24 June 2013

lazy jane, all the time

Tulips holding up well. As is my twee agenda, it seems.

Also holding up well: this risotto recipe. I've made it three times in the last week. Once, twice, three times a lady recommending this recipe to you all. I know I often go on about how I work myself down to a nub writing this blog and the cookbook and meeting other various deadlines, but that aside, I'm really very lazy. If there's a way I can do less than what's required, even at the expense of the outcome, I will. It's just the way it is. Some people accept that there's hard work involved in life, some people (me) want to sit around and knit or check Twitter all day. Fortunately for me, Tim tends to meet this laziness with shrugging resignation/lifting/cleaning of all the things, but occasionally it works out well for both of us. In the case of this risotto, that is. I already love making risotto, with its calmingly repetitive stirring motion, and I don't mean to sound like Troy McClure, but sometimes I want to take an already pretty easy thing and make it even more flagrantly low in effort. And not only does this make enough excellently delicious risotto for dinner and then a non-bleak lunch the next day (in your face, instant noodles!) it also uses only one dish. So, less dishes for Tim to do, or for him to rinse and then put in the dishwasher (I can't comprehend how we have a machine to do the dishes for us but still have to pre-wash them, hence why I never do it.) I'm not trying to be proud of how lazy I am or anything, in fact I'm too lazy to expend any feelings over it whatsoever. Kidding! On the one hand, I feel like "why should naturally helpful, good people in society be celebrated when I can't help being this unhelpful" and on the other hand sometimes I am just being a dick to see how much I can get away with not doing.  

Back to the risotto, you wouldn't necessarily think a version that you just shunt into the oven would work, since it's the constant stirring of it that slowly releases the starch from the rice grains and gives it that soft, collapsing texture. But somehow it does, and frankly I don't care to question why. It just does. The first time I tried this I simply stirred some herbs in and topped it with a little Whitestone Butter by Al Brown Manuka Smoked Butter that arrived in the mail because that's right, I have the veneer of a fancy food blogger (as always, I wish I could tell my much younger self that this would happen, as something to cling on to and look forward to.) I'm not just saying this because I got it for free (I mean, in a roundabout way I am, but I would never lie to you about butter, okay?)  this butter really is quite incredible, the manuka smoke somehow making it meatily rich while the texture is dissolvingly creamy and light. It's the ideal substance atop a very plain, but perfect risotto. But regular butter and plenty thereof is also always the right choice, too.

Oven Risotto

Adapted from a Donna Hay recipe. Makes plenty for four, or in our case, for two people and then two lunches the next day. 

2 cups arborio rice
2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
5 cups water, of which up to 1 cup is white wine 
Optional: fistfuls of butter, lemon zest and juice (especially if you don't have wine), herbs. I guess the mustard is optional too, but you want this to taste like something.

Set your oven to 180 C/350 F. In an oven dish - around 2L capacity - tip in the rice, the wine, the water, the mustard and the stock powder. At this point I also dice up plenty of butter and add that in too, but if you don't have butter or can't eat dairy, I would lavishly drizzle in some olive oil. 

Cover the dish tightly with tinfoil, then bake for around an hour. At this point, you can stir in more butter, some lemon zest and juice, some herbs, some cream, parmesan, whatever, really. For this I grabbed a handful of chives and thyme leaves, since that's what I had. 

Just plain, with a little mustard and butter and lemon, it's surprisingly fulsome - heftily creamy and starchily comforting, the rice's natural flavour shining through.

However, it also lends itself well to not being utterly plain. I made a glossy pink roast beetroot version of this - sliced up beetroot, roasted in plenty of olive oil, before adding the rice and liquid and baking. Last night I made a roasted parsnip version, with so much butter that the rice itself couldn't quite absorb it all. It basically turned to nutty, caramelised paste. And was really wonderful. But uh, if you want to make your own, just bear in mind that it can only absorb about 150g butter before it starts heading paste-wards.

Some other cool things of late, in order of most to least of what I thought of first to write about: 

Am quite obsessed with knitting. It's so calming, and repetitive. A bit like risotto, but you don't have to stand up to do it! 

Witness the knitness.

On Friday I went to a secret party to celebrate ten years of Creative HQ. As with receiving butter, occasionally I get to go to A Thing. Tim and other friends were also there, and it was really quite an amazingly surreal, and just generally amazing night - fancy beer, a dance troupe, green screens, dry ice, a photobooth, a glitter cannon, pretzel sticks, chocolate schnapps. It gave me lots of good ideas on how I want my life to be (more glitter cannons! And pretzel sticks! And dance troupe-ing! And everything I just said, really.)

And today a really wonderful-for-me thing happened: I had my first story ever published in Cuisine magazine. I've spoken so often of how much I love this magazine and I won't go on about it too much in case anyone from said magazine happens to read this and gets distinctly weirded out, but: I adore this magazine, and have been an avid reader of it since before I even knew how to cook. The fact that I have a story in there is a very big deal to me. The story itself is a piece on Treme, New Orleans, and the sights and sounds and eats therein, based on the time Tim and I spent there last October.

Finally: saw some cool hund friends!

Finally-finally: I'm going to bring up again that I was published in Cuisine magazine, because I'm just so happy and excited and self-proud. 
title via: Lazy Line Painter Jane, by Belle and Sebastian. This is one of about three of their songs that I am into, but I am so VERY into this song. The breakdown at the end is spectacular. 
music lately:

Camera Obscura, The Sweetest Thing. This song is from an album called My Maudlin Career, which is a bit of a great title. The song also rules. Otherwise I wouldn't have put it here, of course.

The sadly late Selena, Dreaming of You. Silky-soft early nineties pop/r'n'b. Alas, my particular obsession with reading about tragically dead celebrities on wikipedia was what reminded me about how sweet this song is.
Next time: possibly something from the new Cuisine magazine, if I ever manage to stop reading my byline over and over that is. 

17 June 2013

people from the city having lunch in the park I believe that it's called al fresco

I had a day off today, on account of some time off in lieu I built up a while back at work. Strangely enough, I still found myself swatting away that creeping bleak Sunday evening feeling yesterday, even though I knew Monday was entirely mine. However it really was a lovely quiet little weekend. I baked, and Tim and I had burritos and grilled corn and Bloody Marias for brunch (the difference between a Mary and a Maria is vodka and tequila, to which I found myself asking aloud which was more of a brunch liquor, and tequila won because we felt like it, even though vodka had more of a morning feel to it. Yeah.) We also watched a lot of House of Cards and spent much time unpacking our swirling feelings around Top of the Lake and a few minutes unpacking Star Trek 2. I went to an exhibition launch at the City Art Gallery on Friday night and drank a lot of wine and all of a sudden it was Monday morning and all of today stretched out before me. 

It all stretched out before me, because I slept in for seven minutes. On my day off. My body is annoying. And then, also annoying, I spent a lot of the morning curled up on the floor sniffling, on account of our landlord rebuffing Tim and I not once, but twice, in our request for a pet cat. Whether or not you've noticed that I talk about cats quite a lot, or have one tattooed on me, or have three paintings of cats on my wall, or whatever, the fact is I want a cat with every molecule of my being. It physically hurts my heart. And we just can't have one, despite there being nothing in our tenant information about not having pets, or indeed, any reason whatsoever from our landlord, despite my very persuasive email. And apparently my yelling "I'm gonna take this to City Hall!" will have no effect, well, according to Tim. I really don't want this to be the end of the road for Tim and Laura Having A Cat, but also I acknowledge that I'm not Leslie Knope and this isn't a comical episode of Parks and Recreation where plotlines will be wrapped up neatly after some toiling. But I also feel like I can't simply stop trying. Is there some kind of tribunal for if your landlord makes you cry because they just say no to a cat, without saying why? 

But as I said, I did do some baking, as a means to a very specific end: work snacks. A few different factors - money, time, disorganisation, listlessness, money again - mean that my lunches for work are generally terrible. In that I've recently been having instant noodles for lunch, and that's a distinct step up nutritionally and delicious-wise from what I used to eat. It's a bit stupid but it's the way it is: I can make myself elaborate (or at least decent) dinners or pretty weekend brunches or huge cakes, but I struggle to put any effort into lunch for work. Maybe because it's hard to throw lots of time and money into something you're going to wolf down under fluorescent lights, maybe because it's hard to make something that is filling and that you look forward to and that you won't get utterly sick of after five days (instant noodles, looking at you.) Maybe it's just because I've only recently started to think about it, and it's easy to fall into habits that require the least from your brain.

I do go through occasional bursts of inspiration, but I'm going to try to be more consistent now, so that I have the energy throughout the day to not fall asleep, and so that lunch isn't something I dread yet long for because I'm so hungry but also know that it's just dried noodles in a polystyrene cup. (They actually are pretty delicious as a snack, by the way, but they're not that filling and day after day of them is not cool.)

Kinda typically, I completely screwed up one of my ventures, the granola bar. We might call them muesli bars in New Zealand, but that to me recalls memories of primary school morning tea, grimly dry, mealy, oaten briquettes which came in boxes of six or eight and occasionally had a mean sprinkling of chocolate chips on top or some vague apricot flavour. And also, oddly, a listening comprehension test from the same time where the narrator pronounced the word "muesli" as "mooooslie" and it was very distracting. Granola bars sounds a little more freewheeling and chewy and American and cool.

I made this recipe for Date Orange and Almond Granola Bars from The Moveable Feasts, a food blog I love - the author Amy just seems like someone I'd get on with in real life, and she is beautifully descriptive about food but in a relaxed way...I don't know, a lot of food blogs these days have a really strange energetic style that I not only don't enjoy reading, but also it blurs them all into one. This one though: it's good. And this recipe seemed exactly what I was after to take to work - something sustaining and easy to make, and yet still snacky and sweet and enjoyable.

I then somehow added three times the required amount of oats. I don't know how or why, just my usual heedlessness I suppose - it wasn't till the next day that I worked it out - but it basically turned into granola, really really good granola, so all is not lost. Just diverted. I now have a container to take with me to work for eating by the handful, the spoonful, or the milky bowlful, depending on my needs.

So if you want to make the granola bars, just follow the link, and if you want to make this into granola bar granola...just triple the quantity of oats. On purpose.

Fortunately the other thing I made worked out just fine. I really like Fine Cooking magazine and figured I'd find something on its website that my brain could happily latch on to. Well, there was a little heedlessness involved here, too - this is supposed to be a recipe for Ginger Bars, but halfway through making it I realised I had no ground ginger. No harm done: I like cinnamon even better. 

These have all the squish and sweetness of brownies, but with the pure rush of comforting warmth that cinnamon brings. They take about five minutes to make and get better each day. They just taste ridiculously good. 

Cinnamon Bars

Adapted from a recipe from Fine Cooking magazine.

180g soft butter
4 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Set your oven to 180 C/350 F and line a brownie tin with baking paper. 

Cream the butter, sugar, honey, golden syrup, cinnamon and salt together till light, airy, and pale. (Also: you should totally eat some at this point, it's amazing.) Beat in the eggs, then stir in the flour and baking soda. Tip the lot into the brownie tin, sprinkle over a little more cinnamon if you like, and bake for about 25 minutes. It should still be a little tender in the middle, not entirely wobbly and liquidy, but not too firm either. 

Cute plate, yeah? 

So, now that I am armed with two snacks, one of which can double as a lunch, I'm feeling a little better about the week ahead. Cat-related tears aside (which resurfaced this evening) (which I should really call having-no-cat-related tears.)

PS: I wrote something about Tim's and my trip to Nashville for a national newspaper here, and it ended up online, if you want to read it. We loved Nashville so much, I could've written triple what I did here.
title via: Lily Allen's LDN. Sunny and grey at the same time. Oh why oh why would I want to be anywhere else?
music lately:

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, As Long as the Grass Shall Grow. Just really simple and beautiful.

Solange, Stillness Is The Move. This woman cannot make a musical misstep as far as my ears are concerned. I love this airy cover of the Dirty Projectors' song.
Next time: I made some oven-baked risotto and it was as awesomely zero-effort as it was excellent-tasting. 

12 June 2013

square cut or pear shape these rocks won't lose their shape

I don't mean to deliver this like it's candlelit-vigil level news, but the following exchange happened late last week:

Tim: we've exceeded our 60 gigabyte monthly internet bandwidth allowance.
Me: *dramatic gasp* No internet? But I'll be insufferable.
Tim: I know. I know.

I mean, a breezy and heedless thank goodness for 3G on smartphones, but still, I've had to write this as hastily as possible, in the knowledge that we get charged significantly extra for every gigabyte over the monthly allowance that we use. Just keep that in mind if there's, I don't know, any tiny thing you don't like ever. This is my excuse. 

This is how we do it.

I also don't mean to deliver the following like it's two-roads-diverging-in-a-yellow-wood level news of life-changing significance, but Tim and I have been in our house for around six months now, and only just had our first dinner party on Monday night. Not to harp on like some kind of harp about Game of Thrones, but this dinner party was in honour of the season three finale last night. Spoiler alert: some bits were all "whoaaa" and some bits were all "um, ugh, awkward white saviour moment". I do love this show, although many's the time after particular treatment of women within it that I have proclaimed myself absolutely done with it. And then I keep coming back, because it's possible to enjoy something and have major problems with it at the same time. But if nothing else, it gave us an excellent opportunity to have our first dinner party in our now not-so-new house, in the form of a twelve person potluck. And it was wondrous. Quesadillas, Balti curries, roast butternut salad with tahini dressing, potatoes with caramel and prunes (oh Ottolenghi, you maverick), orzo salad, spicy pumpkin pie, and my offerings, a kind of grilled courgette and couscous layered dish covered in tomato sauce and capers, and these baked pears. 

Baked pears with almonds, chocolate, and rosewater. I was deeply impressed with myself at how they turned out, in that I thought them up on Monday afternoon and hastily made them just before everyone arrived. Then maybe had just one too many wines during dinner to be truly effective, and almost forgot about them till halfway through watching the show itself. Luckily Tim reminded me about them at what turned out to be their optimal cooking time. I'm so used to screwing up recipes that I make up on the fly lately, so was really pretty prepared for these to be awful right up until the moment that I had my first bite. But they worked out perfectly. Serendipity makes everything more delicious.

What also makes everything more delicious, is when it's ridiculously delicious. Pears have this sweet perfumed mellowness which the touch of rosewater and almond helps subtly amplify, like the Rise filter on Instagram. Everything caramelises and intensifies, but covering the dish with tinfoil means that the chocolate doesn't scorch and the pears stay juicy and yielding. So you know, these are quite, quite amazing the next day for breakfast, cold from the fridge with cream poured over.

The way these came about in my head was that I wanted to make something vegan for pudding, to accommodate friends, but also wanted something fairly luscious and rococo to go well eaten alongside an HBO fantasy show with an enormous budget and phrases like "good brown ale" and "I will take what is mine with fire and blood". The secret ingredient here is tahini, which ties the ingredients together with an accommodatingly nutty, rich backdrop of flavour.

Baked Pears with Almonds, Chocolate, and Rosewater

Recipe by myself. On the one hand, these are some slightly high-falutin' ingredients. On the other hand, pears are maybe a dollar a kilo these days.

6 ripe pears
Half a lemon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 heaped tablespoons tahini
1 x 70g packet ground almonds (this is how they come in New Zealand, anywhere between 50-100g would be fine if you can't specifically find this amount.) 
2 teaspoons rosewater
25g dark chocolate (I use Whittaker's Dark Ghana, which has no dairy in it. And is wildly delicious.)

Set your oven to 180 C/350 F. Slice each pear straight down the middle vertically, trimming off the nubbly base and stem as you please (because little would be more shuddery than accidentally eating either.) Use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds and a little flesh to create a hollow for the stuffing. Mine were entirely asymmetrical, so don't worry about looks at this point. Lay the pears, cut side up, in a roasting dish and squeeze over the juice of the lemon. This will stop them browning while you make the stuffing but also helps complement the rosewater flavour. 

Carefully mix together the tahini, sugar, and rosewater - tahini can sometimes be ridiculously thick and un-pliant, so expect something that eventually looks like cookie dough - then roughly, coarsely slice up the chocolate into shavings and chunks and stir that through. Using a teaspoon, fill each pear hollow - really packing it in and heaping it on - with the stuffing. This should make the perfect amount for 12 pear halves, with an extra teaspoon or so for nibbling on. Cover the roasting dish with tinfoil and bake for around an hour, or until an implement slides easily into one of the pears. Like Valerian steel into one of the endless parade of now-dead characters on Game of Thrones. 

Last week was a series of ups and downs, the downs being I was sick with some mysterious sore throat and zero energy affliction, the ups being Tim and I went to the Visa Wellington on a Plate launch and mingled energetically with incredible bread and butter, lots of cool people, and the beauteous Garage Project dogs (you can see them on the event's website, and perhaps understand why I ended up taking so many 'best friends!' type selfies with these hunds). Despite my jangled nerves at crowded social events like this - I'm an all or nothing mingler, either doing it with aplomb or awkward horror - It was a very, very fun night and the programme looks utterly bananas. Judging by my casual flick through it, it's going to be a very good time to be in Wellington. The streets will be paved with halloumi and local chocolates.  

Back to the downs, I'm still not sleeping any better - if anything it's getting worse. I woke up at 3.45am today, just casually awake. I take longer and longer to sleep, but wake up around 5am. On the weekends, with no alarms and no surprises, I find my eyes flying open at 7am. Which is technically a decent sleep-in by my standards, but still. On the other hand I'm not sure if it is getting worse or just swirling to a climax, as I look back over the last few years and am unsure if there's a time when I ever slept well. Are there night classes in sleeping? Oh, wait. (Don't worry, I'll go see a doctor about it or something.)

But then back to the ups, I did, as promised a while back, start learning to knit and I adore it. It's so soothing and quiet and repetitive and tactile and also very fun watching the creation (thus far: an oh-so-slightly wobbly square which will become a blanket) slowly grow like a soft wooly plant.

Also on the ups: bought some sriracha. The cool thing about sriracha is that it's very instagrammable and cool and people perk up and say "ohhhh I'm addicted to that stuff" if you mention it (like Game of Thrones!). But also it really is incredibly addictive, slightly tangy hot chilli sauce, and I can't wait to pour it on everything. (Which: seriously, what is life. On the downside I never ever sleep but on the upside I have a small bottle of nice hot sauce.)

Posing? Me? Well, often, but I really am eating sriracha in this photo. Cinema verite! 
Title via: I acknowledge that Moulin Rouge spoke to me deeply at a particular time (there was one point where I was watching it more or less daily) but for these purposes I shall link to the ever-diverting Marilyn Monroe crooning Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.
Music lately: 

Demi Lovato, Give Your Heart a Break. Perfect, from the slicey uplifting violins to the flawless chorus.

Brigitte Bardot, Moi Je Joue. I followed a link to this song from The Moveable Feasts, a food blog I love, and was rewarded with this adorably scrappy, impetuous delight of a song.

Laura Marling, Master Hunter. Tim and I bought her new record and are finding ourselves unable to stop listening to it. Love her music to pieces.
Next time: Sriracha on EVERYTHING.

4 June 2013

you like tomato and i like tomahto

It's nice to have a happy little rut of recipes that are easy enough that you can make them while mentally and emotionally exhausted, not to mention physically exhausted (for example: from merely existing, or from watching the latest Game of Thrones, amiright? Spoiler alert: omg.) But they're also adjustable and reliably versatile, like an old comfortable bra, that you can really throw them into anything and you'll feel like you've done something nice for yourself of an evening. Somehow, this Tomato, Almond and Smoked Paprika sauce has become that to me. I think it's based on a sauce I saw on a cooking show one time - seriously, those are the only details that I can remember - and occasionally I add other things to it. But it manages to be utterly simple, vaguely nutrient-adjacent (considering the nutritional value of my lunchtime pot noodles is akin to that of their polystyrene containers) and yet a little flashy and sexy and interesting. One of my very favourite things to do with it is to very slowly fry eggs in about five tablespoons of olive oil, then use that olive oil in the sauce itself, then serve all of that over couscous. But on Monday - Queen's birthday, oh that joyous occasion...of a Monday off! - I made it to have roasted vegetables dipped into it or blanketed under it, while my friend Kim and I watched The Craft

I was curious to see if The Craft was still the piece of important, flawless filmmaking that it seemed to be to me in 1996. It um, wasn't quite. But it was also still really fantastic in some ways, most of them fashion-related, and I still appreciate what it meant to me back in the day. A film about women, into witchcraft, who said "we are the weirdos, mister?" Thumbs up.

(The red candle in front melted rapidly and spilled over onto the floor. Which we only noticed after the movie finished. I admit, at first my brain thought "gasp! It's an evil thing like the thing from the thing in the movie!" But really...it was just spilled wax. Phew.)

This sauce is just ridiculously delicious, although frankly I think the batch I made for myself and Kim was my weakest so far. Possibly because I used multigrain bread, which meant the sauce had linseeds dispersed through it, which...yeah. Not quite what I was going for. Generally though, this sauce is rich and luscious and a little smoky from the paprika and brilliant with all sorts of things - the aforementioned fried eggs, stirred through pasta, poured over cubed roasted potatoes for a patatas bravas effect, tipped onto polenta...it just goes with all things. Particularly these crisp, collapsing and slightly charred vegetables.

Roast Cauliflower and Parsnip with Tomato, Almond and Smoked Paprika Sauce

A recipe by myself.

As much cauliflower and as many parsnips as you please. I found about half of the former and two of the latter fit comfortably on one oven tray and will feed 2-3.
Olive oil
2 slices thick white bread (I used seeded this time round. Uh...don't.)
1/2 cup whole almonds
1 can tomatoes
1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika

Set your oven to 220 C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Slice the parsnip and cauliflower up however you like, but the more flat/thin you go, the better likelihood of crisp-ity there is. Arrange in one layer on the tray, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, blast the bread and almonds together in the food processor till the almonds are good and nubbly and small. This may take some time. If your bread is quite stale, soak it in a little cold water for a while. Then drain the can of tomatoes of its liquid - I know, this seems kind of wasteful. I don't know, drink the liquid if you feel bad about it (actually don't, it's weird and metallic and horrible on its own from the tin) and tip the tomatoes into the food processor with the bread-almond stuff and continue to process till it looks saucy and incorporated. Finally, add the paprika, a good pinch of salt, and plenty of olive oil - about three tablespoons - and process again. Taste to see if it wants any more salt or paprika, then either serve cold or heated gently in a saucepan in a bowl on the side of the vegetables. 

Dip the vegetables in the sauce or pile them into small bowls and spoon the sauce over. 

In case you're wondering, the reason these are sitting on a cardboard box is because our one small table has our projector sitting on a chair on top of it. It's kind of an awkward fixture to have in the house, but then we keep wanting to use the projector, so perhaps this is our life now. It's not a bad life, considering how fun it is watching things projected in large scale onto the wall. 

What else happened on the long weekend? Why, plenty.

We went to our friend Craig's 30th. It was a very fun night (less fun the next morning) especially bedizening ourselves with fake tattoos of Craig's face (tattoo locations of Craig's face include Tim's actual face) and "Tattoos are for losers".

First new duvet cover since 2006. As per, "is it instagrammable" guilelessly affected the decision-making process. It's so crisp and clean and whenever I wake up I feel like I've been sleeping inside a bed of white chocolate ganache, I love it.

Amazing burritos occurred.


And finally I got an email telling me an advance copy of my cookbook (which isn't due out till September so don't try asking your bookstore about it yet, unless you think it will build up major h y p e) which I received in the mail today and nearly cried and threw up everywhere when I saw it because every emotion in the world suddenly played out in my brain. I mean, I'm really happy with it of course, but there was just such a rush of feelings when I held it in my hands for the first time, so much more intense than just seeing the printouts of the design and the manuscript and so on. I will have to work on this so I don't black out every time I walk into a bookshop in September. It's just very exciting and terrifying and strange and happy all at the same time. Cookbook! 
Title via: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, a song about a couple who say words differently sometimes. Adorable! Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong do a reliably snappy version

Music lately:

Mariah Carey feat Miguel, Beautiful. This dreamy, warm song feels like a return to form for my favourite singer ever who's non-returns to form I'd totally justify anyway. Have listened to it many, many, many times. 

The final few episodes of Nashville just slew me. I shed human tears and couldn't move for half an hour after the season finale. A joyful highlight though, was Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Conner, singing the hugely pretty Looking For A Place To Shine. 

Polly Scattergood, Wanderlust. Cannot. Stop. Listening. To. This song. 
Next time: Umm. I know not of any specifics yet. Will see where my brain takes me. Could probably do with a better weekday lunch than pot noodles, that could be a thing.