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Kerstin uses the Italian corn porridge to make chips and dips, an alternative to pizza and a delicious lemon and rosemary cake

Eva Riley’s tale of a lonely teen in a seaside town is sensual and sensitive with a touching central performance by Frankie Box

Wine expert Liz rounds up the best pinks from Italy France and Spain - and encourages staycationers to enjoy a picnic in an English vineyard

Film review: Proxima

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Eva Green is a trainee astronaut who spends all her time getting ready for a mission that we never see while resenting the fact that she will miss her daughter in space

Andrews flies the flag for modern Americana with a triumphantly raw, reflective set

Lisa from Hackney’s Weeknight Diner Cookery School serves up a fuss-free meal to share with friends

Islington Personal Trainer Pennie spells out the dos and don’ts of returning to your workouts post lockdown

The story of how Crouch End columnist Caitlin Moran came to be a journalist has likeable performances and witty lines that don’t quite translate from the page

The tart fruit of the gooseberry bush is ideal for a creamy fool or sugary pavlova says Kerstin, or turn seasonal Picota cherries into a chilled Summer Pudding

Film review: Arkansas

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Strong performances in a seedy tale of Deep South drug dealing that strips away any glamour for the criminal underworld

A nice film for the nice people who live in London’s middle-class Richard Curtis world but with likeable characters and lashings of innocence, it has a certain charm

Lee Min-jae’s romzomcom is implausible and inconsistent but also inventive, good-looking and funny

The art-pop veterans, now in their sixth decade as Sparks, proffer another pick’n’mix of surreal nuggets

Islington-based Antony Wood’s supple translations pulsate with life and offer “an emotional diary” of the Russian writer from precocious teen to political exile

The Ham&High’s wine expert makes her recommendations for summer drinking

Liz talks to several producers in the Languedoc-Rousillon who put sustainability and the environment at the heart of their wine-making

A documentary about New York Antiquarian booksellers sounds boring, and it is: charmingly, endearingly, reassuringly dull.

A fascinating portrait of America’s foremost working director as a film student and documentary maker

Frenetic, full-on and danceable new wave debut from Canada’s best new band

The story of how record exec Drew Dixon disclosed her rape allegation against her former boss is timely, painful and well told

In International Refugee Week, the director of the Islington charity describes the effect of lockdown on her vulnerable members and how art has helped them

Disney’s latest adaptation of a successful book series is like Harry Potter except nothing actually happens

Review: Resistance

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A film of mime artist Marcel Marceau’s wartime adventures with the French Resistance is an intriguing proposition, well acted, competent but not always believable

The entire history of female film-makers as told by a man unsurprisingly lacks insight into what they have contributed to cinema

The feted singer-songwriter beams a transfixing set straight into your front room – is this the future of live music?

Kerstin cooks up a tasty recipe from her regulation government food box and compares its contents to the rations doled out during World War II

Camden Garden Centre has reopened so the Ham&High’s resident gardening expert Ruth grabbed a trolley to investigate ‘the new normal’

Zoom tasting sesssions with accompanying bottles reveal three female winemakers from three different regions creating memorable wines from white grape varieties

This 2013 sci-fi dystopia by the Parasite director has a unique vision and a compelling pace

Thriller about the disappearance of a glamorous woman in rural France plays satisfying narrative tricks and explores the tale from different perspectives

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