As someone who has worked with food for over 40 years, Executive Chef at The Ritz, John Williams knows a thing or two about a decent meal. Throughout his illustrious career, Williams has plated up delicacies for some of the biggest names, with everyone from the Royal Family to Joan Collins having tasted one of his dishes. But what is it really like behind closed doors at arguably the world's most glamourous hotel? What is Prince Charles' meal of choice and how does Bill Clinton prefer his vegetables cooked? FEMAIL chews the fat with the renowned chef in a behind-the-scenes, no-holds-barred dive into the exclusive world of the finest dining. ‘The best person I’ve ever cooked for is without a doubt the Queen,’ Williams - the son of a fisherman from England's Tyneside - says. ‘I made a
Berry special chocolate Valentine cake Bakers needn't be put off this showstopper because of its heart shape – a large Swiss roll tin or roasting tin will work perfectly with a homemade paper template. Raspberry and strawberry profiteroles Prepare these French choux pastry ahead and on Valentine's Day sit back and enjoy filling them with strawberries and cream – and maybe even chocolate – together. Chocolate heart fondant with a strawberry and mint salad This gooey chocolate fondant is a sure way to melt your loved one's heart this Valentine's Day. Strawberry, ricotta, lemon and cream tart Let this centrepiece say it all. Pistachio and raspberry love hearts Prepare these sweet hearts the night before for an easy evening of entertaining. Raw chocolate mousse from Honestl
For most people, it is as simple as putting a teabag into a mug of hot water. But for the Duchess of York, making a cup of tea is an art form that is so complicated that it warrants its own book. Sarah Ferguson plans to tell readers about the secrets of the perfect brew in a 128-page tome which will be released next year. But its publishers are promising it will not be all serious, saying that it will reflect her trademark ‘whimsy’ and have a flavour of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Over 12 chapters, readers will learn how to ‘set the perfect table, throw a tea party, brew and serve the perfect cup of tea’. Other questions which will apparently be answered include whether or not the milk should go in before or after t
To say I had ear infections when I was little would be a huge understatement. My ear infections were so severe and chronic that I was deaf for part of my childhood. I could not hear when I was in kindergarten and would instead read lips. My parents discovered this one day which lead to rounds and rounds of antibiotics and eventually surgery to have tubes placed in my ears. I remember it all. The pain, the taste of the antibiotic because I could not swallow them (my parents put them in marshmallows), the ear drops, and eventually the surgery. As they are designed to, the tubes fell out as I got older and I remember that as well. I didn’t have ear pain again until I started working at a pool, but the memory of that pain scared me. It wasn’t until I saw a doctor in South Korea that I learn
Ingredients Chestnut & wild mushroom stuffing 25g dried porcini mushrooms 25g butter 2 shallots, finely chopped ½ pack thyme 100g cooked chestnuts, crushed 200g good-quality pork sausage meat small pack parsley, roughly chopped zest 1 lemon, roughly chopped 2 tbsp breadcrumbs Method 1. Soak the porcini in 300ml boiling water and set aside for 20 mins, then drain, reserving the liquid, and finely chop. 2. Heat the butter and fry the shallots for 2 mins, then add the mushrooms and cook for 3 mins more. Leave to cool. 3. Mix with all the other stuffing ingredients and set aside to cool slightly. 4. Pre heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and just before placing your three bird roast in, stuff the smallest bird with the stuffing. Cook the three bird roast as per instructions. Take the
DIY DETOX BATH: RELAX WHILE REMOVING ACHES, PAINS, TOXINS, PESTICIDES AND HEAVY METALS Body detoxing has become very important and better known in recent years. Our environment, food, and beauty products can contain harmful chemicals and additives. These chemicals have a hard time leaving the body via normal routes. Many times a build-up of toxins in one’s body can lead to headaches, fatigue, and even chronic diseases. A detox bath is a great way to get rid of these hazards to one’s health. There are many benefits that a simple soak will provide: Safely and effectively eliminate toxins. Boost one’s digestion and eliminate bloating and constipation. Flush stubborn fat and cellulite. Provide restorative sleep while sleeping fewer hours. Boost one’s metabolism, energ
We’re often told that sleep is the best medicine But, a new study revealed that too much sleep is hazardous to your health. Sleeping more than nine hours a night – combined with sitting too much during the day and a lack of exercise – can be just as bad for you as smoking and drinking alcohol. People living sedentary lives are four times as likely to die early, experts warned. There has been mounting evidence over the past few years that sitting for too long is bad for you. Previous studies have also indicated that sleep can have an impact on your health. This study, from the University of Sydney, was the first to look at the impact of both sleep and sitting together. Dr Melody Ding, study author and senior research fellow at the University of Sydney: ‘When you add a lack of exercis
They say that you are not living if you cannot feel pain, but a 39-year-old woman is. In fact, she's one of the few people around the world who have a rare genetic mutation that blocks pain That was before. Through an experiment conducted by a team of UK researchers, she has finally felt what pain is like and the discovery may help thousands who are always in a dire state. Researchers from University College London, together with Wellcome Trust, believed they have found the reason for chronic and debilitating pain by studying the genetic mutation. Previous mice models have shown that these people don't have Nav1.7, a kind of channel that helps deliver the pain signals to and from the brain. Based on this, researchers have created blockers to very little positive effect. So the UK team...
Why You Should Never Clean Your Ears with Cotton Swabs If you're in the habit of swabbing your ear canals with a Q-Tip, you may be creating a problem rather than solving one. That's because ear wax is actually a good thing. "It's there to keep the ear canal clean and keep dirt and bacteria away from the ear drum. A thin lining [of ear wax] should be there. When you chew, your jaw joint, which is next to the ear canal, creates a pumping mechanism that slowly works the ear wax out; it then dries and flakes off," explains Jacob R. Brodsky, MD, an ENT specialist at Boston Children's Hospital. Here are a few of the top reasons you should be keeping those cotton swabs away from your ear canals: You could be making things worse. Because habitual cotton swab users can't see what they're do...