Author: Anna

POW! THANET 2018: FEMALE YOUNG MUSICIANS’ DROP IN

As part of the POW! Thanet Festival 2018, Pie Factory Music, Ramsgate are hosting another FREE Drop-In afternoon, but this time it’s for young ladies… Are you a female between the ages of 14-21 interested in music? Want to find out more about making a career out of music? Needing a confidence boost for your live performance? If you answered YES to any of these questions, come to Pie Factory Music’s Female Young Musicians’ Drop In to meet Artist Mentors for one-to-one advice, guidance and inspiration about life as a music professional, and network with like-minded young performers. Bring a song you’d like some feedback...

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Gingerbread Recipe

Ingredients: 350g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp ground ginger 110g unsalted butter (cubed) 175g light muscavado sugar 1 large egg (beaten) 4 tbsp golden syrup 1 large egg white (For the Icing) 175g icing sugar (For the icing) Equipment: Oven Sieve Non-stick paper 2 Mixing bowls Wooden spoon Rolling pin & flat surface Gingerbread man cutter 2 baking trays Whisk Piping bag Wire cooling rack   Method: 1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a mixing bowl. 2. Put the cubes of butter into the mixture and use your fingers to rub the butter in until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. 3. Add the sugar and mix in. 4. Make a well in the centre, stir in the egg and golden syrup and mix with a wooden spoon to make a soft, smooth dough. 5. Preheat the...

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Valentine’s Day Butter Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients: 250g plain flour 4 tbsp jam 100g icing sugar 1 tsp salt 200g butter (cubed) 2 egg yolks Equipment: Oven Mixing bowl Rolling pin & Flat surface Heart shaped cutter Baking tray Wire cooling rack   Method: Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Place the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks and mix until a dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm/¼in. Cut out shapes using a 4cm/1½in cutter. Divide the sables in half. Using a 2cm/1in fluted cutter, make a hole in the middle of...

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Is this Situation Out of My Control?

Do you have a cup of tea? This is a long one... As young children we adopt the attitudes of those around us and we are instructed how to respond to people; we are taught by example or constant directives to “say please”, “sit nicely”, “be patient” and slowly but surely, we change from feral animals to members of society with set constructs and norms that we adhere to, because we are told to do so.  As we get slightly older, we begin to feel that we know the way of the world, what it expects of us and...

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