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Eva Herzigová and Amber Valletta, models who made it big last century, step back on to catwalk to model irony-free designs
The collection with which Donatella Versace opened the Paris haute couture shows on Sunday night was sexy and glamorous.
The dresses were long and form-fitting, with slim naked slivers peeled off across the body, as if Donatella had attacked her gowns with a lemon zester.
Apps offer abusers a terrifying new toolbox to control their partners and exes. Phone software allows them to follow people’s movements, monitor their calls, texts and emails – and even watch them
Out for dinner on an overseas business trip thousands of miles from the UK, Isobel answered the call on her mobile expecting to speak to her children. Instead, she heard the voice of her estranged husband, whom she was in the process of divorcing after years of violence in which she had been punched, kicked, strangled, pulled around by her hair and thrown down the stairs.
“Before the children came on the line, he told me exactly where I was – which city, in which country, and which restaurant I was sitting in,” she says. “I was absolutely beside myself. I was just so overwhelmed with fear, wondering how the hell he could pinpoint me like this. I asked how he knew and he said: ‘I can find you on your iPhone.’”
Chef who made her name in Yotam Ottolenghi’s Soho restaurant to serve up lunch for 500 students on a budget of 92p a child
A top chef at one of London’s chicest restaurants, where she has made her name cooking sumptuous Middle Eastern and Asian-inspired dishes, has left her job to work in a school kitchen.
Nicole Pisani made a name for herself as chef de cuisine at Nopi – the fashionable Soho restaurant set up by celebrated chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi. From Monday, however, she will be preparing lunch for 500 schoolchildren at an inner London state primary school, on a budget of just 92p a child.
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Bake-Off made cakes sexy, and fun – can the BBC sprinkle the same magic on vegetable gardening? Don’t talk rot
It’s been a brilliant week for television, starting with Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s hilarious Catastrophe on Monday, then majestic Wolf Hall, and the saucy new Russell T Davies dramas about varying degrees of firmness. And then the brilliance totally runs out. I struggled to find anything interesting on Friday, and ended up with The Great British Rake Off, or The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2) as it’s officially called.
“With the clock ticking down to show day, Alan is pinching out side shoots on his tomatoes,” says Fern Britton, doing her best to crank up the tension. I have tried unsuccessfully to grow tomatoes in the past; maybe I’ll learn something. Alan is using the cordon method. That’s perhaps where I went wrong, never having heard of the cordon method.
The irresistible, rib-sticking qualities of these suet pudding recipes will throw many a January diet into disarray. Relent and embrace this beef and ale pud and moist mini cakes wholeheartedly
It’s at this point in January when the few of my friends who were optimistic (or masochistic) enough to attempt a New Year’s diet usually begin to falter and fade. As the winter chill sharpens and their hunger kicks in, one by one, they slip off the wagon and return sheepishly to the land of the gourmands where, keen to kickstart their rehabilitation, I welcome them with open arms – and a suet pudding.
Suet is the hard fat gleaned from beef or mutton. It boasts more fat, less water and a higher melting point than butter, so you should find that these suet pastries and puddings have a light, open texture when freshly cooked. They very quickly become waxy and dense as they cool, though, so it’s best to get them while they’re hot.
Mike & Ollie | My food vice… Caramac | Boak & Bailey on booze
Brockley market – a weekly parade of south-east London’s well-dressed art students and better-dressed babies – has long been a reliable hub for tip-top street food and seasonal produce. Appropriate, then, that the stalwart Mike & Ollie combines the two to heavenly effect. The ethos is simple: a stripped-down menu – single meat, veg and fish options – featuring whatever seasonal and hyper-local produce has been foraged, smoked or cured that week, crammed into a hot flatbread. Thus, on top of, let’s say, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, mackerel or grilled cauliflower, expect curveballs like Crystal Palace quince membrillo, pickled rhubarb or Greenwich chestnuts (though, alas, none of the bruised roadkill seen on M&O’s blog). The breads themselves are worth the visit alone – the kind of charred, chewy pillows normally only found in smoke-filled Ocakbasi houses.
My daughter is right – weird health juice is terrible for your insides. I can lose weight just thinking about raw kale
I would ban juicing in January. Totally. Prison for all juicers. For anyone skulking around Holland & Barrett looking for spirulina or chia seed or stevia or aloe vera; anything that looks like it might be excreted from a snail. In fact: no detoxing whatsoever. On New Year’s Eve Gwyneth Paltrow would be escorted to a secure location, to resurface only in February.
I would also force the food companies to write warnings on nearly everything: packets and jars and tins: “Invisible sugar in this food is addictive and will make you fat and sick”. Or: “You may as well give your child a cigarette as feed them this, because the long-term health consequences are as severe”. And added hormones in meat and milk would be outlawed. We have enough super-size children hitting puberty at the age of eight already.