LISTEN TO A PODCAST: Crazy Sexy Food
If you love food, and are missing the usual joy of eating out, tune into this new podcast from photographer and foodie, Hannah Harley Young. Each week she sits down with someone new – recent guests have included model and activist Jada Sezar and Made In Chelsea alum Millie Mackintosh – and delves into their lives to discuss how food has played a part. Expect about other topical subjects and some fun conversation too. Having only launched last month, there are just five episodes to catch up on to bring you fully up to date.
READ AN INSPIRING BOOK: Just Another Mountain by Sarah Jane Douglas
The paperback version of this stunning memoir of loss and hope only came out last week, but it’s still worth a read if the digital download is all you can get your hands on right now. In 1997, at the age of 24, Sarah lost her mother to breast cancer. Alone and adrift in the world, she very nearly gave up hope – but she'd made a promise to her mother that she would keep going no matter what. So she turned to the beautiful, dangerous, forbidding mountains of her native Scotland. Described as an ‘uplifting’ memoir – and a testament to the times in life when scaling the mountain is the only option – we can’t think of a more appropriate read in these turbulent times.
MASTER A NEW SKILL: The Art of Chocolate Making
Online educational platform Learning With The Experts has just launched 'The Art of Chocolate Making', a new course perfect for those looking to refine their fine cooking skills at home. If you’ve always wanted to learn the skill of tempering chocolate like a pro chocolatier, or drool at the idea of creating the perfect sea salted caramel truffle, this course will cover all the skills, troubleshooting and practice you need to achieve stunning results. Join English chocolatier and pâtissier Paul A. Young on a whirlwind tour of the world of chocolate, covering everything from its history right through to creating and decorating truffles at a professional standard. You’ll cover cream and water ganache, moulding, rolling the perfect truffles, hand enrobing, shelling, decoration techniques, bars and barks, layering and perfecting caramel.
ENJOY A POSITIVITY BOOST: OKA At Home
Over the coming weeks interiors brand OKA will be showing LIVE #OKAatHome takeovers via its Instagram channel to provide some positivity and joy to its online community. First up was a painting class from Laura Gulshani (@lauragulshani) – a fashion painter combining fine art inspirations with modern design trends. Now, this Saturday at 2pm, health and lifestyle coach Milla Lascelles (@milla_lascelles) will be sharing her top tips on positivity and productivity, including how increased screen time could be affecting your REM sleep. She'll also be answering all your wellness questions throughout the live session. Look out for future takeovers with set designer and artist Jess Wheeler (@jesswheeler.design), and a live Q&A with London’s Farm Girl cafés founder, Rose Mann.
ORDER IN: Mac & Wild
In response to the current climate, Scottish sensations Mac & Wild have moved their much loved in-restaurant Butcher counter online. Continuing to provide the finest Scottish meat, game and their very own venison haggis, Mac & Wild are delivering to customers' front doors across the UK with produce direct from the Highlands, offering the Mac & Wild experience at home. Working alongside small independent, family run producers, each cut of meat and game is sourced from producers the team trust and love. All produce can be frozen upon delivery too, to ensure the ultimate freshness while we’re still in isolation, and all deliveries come with their own cooking instructions and recommendations. The Survival Box is a great way to taste a cross section of Mac & Wild's most loved produce.
WATCH A PLAY: One Man, Two Guvnors
Tune into the National Theatre’s YouTube channel every Thursday night to watch exclusive viewings of the biggest and most star-studded performances from one of London’s most prestigious venues. The schedule kicks off on Thursday 26th March with the smash hit 'One Man, Two Guvnors', starring James Cordon and directed by former National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner. An English adaptation of the Italian comedy 'Servant of Two Masters', out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall (Corden) becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper-class twit. To avoid each of them learning that Francis is working for someone else, Francis tries to keep the two men apart. But to complicate matters, it turns out Roscoe is actually Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend – who is none other than Stanley. Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, several unlucky audience volunteers, an extremely elderly waiter and Francis' pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly (a feminist bookkeeper) and food.
WORKOUT WITH: Psycle
Looking to make the most of working out at home? Join a team of enthusiastic and dedicated trainers from London studio Psycle on Instagram TV each day for a full schedule of varied and challenging classes. From 45-minute barre lessons, to upper body workouts, from 15-minute meditation bursts and half-hour sculpting sessions, there’s truly something for everyone. With minimal to no equipment required, take part in one of the ‘challenges’ for extra motivation, which requires taking five classes in seven days. Want to show your support? Click here to pledge a contribution so the studio can support its content creators.
BINGE WATCH ON NETFLIX: How To Fix A Drugs Scandal
If you’ve already finished Tiger King, this new docuseries from Netflix should be your next watch. Described by The Wall Street Journal as “addictive entertainment”, the show delves deep into one of the biggest judicial scandals in the history of Massachusetts, telling the tale of lab chemist Sonja Farak – who was revealed to have been using the drugs she was supposed to be testing back in 2013. Addicted to drugs including liquid meth, Farak would falsify the results of the drugs as she smoked and sampled what was brought into her lab, both at work and at home. It later emerged that Annie Dookhan, another chemist at a nearby drug lab, had also faked results of tests she’d been employed to make. When the truth was revealed, it opened wide a massive case of misconduct that resulted in thousands of criminal convictions being overturned and costing the state millions in payouts. Addictive, indeed.
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HAVE A WINE TASTING: Pull The Cork
Wine importer Elliot Awin is teaming up with Battersea wine shop Pull the Cork to launch an Isolation Tasting Box. For £55 three bottles of wine are delivered to your door, which he then talks you through on Instagram Live on Thursday night. This week it’s all about Reisling, the darling of the wine trade, but often regarded with suspicion and caution by consumers. Joining Elliot to help unravel the mysteries of the grape variety is Dr Ernst Loosen, arguably the world’s biggest champion of Riesling, as well as being winemaker/proprietor of the renowned Dr Loosen winery in the Mosel Valley. Given the wild popularity of the first event held on 20th March, expect this to become a regular fixture.
WATCH A KID-FRIENDLY BALLET: Peter & The Wolf
The Royal Opera House is offering free broadcasts of its opera and ballet shows throughout April, available to stream on YouTube, as part of its #OurHouseToYourHouse campaign. The first production to stream last week was The Royal Ballet School’s Peter And The Wolf, but you can still watch the full broadcast here. Bonus: the broadcast is only 35 minutes long, – perfect for occupying kids with a short attention span. Upcoming shows on the 3rd, 10th and 17th April include the more adult-appropriate Acis And Galatea, Così Fan Tutte and The Metamorphosis. A rare chance to bag a front row seat to some world-class productions.
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