My Debut Ep The Void Is Now On Spotify

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-17-08-13I know Its taken a while but there were a TON of annoying things going on in the background that made it unable for people to play my ep via Spotify. Well all thats behind us now and I am veeeery happy to announce that you can now play The Void to your hearts content on there now! Please dont forget to click the ‘follow’ button on my profile so you to get instant access to my new releases, and it also shows the powers that be that people are in fact listening. Thank you guys and we’ll talk soon, call me lol.

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Badly Written Recipes: Thai Red Curry, Jasmine sticky Rice & A Char Siu Skewer

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Alright a promise is a promise. You wanted recipes and don’t have em, BUT, I do make some pretty tasty food every now and again and although i might not have every tiny measurement (i don’t really measure ingredients) here my thought process through cooking.

 

My wifes vegan, so I have a natural reflex to keep vegan alternative ingredients in mind and

I’ve listed them here also so you’re all good!

PLEASE read the WHOLE thing first, as I might randomly start talking about adding an ingredient waaay later and you’ll be like ‘what the hell?’

theres bound to be spelling mistakes too, so sorry about that.

Aight so here we go, thai red curry with a skewer of char siu chicken because I’m greedy like that.

I like to think that every country has their ‘Star player’ ingredients, thai food would be: garlic, lime, lemongrass, ginger, chilli, basil & coriander (or cilantro for you u.s folk). you can literally throw these ingredients on anything anything and it’d give it a thai feel.

If you’re not that kitchen savvy, I strongly suggest you just buy thai red curry paste from the shop, it tastes pretty damn good, and when you throw that with coconut milk you’re good to go. But if you wanna get all fancy for no reason like i did, you’re gonna need:

1 shallot chopped

1 stalk fresh lemongrass, minced,

1-2 red chilies,

4 cloves garlic

1 thumb-size piece of ginger, sliced

2 Tbsp of tomato puree

1 tsp. ground cumin

3/4 tsp. ground coriander

1/4 tsp. ground white pepper

2 Tbsp. fish sauce, or if you’re vegan 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, plus salt to taste

1 tsp. shrimp paste, or for the vegans 1 Tbsp of Thai golden mountain sauce

1 tsp. sugar

1+1/2 to 2 Tbsp. chili powder

depending on how spicy you want it

3 Tbsp. thick coconut milk, or just enough to keep the blades turning (you’re gonna need more for the curry anyway)

2 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice

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once you have all that, bung it in the blender and button smash the crap out of it until it forms a solid paste. It wont be super super red, but it will while cooking the curry

so yeah, ALL that, or just get a pack of red thai curry sauce lol.

Next you’ll need some chopped chicken breast, or for the veggie vegan crew, some tofu or/and  broccoli, sweet potato (half boiled, chick peas, or anything else that you’re feeling)

For the rice I strongly suggest sticky jasmine rice, as thats the equivalent of pure crack in the rice world, but any rice is all good. I’m not gonna go into cooking the damn rice, just have it ready near the end of the curry. you can do it, i believe in you.

get your chicken (or veg), and add fresh crushed garlic, garlic powder,  salt, pepper, ground basil, a  lil bit of ginger powder, and half a freshly squeezed lime, mix that about and leave it for about 5 mins (the longer you leave it the better)

get a frying pan on, throw some oil in, (olive preferably) and then add the chicken. infrequently stir it, like every 2 mins, just to ensure its cooking evenly till it looks golden brown, probably around the 10 min mark. the chicken probably aint cooked fully yet so don’t take a bite and die yeah?

add the red curry paste and let that bad boy sizzle, in the pan. Awaken your inner ninja and start randomly stirring it all about until the paste covers the chicken. next add that remaining coconut milk so you’ve got a real nice curry sauce vibing in your pan.

after 10 mins add some freshly chopped basil, plate it up with the rice and garnish with that awesome rice. BOOM game done.

Fat Boy EXTRA

The chicken char siu skewer was totally unnecessary and i was absolutely STUFFED without it, but if you wanna make it as a starter or something, simply season chopped chicken breast, or tofu (vegan alert) with:

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 tbsp light soy sauce

2 tbsp oyster sauce (if your vegan or veggie just use Worcestershire sauuuuce)

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

3 tbsp honey

2 tbsp brown sugar

4 tbsp hoisin sauce

1/2 tsp Chinese five spice

1/2 tbsp red food colouring

mix all that in and leave it for an hour at LEAST but over night will be better, then throw some sticky char siu in the mix. you don’t have to, but I’m a bit over the top like that.

grab your skewer, and pierce the chicken pieces onto the skewer. if you’re using tofu, make sure you go SLOOOWLY man, you don’t want it breaking off and all that. throw that in an oven on a wire rack on 180 degrees for about… er i dunno, 20 mins? 25 maybe? and there you bloody have it!

lemmie know what think in the comments, and if you tried it out! Till next time…

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Back Like I never Left

jovel_final-20-copyFirst I was gonna wait till the new year before re-starting my blog. You know, new year new start and all that, but lets be honest, most of that new years resolution crap barely makes it till the end of the month, so i thought id have a better chance of sticking to it by kicking it off riiiiight now. So yeah, ze blogiddy has returned! As well as the usual gadgetry, anime, music, movies and general nerdy stuff that I used to blog, we’ve also grown the hell up andhave some proper ish to add!

Obviously being a musician, I posted about the key events and releases I put out here and there, as that was the initial purpose of the blog! But mixed with all the cool stuff I found it all got a bit fuzzy and random to say the least. Well not any more! My musics really starting to pick up (more on that later) and Ive had literally tonnes of people asking for recipes for some of the meals I whip up, so I decided to make the three solid corner stones of music, cooking & cool/nerdy shit more organised and keep rotating like a rotisserie chicken in this biatch.

If you’re new to the blog, this is doesn’t reeeally apply to you, but here, have a big warm welcome, first ones free. To my regular visitors and subscribers, sorry for the long ting, but I’m back, for good, I promise and a massive thank you for being patent with me. Alright, enough soppy shit, lets get back to it!

Its Official! – I’m Playing Glastonbury this Year!

Its Official! – I’m Playing Glastonbury this Year!

 

I know Ive been SUPER tight lipped about my new material as ‘Jovel’, even to the point where I havent publicly announced any shows and instead done a few ‘if you’re there then you’re there’ kind of apperances, but thats all coming to an end very very soon.

 

I cant go into to much detail (some of it I still dont know myself, But I have been confirmed to play Glastonbury this year! Still not sure what day or stage, but I do know that George Ezra and a few others are on the same stage as me!

 

Im really looking forward to present this new sound to you all, and I cant wait to hear what you all think, Its quite a massive journey from anything Ive even thought of doing before!

 

Ill keep y’all updated!

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My Show @ Strongrooms (Souterrain) was SICK!

My Show @ Strongrooms (Souterrain) was SICK!

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10635750_1486343074941683_8975830631198734810_nSo last wednesday I had my third ‘tester’ show and FINALLY it went the way I wanted to in my mind. My new live show is still in its early stages, but all the new elements are finally working together a lot more seamlessly and the response from the audience was AMAZING.

A massive thank you to everyone that came to support the event (especially the two lads that drove all the way from cornwall just to see me play) to chris for having me, and a massive thank you to everyone that came up to me afterwards to say they enjoyed the show, really gave my confidence a boost.

Cannot WAIT for my next set of shows now. I’ll keep you posted!