs, but now of course she has developed feelings for him, and he of course is off to propose to his girlfriend who’s in the peace corps and also happens to be the sister of one of his fallen military buddies.

In addition to being extremely addicting, COVERT AFFAIRS consistently has amazing music.  They used Florence And The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over” in the pilot episode, before anyone knew who Florence Welch was, and since then they have continuously used up and coming artists to great dramatic effect.  I have loved The Lumineers for a while and was excited to hear their song “Stubborn Love,” which is one of my favorites, used in last week’s episode (as Auggie goes off to propose to his girl and Annie stands by and watches him go, realizing she may have just lost her only chance at the love of her life).  It’s a good scene, y’all.  And “Stubborn Love” only makes it better.

Joining COVERT AFFAIRS in today’s lineup are PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (those ABC Family shows really know how to pick ’em) and my favorite song/dance from last week’s SYTYCD.  Even if you hate dance (in which case I would ask, are you possibly The Evil Queen?), I urge you to watch Sonya Tayeh’s beautiful routine below – it really is breathtaking.

Tuesday, July 17th

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: “A Night Like This” by Caro Emerald (from Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor)

COVERT AFFAIRS: “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers (from their self-titled debut album)

Wednesday, July 18th

SYTYCD: “3326” by Olafur Arnalds

Until next time!

xx Hannah


Two New Recipes!

Hello, again! Happy Thursday/almost Friday.

I have been cooking a lot this summer and these two recipes are SO easy and delightful.

First off, salmon with horseradish/dill sauce:

Directions:

Take salmon and season with fresh lemon, salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Place in a pan and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Just keep en eye out and make sure it doesn’t burn!

While the salmon is cooking, sauté the broccoli over medium heat with olive oil and salt.

I chose to cook some brown rice pasta (my new staple) and mix with a spicy vegan pesto sauce. All at Whole Foods. All delicious.

For crispy salmon:

After about 15 minutes, turn the oven to BROIL. Watch the fish like a hawk while the oven is on broil. It can burn REAL quick and your kitchen will smell like death and your meal will be ruined. No good.

Horseradish/Dill sauce:

2 tablespoons Veganaise (or mayo)

Several pinches of dill

1/2 teaspoon of horseradish

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Mix all ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you want a spicier recipe, add more horseradish.

When the salmon is done, drizzle lightly with sauce before serving. Enjoy!

Now for a simple, healthy lunch recipe. This one keeps really well in tupperware, making it easy to transport!

It doesn’t really have a name..so I will just call it like it is…

Quinoa, black bean, spinach bowl:

Cook quinoa according to the directions on the package (usually 15 min to prepare).

While the quinoa is cooking, heat up the black beans.

When the quinoa is finished, mix with black beans and finally the spinach. Arugula is also delicious! Add salt and pepper to taste.

Delicious and healthy and quick and wonderful!

Boom. A delicious lunch and dinner recipe!

Coming up: As you may have noticed, Hannah and I LOVE some TV! We were discussing at length the recently announced Emmy nominations… RON SWANSON WHERE ARE YOU?! We may well have some thoughts to share on this topic tomorrow. Of course we would love to hear what you think as well!

Until then…

-ashley

Tunes On The Tube: July 10-16

New Tunes!  New Tunes!  Check it out:

Tuesday, July 10th

COVERT AFFAIRS: “Long Live The Fallen World” by Young Galaxy (from the album Invisible Republic)

Wednesday, July 11th

SYTYCD: “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last (from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack)

SYTYCD: “The Lovecats” by The Cure

SYTYCD: “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers

Enjoy!

– Hannah


Mumford & Sons’ New Album Announced

To follow in the recent stream of memes hitting the web, EHRMAGERD!!!  Mumford & Sons has announced the official release date, title, and track listing for their sophomore album!!!!!!!  Everybody mark your calendars, cause Babel is coming out on September 24th!  You better bet I’ll be snapping that baby up the second it’s available.

Here’s their announcement video, which is abstract and old-fashioned and new-fangled and lovely and jilting and wonderful.

 

And, to whet your appetite for the new album even more, here’s a great live performance of “Below My Feet” at Bonnaroo 2011:

 

And “Lover of the Light” at the same show:

 

September 24th, people.

You’re welcome.

xx Hannah

Shazam’d! Sunday – July 15th

I Shazam’d three songs this week, and they are all AMAZING.  Two of them are killer covers.  One of them is a brilliant original.  Listen and love.

“Goodbye Geoffrey Drake” by Graffiti6 (from the album Colours)

“Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac cover) by The Kills (from the forthcoming compilation album Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac)

“Kids” (MGMT cover) by Lady Danville

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: June 10-30

Welcome back to Tunes on the Tube!  Now that So You Think You Can Dance (which shall henceforth be referred to as SYTYCD) is back with live performances, the Tunes on the Tube format is going to change a bit.  In addition to providing you with my favorite songs from the past week of television, I will also include videos of the dances that my favorite SYTYCD songs come from.  The reasons for this are twofold – first, because the songs are great and all, but the dances really elevate them, and second, because I aim to convert as many of you as possible into rabid SYTYCD fans like myself.  And I’m pretty sure that seeing a few great dances from each week will accomplish that fairly quickly!

Now on to the song and dance!

Tuesday, June 12th

JANE BY DESIGN: “Tonight” by The Shakespeares (from their self-titled debut EP)

Sunday, June 17th

THE BIG C: “Birds Fly Away” by Theresa Andersson (from the album Hummingbird, Go!)

Tuesday, June 19th

JANE BY DESIGN: “Sunday Smile” by Jake Troth

Wednesday, June 27th

SYTYCD: “Modern Drift” by Efterklang (from the album Magic Chairs)

SYTYCD: “Sail” by AWOLNATION (from the album Megalithic Symphony)

SYTYCD: “Resolve” by Nathan Lanier

SYTYCD: “Where The Light Gets In” by Sennen (from the album Where The Light Gets In)

SYTYCD: “Eyes (Coachella Live 2012)” by Kaskade

Enjoy!

– Hannah


Shazam’d! Sunday – July 1st

Hello cyber friends,

My sincerest apologies for the lack of posts in the past few weeks… I have been swamped with work and travel and social obligations, as has Ashley!  I’m finally back after a week in NYC (my first time there – full report to come in an upcoming blog post), and I’m finally listening to the radio again and Shazaming some great stuff.  And now I’m sharing it with you (don’t you just feel so lucky?!).  I’m really loving all of the songs below, but my favorite has to be Cold Specks’ “Blank Maps.”

“Come Around” by Rosi Golan (from the album The Drifter & The Gypsy)

“On The Road” by Keane (from the album Strangeland)

“Blank Maps” by Cold Specks (from the album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion)

“Good Looking Loser” by Meiko (from the album The Bright Side)

Enjoy, and happy Sunday!  Oh, and I promise I won’t make you wait this long for a blog post ever again.

Probably.

– Hannah