Monday, August 30, 2010

" is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music." - Julia Childs

I obviously love creating music and am much more confident at it than I am at cooking, but lately I've really enjoyed spontaneously trying new recipes and making up my own too! It's a bit like making music - you try putting new ingredients together and eagerly await the final result. Often it can be a pleasant surprise what you come up with!

Anyway here's something I made the other day. Night actually. In fact, I decided at 10:30pm that I wanted to make cheesecake. Don't ask me why - I just did. At about midnight the cheesecake was ready and it turned out to be a light and fun dessert! And here's the amusing bit...I found the recipe on the back of a pack of cereal. But I did modify the recipe quite a bit along the way, so here goes (and apologies in advance for the unamazing photo! Hehe...)

Mini Ricotta Cheesecakes with Strawberries

To make the base:
1 crushed up packet of Nice biscuits (any biscuits will do but I like Nice biscuits because they're coated in sugar, making the base nice and sweet!)
Melted butter (sorry I'm really bad with amounts...just enough to moisten the crushed biscuit and help it stick together slightly. Just stir in the butter bit by bit until it's enough.)

Cheesecake filling:
300g of fresh ricotta cheese
250g (a pack) of cream cheese

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The point of what I do...

I read this quote today...

After six or seven performances of any song, you begin to perform it rather than feel it.

Graham Nash 

I had to stop for a moment 
and catch my breath.
I do NOT want to stop feeling my songs 
when I sing them.
I don't want to lose grip 
on the reason I wrote them 
in the first place.
I must remember who I wrote these songs for
 so that I am moved 
to sing from that place
every time.
Perhaps this is wishful thinking 
but so far I think I've managed
to not lose sight
of the reason for my music.
May I perform well - yes.
But may I feel more and more deeply
every time I sing to an audience...
otherwise I believe
I will be doing them
a great disservice.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I could no longer resist the blog!!

Well here I am - didn't quite expect this, but yes I am now part of the blogging community. Basically a great way for me to update friends and fans about where my music is taking me (and everyone else who dares to get involved!) and also to let a little creative steam off at times.

So I don't really have too much to say right now at 1:30 in the morning, but I DO want to tell you about a gig that is happening THIS FRIDAY.

A cute little cafe named Pablo and Rusty's.
Singing by Lissa
and DJ Dick-Smith.
Artworks by Judith Smith.
Coffee by the amazing coffee people.
Enjoyment by all.

And if you haven't already, have a sneak peak at my new video at to find out about more upcoming dates!

Talk to you soon