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Feasts from the Middle East: Pumpkin & Saffron Soup

New to Northern Soul: Tony Kitous, founder of Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanais, shares delicious recipes from his new cookbook Feasts from the Middle East. Kitous says: “Squashes and pumpkin give soup a really great thick texture – which is what I particularly love about this one. The base – onion, garlic, celery and leek – features in many of my […] The post Feasts from the Middle East: Pumpkin & Saffron Soup appeared first on Northern Soul.

New to Northern Soul: Tony Kitous, founder of Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanais, shares delicious recipes from his new cookbook Feasts from the Middle East.

Kitous says: “Squashes and pumpkin give soup a really great thick texture – which is what I particularly love about this one. The base – onion, garlic, celery and leek – features in many of my soup recipes. I love the way the flavours soften and sweeten when cooked over a low heat and, once whizzed with the main ingredient, provide body and texture.

“Although I’ve suggested using either vegetable stock (if you’re serving this to vegetarians) or chicken stock, sometimes I just use water. As long as the seasoning is right the soup will still be delicious.”

Pumpkin & Saffron Soup

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

50ml vegetable oil or

50g butter

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

Pumpkin & Saffron Soup2 celery sticks, chopped

½ leek, chopped

1kg baby squash or pumpkin, peeled

1 litre hot vegetable or chicken stock, or water

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

good pinch of saffron, plus a little extra to garnish

Method 

Heat the oil or butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, celery and leek for about 5 minutes until starting to soften. If you’re using butter, you may need to turn the heat down low so the butter doesn’t burn.

Stir in the chopped squash or pumpkin, making sure it’s coated in the vegetable mixture, and cook for a minute or so. Pour in the hot stock, season, add the saffron and cover with a lid. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down low and simmer, half covered, for 15 minutes until the squash is tender.

Cool the soup a little, then blend until smooth. Ladle into bowls and serve with a little extra saffron on top.

 

Feasts from the Middle East is published by HQ and is now available to buy.

tonykitous.com

 

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Published on - Mon, 16 Apr 2018

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty, jetty and our new favourite…a weind. So, if you have a favourite ginnel, please share it with us. You can do this via […] The post Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels! appeared first on Northern Soul.

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty, jetty and our new favourite…a weind.

So, if you have a favourite ginnel, please share it with us. You can do this via our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages and your snaps will be featured on our weekly ginnel photo gallery.

As usual, we’ve got some fab images from moody Paris and an extremely sunny Sri Lanka, to historical York and the beautiful Cotswolds. Oh, and did you know there’s a ginnel trail in Yorkshire? That’s right up Northern Soul‘s, erm, ginnel. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get those cameras out and #ShowUsYourGinnels.

(Main image: Chester ginnel submittend via Twitter by @wawchester) 

[See image gallery at www.northernsoul.me.uk]

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Published on - Mon, 16 Apr 2018

The Northern Soul Podcast: Steal the City

It’s April which means just one thing – Spring has finally sprung. Well, sort of. The nights are getting lighter, the daffodils are popping up and the mood is getting sunnier. And why wouldn’t you be happy when the new month brings with it another brilliant Northern Soul Podcast? Presenter and Producer Lucy McNamara is back […] The post The Northern Soul Podcast: Steal the City appeared first on Northern Soul.

It’s April which means just one thing – Spring has finally sprung. Well, sort of. The nights are getting lighter, the daffodils are popping up and the mood is getting sunnier. And why wouldn’t you be happy when the new month brings with it another brilliant Northern Soul Podcast?

Presenter and Producer Lucy McNamara is back with another ear-pleasing episode which sees her chatting to Steal the City. Sheffield melodic punks, Steal The City burst into 2018 with their new single So, The Thing Is, recorded at Dalston’s Blue Studios. In addition, Lucy’s brilliant playlist consists of, among others, John Martyn, Eleanor Friedberger, Michael Kiwanuka and Lucy Rose.

The Northern Soul podcast is a PRS-licensed podcast which showcases new music as well as playing well-known and well-loved tracks. It features bands from the North of England as well as those visiting this part of the world. If you would like your music to be considered for the Northern Soul Podcast, please contact Lucy McNamara on twitter @Lucy_McNamara or on Instagram @radiolucymac.

 

PRSforMusicTo listen to series one and series two of Lucy’s Northern Soul Podcast, click here.

@stealthecityuk; www.stealthecity.com

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Published on - Thu, 12 Apr 2018

Review: Emmerdale Studio Tour, Leeds

It’s hard to believe that Emmerdale, or Emmerdale Farm if you’re as old as me and can remember that far back, has been on our screens for 46 years. In that time we’ve had plane crashes, floods, storms, murders and more Dingles than you can shake a stick at. But there are still so many […] The post Review: Emmerdale Studio Tour, Leeds appeared first on Northern Soul.

It’s hard to believe that Emmerdale, or Emmerdale Farm if you’re as old as me and can remember that far back, has been on our screens for 46 years. In that time we’ve had plane crashes, floods, storms, murders and more Dingles than you can shake a stick at.

But there are still so many unanswered questions in the nation’s favourite Yorkshire village. For instance, who wore the same hat for 15 years? Whose pinny is mounted on the wall in pride of place? Who hides her script in the kitchen drawers for those moments of blankness?

In the interests of investigative journalism, Northern Soul visited the Emmerdale Studio Experience in Leeds to seek out answers and have a grand day out.

First off, there’s this: the tour is a brilliantly immersive experience where you can walk in the footsteps of your favourite characters from Jack Sugden or Kim Tate to Cain Dingle and Ashley Thomas. While Get up close to the most famous sofa in soap-land at The Emmerdale Studio Experience!I’ll admit to being more of a Corrie aficionado (I know, wrong side of the Pennines), after this experience I’m considering rethinking my allegiance. The tour was far more interactive than its Coronation Street counterpart that took Manchester by storm in 2014. Both experiences come from the stable of Continuum Attractions who are brilliant at designing and executing attractions like this.

As for this tour, the most fascinating element was the wealth of backstage information. The excellent guide took us through the process of writing an episode for Emmerdale and the logistics of handling such a huge cast, as well as the creativity it takes to get them on screen.

We also saw how stunts are put together, from the flooded cellar of The Woolpack which was filmed in the iconic Pinewood studios (home to James Bond and Star Wars no less) to the recent helicopter crash which put a serious dampener on wedding celebrations. It really is the most dangerous village in Britain.

Getting made-up in make-up as guests learn the secrets that go on behind the scenesThere’s more, including a visit to the make-up room and the low-down on the incredible length of time that actors have to sit in those chairs to become their alter egos. The wardrobe department is next, which has a ton of costumes to nose at from Edna’s hat to Aaron’s hoodie, and there’s a smashing editing suite experience where eager visitors can have a go at cutting from one camera to another (word to the wise: it’s not as easy as you think).

In terms of sets, there aren’t tons. You get to sit in Rhona’s lounge and act out your own scene. And, of course, the Dingles’ front room is there complete with an exclusive scene filmed by Sam and Lisa – who knows what she’s hidden around the set? Bernice’s Beauty Salon is marvellous, not least because visitors control the lights to set different moods from morning sunrise to low-lighting for those secret assignations.

The finale is The Woolpack where you can stand in the footsteps of Amos, Alan and Chastity and pull an imaginary pint for the camera.

And that’s it. The tour would have benefited from the café or Home Farm, or even reproduced sets from yesteryear; an old-timer like me would have enjoyed Annie Sugden’s kitchen where, if truth be told, she spent 30 years ruling her family with an apron and a wooden spoon.

Nevertheless, the gift shop is cleverly situated through the doors of David’s Village Shop and there you can treat yourself to all manner of Emmerdale essentials including your very own Robron mug.

David’s Shop bags are amongst the many souvenirs available to purchase at our gift shopWhere the tour maybe suffers is with the absence of the outdoors: the outside set isn’t included in this attraction and you have to book (and pay) for a second tour which is a few miles up the road and only open when not in use. Having said that, the Studio Tour handles this in the best way possible by including an incredibly realistic model of our favourite village (which you can walk through), perfect for that Gulliver photo opportunity.

These are minor gripes, though. All in all, this is a great day out and an absolute must for all Emmerdale fans. If you want to make your visit even more special, keep an eye out for personal appearances: the next one is Chrissie White (Louise Marwood) on April 28, 2018.

By Chris Park

 

emmerdalestudioexperience.co.uk

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Published on - Thu, 12 Apr 2018