The writer Lisa Appignanesi talks about the evolution of help for women with mental illness.
Ken Hom talks about his new book bringing together some of his favourite recipes. He joins Jane to talk about how Chinese cooking has changed over the years – and cooks up something special.
British pianist Ivana Gavric has been studying the work of Czech composer Janacek. She talks to Jane about her passion for his music and performs live in the studio.
Professor Jane Humphries joins Jane to discuss a world where 6-year-olds worked the fields as human scarecrows and 12-year-olds went to war at Trafalgar.
It is over 25 years since Ken first appeared on our television screens – when he had to explain what a bean shoot was and nobody owned a wok. He is author of a new book bringing together some of his favourite recipes. He joins Jane to talk about how Chinese cooking has changed over the years and to cook something
special in the studio.
Ken Hom's Top 100 Stir Fry Recipes is published by BBC Books
405g (1lb) fresh corn on the cob (about two ears), or 275g (2oz) tinned sweetcorn
1 tbs groundnut or vegetable oil
2 small mild red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
Salt and black pepper
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
1 tsp sesame oil
If the corn is fresh, cut the kernels of the cob. Blanch frozen corn for 10 seconds in boiling water and drain. If you are using tinned sweetcorn, simply drain it.
Heat a wok or a large frying pan over a high heat until it is hot.
Add the oil, and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the cord, chillies, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and back pepper to taste, stir-fry for 1 minute.
Then add the sugar and the rice wine and continue to stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Finally, stir in the sesame oil and serve at once.
Ken suggests two fried eggs on top for a tasty lunch.
Children in victorian britain
The catalyst of Britain’s Industrial Revolution was the slave labour of orphans and destitute children. Yet, the testimony of these children reveals them not as victims but as gutsy workers – tough, resilient, clever individuals – who did what they could to feed their brothers and sisters and prop up broken families. Professor Jane Humphries joins Jane to discuss a world where 6-year-olds worked the fields and human scarecrows and 12-year-olds went to war at Trafalgar. She explains why they deserve our respect as well as our pity.
Women and depression
Since the advent of psychiatry in the early 1800s, mind doctors have treated women for mental illness. The writer Lisa Appignanesi joins Jane to talk about the evolution of help for mentally afflicted females. Why is it that women are seen as more susceptible to depression than men? How much do women’s symptoms and diagnoses change according to the time in which they live? How much has the growing number of women who offer treatment shaped the practice of psychiatry? They are joined by Dr Helen Nightingale, Doctor of Clinical Psychology.
The British pianist Ivana Gavric is said to be one of the most exciting pianists of her generation, wowing audiences and critics with her performances. Recently, Ivana has been studying the work of Czech composer Janacek. She talks to Jane about her passion for his music and the upcoming music festival she is curating in his name.In the mists: A festival of Janácek’s chamber
In the mists: A festival of Janácek’s chamber on the 4th February 2011
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