Foodie Friday: Duck Noodle Fakeaway

duck-noodle-fakeaway(Serves 2)

60g (1 nest) medium egg noodles
30ml hoisin sauce
175g duck breast fillets
300g packet stir-fry vegetables
1 level tsp cornflour
Dash of soy sauce

1. Place the noodles in a bowl, pour over boiling water and leave to soak.
2. Pour 150ml water into a saute pan, add the hoisin sauce and bring to the boil. Slice the duck breasts and add to the pan. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
3. Add the stir-fry vegetables to the pan and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften. Mix the cornflour with 1 tbsp water and add to the pan, stirring well so that the juices thicken slightly.
4. Drain the noodles and add to the pan, stirring to combine. Season to taste with soy sauce and serve.

The British Isles: A Musical Tour – London

Despite Britain’s green and pleasant land, London has attracted and inspired the vast majority of British and foreign composers – after all, that’s where the money is. But whether letting their hair down in Chelsea or awed by the grandeur of Westminster, composers have nonetheless found plenty to inspire their music.

Holst – Hammersmith
Gustav Holst, director of music at St Paul’s Girls’ School (1905-34, succeeded by Howells 1936-62), composed many of his works there in the soundproofed room specially built for him; he was inspired to write Hammersmith for the BBC’s military band.

10 Berkeley Street
Gershwin – Primrose
At this address, in summer 1924, George Gershwin wrote his musical Primrose; this includes the number ‘Berkeley Square and Kew’ and, in a deliberate skit of G & S’s ‘Three little girls from school’, ‘Four little Sirens we’ – a rare instance of Gershwin writing in four-part vocal harmony. This also, notably, was the first musical he had a hand in orchestrating.

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In honour of the party and festival season that is winding to a close. It’s been a blast.

Keeping Things in Perspective

dikorfoMountains have always captured our imaginations, calling us to scale their heights, to circle and worship at their feet, and to pay homage to their greatness. Mountains can be seen from thousands of miles away, and if we are lucky enough to be on top of one, we can see great stretches of the surrounding earth. As a result, mountains symbolize vision, the ability to rise above the adjacent lowlands and see beyond our immediate vicinity. From the top of the mountain, we are able to witness life from a new perspective—cities and towns that seem so large when we are in them look tiny. We can take the whole thing in with a single glance, regaining our composure and our sense of proportion as we realize how much bigger this world is than we sometimes remember it to be.

Mountains are almost always considered holy and spiritual places, and the energy at the top of a mountain is undeniably unique. When we are on top of a mountain, it is as if we have ascended to an alternate realm, one in which the air is purer and the energy lighter. Many a human being has climbed to the top of a mountain in order to connect with a higher source of understanding, and many have come back down feeling stronger and wiser. Whenever we are feeling trapped or limited in our vision, a trip to our nearest mountain may be just the cure we need.

There’s a reason that mountain views are so highly prized in this world, and it is because, even from a distance, mountains remind us of how small we are, which often comes as a wonderful relief. In addition, they illustrate our ability to connect with higher energy. As they rise up from the earth, sometimes disappearing in the clouds that gather around them, they are a visual symbol of earth reaching up into the heavens. Whether we have a mountain view out of our window or just a photograph of a mountain where we see it every day, we can rely on these earthly giants to provide inspiration, vision, and a daily reminder of our humble place in the grand scheme of life.


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