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Taste of summer special

The perfect summer afternoon tastes of ripe peaches, mint and cucumber and smells of freshly mown grass. You can hear it too I guess, in the sound of balls on bats, children's laughter and splashes of water and the familiar sighs of Tim Henman's audience. It is also the time to make the most of the edible delights that come our way at this time of year. Desserts can get short shrift in this age of healthy eating which could mean us missing out on the gorgeous summer fruits we wait patiently all year for - blackcurrants, apricots, raspberries, strawberries and cherries. No summer lunch is complete without its dessert of freshly picked summer fruits and cream. This month we have several recipes that show offour glorious bounty from summer fruit meringues to impromptu trifles.
It is probably the summer food I remember most fondly from my childhood, but more than anything my nostalgia for holidays past is ignited by ice cream. It may have been a cornet, a Fab or a choc ice, a wafer, a Knickerbocker Glory or a Strawberry Mivvi (remember those?) but there is a story for almost every one I ever ate. How people's lives can be measured by the food they eat has been a constant source of fascination to me, so much so that I have just finishing filming a BBC television series called A Taste of My Life. Next week's programme has me chatting over the kitchen hob with Vanessa Redgrave (and later on in the series Richard E Grant, Max Beesley and Alan Bennett) about the impact food and cooking have had on their lives. Nothing, apparently, quite brings back memories and stirs our emotions like something on a plate.

For this issue, Mimi Spencer writes about her childhood picnics, with their mysterious foil-wrapped parcels of food and Penguin chocolate biscuits a very different story indeed to today's trendier than thou alfresco spreads.

In order to send all of you on your holidays with a good chance of eating well we have asked some of the magazine's best friends to give us their top tips for summer feasting. Hugh shows us his list of top places for seafood while Jasper Conran lets us peep at his little black book for the chicest place to unfurl our napkins this summer. (Thank you, Jasper.) We also have Sam Clarke's top Tapas and Rick Stein's Cornish top five. It's a real cut-out-and-keep guide to the grooviest things you can put into your mouth this summer. We also have Tim Adams taking tea in China, John Carlin quizzing the oh-so-cool Morgan Freeman about his favourite table and Tim Atkin gives us no less than three dozen top wines for summer from a £2.99 bottle of white Soave from the Co-op to an M&S £l;29.99 champagne - a delightful way to toast the flavours and scents of another beautiful British summer.

· A Taste of My Life is on Saturdays on BBC1 at 11.30am

Source: The Observer
23.7.06 12:07

The Kumars At No. 42

Friday 4 August
9.30-10.00pm BBC ONE

Bodies star and Robbie Williams's former sidekick, Max Beesley, and grumpy Victor Meldrew himself, Richard Wilson, join The Kumars At No. 42.

Max Beesley chats to the family about his charity work for Manchester Children's Hospital and his surprisingly musical background. He talks about accepting a top music scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music before dropping out at the age of 17 to join Paul Weller's band, and how he then met, and subsequently performed with, Robbie Williams on his 91 shows over a mere eight months. He reveals that watching Robert De Niro in Raging Bull propelled him into acting and talks about the wide range of TV roles he's taken on, from the dark, intense drama Bodies to the more frivolous Hotel Babylon.


Still a bit to go until August, but: Don't miss it

Have a nice day everybody

19.7.06 09:56


MAX Beesley and Susie Amy enjoyed a big breakfast this week. The pair were spotted at Hertfordshire hotel The Grove, where Max had a full English and Suze snacked on fruit before tucking into a sausage and egg combo. How romantic.

15.7.06 18:13

Congratulations *thumbs up*

Good afternoon everyone

Max and Susie raised £ 16'000 for the Five Star Scanner Appeal on "Who wants to be a Millionaire" last Saturday!
So, Congratulations for that

A nice and HOT afternoon everyone

See yaaaaaaaaaaaa
12.7.06 17:21

Who wants to be a millionaire celebrity

Morning everyone

Another TV appearance is to be shown this saturday

Special edition featuring pairs of celebrities out to win money for their favourite charities. First up are actor, presenter and broadcaster Jamie Theakston and Corrie's Wendi Peters. Jamie is playing for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and Wendi will donate her share to Childline. Actor and musician Max Beesley pairs up with his off-screen partner Susie Amy (Footballers' Wives' Chardonnay) as they play for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's Five Stars Scanner Appeal.

It is on from 08:30pm-09:30pm on ITV1, so don't miss it, ladies and gents

Have fun

7.7.06 09:13

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