I’ve always enjoyed Christmas pudding piping hot and swimming in cold cream. However, I can appreciate that after a month of mince pies, many of you have had enough of spiced raisins. This is an alternative for those of you seeking new inspiration: a delicate hazelnut mousse within a layer of port-soaked cherries, chocolate sponge, rich ganache and twinkling strands of spun sugar. With several different components to make, this isn’t the quickest of recipes, but it will be a favourite, especially for those who normally disappear at the mention of Christmas pudding. An alternative Christmas pudding Spun sugar will readily absorb water from the air and melt away, so store it in an airtight container if you’re making ahead of time or, better still, make it just before serving. Prep 1 hr 30 min, plus chilling1 hr8 For the spongeVegetable oil or butter, to grease3 large eggs100g caster sugar20g cocoa powder55g plain flour For the praline120g blanched hazelnuts100g caster … [Read more...] about Tamal Ray’s recipe for an alternative Christmas pudding
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Deep down, we can’t really imagine it happening in Britain. We tell ourselves that extremism is something that afflicts more excitable people. A PM who took the Kremlin line during the Cold War? A grimly unfunny Citizen Smith bent on expropriating private pensions, private schools and private companies? A leader who has never backed his own country in a quarrel with others? We are surely a more level-headed nation than that. Aren’t we? My friends, brace yourselves. The idea that It Can’t Happen Here has a major flaw, namely that it is already happening here. At the last election, in defiance of all the opinion polls, Jeremy Corbyn won 40 per cent of the vote and came within a whisker of power.... … [Read more...] about Labour has built up a world of alternative facts – but we can see Britain is no Dickensian slum
If you've got a little money to invest and you're fond of a pint every now and again, how about buying a stake in a traditional British pub? For a minimum investment of £250 you can become a "co-owner" of the Butcher's Arms in the Cumbrian village of Crosby Ravensworth. You would have a say in how the business is run and you should enjoy a "modest" return on your money, too. And those behind the project say you will "always receive a friendly welcome" in a pub that you part-own. Community owned and run local businesses are increasingly common. In villages, towns and cities throughout the UK, people are being invited to become members of "community co-operatives" that are bringing pubs, shops, cafes and other vital amenities back to life. No longer prepared to sit back and accept the closure of their local facilities, residents and others sympathetic to the cause are joining forces to take them back into local ownership – and are putting in their own money. Last month the Fox … [Read more...] about Co-operative action down the community pub
Christine Langan, who runs BBC Films, recently felt obliged to defend the latest cinematic adaptations of novels by Charlotte and Emily Brontë – Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, which opens early next month, and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, due for release in November – against accusations of deja vu. "People," Langan sighed, "will be saying, 'Why the hell are they doing all that over again?'" They are doing it, I'd suggest, because it needs to be done. Certain books – by the Brontës and by Jane Austen and Dickens – are indispensable to us and accompany us through life. When we first read them, they prospectively sketch our quest to discover who we are and our struggle to impose ourselves on the world; in later decades, they remain as markers of our progress or testaments to our disillusionment. In Jane Eyre, a disadvantaged girl prevails by force of will and by the intensity of an uncompromising imagination. Oliver Twist is about an even more … [Read more...] about Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights: do we need new film versions?
ANDY RUIZ JR wants to lure Anthony Joshua out of his cautious game plan and into a slugfest where he will eventually surrender — again. The Mexican, 30, called AJ a quitter in September and wore a New York Knicks vest to their Wednesday night press conference to remind him of his June 1 Madison Square Garden capitulation. California-based champ Ruiz expects the challenger to come in dramatically lighter and try to box on the back foot for a points win — like he did to collect the WBO belt from Joseph Parker in 2018. So the subtle yet spiteful mind games — the opposite to the fanboy stooge persona Ruiz pulled off before Joshua’s US debut — are a tactic to ruin the Brit’s six months of planning. The WBA, IBF and WBO champ said: “I’m pretty sure he was mad at me, when I said he quit, I think he thought, ‘You motherf*****’. “But that is what I felt in my heart, he spat his mouthpiece out and quit.“He was waiting too … [Read more...] about Andy Ruiz Jr planning to get Anthony Joshua out of his cautious game plan and into slugfest – before KOing him again