Oranges are at their best at this time of year and there are many varieties to choose from. For example, the bitter Seville or marmalade orange, the somewhat gruesomely named, but delicious blood orange or navel orange are just a few and they can all be used creatively in baking.The zest has such a strong flavour that sometimes that is all that is needed to give the taste in, for example, biscuits and shortbreads. Among the flavours to go well with orange are chocolate, dates, almonds, apricots, carrots, and cranberries. These combinations can work in baked cheesecakes, muffins, tarts and cakes.Caramelised oranges, put in overlapping slices on top of an orange-flavoured crème patissière, can look dramatic and taste fantastic. Orange syrup cakes or a St Clements cake using both oranges and lemons are always popular, as are orange cakes made using polenta. A thin-skinned orange, boiled until tender before being pulverised and mixed with ground almonds makes a delicious cake, which has either syrup poured over it or served with it. A sandwich cake flavoured with orange zest can be filled with orange curd.In season: January-end of MarchFiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous school of Leiths Food and Wine
The final day of festivities at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia on Sunday brought an array of music to please even the most discriminate music fan. The heat continued to beat down on the venue, but that didn’t stop attendees from heading down to the Blue Ridge Bowl to catch Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, also known as “church” to most festival goers, open up the music of the day. We caught up with Williams over the weekend to get his take on the Lockn’ Festival over the years. He has performed at all four and indicated he was “technically the first act on the bill at the very first Lockn’ however, Kyle Hollingsworth and Jason Hann, [both of String Cheese Incident] actually played the first couple songs. They were out on stage with an accordion and a doumbek. I don’t think there was a microphone and that was the first year. We lovingly named it GridLockn’ because there was a massive traffic jam.”Keller went on to explain how he was stuck in the gridlock nightmare along with everyone else that first year: “It was about an hour away from my set and I’m about a mile away from the stage, and had been sitting there for a while. I ended up going the wrong way down the street passing all these parked cars and almost inciting a little hippie riot, but thank god it didn’t come to that. The next year they solved all those problems of injury and figured it out.”Because so many people love attending his “church” performance on Sunday, he went on to explain, “I’m very grateful to be a part of this thing, especially to be able to be surrounded by a band like that. A lot of those folks in the Grateful Gospel actually come from a gospel background and a lot of Jerry Garcia’s music went there, so we are kind of breaking out those elements in more of “black gospel,” so to speak. If you say black gospel, as opposed to white gospel, it’s completely different. Although it doesn’t sound politically correct, there’s a huge difference between black gospel and white gospel. This is definitely black gospel, that’s heavy on the soul and funky side. It seems to translate. It’s really special. It’s a morning set, and everyone’s used to night time, and you’ve got all day, with food and drinks and everyone’s kind of sluggish. The morning is pretty much a very high energy thing and people are fresh.”As for being able to enjoy time at the festival, he went on to say, “I’ve been able to move in for the weekend. It doesn’t usually happen that often. I’m usually in and out. I’ve been very lucky to be able to play so many festivals. Usually you get to the site an hour before you play, and then leave an hour after you play and head to the airport to go to another festival. It’s very rare that I can actually hang out and absorb it like I can here. It makes me very relaxed. I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t have to worry about airplanes.”He shared some memorable moments over the years. “I have so many. The last outdoor Allman Brothers show was pretty special. Sitting in with String Cheese the first year on the giant stage was really a rush. During St. Paul & The Broken Bones, I cried. It was daylight, it was hot. There wasn’t a whole lot of people, but it was so real, and so raw and full of emotion that translated to me as I was watching from upstairs on the side stage. It was one of those things where I put my glasses on and didn’t let anyone see the tears coming down. It was that good. I had heard of them before, heard their music and seen them on television.Tom Petty was really cool a couple years ago. That sparked a novelty project I did once called Petty Grass. I did all the hits blue grass style of Tom Petty songs. I did it once.”If you’ve never seen Keller Williams Grateful Grass or Grateful Gospel, here’s a sample from his Saturday performance at Lockn’ this year, with video credit to iccuspunk on YouTube. Words by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.Photographs by Sam Shinault Photography.
USC’s explosive offensive wasted no time Saturday demonstrating its big-play potential.USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley went 23 for 38 for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanOn the first play from scrimmage, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee snared a five-yard pass near the sideline, eluded an oncoming tackler and raced to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown. No. 1 USC (1-0, 0-0), buttressed by Lee’s 10 receptions for 197 yards and an additional 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, steamrolled Hawai’i 49-10 before an announced Coliseum sell-out of 93,607 fans.“Today showed what I thought was going to happen with [Lee], just watching him from year one to year two,” Kiffin said. “He’s so much bigger and stronger now.… The first guy rarely ever tackles him.”Lee, who at one point during the game seemed poised to challenge former wide receiver R. Jay Soward’s USC single-game record of 260 receiving yards, was quick to deflect praise, instead crediting his teammates with key blocks on both big plays and bemoaning a couple of dropped passes.“You see [Lee] make cuts when people are coming to the side,” Kiffin said. “It’s why I think he’ll be the best one ever [at USC] when it’s all said and done.”Though Kiffin praised Lee effusively, he also pointed out the budding star’s two dropped passes. The Trojans graded their offensive production as average, noting that the receiving corps dropped a couple of surefire receptions, and the running game, outside of junior running back Silas Redd’s 31-yard touchdown scamper, struggled to gain consistent yards.USC running backs combined for 82 yards rushing on 23 attempts, a pedestrian 3.6 yards per rush. In his USC debut, Redd ran for 57 yards on nine carries and added a 19-yard reception, which he ultimately fumbled. His co-starter, senior running back Curtis McNeal, struggled to find his rhythm, finishing the game with 10 yards on five carries.“It was bittersweet; I feel like we could have scored at least 100 points in the first half,” said senior quarterback Matt Barkley, who exited the game midway through the fourth quarter after completing 23 of 38 passes for 372 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.On defense, USC nabbed two interceptions and recovered two fumbles, statistics that bode well for a defense that has stressed creating more turnovers this season. Sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard recorded six tackles and returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown.“The storyline was the first-team defense and the defensive line,” Kiffin said.Even without senior defensive end Wes Horton, who sat out with an undisclosed injury, USC’s defensive line — a unit in flux entering 2012 — provided consistent pressure, registering four sacks. Junior defensive end Morgan Breslin, who made his USC debut, headlined the effort in the trenches, forcing a fumble, recording a sack and leveling several hits on Hawai’i quarterback Sean Schroeder.Freshman Leonard Williams also announced his readiness for Football Bowl Subdivision play, adding a sack of his own and jarring Schroeder on the pass attempt that Pullard ultimately intercepted.“Our defensive linemen, they’re very young, but they come out there and play extremely fast,” Pullard said. “The safeties were playing better than ever. Everyone was talking [negatively] about our [defensive backs] and our defensive line; [they] just went out, executed the defense and played fast.”Kiffin was not only happy to begin the season with the victory, but also pleased to use most of his roster, including 25 defenders. He hopes the playing time will benefit his inexperienced back-ups and prepare them for increased roles.“Glad to be 1-0,” Kiffin said. “A lot of the teams in the country aren’t. We made it through the game relatively healthy and played a lot of players, which was good. Even before the game got out of hand, we were rotating a lot of guys in.… I’m excited to get to this film to see a lot of kids that haven’t played a lot.”
Champion club Kumasi Asante Kotoko returned to the summit of the Glo Premier League standings yesterday after an emphatic victory over Arsenal at the Golden City Park toppled Berekum Chelsea who were crushed by Hearts of Oak in Accra.Very rarely do age-old rivals Hearts and Kotoko do each other favours in the league title race. For once, Hearts delivered a perfect gift to their arch rivals when their 3-0 thumping of Chelsea helped Kotoko leapfrog the Berekum lads to the top of the standings as the competition heads into the final four matches.It was exactly a week yesterday after the giants and the league’s most glamorous sides sold out a classic that ended in a 1-1 draw at the Accra Stadium. And despite the intervening mid-week’s varied fortunes for the traditional giants, the fate of facing Berekum’s two clubs was more than a coincidence.The paths of Arsenal and Chelsea — unlike their original glamourous counterparts of London — lie far apart, separated by a gulf in class, with Arsenal battling against relegation and Chelsea pursuing a second league title in three years.At Berekum, Arsenal’s bid for survival in the elite competition suffered a major blow when Michael Akuffo, Abdul Aziz and Kofi Nti Boakye struck to nail them to the 15th position in the 16-club league.It was equally frustrating for Chelsea in the nation’s capital as a brace by Gilbert Fiamenyo and Mahatma Otoo’s 16th league goal gave Hearts just their second win over Chelsea in 10 clashes. In a more straight route affair, Medeama beat relegation-bound RTU 3-0 at Tarkwa to revive their title aspirations as they moved into second position on the league log, while King Faisal pipped Ashantigold 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.The weekend’s top fixture saw Hearts outclassing table-topping Chelsea and showing glimpses of their once dominant form, writes Kwame Larweh.The Phobians have over the past few weeks shown some promising prospects reminiscent of their glorious past by thrashing Liberty Professionals 3-1, drawing 1-1 with traditional rivals, Asante Kotoko and pummelling RTU 4-0 last Wednesday before yesterday’s spectacular display which must sent their fans into frenzy.They dominated play from start to finish with a man-of-the-match performance by Fiamenyo, particularly in the first half, accompanied by two brilliant goals.Fiamenyo struck first in the 25th minute to give his side the opener when he headed home a beautiful cross from winger Ernest Owusu Bempah. The marauding attacker then increased his tally to two in the 41st minute after fellow striker Otoo skillfully dribbled past a defender in the goal area and passed it on to Fiamenyo who slotted past Chelsagoalkeeper Michael Osei.The striker could have scored a hat-trick from another chance, but his feeble shot was saved by goalkeeper Osei as Chelsea looked shocked by the fantastic display of the Phobians.Back from recess, the visitors tried to take the game to the Phobians but defenders Tetteh Luggard, Robin Gnagne, Moro Abubakar and Nuru Sulley stood tall and frustrated the visitors.Hearts regained control and were further boosted in the 57th minute when Chelsea’s Wilson Akakpo was shown the exit after a reckless tackle on winger Thomas Abbey for a second bookable offence.However, striker Abdul Basit of Chelsea still looked hungry for goals as he hit the post of the Phobians twice, the first a powerful shot that hit the bar in the 67th minute, and the second in the 80th minute when he dribbled past goalkeeper Tetteh Luggard but saw his shot hit the post again with only the net at his mercy. In the 84th minute, a goal-mouth scramble in the visitor’s area saw Mahatma Otoo’s cheeky tap drop in the net to increase Hearts tally to three without reply.