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Darina Allen

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 April 2012

Darina Allen will be Cooking the Perfect potato and caraway seed cakes from her recipe in her new Irish Traditional Cookery book. War widow Christina Schmid on finding love again nearly three years after her husband died defusing a Taliban bomb. Linda Kirkwood - the woman behind a women's drop in centre that helps victims of trauma - talks about the difficulties of social entrepreneurship. And Alexandra Shulman the editor of British Vogue on becoming a novelist.

Producer Jane Thurlow
Presenter Jenni Murray.


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  • Christina Schmid

    Christina Schmid explains how she has found love again after her husband was killed in combat, and the negative responses she has received from fellow military wives.

  • Social Enterprise

    Charity founder Linda Kirk and Cathy Pharaoh prof. of charity funding at the Cass Business School discuss the Big Society Capital and how easy it really is to get investment for new ventures.

  • Sanitary protection in Uganda

    A typical schoolgirl in East Africa might miss as many as 50 days of school a year because she can’t manage her periods. Anna Cavell reports on the new washable sanitary pad.

  • Darina Allen

    Darina Allen, founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School joins Jenni live in the studio and cooks the perfect potato cake whilst discussing her revised edition of her book, Irish Traditional Cooking.

  • Alexandra Shulman

    Alexandra Shulman has been the editor of British vogue since 1992 and her writing appears in many of our newspapers. She discusses her first fictional work, a novel “Can We Still Be Friends”.

  • Darina Allen

    The doyenne of Irish cooking Darina Allen demonstrates how to cook the perfect Potato Cakes, and to talk about her new book ‘Irish Traditional Cooking’. Darina founded the world-famous Ballymaloe cookery school in County Cork, where she teaches cookery and runs a farm. She is passionate about using local produce and traditional recipes, and is encouraging every chef in Ireland to feature at least one local dish on the menu.

    Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen is published by Kyle Books

    Cook the perfect.. potato cakes
  • Alexandra Shulman

    Alexandra Shulman has been the editor of British Vogue since 1992 and her writing appears in many of our newspapers. Her views on fashion, body image and cosmetic surgery are strongly held and she’s not been afraid to go against the fashion mainstream. Now she has branched out into a new area of writing for her: a novel, “Can We Still Be Friends”, set in the 1980s and focusing on a group of three friends in the years following university: Sal, a lively aspiring journalist; Annie, a beauty who thinks her goal is the perfect marriage; and Kendra, the principled daughter of moneyed parents who finds herself taking an unexpected turn.

    “Can We Still Be Friends' by Alexandra Shulman

  • Social enterprise

    Linda Kirk who was inspired by David Cameron’s talk about the Big Society sold her small business, a coffee shop, and put the money into a drop in centre for local women who’ve been victims of trauma, to help them come to terms with their problems and get back to work. The Centre has been a great success and over 250 women have passed through their doors, and demand for their services is growing all the time. But as with any enterprise, in order to grow they need to attract investment. And in these straightened times, investment is hard to come by. Linda joins Jenni to talk about the difficulties of being a social entrepreneur in Britain right now, and Professor Cathy Pharoah, an expert on charity and philanthropy at the Cass Business School, discusses what Linda could do to keep her social enterprise up and running.

  • Sanitary protection in Uganda

    In developing countries millions of women and girls can’t afford to buy disposable sanitary pads when they menstruate. In East Africa, a typical schoolgirl might miss as many as 50 days of school every year because she can’t manage her menstruation. Anna Cavell reports on the company that has set up in Uganda offering washable sanitary pads. They have recently been nominated for an enterprise award.

  • Christina Schmid

    Three years ago following the death of her husband, bomb disposal expert Olaf Schmid, Christina Schmid became a well-known public figure, representing for many the dignified grief of the military widow. She’s now found love again and her decision to reveal her new relationship in Hello! Magazine has provoked both support and criticism. She joins Jenni to discuss her decision and moving on following the death of a partner.


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