Culture & Lifestyle

Welcome to the Culture & Lifestyle section on City Connect

Covering a range of engaging areas from writers around the world – including lifestyle, exhibitions, plays and shows – our writers will tell you the latest news to ensure you never miss out on something entertaining, educational or inspirational.

You’ll find the articles in this section crammed full of inspirational ideas to help you create the perfect day or evening out. We review the latest museum & art gallery exhibitions, theatre, film and cultural events. Or if you want a quiet night in, this section also covers books which could help you change your life or those to get lost in and forget about the daily grind. We critique classic titles as well as latest online and bookstore titles guiding you through a world of entertaining literature and uplifting self-help books.

City Connect brings you all the latest news and reviews in the Culture & Lifestyle section to help you decide on where to get your next culture fix.

For a summary of some articles in this section, please see below.

Grated Carrot Salad

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots 1 tablespoon raisins 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon Roasted peanuts 1/2 green chilli (optional) Dressing: 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon mild olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper Method: 1. Peel and wash the carrots and … Continue reading

POE-ETIC LOCKDOWN

What’s up these days it is insane, The whole world is so much in pain. What isolated, mute existence, The human race on social distance. Even the cars leave space, it’s a must, No more exchange of viral rust.  I sit now in my dark square room, And wait for … Continue reading

Tips on How to Get the Best Experience From Biking

Biking has continued to grow in popularity worldwide. Bicycles have become a way of having fun, a means of transportation, a tool for maintaining fitness, and an instrument for competitive sports. Biking has gone beyond just riding bicycles. People use biking as a leisure tool, a means of relieving stress … Continue reading

Sanctuary Day, Chinese Night & Sunday Brunch

The end of my two weeks off work was rapidly approaching and I was looking forward to a treat for myself on the Friday – the Sanctuary in Covent Garden. I managed to get a ‘Flash sale’ offer which was rather a bargain via Facebook. Here I was feeling sorry for … Continue reading

Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy and delicious oatmeal cookies that are chewy and delicious with a glass of cold milk. Preparation time – 30 minutes Cooking time – 25 minutes Chilling  time – 30 minutes Ingredients: Dry Ingredients: 1 & ½ cups of rolled oats 1 cup wholewheat flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder … Continue reading

Sewing on a Button using a Matchstick

All you need to sew on a button: needle, thread, thimble… and half a matchstick! Even if you pay £2000 for a suit, the sad fact is that buttons do fall off, even the ones sewn on by hand by the best Savile Row tailors. Now I don’t think for … Continue reading

Savoury Lentil Cake (Ondhwo/Handvo)

This savoury lentil cake called Ondhwa/Handvo by the Gujarati’s is a perfect dish to serve for weekend brunches, snacks and picnics.  I often serve it at BBQ’s too. Ingredients for 4 servings:  2 cups of ground chick pea dall (I soaked 2 cups of  chana dall and blended it in … Continue reading

Happy New Year: Walk Innovation Can Be a Bridge for Sustainable Results

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Another year ends and a new one begins. There is always talk of new year’s resolutions, most of which will not be kept for long. Many a person has vowed to give something up, whilst doing it. I’ve heard many smokers promise to … Continue reading

Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes

Keifer Derrin of food blog DonkeyFodder.com has a go at making cupcakes without the helpful aid of a food processor. Out of all the baking I’ve done so far this has been the hardest. I thought cupcakes were meant to be easy. The one thing you definitely need when using … Continue reading

Jalebi

Like the Gulab Jamuns, Jalebis are one of the most popular sweets within the Indian community. The shape of the jalebis is mostly spiral and it’s made from a variation of flours depending on tradition. In some parts of India, it’s made from gram flour, in some parts from urad … Continue reading

Summer Fruits Yoghurt

A burst of summer freshness folded into smooth creamy yoghurt. Preparation Time – 10 minutes  (plus 2 hours draining time) Serves 4 Ingredients: 240 ml natural low fat yoghurt 240 grams mixed berries- raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. 2 tablespoon icing sugar or to taste Method: 1. Place a muslin cloth in a colander … Continue reading

Mr. Cameron – a Story

Last Monday evening after work I was lucky enough to enjoy a couple of pints in one of the local pubs near Savile Row. I was in very good company; I was with Alan Pitt of Anderson & Sheppard (Mr Pitt made this coat, among others), and Alan Cooper of Welsh & Jeffries. Though I’ve known … Continue reading

Tips to Feel More Confident When Facing Other People

You have reservations when talking to people you just met or in front of the crowd. You think that you don’t look good enough. Your appearance could impact your level of confidence. However, it doesn’t mean you can let things stay the same. You can do some things to boost … Continue reading

Pizza Bites

Preparation time – 15 minutes Cooking time – 20 minutes Makes about 40 small pizza bites Ingredients: 2 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry 2 tablespoon sun dried tomato paste 2 tablespoons tomato puree ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning ¼ teaspoon salt 200 grams grated mature cheddar … Continue reading

Kenyan Green Beans and Potato Curry

Years ago when on a business trip to Kenya – I was taken by the British High Commission in Nairobi, to see a vegetable packing plant where the Kenyan ladies were packing these freshly picked green beans, baby corn and mange tout for UK stores like Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco. … Continue reading

Taking Responsibility on Life’s Ride

Adam Shaw reports on taking responsibility. Watch his video on City Connect In life we all get dealt seemingly good and bad cards. How we see them is important and by seeing them as separate it is possible to lose the bigger picture. Only by realising that everything that happens … Continue reading

Spicy Sweet Potato Juliennes

A lot of health magazines are classing  sweet potatoes as one of the  most nutritious vegetables.  I will leave that debate to the experts.  I grew up eating sweet potatoes in curries, chips and crisps and enjoy them as they taste slightly better than the potato.   There are two … Continue reading

Baked Potato Skins

Delicious oven baked cheesy potato skins with a spicy sweet corn filling. Preparation Time- 10 minutes Microwave-10 minutes Baking time- 25 minutes Serves- 4 Ingredients: 4 medium white baking potatoes 125 grams / 4 oz grated cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons cooked sweet corn 2 spring onions finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 … Continue reading

Three Merry Berry Mocktail

Three Merry Berry Mocktail A delicious nostalgic Christmas spiced Berry mocktail Serves 2 Ingredients: For Spiced honey syrup 90 ml water 60 ml light runny honey 2 inch piece of cinnamon Small pinch cinnamon powder 2 star anise 2 cloves For Mocktail 2 strawberries 4 raspberries 4 blackberries ½ teaspoon … Continue reading

Cauliflower Korma

Whenever I buy cauliflower, I usually make peas and cauliflower curry or a potato and cauliflower curry  but I was looking forward to making cauliflower korma for a change.  A colleague told me that I could get ready made korma sauce from the supermarket but I wanted to create my … Continue reading

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