Features Lara Prendergast 16 May 2019 The most comforting point to remember when preparing a dinner party is that nobody comes for the food. There are so many excellent restaurants around that really, if you want to eat exceptional food, you might as well head to one. A dinner party is a pleasure because it takes place in the privacy of a home. Nobody should be expecting you to cook like Ottolenghi and nor should you try. So my first rule is this: you are not running a restaurant. Even if you are an excellent chef — I am not — it will still make your life stressful if you try to show off too much. Cook something simple, like roast chicken or shepherd’s pie, and serve it with a salad, plenty of fresh bread and homemade mayonnaise. My second rule is that nobody will eat the salad, but a table without salad looks undressed. Everyone will feel obliged to scoop a few leaves on to their plate and pick at them, but you will always be left with a … [Read more...] about How to host the perfect dinner party
Meet Millie and Little Bear, they are best buds looking for a new home together and have made a video for you so you can see just how cute they are!They are an active pair of dogs who love to be outside running around and they are looking for a home where someone is around most of the day, as they love the company of their favourite people!If you would like to learn all about them and arrange to meet them please phone the South lincs team on 01205 260546 or email [email protected] your dog enjoy agility? Our South Lincs centre field has recently got some brand new agility equipment available for the general public to hire out, it is £8 for a half an hour session of fun with your dog.To book our agility compound, please phone the centre on 01205 260546 or email [email protected] tip Another trick you can teach your dog when they have mastered the sit, is to beg. This involves your dog sitting upright with front feet off the floor and can be a … [Read more...] about MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Would you like a perfect pair?
Russian figure skating duo Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov have got off to a brilliant start at the world championship in Japan, delivering a superb performance in the pairs short program where they set a new world record. READ MORE: End of Russian dominance? Rika Kihira threatens to dethrone Zagitova & Medvedeva in Japan The season-ending figure skating event kicked off in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday and world’s strongest pairs were awarded the right to open the competition. Olympic runners-up Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China, who were forced to overcome an injury-plagued season, immediately set a high bar for the rest of the competitors breaking the world record in the short program by 0.77 points. However, their achievement stood less than an hour as the Russian couple demonstrated their breathtaking routine to the music of prominent Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. Tarasova and Morozov flawlessly executed all the elements, including triple parallel … [Read more...] about Perfect pair: Russian figure skaters Tarasova & Morzov set new world record in short program
Seared duck salad with orange vinaigrette Serves 2 Ingredients 2 duck breasts (about 170g each) 1½ tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 100g walnut halves 200g cherries, stoned and halved 100g baby-leaf spinach Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, to garnish For the orange vinaigrette: 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1½ tbsp red wine vinegar 2½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp orange juice 1 tsp Dijon mustard Zest of 1 orange Large pinch of flaky sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Method 1. Remove the duck breasts from the refrigerator about 20-30 minutes before cooking and pat dry with paper towels. Using a very sharp knife, cut a crosshatch pattern through the skin and fat layer on each breast, being careful not to slice into the meat below; this will help the fat render as it cooks. Season both sides generously with sea salt and black pepper. Set aside. 2. Add the olive oil to a large frying pan and … [Read more...] about The perfect dishes to pair with beer, by Claire Bullen and Jen Ferguson
Laura Freeman 16 March 2019 9:00 AM 16 March 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Richard Alston Dance Company – QuartermarkSadler’s WellsFrankensteinRoyal Opera House, in rep until 23 March Choreographer Richard Alston is now 70 and his latest outing at Sadler’s Wells is a greatest hits medley. As with all clip shows, some of it is super, some soporific and some merely meh. We begin with Martin Lawrance’s Detour, first performed last year. The piece is a powerful hybrid of fluid dance and martial arts: kung fu meets pas de deux. The raking lamps by designer Zeynep Kepekli spotlight dancers in washed indigo and ochre tunics. The final image of a male dancer spinning his female partner like a storm-warning weather vane is striking. The trouble with minimalist soundscapes (very Tubular Bells) is that unless the dancers control both breathing and landings, it all gets a bit huffy, puffy, thud. Quartermark is a … [Read more...] about Still far from perfect but chaps will like it: Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein reviewed