Magic by Rachel Ang


One of my current favourite independent illustrators/zine makers Rachel Ang, very kindly sent me the recent edition of her Draw by Four zine.


This time the subject matter and title are Magic, and the zine is described as ‘short stories about magic, both malevolent and magnanimous’.


There are 5 different stories on the theme, all told in Rachel’s distinct, powerfully evocative and ethereal style. I love her sparse use of text and how her illustrations alone conjure up engaging, unusual and unnerving tales. I won’t spoil the content of the stories themselves, but her stories are original, engaging and and at times beautiful unsettling!

The zine is for sale through her online shop at

Lori D’s Lord I: The Records Keeper

The super talent that is Lori Damiano has just made her hand drawn animation film Lord I: The Records Keeper available online for all to see. She worked on creating the film for 11 years and has been touring it in the US. Now we can all see it, and it’s wonderful.

“Lord I : The Records Keeper is a story of a distracted yet devoted archivist learning to shake off the mental barnacles of the past and evade egocentric projections of the future in order to locate and witness the present moment. Inspired by Vipassana meditation and the Kamana Wilderness Awareness Program.”

See more of Lori’s fantastic work at

DIY Dinners: Buddha Bowl


‘Buddha Bowls’ are some of the easiest and tastiest meals to make. The can be roasted or raw and can be made with any combo of veggies, salads, nuts and grains. There’s a plethora of other recipes on the internet, but this is one features some of my personal favourite mix of roasted vegetables and is also grain-free.

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Brash Skate and Create

The brilliant creative, community non-profit Brash Skate and Create is trying to raise funds.

Brash, set up by illustrator and skateboard coach, and all round good egg Harriet Alana, it teaches skateboarding and creative pursuits (such as zine making) to young people and adults.

Brash needs just £43 to hit their Kickstarter target and raise enough to get some new skateboard teaching set ups. Help out a great, grass roots project HERE!


Rachel Ang: The River


Rachel Ang kindly sent me a copy of her excellent, new one shot zine, The River.


The River is an A6 Risograph zine printed on  lovely thick paper. It’s about an unusual encounter with a river, told wordlessly over 6 pages. Because it’s a fold out, one shot, there’s some wonderful, bonus illustrations to uncover at the centre.


I’m a big fan or Rachel’s work and her storytelling style. Check out her zine shop at for more of her fantastic work.

Meat Free Monday: Spiced Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Soup


This is one of my favourite go-to soups that’s great for a hearty, warming lunch or dinner. If you make more than you need, then you can freeze some for an even quicker meal another day. There’s no potato in this soup, so it suits a number of different potato/starch avoidance diets (such as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet).

The main basic ingredients are cauliflower, butternut squash, carrots, onion and red lentils and it’s flavoured with cumin and coriander. It’s naturally sweet and flavourful, but you can also add a hot chilli kick too, if that’s what floats your boat.

It’s basically just a case of cooking it all down and blitzing it up with a hand blender. It can be made nice and thick and is filling enough for a main meal.

There’s also a variation on this same soup, but made with sweet potato instead of cauliflower, plus a red pepper. You could always use pumpkin instead of butternut squash, for an extra seasonal twist.

I forgot to take a nice photo of it in a bowl with a bread roll on the side etc, (too busy eating it) so a close up of the final blended soup is all I have:

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Kat Zine Issue Three

Issue 3 of Katriona Chapman‘s excellent Kat Zine is now available from her Etsy Shop. Since I came across issue 1 on a trip to London earlier in the year, I’ve been looking forward to each new issue.

Issue 3 is another beautifully illustrated combination of personal insights and travelogue. It’s interesting, informative and thoughtfully written with gentle humour.

Her illustrations are drawn in pencil and coloured and textured digitally, giving her work an instantly recognisable, unique look. It’s printed on lovely textured paper too which make for a real quality publication.

Buy the new issue, back issue bundles or subscribe to four issues a year at her Etsy shop:

Chris Bourke’s 50 Skulls Project

Lino Print artist Chris Bourke has produced 50 different, individually hand painted lino printed skulls for el Jimador Tequila.

The intricately decorated prints, made with a combination of watercolour, acrylic paint and gold leaf, were produced for their annual Day of the Dead celebrations. Video clips, process shots and more images of the 50 Skulls, plus the chance to win one, can be found on the el Jimador UK Facebook page – HERE.


Meat Free Mondays: Baked Sweet Potato


I’m no culinary expert but I do enjoy making my own DIY dinners from scratch, avoiding processed/readymade food as much as possible. As a predominately veggie/vegan household I thought I’d start posting some recipes and participate in the Meat Free Monday campaign. Even if you never intend to be fully vegetarian for ethical reasons, avoiding meat for health benefits or environmental concerns is growing in popularity, with the pro veggie arguments stacking up against the cons.

Here’s one of my favourite hearty, Autumn-Winter warmers: filled baked sweet potato.

Baked sweet potatoes are incredibly delicious and the filling is a tasty mix of nutritious vegetables and lentils. This recipe can be adapted and made with whatever seasonal veggies, lentils and beans etc, you have to hand.

Click on ‘continue reading’ below for the full recipe and instructions of how I like to make this delicious dish.

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