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Cook the Perfect, Mary Portas, Women in Afghanistan

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Monday 03 October 2011

The classic fish pie and how to make it as we add this latest recipe in our Cook the Perfect series. Sue Lawrence tells us why this mix of white fish and a creamy sauce is the ultimate comfort food. Ten years after military intervention in Afghanistan, two new reports released today highlight concerns about how women's rights will be safeguarded in a new era once international community troops are withdrawn. We talk to those involved. Mary Portas, one-time Queen of Shops, discusses her mission to become Queen of Frocks and why she's heralding a high street style that works for women, rather than girls. Author Laini Taylor on why she has an enduring fascination with angels and their role in the opening volume in her epic fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Presented by Jane Garvey.

Chapters

4 items
  • Mary Portas

    Mary Portas is on a mission to become a successful Queen of Frocks. She talks about fashion for the over 40s and about her own fashion range.

  • Women in Afghanistan

    Ten years after military intervention in Afghanistan Anjali Kwatra from Action Aid and Orzala Ashraf Nemat discuss the future for women's rights in Afghanistan.

  • Laini Taylor

    Author Laini Taylor talks about the opening volume of her epic trilogy, 'Daughter of smoke and Bone'.

  • Cook the Perfect.. Fish Pie

    In her new book, Eating In, Sue Lawrence has come up with a classic fish pie recipe. She joins Jane to make this satisfying dish in the latest Cook the Perfect series.

  • Mary Portas

    Mary Portas, the former Queen of Shops, is now on a mission to become a successful Queen of Frocks. Her career has taken her from the shop floor of John Lewis, via Harvey Nichols, and she has now become one of the UK’s foremost authorities on retail and brand communication. She made her name overhauling the retail industry and creating survival plans for small high street businesses. Now, Mary has spotted a gap in the market for high street style that works for women, not girls. She joins Jane to discuss why she has staked her professional reputation on designing, launching and selling her own fashion range aimed exclusively aimed at this market.

    Mary Queen of Frocks, on Tuesday 4 October, 9pm on Channel 4.

  • Women in Afghanistan

    It is ten years this week since military intervention in Afghanistan. Women are said to have achieved real progress in areas such as education but two new reports released today reveal a real concern about safeguarding women’s rights as the international community begins withdrawing troops and entering in to peace talks with the Taliban and other insurgent groups. To discuss the progress of women’s rights Jane is joined by Anjali Kwatra from ActionAid, author of ‘A Just Peace? The legacy of war for the women of Afghanistan’, and Orzala Ashraf Nemat, co-author of Oxfam’s report ‘A place at the table: Safeguarding women’s rights in Afghanistan’.

  • Sheila Roderick, Weaver

    Every now and then we hear about listeners who have heard something on Woman’s Hour which has changed their lives. Sheila Roderick is a weaver who lives on the Isle of Scalpay in the outer Hebrides. She weaves her own creations in various kinds of wool and linen as well as weaving the famous Harris Tweed but unlike many of the weavers on the islands she wasn’t born there. It was listening to an item about weaving on Woman’s Hour that first got her interested and now one of her designs has just been worn by the singer KT Tunstall on stage at the Celtic Hebridean festival.

  • Laini Taylor

    Blue-haired Karou is an art student who lives in Prague. She leads a double life; by day she paints at college, at night she runs errands for a monstrous sorcerer who gets her to collect human and animal teeth for a mysterious purpose. He pays her in magic wishes. And then one day, Karou meets an angel…
    Author Laini Taylor joins Jane to talk about the opening volume of her epic trilogy, how she progressed from a job selling paintings under a bridge, to being a mother with pink hair, an enduring fascination with angels, and an urge to write.

    Book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, ISBN: 978-1-444-72262-8

    Laini Taylor
  • Cook the Perfect... Fish Pie

    Fish pie is the ultimate comfort food. In her new book, Eating In, Sue Lawrence has come up with a classic fish pie recipe. Capers, lemon zest, parsley, eggs and a white sauce are perfect accompaniments to white fish. Sue Lawrence joins Jane to demonstate how to make this satisfying dish in the latest Cook the Perfect series.

    Cook the Perfect... Fish Pie

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