MonthOctober 2018

Chris Gillard’s recipe for harissa and sweet potato toastie

Baked aubergine, sweet potato, red onion and rosemary – leftover or freshly baked – combine to fill a perfect lunchtime sandwich The toastie is a fantastic vehicle for leftovers from a previous feast. I invariably make a bit too much food when making dinner – which is perfect for lunch the next day – but if you are starting from scratch as a lunchtime treat, here is the recipe. Prep: 10 minsCooking: 20 minsServes: 4 Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Delta 2019: Fear grips candidates as opponents petition INEC over alleged forged credentials

Palpable fear of the unknown has continued to unsettle political parties’ candidates in Delta State over allegedly forged credentials and other related documents for the 2019 general elections. DAILY POST gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state had received several petitions against some of the candidates by their opponents, who claimed […] Delta 2019: Fear grips candidates as opponents petition INEC over alleged forged credentials [hmp_player]

Yes, you should have a flu jab

With thousands dying each year from the virus, getting vaccinated should be a no-brainer. So why is take-up still so low? Renate Rothwell had not planned to have a flu jab. “I am 71, so I’m invited to have it at my GP surgery, but I ignored the invitation,” she says. “My feeling was that I didn’t need it. But then I went to see the doctor about something else, and he said I should have the jab.” She did – and regretted it. “I was unwell for four days. It more or less wiped out the week. I’ve never had flu so I can’t compare it with having the illness itself, but I can’t remember ever being that ill. I felt nauseous, I felt weak, I couldn’t eat anything.” Continue reading… [hmp_player]

No Shade review – colourism drama falls well short of worthy themes

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe’s debut about the love lives of Londoners tackles a serious issue but can’t escape its amateurish trappings It is no pleasure to give an unfavourable review to a first-time female film-maker of colour – a perennially underrepresented sector of cinema – but in all honesty, this amateurish drama is hard to recommend to a paying audience. Written, directed and co-starring Clare Anyiam-Osigwe – by day, a dermatologist and skincare entrepreneur – No Shade is more on the level of a student project than a commercial release and despite having some relevant points to make, it lacks the conviction to drive them home. Related: Dear White People’s biggest success? Getting to grips with colorism Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Can’t get no satisfaction? Try cutting through a mille crepe cake

The Japanese-French lovechild looks perfectly delicate, but its Instagram following isn’t the only weighty thing about it In a world of culinary polarities, mixed messages and seemingly endless options, sometimes I just want choice to be removed, and to be presented with a plateful that hits every spot. Well, folks, say hello to mille, a vogueish treat that is at once delicate and hefty: Audrey Hepburn meets Big Narstie, in confectionery form. These are something like the lovechild of crepes and millefeuille – about 20 paper-thin crepes interspersed with licks of cream – and they have crept into the hearts and arteries of pancake and patisserie lovers alike this year. In London, where there now exist several specialist bakeries, including the fully dedicated Mille in Paddington, they can be bought whole or in slices that show them in satisfying cross section. There is some debate about where they originated: France and Japan both lay claim, but Mille’s founders Yulei Yang and Ying Ma speculate that the Japanese ran with a French idea, fine-tuning it and adding flourishes. Classic French patisserie and a Japanese predilection for culinary detail make natural bed partners, and the mille stack is their ultimate mattress, a blank canvas for blending all manner of flavours with whipped cream to swish in between crepe layers. Mille offers several Asian-influenced variations on the original crepe/cream combo – sesame, using seeds from Nagoya, Japan; matcha; Earl Grey tea – as well as classics such as chocolate, passion fruit and lemon. The top of each is decorated with the gentlest nod to its inner workings: a coffee bean and coffee-chocolate icing ploughed into little furrows, or a piece of lemon peel and a thyme leaf, for example. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Feel the love, feel the hate – my week in the cauldron of Trump’s wild rallies

On the eve of the midterms, the most powerful man on earth corrals his troops around two visions of America – one full of hope, the other one much darker – and tests the ground for 2020 There is no understanding Donald Trump without understanding his rallies. They are the crucible of the Trump revolution, the laboratory where he turns his alternative reality into a potion to be sold to his followers. It is at his rallies that his radical reimagining of the US constitution takes shape: not “We the people”, but “We my people”. People are going to get killed. We are going to get gang wars between white and black, whites and Mexicans Related: Trump has abandoned civility. And so has the Republican party | Lloyd Green I don’t agree with his personality, but he gets stuff done They want to turn America into a socialistic country. It’s disgusting Related: Paul Ryan urged to censure Iowa’s Steve King over alleged antisemitism Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Thursday’s best TV: Diagnosis on Demand?; The First

Horizon explores the impact of technology of healthcare, while House of Cards’ Beau Willimon tackles the first manned mission to Mars 9pm, BBC TwoHannah Fry presents an episode of Horizon exploring Silicon Valley’s “move-fast, break-stuff approach versus the diligent, evidence-based, do-no-harm healthcare system”. The most interesting development here is that the British tech company Babylon Health has already persuaded 30,000 Londoners to swap their GPs for a diagnostic service accessed via a smartphone app. Might such technological innovations result in “seismic disruption” for the NHS? Mike Bradley Continue reading… [hmp_player]

On your way, Pinochet! The factory workers who fought fascism from Glasgow

When Scots refused to service Chile’s jet fighters after the 1973 military coup, their protest all but grounded the air force – and may have saved prisoners’ lives. Nae Pasaran, a powerful documentary, tells their story The artificial spiders’ webs hanging in the windows of the Royal British Legion in East Kilbride, on the edge of Glasgow, are just part of the Halloween decorations. But they feel oddly appropriate on this bright, frosty morning in the company of men whose distant triumphs have recently had the cobwebs dusted off them. Sitting off to one side is the 41-year-old Chilean film-maker Felipe Bustos Sierra. Huddled around a table next to him are the former Rolls Royce plant workers whose bold statement of solidarity with the Chilean people in the mid-1970s is the subject of Nae Pasaran!, an inspirational documentary that proves principled acts can have positive consequences – even if they take decades to come to light. Six months after the bloody coup of 11 September 1973, which began the brutal 17-year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, these four Scotsmen – Bob Fulton, Robert Somerville, John Keenan, Stuart Barrie – downed tools and refused to service and repair engines for the Chilean air force’s Hawker Hunter planes. “Down tools?” says Bob, a former engine inspector and the instigator of the boycott. “We hadnae time to pick ’em up!” When the prisoners discussed the impact we had, I was impressed. Some people would be broken by what they’d been through Continue reading… [hmp_player]