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Mary McCartney - Vegetarian

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Thursday 31 May 2012

Queen Anne was the first Queen of the United Kingdom. But what do we really know about her ? Artist Tracey Emin says she's struggling with the menopause. She's described it as being a gentle decline, making her feel slightly dead. Is she right? Is the menopause the beginning of the end, or simply a new beginning?

Mary McCartney is best known as a photographer. She's now following in her mother Linda's footsteps and creating vegetarian food . She joins Jenni to Cook the Perfect vegetarian supper dish.

And could you foster a child? We meet three sisters from Gloucester who are all foster carers - a job they took on when their own children had flown the nest.

Producer Ruth Watts.
Presenter Jenni Murray.

Chapters

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  • Orange Prize Winner

    Madeleine Miller has won the Orange Prize 2012. She’s a classics teacher from Boston who spent ten years writing her first novel – The Song of Achilles. Madeleine joins Jenni to discuss last night.

  • The Menopause: the beginning of the end?

    Is the menopause the beginning of the end, or a new beginning? Jenni is joined by Jill Shaw Ruddock, author of The Second Half of Your Life and Jane Shilling, author of The Stranger in the Mirror.

  • Cook the Perfect: Vegetarian Supper Dish

    Photographer, Mary McCartney daughter of late mother Linda has followed in her mother’s footsteps and turned her attention to food. Mary joins Jenni to cook the perfect vegetarian supper dish.

  • Ruling Queens: Queen Anne

    Queen Anne is the reigning queen that we tend to forget. But she was the first Queen of the United Kingdom. Jenni talks to historian Siobhan Clark about what we ought to know about Queen Anne.

  • Fostering

    Sisters Wendy Bagwell, Carol Gordon and Angela George all took on the job of Fostering later on in life. Lizz Pearson went to meet them to find out what impact fostering had had on their lives.

  • The Menopause: the beginning of the end?

    In a recent interview for The Guardian, the artist Tracey Emin confided that at the age of 48, she was going through the menopause. And it’s not something she’s adapting to easily. She’s described the ongoing change as being a gentle decline, making her feel slightly dead. Is she right? In a society where youth and sexual vibrancy are celebrated, is the menopause the beginning of the end, or simply a new beginning? Jenni is joined by Jill Shaw Ruddock, author of The Second Half of Your Life and by Jane Shilling, journalist and author of The Stranger in the Mirror, to discuss.

    BBC Health - advice on the menopause
  • Ruling Queens: Queen Anne

    Queen Anne is the reigning queen that we tend to forget. But she was the first Queen of the United Kingdom. During her reign England and Scotland came together under the Act of Union. Britain enjoyed great military success with the Duke of Marlborough commanding its army. And party politics took hold with the rivalry between Whigs and Tories dominating national life. She was pregnant 17 times and failed to produce a surviving heir. Much of what we think we know about her comes from her rejected former favourite Sarah Churchill – that she was corpulent, gullible and unwise. Jenni talks to historian Siobhan Clarke about what we ought to know about Queen Anne.

  • Cook the Perfect: Vegetarian Supper Dish

    Following in the footsteps of her late mother Linda who was famous for her range of vegetarian products, the photographer Mary McCartney has turned her attention to food and has put together a collection of family-friendly vegetarian recipes. She joins Jenni to cook the perfect vegetarian supper dish: yummy, spicy rice noodles.

    ‘Food Vegetarian Home Cooking’ by Mary McCartney

  • Fostering

    Could you foster? The Fostering Network have recently run 'Foster Care Fortnight'. The aim is to get more people taking in children who've been put in care. The network says a child comes into care every 22 minutes - so they see it as a matter of urgency to get the numbers up. You can foster at any stage in life, as sisters Wendy Bagwell, Carol Gordon and Angela George from Gloucester have discovered. All three women took on the job when most of their own children had flown the nest. They're registered with an Agency called Community Foster Care or CFC. Lizz Pearson went to meet them to find out what impact fostering had had on their lives.

    The Fostering Network
  • Orange Prize Winner: Madeline Miller

    Last night the first-time American author Madeline Miller was awarded the £30,000 Orange Prize for Fiction – it recognises fiction written in English by women. She won for her book “The Song of Achilles”, the story of the love between the great Greek hero Achilles and his friend from childhood, an awkward exile, Patroclus. The two become inseparable and will meet their fate together at the battleground of Troy. Some of the story is well enough known of course from Homer’s Iliad, but Madeline Miller has made it her own by depicting their relationship as a sexual one. Joanna Trollope, the chair of judges, said it “reduced even the most hardened member of the jury to tears” and that “Homer would be proud of her”.

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