Tofu Soup Recipe

This beautiful tofu soup is a great comforting pick-me-up and, although we make it with ingredients often found in a Chinese shop you can also substitute in things found in your local supermarket. Even as a child I loved Asian flavours, especially Chinese ones. When, as a teenager, I first started cooking many of the…

Classical Film Review: Citizen Kane [1941]

Citizen Kane was voted the best ever American Film in a BBC poll and it is a miracle of cinema. In 1941 a group of stage and radio actors, a first-time director, an inventive cinematographer and a hard-drinking writer were given the keys to a studio and total control… And they somehow made a masterpiece.…

Easy 1940s Vintage Make Up

This tutorial is for a very easy everyday vintage make up look and uses just drugstore products! The first thing I do is moisturise my face and put Vaseline on my lips. I tend to put both of these on quite thickly and go do something else to give it time to sink in before…

Classic Film Review: Taxi Driver [1976]

Martin Scorsese’s 1976’s American psychological thriller film, Taxi Driver, was shot during a New York heat wave and garbage strike. Robert De Niro plays insomniac New York taxi driver, Travis Bickle, driven mad by driving around the hellish streets at night- or perhaps already that way? He has a humiliating date with a political activist,…

Yong Tau Foo: Malaysian Food Made Easy

This recipe is one I have been wanting to make for over a year but thought would be horribly laborious and complicated… well I was completely wrong! It’s easy to make (even easier with a blender) and just as delicious made at home. My late mother-in-law was Malaysian and connecting with that part of her…

Classical Film Review: The Manchurian Candidate [1962]

The Manchurian Candidate is a film so brilliant that its title has now passed into everyday lexicon. In a fantastic opening sequence set in 1952, an American patrol squad in the Korean War are abducted by Soviet agents, flown to Manchuria, brainwashed and returned. Their charmless platoon sergeant, Raymond Shaw, played by Laurence Harvey, is…

Low FODMAP Chicken Laksa Recipe

Following a Low FODMAP diet doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless just because onion and garlic are out of the question! Having cut those two things out I’ve had a flavour revelation in my life in that I now get to eat lots of yummy things but not worry about horrific pain afterwards. It…