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We’re Married But Never Moved In Together. Here’s Why It Works For Us
My husband Wayo and I clicked the instant we met. You know that magical moment when eyes lock and everyone else blurs into the background? That was us ― a fairytale romance. Well, kinda. Let’s just say there were a few kinks, starting with he was on a date with someone else that fateful night we met. And, though we ended up getting married in 2017, we still haven’t moved in together. Let me explain. I was coming out of a messy divorce when I first encountered Wayo at a charity event. Though we hit it off instantly, I found it strange he kept interrupting me to announce he was on a date. Fearing the wine caused him to confuse my cordial friendliness for flirting, I stepped away to talk to another group of people and he followed. Again, he announced he was on a date and, since I still hadn’t seen this woman, I commented that it’s trendy to date ghosts in October. It was dumb, but I didn’t care. It was not long before I caught myself smiling while talking to him ― laughing even. In fact, at one point I laughed so hard I accidentally spilled wine all over my shoes and, out of thin air, two beautiful women appeared to wipe up my mess ― that’s how I met Wayo’s date.She was glamorous while I was just a middle-aged klutz who had no interest in playing games. Wayo invited me to join them for dinner and I, of course, declined. The more I resisted, the harder he pursued. It wasn’t until my single 70-something-year-old friend with a ranch full of cats pointed out I was going to end up just like her if I didn’t give this handsome fella a chance. The crazy cat lady was right. So I told Wayo I had no interest in playboys. That’s when he informed me he had dropped his playthings the night after we met to exclusively be with me. In his words, he had waited his an entire life to fall in love. Wayo was unlike anyone I had ever met before. Every word he uttered seemed to be kind, open and true. I had come from a cobwebbed world of sticky manipulations and here was someone who made being together easy. No ulterior motives. No schemes. He was just refreshingly honest. Everything fell into place in such a perfect way, a part of me braced for it all to sour as affairs of the heart so often do ― at least for me, anyway.Turned out I was right to be concerned. It wasn’t long before our whirlwind romance twisted into a tornado. On the morning of our first Valentine’s Day together, we discovered a very stinky surprise. My ex had not only broken into Wayo’s car and stolen everything in it, but had also packed it full of raw shrimp. That’s right ― raw shrimp.It was indefensible. And most important, I felt it was my fault for having such an ex. Left with no other choice, I gave Wayo an out by letting him know I did not blame him if he decided to run for the hills. Crazy exes are justifiable deal killers. But that following year on Valentine’s Day, Wayo proposed to me in Costa Rica. The year after that, after I bungee jumped off Victoria Falls, we tied the knot in Africa. But, unlike most married couples, we never moved in together. Not yet, anyway.  Is it weird? Sure, if by weird you mean not mainstream. Most people meet, get married and then move in, though not always in that order. And if we’re being honest, there was a time when not following that exact succession was considered scandalous. We never set out to break any moulds or rewrite societal norms, we just chose to create our own life’s journey with each other instead of following any particular script.Of course, you’re probably wondering how this all works since my husband lives a solid four-hour drive north from where I reside. Right now we are both where we need to be to thrive in our careers. We have never actually had a conversation on the nuts and bolts of how our relationship would work, we’ve just been winging it. And so far, we’re still flying together through blue skies, storm fronts and everything in between.What started out as a temporary inconvenience has now turned into our way of life. Wayo’s job is far more flexible than mine, so he’s the one who commutes the most, but even still, we never actually cemented any rules outlining when and where we spend our time. Though we talk on the phone several times a day, we typically only spend about two weeks out of the month sleeping in the same bed.Most, if not everyone, finds our situation questionable. We get it. Truth be told, many of our friends didn’t think our unconventional union would survive more than six months, yet, here we still are ― together, just not together all the time. It’s really not that different from couples whose jobs split them apart. And that got me to thinking, shouldn’t marriage be defined by those who entered into it? The terms should be set by us, not “tradition.”Let’s face it, marriages are as unique as the people in them. For example, there are those who’ve lived together for over 30 years yet never married. Does that make their union any less legitimate or loving? I know of a couple who divorced only to reunite after they married and divorced other people. In their case, they didn’t realise how perfect they were for each other until they recognised that different isn’t always better. So why not redefine marriage in a way so genuine, it’s perfectly customised for our imperfect lives? Regardless of how a coupling is defined or logistically plotted out, a partnership can only work when there’s unshakable trust and open communication. That may be easier said than done, but it gets easier with practice ― lots and lots of practice.Living four hours apart would never be possible if either Wayo or I had pretended to be okay with it when one of us was truly not okay. Thankfully, we were both brutally honest with our expectations, wants and needs from the very beginning. It’s also crucial that neither of us is jealous or has trust issues. I think the fact we were both in our 40s when we met allowed us to explore, know ourselves and understand what we want more than perhaps if we’d met when we were younger.Wayo and I are fiercely independent and perfectly comfortable taking separate excursions with our friends. I have taken off to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand without him and he’ll periodically go out of town without me. Most find this unacceptable, but for us it’s perfect to be with someone who understands the need for friendship and space. We’ve been warned that this behaviour will open us up to being cheated on, but the fact is cheaters are going to cheat no matter what the conditions. We are both of the mindset that we have no control over one another. For us, getting married meant being monogamous so if one should stray, we both understand that action will bring an end to our union. I don’t want to be with someone who isn’t willingly committed to me, and my husband feels the same way. Knowing this allows us the freedom to enjoy each other fully as best friends should. Marriage is hard enough without the added pressure of making it one size fits all.Sharing space and time with another human being is agreeing to share head space, mood swings, dramas, quirks, families, pets, jobs, hygiene and so much more. Wayo’s pantries and refrigerator are pure chaos whereas anyone who’s opened a kitchen cabinet in my house might consider my obsession with organisation to be the work of a psychopath. On the seldom occasion that Wayo and I do happen to argue, he’ll purposely move things around in my fridge just to drive me crazy. I’ve warned him this tactic could put his well-being in danger. Living separately means I know things will be exactly as I left them when I return home at the end of the day and I love that. Wayo does try to adjust to my way of doing things by washing a dish immediately after he’s finished with it, but I can see it’s uncomfortable for him; and I, too, try to be less stringent by pretending to ignore the collection of glasses he leaves on his nightstand, but it’s not easy (and if I’m being honest, I start tidying up the moment he falls asleep).Even though we’re like aliens from different planets, we’ve sworn to love each other forever and that love exists despite our differences, and, I believe, is even stronger because we choose to accept each other exactly as we are. Sure, I’m sometimes wishing for a magic wand to bippity-boppity-boop him into my idea of tidy perfection and, yes, he’s disappointed there’s no remote to make me more laid-back, but none of that stuff matters. We have each other, we have lives we love and we have found a way to share all of it without driving each other crazy or compromising who we are.Seeing how different we are from other married couples can be intimidating, and I admit sometimes I wonder if our partnership is “good enough.” I worry about this most often after some dumb fight we’ve had that usually leads to questioning all my life’s decisions but I’ve learned that comparing our marriage to others and trying to live up to other people’s standards does not work.When we got married, we had seemingly perfect couples tell us we were doomed because we were doing it “wrong.” I even had a close friend tell me my marriage wasn’t a marriage at all because it didn’t fit into his narrow view of what one should be like. Never mind he’s been married four times; he acted as if our choice somehow personally insulted him. Ironically, many of these couples are no longer together. Many of them have dealt with strings of affairs while others live in perpetual misery by continuing to lie to each other, the world and themselves. That’s not to say that traditional relationships can’t or don’t work. Of course they do! But we know what works for us and, though Wayo and I sometimes fight and we have tough times ― just like any two or more humans trying to make a relationship work do ― but we’re still happily creating our ever-after four years later.At the end of the day, we keep choosing each other whether we’re chatting over our morning coffee in the same room or over the phone. A true happily ever-after is never perfect or always happy. But it is lasting. And it lasts because it inspires us both to be better by being honest, understanding and caring enough to care enough. No two relationships are alike, and for Wayo and me, what we have now not only works, it allows us to be ourselves and support each other without the pressure to try and be or live in a way that just isn’t us. We simply embrace what is.Will we one day move in together? Maybe. When it feels right. But for now, we’re too busy living our lives and loving each other just the way we are. It’s not always easy, and it isn’t like the marriages of any of the other couples we know, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s who we are ― together, apart, and everything in between ― and we love it and each other. And that’s what really matters, right?Susanna Maddrigal is an author and columnist. This article first appeared on HuffPost Personal.Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on ukpersonal@huffpost.comRelated...I’m A Paramedic. I’ve Seen The Mental Health Toll This Pandemic Is Taking On Us AllI Help Covid Patients Learn To Smell Again. 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6 Subtle But Serious Signs You Have A Heart Problem
Many people are totally unaware of the small, insidious signs that could indicate cardiovascular issues.“Many look to chest pain as a warning sign of cardiovascular disease,” said Mariko Harper, a physician in Seattle who specialises in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. But, he added, “While more than one-half of people present with chest discomfort when they are having a heart attack, up to one-third of patients — especially women — don’t have any chest symptoms at all. They may present with more atypical or subtle symptoms.”Ignoring these signs means ignoring your entire wellbeing.If the body were considered a machine, the heart would be the battery that powers it, said Aeshita Dwivedi, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “In essence, without a properly functioning heart, the rest of the body cannot perform optimally,” she said.Here are some subtle but serious signs that you may be dealing with a cardiovascular issue, plus some advice on how to better improve your heart health:Swelling in the lower extremitiesChristine Bishara, founder of the integrative medical practice From Within Medical in New York, said swelling in the lower legs, particularly the ankles and feet, can signify a heart condition. This issue is also known as an edema.“If your heart loses its ability to pump blood to the rest of the body — either through weakened cardiac muscles or damage to heart tissue from a silent heart attack — blood flow can slow down and get backed up in the legs leading to swelling,” she said.Shortness of breathAs mentioned, some people won’t experience chest pains when dealing with heart issues. While this can happen to anyone, Bishara said this is particularly true for those with diabetes. Instead, they may experience trouble breathing.“Because diabetes affects and blunts nerve sensations, [someone who is diabetic] with a serious heart condition may never experience symptoms of chest pain,” she said. “This is why shortness of breath should never be ignored — especially if it’s a new onset.”FatigueA tired feeling that you just can’t seem to shake might be another subtle sign of heart issues, according to Bishara. Especially if it has seemingly come out of nowhere. “If fatigue symptoms are an acute onset or without any identifiable underlying cause, consult with your doctor,” she said.Unexplained upper back, left shoulder or arm painBishara said these pains “should not be ignored, as they also may be signs of a heart blockage or impending heart attack. Back symptoms are frequent in women and may sometimes be the only symptom.” This is particularly true if the pain is random (for example, you didn’t strain something during exercise).Palpitations that come out of nowhereThe timing of such palpitations matters just as much as the symptom itself. Keep in mind that exercise, caffeine and anxiety can all cause a quickened pulse. However, say you’re sitting down or in another relaxed state and your heart starts racing, that could be a sign that something is wrong. Dizziness and lightheadedness can also be symptoms.Jaw painCardiovascular issues may manifest as jaw discomfort. Marcus Smith, a physician at CardioVascular Health Clinic in Oklahoma, said he has had patients complain about jaw pain that they initially believed to be linked to their teeth. Later they learned it was related to angina, which can be a cardiac issue.“The nerves that innervate your heart and pick up the sensation of pain are the same nerves that pick up the same sensation for orthopaedic issues, gastrointestinal issues, and dental issues; it’s the same distribution of nerves,” he said. “People who have heart issues many times will say they felt pain in their jaw. That’s why no symptoms should be pushed to the side because it could represent a cardiac symptom.”What you should do if you’re having these symptomsIf you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to seek medical care. (If you believe you’re having a heart attack or stroke, definitely call 999.)Smith said that your doctor will first ask you questions about your lifestyle habits and behaviours to assess your risk factors. From there, you may undergo an exam (or could be referred to a cardiologist) to get a better look at what’s going on.There are also things you should do outside of your doctor’s surgery. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist in New York, recommended taking steps to improve your overall heart health. The first is to keep an eye on your blood pressure. A normal range is at or below 120/80.“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “Watching your diet and exercise, and incorporating stress management are key components of lowering your blood pressure.”Cholesterol also plays an important role. For adults, total cholesterol should be around 200 or below (the lower the better). LDL cholesterol (known as bad cholesterol) should be less than 100 for women and men. HDL (the good cholesterol) should be at 40 or higher for men and 50 or higher for women.“High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol can often be managed with dietary changes, increasing the amount of vegetables, whole grains, fruits as well as incorporating healthy fats. Cutting back on saturated fats is also an important part of this.”Finally, try as best as you can to get some movement you enjoy. The American Heart Association recommends around 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. (Here’s a list of activities that you can do to reach this goal ― no boring cardio required!)“Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love,” Steinbaum said. “Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.”Related...Is It Better To Have Sex In The Morning Or At Night?Nasal Sprays Are Part Of The Fight Against Covid-19. Here's HowThese New 'Second Class Citizen' Stamps Send A Powerful Message
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David Attenborough’s Life In Colour Fulfils The Broadcaster’s Lifelong Wish
In his new BBC series, Sir David Attenborough explores a lifelong passion he’s never previously documented on TV before: colour.“He was absolutely thrilled and excited, and that was lovely because that meant it was a subject he was hugely interested in,” explains Sharmila Choudhury, executive producer on new BBC series David Attenborough’s Life In Colour.“He tried to make a series about colour right at the beginning of his career in the early fifties, but at the time there was no colour television.”The two-part series reveals for the first time how animals view colour and how in some cases, their world looks entirely different to the world we see.Viewers may feel equally excited, because the veteran broadcaster appears on location with animals – something he hasn’t done in several years. Exotic shoots took place in far flung destinations including Costa Rica, where he delivers lines alongside an A-list line-up of co-stars: Macaws, hummingbirds, and frogs. “We haven’t seen him with animals for quite a while now,” says Sharmila. “You’ll enjoy it just from the amount of David there is. I think he’s really extraordinarily good when he’s interacting with animals and his passion for the subject really shines through.”The episodes reveal the mind blowing ways animals use colour for survival. They change colour to protect themselves from prey, attract mates, hunt, to trick and to manoeuvre – or to find the strongest food source. “We hope this’ll give people a new perspective and understanding of the natural world, something they haven’t talked about or known about before,” says Sharmila. Startling scenes depicting the secret world of colour animals experience were shot using some cameras developed specially for this series.In one memorable encounter, a group of vulnerable chital deer fail to see a tiger encroaching on their turf because their eyes can’t recognise its iconic orange stripes. It’s shocking to learn that their eyes cannot process the colour, but see a green-greyish tone instead. Of course, the tiger has a higher chance of making its kill by camouflaging itself until moments away from its prey. Working in partnership with scientists at Bristol University, production company Humble Bee Films were able to reveal on screen how a tiger is seen by both human eyes and deer eyes.“I think, like us, he was absolutely amazed,” says Sharmila of David’s response to the tiger scene – filmed in response to new research from Bristol University, which reveals how orange stripes help tigers discreetly approach their prey. “I think you’ll agree when you see the difference – how the tiger literally disappears – that is quite extraordinary.”“We’re always trying to find new ways of telling stories about the natural world,” explains Sharmila, who has worked with David on documentaries for over 20 years. “The one thing that struck us is that nature is so infinitely colourful and yet we tend to take it for granted. Have you ever thought about why tigers are orange or why zebras have stripes or why flamingos are pink? For us, the infinite variety of colours in the natural world, generally it’s wonder and beauty – but for the animals, it’s usually a tool for survival.”It’s a story that hasn’t been told before. “We’ve known for some time that many animals see colour very differently to the way we do,” continues Sharmila. “Some see fewer colours, there’s some mammals that have less colour receptors than we do, but then again there are birds and insects which see the same colours that we do, plus they see extra colours.”Pioneering ultraviolet and polarisation cameras helped the crew capture the most astonishing scenes, revealing colours viewers couldn’t ordinarily see with the naked eye. In one scene utilising new UV-camera technology, the crew capture a crab spiderchanging colour from yellow to white to mimic the flower it’s perched on to catch its bee prey.In another, polarisation camera technology helps us understand more of the world from the perspective of a mantis shrimp, which has a staggering 12 colour receptors in its eyes. By contrast, humans have only three. Other sequences reveal how zebras use their stripes to employ a phenomenon called motion dazzle to confuse their prey, and cuban snails which practice polymorphism: appearing in many different colourful forms to confuse the birds that eat them.David’s 70-year interest in the story of the secret natural world of colour meant he was “completely involved” in the creation of the series from pre to post-production. “He has a lot of books on his book shelf about it, he reads scientific papers, he is very knowledgeable and that’s what makes him such an inspiration to work with, he really sets the standard for all of us,” says Sharmila.In his nineties, he is absolutely up to scratch with the technology. “He has been involved in discussions about cameras we were going to use, he knows many of the scientists we’re working with himself.” While Sharmila and the team say they were “very fortunate” David was keen to accompany them on shoots (other locations included the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland and Richmond and Windsor parks), a number of stories from international territories had to be shelved due to the pandemic and replaced with scenes shot in the capital. To keep safe during post-production, David installed a home recording studio. “A dubbing editor sits in his car, feeds a cable through his window to David’s dining room while the rest of the production team is back in Bristol,” explains Sharmila. “David hangs up all these duvets around the walls for extra sound proofing. It’s quite a remarkable sight.”A home studio set-up might be the most ordinary thing about this extraordinary series, which is as escapist as it is educational and reveals so much little known information about the hidden ways colours can deceive, protect and bring strength. More than that though, the series is a shimmering visual delight, revealing the incredible extremes of colour found both in plain sight and undercover.In its concluding segment, the ultraviolet greens of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef look unfathomable – it’s the latest surprising way nature is resiliently responding to climate change, given the detrimental effect increased heat has had on the reef. When it comes to climate change, Sharmila says it was a very deliberate decision to not focus on it in this series. “You can’t just continue with doom and gloom messages in every single programme because it becomes wearisome and you lose the impact,” she explains. “Life In Colour has very little in there - that’s not part of the subject matter. I think sometimes people do need to see programmes that are about something else.“At the same time when there are clearly stories that need to be told and are relevant, if we’re making a series about habitats, for instance, you need to point out that these habits are going, they’re gone.”There’s plenty of other programmes for that – namely David’s recent masterstroke, A Life On Our Planet, filmed in part in derelict Chernobyl, a location which acts as a metaphor for the dystopian future we may face if climate action isn’t taken now.But Life In Colour offers something different – as well as being a totally fresh perspective for a nature documentary, it is joyous to see the broadcaster back filming alongside the animals he so loves. In these most trying of times, David Attenborough casting a cheery smile at a macaw and lifting a giant leaf to reveal a tiny poison dart frog is the tonic we all need.READ MORE:'Red Wall' Voters Strongly Back Green Policies, Study FindsSir David Attenborough Has One Simple Request For Any Fans Who Want To Get In Touch With HimWhat Do Chernobyl And Climate Change Have In Common? 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All The New Original Films Coming To Netflix In March 2021
Netflix announced at the beginning of 2021 that they’d be gifting us a brand new original film every single week, and they’ve delivered on that promise.So far this year, we’ve had dreamy teen romance with To All The Boys: Always And Forever, heavy and heartbreaking drama in Pieces Of A Woman, the high-stakes twists and turns of I Care A Lot and 106 minutes of serious tension courtesy of Malcolm And Marie.The streaming giant is keeping the wave of new films coming in the month ahead, with a new teen comedy from Amy Poehler (fresh from her stint hosting this year’s Golden Globes, no less), family fun in Yes Day and the dark new period drama Coven Of Sisters.Here’s the full list of new Netflix original films set to arrive in March… Moxie (3 March)Netflix says: “Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.”Sentinelle (4 March)Netflix says: “Transferred home after a traumatising combat mission, a highly trained French soldier uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister.”Coven Of Sisters (11 March)Netflix says: “Basque Country, 1609. To postpone their execution, a group of women accused of witchcraft lure their inquisitor into witnessing the witches’ Sabbath.”Yes Day (12 March)Netflix says: “Always feeling like they have to say no to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a ‘yes day’ – where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before.”A Week Away (26 March) Netflix says: “Troubled teen Will Hawkins has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp.“At first a fish out of water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular, and sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it.” Bad Trip (26 March)Netflix says: “From the producer of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem.”READ MORE:Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor Sets The Record Straight On Regé-Jean Page Romance RumoursGillian Anderson Weighs In On The Crown Disclaimer Row: 'It's Drama For The Sake Of Drama'Bridgerton Fan Spots Something The Show Has In Common With The Crown That You Probably Missed
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How To Make Delicious Gravy At Home, With Top Tips From Chefs
After weeks of battling it out in the kitchen, Ed Balls was crowned the first winner of Celebrity Best Home Cook. In the competition, the former Labour politician paid tribute to his mother Carolyn, showcasing her recipes of shepherd’s pie and gravy. “My mum taught me to do roast dinners.” Balls told Radio Times. “I love making gravy – it’s really important, and I always make a nice, brown gravy. My daughter thought Mary Berry would like a much lighter gravy, so I thought hard on how to make my chicken gravy light and much less pungent and strong.” Sadly, judges Dame Mary Berry and ⁦chef Angela Hartnett deemed Balls’s chicken gravy ‘too light’. “I thought, after all these years, I didn’t get my gravy right,” said Balls. “And how could I have done that? I know how to make gravy!”Balls shared his gravy thoughts on Twitter, unleashing the floodgates in what he calls ‘gravy gate’, where people weighed in on their preferences. Who’s right? We decided to put the debate to bed and ask chefs how to make it at home.It may seem simple enough, but the possibilities are limitless: from light gravy made from chicken or pork – to a darker type made with dark meats like beef, venison, and duck. Without further ado, all aboard the gravy train. The Basic OneFor an easy-to-make gravy that’ll taste delicious, try Henry Freestone’s idea. The chef, from Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Peckham Cellars, says Bovril is the secret ingredient for a cheat’s way of making a basic gravy. “Bovril works wonders as a cheap, quick beef stock,” he explains. “Whisk in beef stock made from Bovril and hot water. Add rosemary, thyme, and a couple of smashed garlic cloves. Always taste and season at the end of cooking when it’s at the desired consistency, so as not to over season.“Often a pinch of sugar will bring out the flavour. And always cook with fresh herbs, as they turn a bog standard gravy into a delicious one.”The Medium OneIf you want to up the fancy factor, try cooking gravy with wine, says Oliver Gladwin, chef Patron and co-founder of Gladwin Brothers. The alcohol in wine evaporates when it’s cooking – and only the flavour remains – but be careful of adding too much, as the flavour could overpower your gravy.To do it, go ahead and make your gravy – whether that be instant granules, a Bovril stock like above, or your own take – then add a couple of tablespoons of alcohol, says Gladwin. “If it was grouse, I would choose Armagnac (brandy); if it was beef, go for red wine and white wine for chicken,” he recommends.“Reduce to a syrup very slowly and make sure to skim. You’ll know it’s the right consistency when it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.”The Advanced OneIf you want to take your gravy to the next level – or just have a lot of time to hone your gravy skills – head chef Joe Rozier, from The Mariners Pub by Paul Ainsworth, suggests going to your butcher to get beef bones. “The best gravies use good quality bones and meat trimmings,” he tells HuffPost UK. “Make a stock by roasting the bones in an oven preheated to 180°C for 45 minutes, before covering with water and adding some black peppercorns and some woody herbs like thyme and rosemary,” he advises. “I would always use a good quality stock to add extra flavour – my suggestion would be TRUEfoods.”Rozier says adding in mushrooms will help give a delicious umami flavour. “Let your gravy infuse on a low heat for three hours, but be careful not to boil,” he says. “It depends on how full-body you want it, but when making fresh gravy at the pub, we would definitely still fold Bisto to help thicken it.”It’s also worth preserving all your hard work and sticking it in the freezer before serving. “Freezing the gravy can help clarify it,” Rozier adds. “When you take it out of the freezer, the fat will have separated and floated to the top and that way you can remove some of it. “Freezing in containers also takes the stress out of making every weekend.”Related...As Dark Kitchens Boom, Check Your Takeaway's Safe To Eat11 Weird And Wonderful Ways To Jazz Up Scrambled EggsBehold, The Ultimate Biscuit Ranking – From Worst To Best19 Little But Life-Changing Things We'll Actually Be Able To Do This Year
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Fergus Henderson’s ‘whole animal’ recipes inspired chefs on both sides of the Atlantic
From a white-walled restaurant in Clerkenwell, his roast bone marrow dish has gone on to conquer the world. It is November 2009 and I’m in a new restaurant on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles called Animal. I have been in the city for three weeks, serving as a judge on a TV food contest, all British piss and vinegar to the familiar American gush, and I’m missing my family terribly. No matter, for here on the menu is roast bone marrow with parsley salad, the dish made famous by the chef Fergus Henderson at his Clerkenwell restaurant St John. His guiding principle: “If you’re going to bang an animal on the head it’s only polite to eat it all.”'If you’re going to bang an animal on the head it’s only polite to eat it all' Continue reading...
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The perfect complement to baked feta or aged manchego
Keeping up with food fads requires considering the wines to go with themToro Loco Superior Organico, Utiel-Requena, Spain 2019 (£4.99, Aldi)From Delia’s cranberries to Nigella’s goose fat, when I were a lad it was TV cooks who had the power to cause a run on an ingredient. These days, the market-movers are more likely to be found on social media, with the latest fad being feta, the star of a recipe originating from the blogger Jenni Häyrinen that has gone viral globally with mutating variations on TikTok in the past couple of months, having already caused a shortage of the great crumbly Greek cheese in Häyrinen’s native Finland. If you haven’t seen or tried some iteration already, the basic recipe for Uunifetapasta (oven-baked feta pasta) takes a roasting dish of cherry tomatoes into which a block of feta is placed whole and baked, before being mixed with pasta into a salty, tangy, creamy bowlful. It’s a simple, comforting, affordable midweek dish that would match very well with a simple, comforting, affordable mildly tangy, juicy-fruity, refreshing red such as Aldi’s organic Spanish staple.Thymiopoulos Rosé de Xinomavro, Greece 2019 (£15, Wine and Greene, Theatre of Wine) The Uunifetapasta phenomenon has – if the number of views, posts, and, latterly, newspaper articles are anything to go by – got millions of people to fall in love – or fall back in love – with feta. It also got me thinking about what sort of wine goes best with it when it’s prepared in more traditional ways. A classic Greek salad is a high-acid affair, and the feta, olives, tomatoes, peppers, onions and vinegar all contribute to the sharp zinginess. You need plenty of acidity to match that, and some body, too: I find the great Greek white grape assyrtiko, especially when made on the island of Santorini by top producers such as Gaia Estate and Domaine Sigalas, has a tang-meets-tang compatibility with its lemony and lemon-skin flavours. The fuller body, but still bright, perky, but exceedingly complex herb-flecked rosé made by Apostolos Thymiopoulos from local red grape xinomavro, meanwhile, would work in much the same way as Provence rosés go with salade Niçoise. Continue reading...
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CPAC: Trump to make first post-White House speech at rightwing summit
Conference seeks to shore up Trump’s position as Republican standard bearer even after he lost the presidency and CongressDonald Trump returns to the political stage on Sunday determined to show that he is still a major force in America and ready to purge his critics within the Republican party. Continue reading...
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Stay, go, delay: Joe Biden is trapped and has no good choices in Afghanistan
The president has inherited an unpopular war, and whatever he decides to do about it will be fraught with danger Of all the foreign hazards, snares, pitfalls and timebombs left behind by Donald Trump, Afghanistan is arguably the worst. Joe Biden must decide in the coming days whether or not to abide by his predecessor’s shabby “peace deal” with the Taliban and withdraw all US troops by the end of April. It’s a president-sized trap.The point being, there is no peace, no viable deal, and no easy answer. All three main options – leave now, delay the US and Nato departure by, say, six months, or stay indefinitely – are fraught with danger. Biden may be damned whatever he does. The war is a hole dug by others. But he’s in it now – and it risks becoming his hole. Continue reading...
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Thaddeus Stevens review: the Radical Republican America should remember
There’s more to the 19th-century reformer than Tommy Lee Jones’s portrayal for Spielberg. Bruce Levine’s book is a startThaddeus Stevens deserves to be better known. A leading radical Republican of the Reconstruction era, he is perhaps best known for Tommy Lee Jones’s portrayal in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. In his new biography, though, Bruce Levine dismisses the movie’s story of Stevens and his mixed-race housekeeper Lydia Hamilton Smith as lovers by writing that “no firm evidence substantiates it”. Similarly, Jones’s line “Trust? Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics,” falls into the category of “too good to check”. Related: The Rope review: Ida Wells, the NAACP and a slim thread to a murder Continue reading...
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Delhi Muslims fear they will never see justice for religious riot atrocities
A year after the city was engulfed by violence, victims are harassed into silence by police and find the law has turned against themFor a year, Irfan has remained almost entirely in his house, too terrified to leave. A Muslim living in north-east Delhi, he says that his powerful Hindu neighbours, many belonging to the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), are keeping a close watch on him. Jobless and afraid, he spoke in whispers of his fear of being “eliminated” at any time.“I take a safe route to occasionally leave my house to see my lawyer,” said Irfan, who requested a pseudonym for protection. “I know that BJP leaders and their followers are after me so I move around very carefully. I have to stay alive at least to see those who attacked me are brought to justice.” Continue reading...
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My boyfriend spends all his time selling weed. Should I leave? | Dear Mariella
Your relationship sounds unworkable and toxic, says Mariella Frostrup. Find someone you can confide in or get professional helpThe dilemma My boyfriend’s work ground to a halt as a result of the pandemic, and his weed-smoking habit has expanded within that void to become a lifestyle. He buys, sells and grows the stuff, meaning that he’s meeting strangers on a daily basis, often in our home.My initial response was anger that he could so readily endanger my health for the sake of a habit I despise. Then I began to wonder if he was struggling mentally, so I tried to be more supportive. But it became clear he is just doing it for fun (I think he thrills at the criminal element). He comes from a wealthy family and my salary is ample to cover our bills if he falls short, so this isn’t a necessary earner. Continue reading...
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Trump has captured the Republican party – and that's great news for Biden | Robert Reich
The Trump party is only interested in appealing to its base. Democrats in Washington have the public square to themselvesDonald Trump formally anoints himself the head of the Republican party at today’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Related: Gilt-y: golden Trump statue pops up at rightwing CPAC summit Continue reading...
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TV tonight: detective duo McDonald and Dodds are back with a bang
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After a totally digital London Fashion Week, do we still need real-life runways?
As the biannual sartorial spectacle draws to a close, Olivia Petter examines whether an entirely virtual event is a more efficient, creative, and sustainable way forward
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After a year of no effort, three lockdowns and catching Covid, I wore makeup for 7 days to feel something
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Evatt identifies reasons why Bolton are scoring so many late goals
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Manchester United might be forced into making four selections vs Chelsea
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Jadon Sancho responds after setting another Bundesliga record for Dortmund
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Birmingham City face paying £1million before fans can fully return to St Andrews
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Girl, 11, finds both mum and dad dead after they quarantined with Covid together
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Canelo Alvarez tells Jake Paul fan to ‘get the f**k out of here’ after mystery pair crash post-fight interview
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Pope Francis expects to die in Rome as pontiff and will not return to homeland - author
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German Covid vaccine chief admits jab roll out ‘has gone wrong’ after EU Oxford backtrack
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Warm sunny weekend continues but freezing temperatures to return next week
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Single dose Covid vaccine could be just weeks away from becoming third UK jab
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Ted Cruz’s CPAC speech mocked on SNL: ‘I just flew back from Cancun, but can you blame a brother for wanting some sun?’
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Prince William ‘doesn’t know’ what Meghan and Harry told Oprah – ‘Won’t help matters’
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Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders confirmed with date revealed for unification clash
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Dannii Minogue says she was pitted against 'perfect' Kylie as pair seen together
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William 'in dark' over Oprah interview and hasn't spoken to Harry 'in some time'
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Canelo Álvarez subdues Avni Yıldırım then announces Billy Joe Saunders fight
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