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EAT WELL AT HOME: Hosanna By Hervé Deville
Hervé Deville, former executive head chef of Sketch, has just launched a luxury ready meal brand, Hosanna by Hervé Deville. Offering an alternative to everyday supermarket meals, all dishes are cooked to order, ready to be popped into the oven at home. Whether you’re after a simple weeknight supper or an indulgent side dish to accompany a dinner party post lockdown, there are a selection of tasty meals to choose from, including lobster mac and cheese, pumpkin and roasted ricotta risotto, tandoori spiced cod, confit duck a l'orange and Hervé’s signature fish pie. Desserts include vanilla crème caramel, Bramley apple and rhubarb crumble, raspberry and pistachio cheesecake, and coconut panna cotta. There’s also a selection of organic wine pairings on offer, all of which have been selected to go alongside each dish. Delivery is available to postcodes within the M25.
STREAM AN ENCHANTED PERFORMANCE: Dream At The RSC
This weekend, the RSC debuts a new virtual performance inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in a virtual midsummer forest, the play tells the story of Puck and four sprites – Cobweb, Mustardseed, Peaseblossom and Moth. With the help of Puck, and the other forest creatures, they must regrow the forest after a huge storm hits, but they only have until daybreak before the enchanted spell is lifted. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the performance uses gaming technology and an interactive symphonic score that reacts to the actors’ movements. The play taken two years to research and develop, so we’re expecting big things. Tune into the performance on Saturday 13th March at 8pm or Sunday 14th March at 6pm. Tickets cost £10.
GET A LAST-MINUTE GIFT: The Berkeley Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed Bundle
If you need a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day, The Berkeley Hotel have created a special Breakfast in Bed Bundle to be delivered in time for the special day. Each bundle includes a choice of either freshly squeezed orange juice or a fresh Berkeley boost juice; homemade croissants with organic raspberry and salted butter; a smoked salmon bagel with rocket and cream cheese, homemade granola with berries and acacia honey; a selection of fresh fruit; and a hand-finished ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ chocolate heart. Yellow tulips courtesy of McQueens Flowers can be added to orders, as can Laurent Perrier Champagne and a copy of the morning paper. The Berkeley will deliver orders on Saturday 13th and 14th of March to selected London postcodes. Bundles start from £29.
READ THIS NEW NOVEL: Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi’s follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behaviour in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to hard science to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalising as it is elusive. This is an excellently written, deeply moving portrait of a family of immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief – and a novel about faith, science, religion and love.
GET BAKING FOR MOTHER’S DAY: John Lewis Cook-Along
Celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend and tune into a John Lewis virtual cookery class. On Friday 12th March at 6pm, learn how to make delicious pastries and fudge in an Eccles cake cook-along over Zoom. Whether you’re cooking together in the kitchen, or tuning in from different households, mothers and daughters will learn how to make rough puff pastry, beautifully flavoured with Lincolnshire Poacher, then master the art of creating the classic Eccles cake filling and a simple chocolate and orange fudge. The class will be taught by one of the experienced chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School who will send you an ingredients list prior to the event. Tickets cost £5 per household.
BINGE WATCH THIS NEW NETFLIX SERIES: The One
Based on the book of the same name by John Marrs, this new Netflix series tackles a unique premise: What if we could find our perfect partner through DNA matching? Released on Friday, The One is set in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. What if a hair sample is all it takes to find them? Millions have taken the test, all desperate to find love, and five more about to meet their genetic match. The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive. If you’re a fan of the dystopian series Black Mirror, add this to your watch list this weekend. You’ll never think of love and relationships in the same way again.
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: Brown's Hotel Spring Sensations Masterclass
On Saturday 20 March at 2pm, Brown’s Hotel are hosting a bespoke floral arranging class with Mayfair’s leading florist, Ellie Hartley, and the hotel’s official tea partner, JING Tea. To mark the arrival of spring, the flower arranging experience has been tailored for all budding florists regardless of experience. During the interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to master the art of preparing and arranging a variety of seasonal flowers, then take part in a tea tasting session from JING. The experience also includes a signature afternoon tea by Brown’s Hotel, complete with sandwiches, scones, a cake selection, and a glass of Ruinart Champagne. Whether you’re looking for a lovely activity for a belated Mother’s Day gift, or an afternoon treat to enjoy solo, this event is set to be a real treat. Plus, a percentage of profits from the event will be donated towards a female charity in support of International Women’s Day. Bookings must be placed by Tuesday 16th March for delivery in time for the event next week. Tickets cost £220 for two and deliveries are available to postcodes within a ten-mile radius of Brown’s Hotel.
BE INSPIRED: Women's Network Event By RADA Business
To mark International Women’s Day, RADA are hosting a series of events this week to celebrate female achievements around the world. On Friday 12th March from 11am-1pm, guests can tune into a virtual skills workshop led by RADA Business tutors Lisa Åkesson and Sheelagh McNamara. After the motivational talk where you’ll learn how to practise key behaviours and become more confident in the workplace, you’ll get the chance to watch a short film specially commissioned by RADA’s communications skills coach, Kath Burlinson. The event aims to equip you with the skills and capability to stand up to issues, so you can always ‘choose to challenge’ with confidence in your career. This masterclass has been designed to help women perform effectively at any level, so you can get involved no matter what stage you’re at in your career. Tickets cost £50.
VISIT THIS ONLINE EXHIBITON: Mnemosyne At Purslane Gallery
This week, digital art gallery Purslane welcomed a new online exhibition featuring the work of female and non-binary artists to celebrate International Women’s Day. Mnemosyne features the work of 14 upcoming and emerging female artists – including Venetia Berry, Hazel Florez and Daisy Parris – whose art draws attention to domestic abuse that has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic. Taking its name from the Greek goddess of memory, Mnemosyne is an exploration on the ‘fundamental aspects of the human condition’. Tickets are free but donations are encouraged as 25% of proceeds will go to domestic abuse charity, Refuge.