The last taste of freedom! Young people head to restaurants and bars across the UK on the final weekend before strict ‘rule of six’ measures are enforced next week

Seven people are fighting for their lives in intensive care with the disease and 68 are on wards at the Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands NHS hospitals, according to local reports. And more than 800 people tested positive for the virus in the last week, meaning many could be just days away from needing hospital care.  

The Seven Best Shows and Films to Stream This Weekend on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

#DanceNotWar: Dancing in Jaffa (Hulu, August 12) Tired of hearing bad news about the Middle East? So are we. So here’s a documentary about Jewish and Arab children dancing together in Jaffa, Israel. The film follows a workshop led by Pierre Dulaine, who was also featured in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom and was portrayed […]

Sparkling water – on the rocks! My battle through dry(ish) January

Week four: Tasmania and Victoria The second weekend of the music festival I have gin and tonics, Tasmanian wine, sparkling wine and a beer. I see many bands and dance. I stay out til 3am. I go to a party in a massive warehouse where some punk band plays while two male bodybuilders – tanned, […]

‘Italians don’t shout at me!’ Nigella Lawson leaves Twitter followers ‘recoiling in horror’ with her Marmite spaghetti recipe – but some claim it’s been their ‘ultimate comfort food’ for a decade

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Australian doctor who tried to save music icon Jimi Hendrix’s life when he died 50 years ago recalls the fateful night the world lost a true legend

While she was ‘not really a great fan of Jimi Hendrix’s (pictured) music’, she liked some of it at the time and often went to his shows, where she would have a cigarette while he was on stage

When Barrels Set Sail—The History of Aging Spirits at Sea

I’m convinced that one of the reasons for this is that when it was first available it was aged longer than anything on the market. Now, the difference between sitting in a barrel for nine months and 14 months isn’t all that much, as far as aging a spirit is concerned. But the arrack wasn’t […]

The Rebirth of an Essential Cocktail Ingredient

If the trade began to decline in the nineteenth century with the rise of other spirits, it still remained extensive: In 1862, Batavia shipped the equivalent of 5.3 million bottles of arrack at 50 percent ABV. Much of this went to Germany and Scandinavia, which retained a taste for the stuff that they had acquired […]

Yotam Ottolenghi is making the best of it

London, like much of the world, was in lockdown from about March to May, during which time Ottolenghi temporarily lost his sense of taste and smell, and suspects he contracted Covid-19. As we speak, three of Ottolenghi’s six restaurants in the city – and the test kitchen – have reopened. He plans to reopen the […]

Yotam Ottolenghi’s fresh coconut salad and pomelo salad recipes

100ml rice-wine vinegar 3 tbsp palm (or caster) sugar 1 tbsp orange blossom water 2 star anise 1 cinnamon stick, broken in two 10g ginger, peeled and julienned 2 medium mild red chillies, deseeded and julienned 500g pomelo flesh (ie 1 large one or 3 grapefruit-sized ones) 1 small green mango, stoned, peeled and julienned (net […]

Recipe: Chickpeas with carrot, silver beet, saffron and chilli

I served this on its own to a table of hungry carnivores, expecting a complete riot. I did not hear a peep. An additional bonus is that it doesn’t require much in the way of ingredients. A chemistry teacher once told me to K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Fair enough.