Transporting you to the ‘Land of Smiles’ with this authentic Thai recipe for Tom Yum Kai

Transporting you to the ‘Land of Smiles’ with this authentic Thai recipe for Tom Yum Kai

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This quick and easy recipe for Tom Yum Kai (Hot & Sour Chicken Soup) will transport you to the wonderful land of Thailand with its authentic flavours and taste of Asia. Delicious on its own or served with rice or noodles for a more filling meal

hot sour soup


Serves: 4-6 people

680ml chicken stock (from Cube or fresh)

1 tablespoon tom yum paste

1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped

3 stalks lemon grass, cut into 1” pieces

2 kaffir lime leaves

2 chicken breast fillets (skinless) – cut into thin strips

110g fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 medium sized tomatoes (cut into 8ths)

2 tablespoon fish sauce

2 tablespoons Palm Sugar (or use brown sugar)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon chopped fresh green chilli

1 small handful fresh coriander, chopped

1 small bunch fresh basil, chopped



In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil.

Stir in the tom yum paste and garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes.

Stir in the lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves. Place the chicken in the saucepan, and cook 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

Mix in the mushrooms and Tomatoes. Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and green chilli.

Continue cooking for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, and serve hot with the coriander and basil sprinkled on top.



Substitute the chicken for prawns for Tom Yum Goon
Add in cooked noodles for a more filling meal

thai soup

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There has been endless evidence that sleeping with dogs is good for your health, and our very own television Royalty Debbie Arnold is walking proof.

‘I didn’t intend to have 4 dogs, in fact if you said to me what breed of was my least favorite, I would have said a chihuahua or a Labrador… how the Gods must’ve laughed! – Its no wonder when you are friends with doggie royalty Paul O’Grady

Debbie and the gang

So how did this happen…. I’ve always been owned by dogs.   First of all there was Ricky who was a poodle.  I met him when I was 7 and he was my friend/brother growing up. Then came Lover.  He was the first dog I chose for myself.

I was starring in a play in the West End, was newly divorced and had decided that a dog was far better than a man.  Lover, true to his name, adored taking my underwear and I’m sure my neighbours at the time were quite shocked to hear me screaming ‘Lover drop my knickers NOW’ – God knows what they thought went on on my house.!

Then came Legend, a beautiful Tibetan Terrier rescue. Our first dog as a family. He was diagnosed with diabetes aged 5 and we had to give him injections him twice a day.  Due to our vet’s incredible groundbreaking treatment he changed the way diabetes was treated in dogs –  so the name Legend was perfect.  He lived till he was 13 -a gorgeous, brave and wonderful dog.

When we lost Legend I decided I wouldn’t get another dog, especially not a Tibetan.  But 3 weeks later I was at the rescue home again and came back with his doppelgänger…the vets were so shocked when they saw him as he was his exact twin. We named him Disney, and he was my beautiful ‘crackers’ boy!

After looking after a very sick dog for so long, it was fun to have a lunatic around. He was 2 years old, had never been housetrained, and had never been inside a house, so when he saw me go upstairs he followed in trepidation. Then when I went back down, he looked at me from the top of the stairs and threw himself doing a double somersault down the stairs, and landed by the front door. He never really mastered the art of climbing stairs!

Adventures with Disney were hilarious. One day when I was trying to housetrain him, I let him out on the large balcony outside my bedroom for a wee.  It was around 5am and I didn’t want to go downstairs – I went back to bed, fell briefly asleep, and then went to open the door to let him in. He’d disappeared. It was the summer and it was quite light. I looked in the garden thinking he may have jumped down, but he was nowhere to be seen.

Something made me look up and there he was standing on the roof! I have no idea to this day how he got there, but there he was. I woke my husband up screaming ‘Disney is stuck on the roof’.   He went into the garden, and climbed up a ladder onto the roof to rescue him. I was yelling ‘Dont Jump Dis stay where you are’!  Another challenge for the long suffering neighbours!  On another occasion Disney climbed down the wisteria after he locked himself in another bedroom. He certainly had adventures!

Disney’s life totally changed when my eldest daughter brought home Beanie the chihuahua. This 12 week old puppy just melted his heart and he adored her – he was 10 when she arrived and he was running around like a maniac. My daughter went on tour and Beanie stayed with me. We were a lovely canine family of 2 for six years when my youngest daughter had a breakup with her boyfriend.  So we all felt that a good way to recover from heartbreak was for her to get a dog of her own.

This is how Lady arrived. She was a young Springador puppy – needing loads of exercise. Disney was 16 by now and pretty grumpy so greeted this new puppy with great hostility. He was an old man after all.   Meanwhile, Beanie was fine as always – a very amicable little soul.

But when Lady was 5 months old Disney died and our hearts were broken.   He really had been the best boy who’d brought us so much pleasure.   He had a fantastic good long life and a very happy one, but he was sadly missed.

Both daughters are performers and were away from home a great deal, and so there I was caring for 2 dogs that technically were not mine.

Then 2 years ago Lady fell in love with my son-in-laws’ lab and they had 8 puppies.  As an avid dog lover, I in turn fell in love with two of the puppies, and the rest is history.   I am now the proud owner of four dogs.

Smile for the camera

Finally, and you have probably guessed what I am about to tell you, all four dogs now sleep with me.  Is sleeping with dogs good for your health?  It’s a resounding yes from me, and in fact I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Police Squad! The Complete Series available on Blu-ray from 20th April 2020

Police Squad! The Complete Series available on Blu-ray from 20th April 2020

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Mediumrare Entertainment is proud to announce Police Squad! The Complete Series
available for the first time on Blu-ray from 20th April 2020

Starring Leslie Nielson, Alan North & Ed Williams

Capt. Ed Hocken (Alan North) & Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen)

There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Here are six. Join Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and Capt. Ed Hocken (Alan North) as they solve the toughest cases – full of all the sight-gags, puns, and

non sequiturs that made the series famous! Created by David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, who gave us other classics such as Flying High! and The Naked Gun series.

Be an eye-witness to all the comedic action for the first time in stunning High Definition

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Police Squad Bluray


Marginally a “straight” police drama in the Jack Webb/Quinn Martin school, Police Squad occurs in a strange universe where everything is taken literally (when a name “rings a bell” we hear bells go off every time someone mentions it), non sequiturs occur (a mime tries to spell out a ransom note, and Officer Nordberg guesses “Theme From a Summer Place”) and sight gags abound (while looking for a corpse, someone wants to know the time and the dead man’s hand drops out of a tree).

Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen)

Police Squad Blu-ray Special Features & Product Details

  • Audio Commentary by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Robert K Weiss
  • Audio Commentary by Robert Wuhl
  • Gag Reel
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  • Casting Test – Alan North
  • Casting Test – Ed Williams
  • Producers Photo Gallery
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Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and Capt. Ed Hocken (Alan North)


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Cookalong Pancakes With Reza Mahammad This Shrove Tuesday

Cookalong Pancakes With Reza Mahammad This Shrove Tuesday

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Reza is best known as the flamboyant and highly entertaining TV chef, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Indian food. He has received high praise for his last three Food Network series Reza’s African Kitchen and Reza, Spice Prince of India and Reza, Spice Prince of Thailand/Spice Prince of Vietnam.

He has made recent appearances on BBC’s The One Show as guest chef and judge for the UK Food and Farming Awards and guest chefs for ITV’s This Morning.
The British Curry Awards awarded Reza the special recognition award 2015 for his contribution to the UK curry industry.
Reza’s Indian Spice was published with Quadrille to much acclaim, winning 2nd prize in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards (Indian section) and Editor’s Pick in The Bookseller. Drawing from his encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian food, Reza combines Indian and Western flavours to stunning effect, delivered in his informal, humorous style.
Reza cut his televisual teeth on Flavours of India in 1993/4 but he really came into his own as co-presenter with Sanjeev Bhaskar on Delhi Belly in 2001 for UKTV. The much talked-about series is still being repeated on air to this day and has lost none of its popularity. In 2002 Channel 4 came looking for the next big star for their hugely popular series A Place in France and found it in Reza Mahammad. This resulted in the completion of the next two series,A Place in France II and III. Reza’s relationship with UKTV resumed with Coconut Coast in 2003 and was followed by United States of Reza in 2004.
Reza has a wealth of experience on the food festival circuit, headlining most recently at The Good Food and Wine Shows Durban, Cape Town, Jo’burg, Kuwait Food Festival, The Taste of Dubai, Taste of Abu Dhabi, Leicester Food Festival, Russia Food Festival as well as BBC Good Food Shows. He is scheduled to make appearances at the Fantastic British Food Festivals this year.

Below you will find all the ingredients needed to follow Reza at home for his delicious recipe for
‘Ricotta pancakes with spiced red and golden plums’

Follow along with Reza in this exclusive video

Ingredients                                      Serves 4

250g ricotta cheese
2 eggs separated plus I whole egg
25g unsalted butter melted plus more for frying
40g sugar
½ tsp vanilla paste/extract
finely grated zest of 2 oranges
50g plain flour

For the spiced plum compote

250ml water
225g caster sugar ( add 25g more if the plums are not too ripe and sharp)
3 star anise
Juice of 2 oranges
½ tbsp finely grated ginger
¼ tsp salt
200g ripe red plums cut into halves remove the stone then cut into wedges
200g ripe golden plums do the same as the red plums
A squeeze of lemon juice optional  (if the plums are very sweet)


Reza has a highly regarded cookery school in South West France, Chez Cartier, where he teaches and hosts international clients, showcasing his vast repertoire of cuisines and flavours.


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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Vera

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Vera

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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Vera with the release of Vera Series 10 & Vera Complete Series 1-10 Box Sets

Both releases are available to own on DVD on the 2nd March Series 10 & 9th March Series 1-10 

The most famous Northumberland Detective with the winter mac and hat is back for her 10th successive year.

Detective DCI Vera Stanhope will tackle four new tricky cases in her hunt for the truth.

 This award-winning acclaimed itv drama is based on the bestselling books by Ann Cleeves (Shetland).

 Starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera

Brenda Blethyn as Vera

Pre-order Vera Series 10 now from Amazon

Pre-order Vera Complete Series 1-10 now from Amazon

Synopsis: Series 10

Renowned actress Brenda Blethyn returns as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope in four compelling new feature-length episodes of this hit crime drama. The indomitable Vera and her trusted team unravel more complex cases, exploring stories of corporate corruption, organised crime and deeply buried personal guilt. An entrepreneur’s murder delivers no shortage of suspects, and the discovery of a teenager’s body floating near a salmon farm reveals a tangled web of deceit between two families. The murder of a cleaner whose death occurred several hours after the killer blow landed sends Vera on an intriguing trail, and it soon becomes clear that not all is as it seems when a wealthy betting shop tycoon is killed during a home invasion. Set against the breathtaking landscapes of Northumberland, this top-rating drama is inspired by the bestselling novels and characters created by acclaimed author Ann Cleeves.

Synopsis Series 1-10

BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actress Brenda Blethyn stars as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope in this hit crime drama. Vera may be unconventional and unglamorous, but she faces the world with her caustic wit, guile and courage, and what she lacks in charm she more than makes up for in wisdom and insight. Follow all ten gripping seasons as the indomitable Vera and her trusted team investigate tragic and intriguing cases, chasing ruthless killers, unravelling complex mysteries and uncovering secrets that sometimes stray a little too close to home. Set against the atmospheric landscapes of the breathtaking Northumberland countryside, this top-rating drama is inspired by the bestselling novels and characters created by acclaimed author Ann Cleeves.

 Release date: 2nd March 2020

Vera Series 10

  • Discs: 2
  • 4 Episodes
  • Cert: 12
  • RRP: £24.99


Release date: 9th March 2020

Vera Series 1-10

  • Discs: 20
  • 40 Episodes
  • Cert: 15
  • RRP £84.99
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