Anyone for dessert…?

May 31, 2008

Right my lovelies, at last I have the time to fill you in on all the latest gossip and BurlyQ news I have to offer. So first up let me tell you about a food blogging event I got involved with on the 18th of May…

Food2.0 Nom Nom Nom at the Cookery School on Little Portland St. saw corporate bloggers, food bloggers, gadget bloggers and your obligatory Burlesque blogger getting together in teams of two to create the yummiest three course meal you could think of! Working with the lovely Miss L J Rich – TV presenter, blogger and musician extraordinaire; we came up with a fab, veggie menu (yes it can be both!) . Here’s what we made:

To start we had a Tricolore salad with sliced Beef tomatoes, fresh leaves from the farmers market, mini mozarella balls and a honey and balsamic dressing.

Next up the main course: Chocolate oyster and closed cup mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce served on potato rosti with fresh asparagus and spinach puree…

Then to finish we had Toffee Apple Meringue Pie…

For anyone dying to see pictures, recipes and a video of the day, go over to our page at Nom Nom Nom and while you’re there why not vote for us to win, on the right hand side of the screen?

If you haven’t seen this picture already (over 1000 views on Flickr alone) then here’s a shot of me rolling out my pastry taken by Chris Osburn over at the Londonist;

Food and glamour darlings… what more could you want?

It really was a great event (if not a little more stressful than expected!) and big kudos go out to Annie Mole and for pulling it all together. Action Against Hunger also got involved with the event, a charity that is doing stellar work all over to globe to stop starvation and get food to those that need it. It was very humbling having spent the day surrounded by food… to know that so much we take for granted. At the end of the day the charity held a raffle, and wanting to help out as much (or as little) as I could – I scraped together the last of my cash for a line of tickets. And I won… A hamper filled with lots of lovely fairtrade and organic produce. Getting the thing home from central London though was a whole other story!

And I must also say a big thank you to L J for putting together our wonderful YouTube video and taking control of our page, as I have been rubbish and busy due to finishing my degree. So thanks again honey, you’ve been a superstar!


Mmmm… Nom Nom Nom

May 20, 2008

Been a very busy bumble bee as of late and have lots to tell!

  • My debut of Diamond Dogs at Smooch Rocks on Friday 16th of May – pictures to come!
  • Food 2.0 Nom Nom Nom – on Sunday 18th May, cooking a three course meal with the gorgeous L J Rich – write-up to follow shortly…

But for now I’ve still got lots of running around in my heels to do before I have time to put my feet up for some well deserved rest and some serious blogging!


LBF continued…

May 5, 2008

Ok so there is so much to write and as far as I’m concerned a picture speaks a thousand words; so have a couple on me…

Mamzelle FiFi and I

(c) Donata Zanotti

Mamzelle FiFi and I on the night of the International Gala.


(c) Michael Prior

My bum… a popular shot for photographers…

So a couple of weeks ago I get a call from one of the guys who run a fab Burlesque night; Ska Burlesque, asking me if I’d come along and do some flyering in return for free entry to their night at the Macbeth on Hoxton Road. Free Burlesque?? Why of course I’ll come help! With the amazing added bonus that the lovely Millie Dollar was performing, then how could I refuse?

Ska Burlesque

It was a mission and a half to make it to Hoxton Road; meeting the organisers at Old St. tube station we high tailed it across East London getting lost along the way and eventually making it to the Macbeth. The venue is really quite nice with a roof terrace upstairs for smokers and definitely room and a half to swing a cat. The only real problem that emerged later was with the stage… with Ska bands performing there were a whole load of instruments taking up all the room so when it came to the turn of the Burly-Q babes there wasn’t that much room for them to move. The true professionals that they were, I have to say all of the girls performing carried on regardless and shimmied on through.

Before I get on with the show I’ll tell you a bit about my adventure in flyering as much of East London as I could muster. The aim: Get to Brick Lane and back before 9 O’Clock. Having got a little lost on the way we asked for directions to Brick Lane… not the wisest move as it turned out… tottering around in my heels and seamed stockings (is there another way to flyer?) we managed to trek half way across London in search of Brick Lane only to end up walking down some scary looking side alleys where people didn’t seem too interested in a Burlesque night. Just as we were losing hope I heard a woman on her mobile; “Yeah… we’re just on our way to Brick Lane now” Success! So, after some subtle following we reached our destination and there was the occasional cry of ‘Oooh!’ which told us the job was done. Aside from a run in with a crack-whore and a few other suspicious looking characters the people we were most thankful to meet were some lovely London cabbies who pointed us back in the direction of the Macbeth, ten minutes to nine!

Having thought we wouldn’t make it back alive we declared the mission a success and set about ordering some well-deserved drinks. So who do I bump into looking absolutely gorgeous? The wonderful Foxtrot India who performed at the Tiger Tiger night of the LBF who had come to watch the show. And first up was Lydia Darling performing a double act with I believe Amanda Mone – but don’t quote me on that! Two girls on a tiny stage wasn’t quite so easy but they pulled it off all the same and I gave a hand with the pick-up as there was a lot taken off between the two of them. When I’d heard earlier that the Ska bands would be playing 45 minute sets I wasn’t too convinced that the whole thing would work… 5 minutes of Burlesque followed by an hour or so of music until the next – but the first band – Number One Station, were brilliant, and people were up drinking and skanking away quite happily and wait for the next act of the night, Bella Besame. Bella was a performer that I was aware of but hadn’t had the pleasure of seeing perform, and by golly she is one sexy lady!

I’d been able to introduce myself in the break to Millie Dollar who is absolutely lovely, and she came to the front with Foxtrot India and I to get the best view (and of course to have room to dance once Bella’s act was finished!) it really was a wonderful atmosphere. I disappeared a couple of times as I just got chatting to so many different people about Burlesque and what it means to them. Was nice to hear some different perspectives from the eclectic crowd that had gathered there; all in one room you had the burlesque fans, the ska fans and everybody that had just come along for a good time. And what a good time it was. By the time Millie Dollar took to the stage the party was in full swing, and her powder puff routine was just gorgeous. Having seen her stuff online I was blown away at how good it was in the flesh (so to speak) and what a top-notch performer she is.
Thanks Millie for getting me to the tube station in my rather drunken state!

So all I can do is whole-heartedly recommend a great night with friendly people, fab performers and cool music.

AND what’s more, I will be performing at their other venue, The Amersham Arms in New Cross on June 6th, so come along and join in the fun!