Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Amanthi Lynch

Now you’ve gotta love a gal who also loves to bake bits ‘n’ bobs as well as rock out a tune or two as part of the band Skipping Girl Vinegar. Not only does the gorgeous Amanthi Lynch posses enviable qualities that make her a prime candidate for RWW but get this…drumroll … she can also write a recipe! You might think that writing a recipe is easy. It’s not, as so many people who don’t cook full-time, miss bits. Like the main ingredient or they might write a very romantic method when, at the end of the day, point form is best if you really want someone else to make your stuff. So thumbs up to you Amanthi and thank you for sharing. Oh and save me a piece of that damn fine Fudgy Rocky Road when we catch up at Bluesfest!

If you’re from not from Melbourne, then chances are you might have no idea who or what Skipping Girl Vinegar is. Well, back in the day before the band got together, the Skipping Girl Vinegar building was an iconic beacon on Victoria Street with Australia’s first animated neon sign. According to Wikipedia, “The origin of the connection between vinegar and a skipping girl named Little Audrey is a skipping rhyme, usually “salt, vinegar, mustard, pepper, if I dare, I can do better…” to which the rope would be spun faster”. In a lovely Bitter Sweet Sour twist, my friend Kurt restored Little Audrey to her neon brilliance and she was placed on her perch in June, 2009 where she beams brightly evermore.

Much loved artist  Charles Blackman penned his version of SWG. At the age of 82, is one of Australia’s most significant figurative painters and one of only a handful of artists who have really made a name on the international art stage. He is one of the founders of “The Antipodean’s”, a group of Australian modern artists who proclaimed the importance of figurative art, fulminating the new conformation worldwide towards American abstract expressionism.

Back to the band. Skipping Girl Vinegar are one of Australia’s most talked about bands. Celebrated songwriters with two critically acclaimed albums that received extensive radio play on Triple J, ABC and n radio nationwide, their sophomore album ‘Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey’ made many ‘Album of the Year’ lists both here and in the U.S. including ‘The Age E.G. Awards’, Inpress, AMP, Triple R. So here’s your chance to sink your teeth into some rockin’ Rocky Road.


Amanthi Lynch’s Fudgy Rocky Road

I love to cook, so baked goods have become a key feature of Skipping Girl Vinegar shows – and they’re a great way to connect with fans after the gig. We are about to play Port Fairy Folk Festival as well as Bluesfest over Easter so I guess I’ll be making a fair few trays of these sweet treats in the coming weeks.

400 grams gluten free dark chocolate chips
30 grams unsalted butter
395 grams tinned condensed milk
1 cup of unsalted peanuts
200 grams of glace cherries
100 grams gluten free mini marshmallows

  • In a heavy-based saucepan, on very low heat, melt dark chocolate, butter and condensed milk until fully combined. This should take around 10 minutes
  • Add peanuts, cherries and marshmallow and stir for a further 2 minutes
  • Pour into a small slice tray that is lined with baking paper
  • Smooth the top with a spatula and put in the fridge for three hours or until firm
  • Cut into small cubes and serve cold. This will keep in the fridge for 1 week in an airtight container. Makes around 24 small cubes

1.   What’s your survival food when you’re on tour?

Good coffee is the most important beverage when on tour. It’s pretty tough to find really good coffee when you’re not in your own neighborhood. I have also learned that you need to have a good supply of snacks on hand ‘cos you never know when you’re going to be able to eat.

2. What’s your healthy go-to comfort food – either at home or in a restaurant – when you come home?

I love anything with green vegetables when I get home. I know I’m home from tour when I can settle into a green curry and steamed rice.

2.   Do you have a secret remedy that keeps your voice in shape? (Or one of your artists?)

Hot lemon and honey drink and a short sound check, help to keep our voices in shape.

3.   What’s the most obscure rider request you’ve ever heard?

Queen once requested a mud wresting ring and wrestlers outside the dressing room for post-performance entertainment.


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