#2: Griddled aubergines with quinoa, kumquat, semi-dried tomatoes and cucumber salad

This is possibly the poshest/most pretentious salad I’ve ever invented. But it’s really tasty!

Quinoa is – unlike other pulses – a complete protein. It’s also rich in iron and fibre so it’s really good for you and a nice veggie option.

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#27: 30 classic films: 3 down, 27 to go

It would have been better to make headway on this challenge in the winter; now the clocks have gone forward and I’m no longer getting up at 5am for my job, I can feel the call of London nightlife grow louder.

1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The opening sequence of this film hasn’t dated at all. There’s something clean and modernist about the block colours and the silhouette horses running across the screen.

As someone who loved earlier Westerns like High Noon and Stagecoach as a child, it took me a while to get used to the long, slow shots and lack of dialogue for the first five minutes. Also everyone looked blatantly Italian and it was hard to remember we weren’t in Sicily. But why shouldn’t they look Italian? If the characters in earlier Westerns look more northern European (ie blonde haired and blue-eyed) that probably says more about Hollywood than it does about the immigrant population of the Wild West. Continue reading

#5: Haircut of truth

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a woman’s femininity is bound up with her hair. It’s one of our most defining features.

If you don’t believe me, just think how Britney Spears’ head-shaving incident was used to prove what the press wanted us to believe: that she was stark-raving bonkers.

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Thames walk east… from Blackfriars to Greenwich


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There are few more evocative parts of London than along the River Thames. From the splendour of Hampton Court to the Southbank arts complex to the docks and wharfs of the East End, it’s a constantly changing landscape. I’ve done … Continue reading