Kurt’s 50 Favourites: The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World

Suffice to say that I don’t think you should bother listening to The Shaggs “Philosophy of the World” – it’s terrible. There – that’s the kind of review you don’t often get on music blogs. It’s not that it’s lo-fi – it’s just that it’s amateur to the point of bad. I’m not sure what made Kurt Cobain like this at all!

Finnish Sima & Homemade Gin

December was a month of drink concoctions… Disaronno & Coke, Hot chocolate with manukka honey and chipotle Tabasco, Finnish Sima, some gin for Ruth’s Christmas and some homebrew beer flavouring. I’d definitely make Sima again – it was pretty easy and tasted amazing: for an 800ml bottle boil water, dissolve 100g brown sugar, cool bottle to pitching temp, zest and juice a lemon, add 6 raisins and half a pack of bakers yeast – leave it open and out of the fridge for 48 hours then seal it and pop it in the fridge for a day or so… yum.

The gin was for Ruth’s Christmas. Ingredients were as follows:

* 20cl of vodka
* 3 black peppercorns
* 6 juniper berries
* tiny shard of licquorous root
* smallest cardomon pod
* small snip of vanilla
* pinch of sugar
* tiny snip of dried pear
* orange peel in the shape of an R

It was too early to taste it before Christmas so hopefully the end results are positive!