We like a lot of things at Carousel. Back rubs, the edges of a lasagne, table tennis… Here are a few more of life’s little pleasures that we’d like to share with you.
Carousel Likes or Carousel Is Obsessed With? 24 year old rapper Loyle Carner is doing everything right in our eyes. His most recent song ‘Ottolenghi’ is named after you-know-who and sparked an unlikely but endearing friendship between the pair. Add to this, Chilli Con Carner, the cooking school for children with ADHD inspired by his own struggles that uses the kitchen as an avenue for distraction, meditation and creative expression, and you have one very cool guy. Certainly not just a pretty face…
Our commutes got a whole lot funnier when we started listening to Table Manners. The concept is simple: musician Jessie Ware and her mum, Lennie, cook a meal and invite a guest over for a chinwag while they eat. So far the likes of Ottolenghi, Sadique Khan, Nigella and Paul Smith have sat back and giggled whilst the two bicker over how long the lamb needs or who makes the best labneh. Warm, witty and very listen-able. We’re waiting for our invite.
We’ve become quite partial to The Fermentary’s water kefir. Traditionally made with milk, this fermented fizzy drink is another one to add to your #gutfriendly shopping list. Far from a fad, kefir has been around for centuries, originating in Russia and drunk for its many health benefits and gentle sour taste. The water variety is light and refreshing and comes in some lovely, seasonal fruity flavours like fig and ginger and burnt orange. Move over kombucha…
On The Side
We take a lot of pride in our side dishes, which is why we’re big fans of one time Carousel guest chef Ed Smith’s cookbook, On the Side. Moving the humble side to centre stage, he encourages readers to treat their accompaniments with more care, instead of bunging a bowl of soggy broccoli on the table. Onions braised in vermouth, salt baked celeriac, grilled hispi cabbage with crème fraîche and anchovies… Heck, we’re even tempted to sack off the ‘main event’ and make a meal of them themselves.
The London Centre for Book Arts
The London Centre for Book Arts is a super-cool, open-access studio in Hackney (obvs) on a mission to preserve traditional book arts and artist-led publishing in the UK. We’ve been lucky enough to host them right here at Carousel, holding workshops teaching age-old methods such as concertina, Japanese and casebound binding using some pretty impressive specialist tools. It’s not easy, but it is hugely satisfying. Give it a go.