Behind the Blue Door

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In March 2009, in a small backwater near Hammersmith, a copper pot still, the first in London for almost 200 years, was born and christened Prudence.   

Sam Galsworthy and his partner, Fairfax Hall, together with master distiller Jared Brown, were the driving force behind what became a multi-award winning gin known as Sipsmith.

 

This is Sipsmith's story (with a nod of thanks to Stanley Kubrick's '2001- A Space Odyssey').

 

Panis Angelicus

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César Franck's Panis Angelicus (Celestial Bread), sung by Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Shrive, was recorded at the Basilica of Sainte Clothilde in Paris. It was at this church that Franck became organist in 1858, a post he held until his death in 1890.

 

 

 

 

Claudia Roden

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Claudia“She’s magical … she’s a doyenne … she’s the absolute first and last word on Middle Eastern, and indeed on Mediterranean cookery … and I don’t know any of the top chefs who she hasn’t touched.”

So says Allegra McEvedy, herself a top chef, broadcaster and writer. And who is she talking about? Claudia Roden.

In this unique film Claudia Roden talks of her early years in Egypt, leaving the country of her birth after the revolution in the 1950's, and why she started collecting recipes. Also Allegra McEvedy, Claudia's great friend, assesses Claudia's legacy and tells an anecdote that for her sums up Claudia Roden as a person.

   

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Valencia Market
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Valencia market in Spain. One of the great indoor markets in Europe, its enormous area houses virtually every type of food available.

Richard's Beef

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Richard Craig on misleading wine label terminology.

Vielles Vignes, Reserve Wine, Cuvée.  Do they have any real meaning?

 

 

GM Foods Debate (Norwich)

A group of experts from both sides of the GM divide argue their case for best solving the impending world food shortage. The discussion was recorded at the John Innes Centre in Norwich in December 2012 and was chaired by John Shrive.  The participants were:

Professor Cathie Martin of the University of East Anglia, group leader at the John Innes Centre, Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell

Dr Charlie Clutterbuck, Fellow, Food Policy, City University London

Dr Rupert Read,  Reader in the UEA School of Philosophy, Chair of the Green House thinktank, and Green Party MEP candidate

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Five Easy Pieces

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One of the truly great food scenes in modern cinema. Jack Nicholson somehow manages to be both patient, sarcastic and frightening all at the same time.

A Year in Chicken Soup - Da's Cambodian Chicken Soup

 

 

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A new series by

Hattie Garlick


DA'S CAMBODIAN CHICKEN SOUP


 

 

As Cambodians wake and shake their dreams from their slumbering limbs, they face a real working day that is likely to revolve around rice. According to a recent report by the New York Times, 80 per cent of the population work on the paddies. Which explains why Da, a Cambodian now transplanted to the urban fringes of London, says that Chicken Rice Soup — or borbo sach moan — runs in her veins. … (read on)

 

Richard's Wine Challenge
Richard Wine ChallengeRichard Craig, Master of Wine student, will attempt to identify a series of mystery wines against the clock.

Part One - How to go about it

Part Two - Against the clock

Part Three - Win some, lose some

Part Four - Close but no cigar

 

GM Foods Debate (Holt)

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As part of our series on GM foods,  we filmed a discussion between Professor Jonathan Jones, FRS, and Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association, outlining their opposing views on this issue.  The meeting was hosted by John Shrive,  at Nelson House in Holt, Norfolk.

 

No attempt has been made by us to edit the material and, as a result, the video is over an hour in length.   It has been divided into parts for ease of viewing.

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