Monday, 2 March 2015

Little Loving Things #1

Love ought to be celebrated all year round, not just for one day. There's plenty of ways you can show someone you care if you want or need to remind them and, often times, it's those little things that count. 

 That mug of comforting tea, a box of something you enjoy or a meal prepared with thought, are great examples. 

As an exploration, Little Loving Things will be an ongoing series that documents wonderful things that loved ones do for each other or tells short stories, in support and awareness of The Couple Connection - an online charity that provides  healthy relationship advice. 

Please do join me at my Instagram to follow along using the hash tag #LittleLovingThings, making sure to hash tag all delightful gestures and escapades that you embark upon, or discover.

My favourite example from across the web lately comes from the wonderful blog, Take Courage, written by Cat. Not only does she have an awesomely beautiful cat but she also has a keen eye for detail. Her biggest little loving thing involved scouring the internet high and low for the perfect gift for her butterly loving boyfriend.

You can read more about it here or look below at the gorgeous gesture she created for him in their home. Pretty spectacular, isn't it?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

HART | New Music | Anchor, with strings from Nico Muhly

Introducing the debut single from Hart, Anchor, with strings arranged by Nico Muhly
Introducing the debut single from HART isn't something that I would normally write about on the Café Cat but this is different and this is exciting.

I remember 3-years ago when I first heard musician, and HART's front and only man, Daniel Pattison. A voice with a difference, my sentence stopped midway as I was captivated by his falsetto. An old university acquaintance, I had no idea of the power behind the face that I had once known; of the sheer talent he possessed.

Years on, I know the face very well and am elated to support and help promote his new venture: HART, formerly known as Daniel Pattison.

A raw and personal song with 5-years in the making, the debut single 'Anchor' features strings arranged by highly-respected modern composer, Nico Muhly, and is produced by Mario Leal and Ben Walker.

Taken from the forthcoming EP 'Songs of Late Summer' (to be released in the Spring), HART's new sound is expansive and experimental and yet at the very centre of it all remains the signature that will refuse to part itself from your mind: his voice. 

Listen to Anchor here:

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas at Ruby Violet | Celia's Saucer

 I've  never ever been a fan of traditional Christmas puds and I've always wondered why on earth everything has to be so fruity and cumbersome. Really though, why? Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, stollen, mince pies... it goes on and has taunted me always.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Scones for Celia Gray | Celia's Saucer

Celia Gray, my grandmother, passed away in November 12-years ago.

We loved to cook together, she in her apron and I in mine. With long afternoons ahead of us, we would thumb through her cook book, filled with stray recipes and notes, with scribble inside the cover. 

She would lay the rings that are now mine on the windowsill, we would wash our hands, and we would begin.

Often these days, I like to take small collections of the things I have of her and sit with them awhile, just remembering her handwriting or scent, which is laced inside old boxes and tins if I only open them from time to time.
Ephemera and Hot Chocolate
More often than not, we would choose to make scones which are so simple and yet such a big treat when piled high with vanilla clotted cream and cherry jam. We would invariably take ours just with butter or plain - her baking still spoke of the Second World War - carefully rationed.

I remember she would hover over me as I cut-mixed the dough with a blunt metal knife, and she would say knowingly "Never with a spoon." as it bound together with the cold milk.
Scones and Jam
 Close-up picture of scones and jam 
We'd peer through the oven door as the little rounds, brushed with egg, would turn golden at first and then begin to rise into clouds.

She was one to wait for things to cool thoroughly but just sometimes, she'd break one in her hands, smear it with a little butter and we'd share it, ours palms cupped to capture the crumbs.
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