Robbie Honey at Work

Click on this link to see a brief clip of global adventurer Robbie Honey talking about his fascination with the structure of plants and how he deconstructs some of the world’s most exotic flowers.

Paul A. Young in The Sweet Makers Christmas Special on BBC2

Paul A. Young is appearing in tonight’s Christmas special of BBC2’s The Sweet Makers, broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm.  It’s all bonkers!  Four modern day confectioners recreate the spectacular Victorian Christmas dish – a Boar’s Head Cake.  For a preview of the programme click here.  If you miss tonight the show will be repeated on Wed 20th December at 7pm, and again on Friday 22nd at 3.35pm.

The original 3-part series will be repeated over the Christmas period.

Festive Cheer from Anjula’s Supper Club

Anjula’s fabulous Supper Clubs, currently taking place in Wimbledon, showcase recipes from her book Spice for Life.  Click here to watch her latest guests enjoying a wonderful Christmas festive feast.  Keep your eyes peeled for her next event.

Anjula Devi’s Masterclasses on YouTube

Click here to view Anjula’s masterclass videos which will guide you through the mysteries of combining spices, and give simple tips on how to create her delicious healthy Indian food.  More recipes in the coming weeks!

What If…. Some inspirational words from David Eustace

This talk from the irrepressible David Eustace highlights and displays the importance in taking a first, often doubtful and fearful, step.  The possibility of rejection and negativity can cast doubt on hopes and to an extent shape the future.  Click here to hear him talk to a large group of students about his own first steps to becoming a successful photographer.

Why Broccoli Really is a Superfood – Sophie Haydock

Sophie Haydock, Sunday Times Food Writer and supporter of VSO, explains how this British school dinner staple is becoming a foodie sensation in Bangladesh.

Indian chef Anjula Devi’s dad was her inspiration.  He grew up on a farm in Kenya and the first time he saw broccoli was when he arrived in the UK.  He was so intrigued with this vegetable that it was one of the first dishes he created, along with runner beans grown in their back garden.  Click here for the recipe and to see a video of Anjula making it.

Shane Connolly’s Christmas tips

This is just too good not to share…  Shane was asked by the Financial Times, House and Home section to write an article on Christmas decor which you can view here (it appeared on 3rd December) and he also stars in a short video on how to decorate your home for Christmas.

In Residence: Inside the homes of celebrated architects, designers and artists – Alex Michaelis

Fusing functional design and family fun in the British architect’s London home.

London-based architect Alex Michaelis takes a boundary-pushing approach to sustainability as one half of design duo Michaelis Boyd. Best known for giving an eco-makeover to the London home of former Prime Minister David Cameron—which included installing a wind turbine on the roof—the pair have taken on the interiors of the monumental Battersea Power Station redevelopment project.

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Michaelis Boyd: the architects bringing Battersea Power Station back to life

When Alex Michaelis and Tim Boyd, the design duo behind Michaelis Boyd, installed a wind turbine on David Cameron’s roof in 2006, they captured a mid-noughties zeitgeist for modern middle-class living.

But it wasn’t their £600,000 eco makeover of the Cameron family’s North Kensington home – which included the installation of a 660-gallon rainwater tank under the garden to provide water for flushing lavatories and washing – that made Michaelis Boyd a byword for boundary-pushing living spaces. In the previous decade, the pair had created chic interiors for the London members club Soho House, Somerset spa hotel Babington House and the Electric on Portobello Road.

An Evening with David Eustace