The festive season is about to hit its stocking-clad stride. And while we’ll be Christmas jumper-wearing, mince pie-eating and last-minute shopping, we’ll be keeping a close eye out. Here’s our list of things to do in December (in between sips of Chai eggnog).
We’re feeling proud reading:-
These Delicious Things, a cookbook filled with nostalgic stories of childhood, and delicious recipes from the UK’s top foodies, including our very own Chef Naved. All to support children living in food poverty.
We’re gifting our loved ones with:-
Anisha Parmar’s glinting new Jāli collection of jewellery and homeware. Anisha’s designs speak to her three-continent-spanning heritage, and this collection is inspired by the ornamental Jāli building facades found in South Asia.
We’re shaking off labels with:-
Bollyqueer, a dance company made by and for queer people. Escape the binary and embrace the joy of Bollywood at their free dance class, shaking and shimmying as the beautiful person you are.
We’re clutching our sides at:-
The latest show from India’s biggest stand-up comedian (and the first to win an Emmy), Vir Das. He’ll wow you with incisive insights and perfect comic timings, and win you over with unexpected vulnerability.
With February comes a gladdening of spirits, lighter morning skies and discernibly louder birdsong. It is also the month to bid farewell to our winter cocoons (at least partially) and tune back into the world beyond our blankets. Allow us to ease the de-hibernation process, by sharing some of the things piquing our interest this month.
“Who wants to see some magic?” Chef Arun calls out. He flings the rolled out dough into the air, sending it soaring above the counter. It spins and twists, a graceful dancer in the air. The children watch its arc, their eyes wide with wonder, until it lands gently back in the chef's hands. The children shriek in delight.
January is a most divisive month. For some it heralds the hopeful turning over of new leaves; for others it is a month to trudge begrudgingly through towards the promise of spring. Whichever camp you find yourself in, we have plentiful diversions to share. See them as the cherry atop your already gleeful January cake, or a welcome distraction while you await winter’s end.
I AM HERE, dear reader, slovenly and slouched, staring into my drink at the end of the bar in our new restaurant in Battersea. My mind is still down and out, sifting around in the dregs of ’23 but of course it knows that I should really straighten my back, raise my chin and look squarely up into the cold new light of ’24. My drink – Choti’s Punch – clear and strong, sweet with a little salt, may help.