Plot or Die

BY JAMIE FOSTER The expression “falling between two stools” is an old proverbial phrase. The full version is ‘between two stools one falls to the ground’. It is first cited in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, 1390: “Thou farst [farest] as he betwen tuo stoles That wolde sitte and goth to grounde.” The first recorded use in modern English is in Matthew Prior’s comic poem Alma; or, The … Continue reading Plot or Die

Summer Pistou Soup

Ingredients 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 leeks, finely sliced 1 large courgette, finely diced 1l boiling vegetable stock (made from scratch or with reduced-salt bouillon) 400g can cannellini or haricot beans, drained 200g green beans, chopped 3 tomatoes, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped small pack basil 40g freshly grated parmesan Instructions Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the leeks and courgette … Continue reading Summer Pistou Soup

Neil Down

BY FRANK HAVILAND Unlicensed alcohol sales were dealt a tragic blow last month, as BBC prohibition finally called time on This Week: the late night speakeasy masquerading as a political show. After 16 years and countless bottles of Blue Nun, the cult after-hours watering hole has closed its doors for the last time. Chief bartender, Andrew Neil, is a refined cocktail himself: part avuncular host, … Continue reading Neil Down