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Friday 13 November 2009
Sunday 08 November 2009
Friday 23 October 2009
Clinton Ford was among the UK's most versatile entertainers and although he made hit records, notably "Old Shep" and "Fanlight Fanny", he could have had several more. His versatility was both his strength and his weakness as he recorded jazz, country music, romantic ballads, comedy songs, children's favourites and music hall standards. He told me in 2005, "I can't be put in a pigeonhole and when people ask me what sort of songs I sing, I say, 'The ones with words and music.'" There was an additional problem: given two options, Clinton Ford invariably chose the wrong one, but he commented, "Nearly everything I've done seemed like a good idea at the time." (Pause) "Even 'Old Shep'."
Saturday 26 September 2009
Puffball mushrooms are a great versatile mushroom that you can serve on toast, simply diced up and pan-fried like ordinary mushrooms for a light lunch. They tend to vary massively in size, so you might have some left over for breakfast that you can slide a fried egg on to.
Saturday 12 September 2009
Saturday 29 August 2009
Saturday 29 August 2009
Pulses, dried beans and peas are a crucial part of my larder – you never know when you may need a little inspiration to add to a stew or to knock up a sauce or dressing. I normally have a dozen or so different types that I randomly collect from delis and around the world on my travels, so I'm not short on ideas. Anything from a humble split pea to a black Beluga lentil can inspire a dish when you find yourself scratching round for ideas.
Friday 21 August 2009
Thursday 06 August 2009
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Few domestic metal objects carry more precarious symbolism for the British than cutlery. Employing the wrong edge of the spoon to drink your soup, holding your knife like a fountain pen, putting a knife in your mouth, shovelling peas onto your fork – these are gaffes that consign you to social perdition, as surely as drinking tea out of the saucer. Adopting the American habit of using only a fork to eat your meal, however, represents a revolution in table manners that's both seismic and deeply unwelcome.
Saturday 18 July 2009
Tuesday 14 July 2009
Saturday 27 June 2009
Saturday 13 June 2009
Saturday 09 May 2009
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
- 4 Alex Salmond: 'The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords'