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With Paul Zerdin, Amanda Cross, Patti Boulaye and Ross Leadbeater

3 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 February 2014

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, chef Amanda Cross, Patti Boulaye talks about her gig at Crazy Coqs in March and live music from Ross Leadbeater.

Music Played

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    Ross Leadbeater Spread A Little Happiness (Live In Session)

  • Image for Lisa Stansfield
  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me

  • Image for Ross Leadbeater

    Ross Leadbeater Love Is My Reason (Live In Session)

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Set Fire To The Rain

  • Image for A Great Big World And Christina Agulera

    A Great Big World And Christina Agulera Say Something

  • Image for Patti Boulaye

    Patti Boulaye At Last (Live In Session)

  • Image for Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus Wainwright Me And Liza

  • Image for Patti Boulaye

    Patti Boulaye In My Memory (Live In Session)

  • Image for Patti Boulaye

    Patti Boulaye Land Of 1000 Dancers (Live In Session)

  • Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad with Harissa, Tahini Sauce & Pumpkin Seeds

    by Amanda Cross


    Serves 3 - 4


    Harissa Dry Spice Blend


    • 4 teaspoons cumin seed
    • 4 teaspoons coriander seed
    • 8 tablespoons dried chilli, chopped finely
    • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons seas salt
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
    • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder


    In a frying pan place the seeds and toast them till they become fragrant but be careful not to let them burn.


    Place all the seeds in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder and blitz. Mix all the ingredients together and keep in sealed container.


    Tahini Sauce


    • 300 ml tahini paste

    • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

    • Juice of 2 lemons

    • Pinch of salt


    Pop all ingredients in a tall plastic container and add about 300 ml of warm water and blend with a stick blender until smooth and creamy.


    If too thick, add a little more water.




    • 2 sweet potatoes
    • half butternut squash
    • 2 avocados
    • 6 spring onions
    • 150 grams of rocket (4 good handfuls)
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon sumac powder
    • Pomegranate molasses


    Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C).


    Slice the sweet potatoes into 2-inch rounds and the butternut squash into similar size slices.


    Place onto a baking tray and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with the thyme and sumac.


    Bake for 1 hour or until tender and allow to cool.

  • Curried Roasted Vegetable and Coconut Soup

    by Amanda Cross


    Serves 4


    Roasting the vegetables until they are caramelised will enrich the flavour of this delicious soup.


    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and chopped
    • Half a medium butternut squash, de-seeded and peeled
    • 1 small bulb fennel, chopped
    • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and chopped
    • 1 red onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    • 4 Tbsp of olive oil
    • Handful coriander
    • 1 tablespoon chopped root ginger
    • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp of garam masala
    • 1 tsp of curry powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 600 ml of chicken or vegetable stock
    • 200 ml coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
    • Coriander for garnishing



    Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C). 


    Place all chopped vegetables except celery and ginger in a baking tray and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin seeds and season with a little salt. Bake for 1 hour or until tender.


    Remove from oven and set aside to cool.


    Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over a medium heat. Add the celery and ginger and fry, stirring often, for 5 minutes.


    Add garam masala and curry powder. Fry, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat.


    Add stock and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes.


    Add the vegetables and coconut milk, and roughly blend to your preferred consistency with a stick blender.


    Simmer soup over a medium heat for 5 minutes, and serve with a sprinkle of lime zest and coriander leaves. 

  • Avocado, Coconut and Cacao pots

    by Amanda Cross


    • 2 ripe avocados
    • 125 ml coconut cream
    • 50 g raw cacao powder or organic cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons rice malt syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


    Whizz everything in a food processor until completely smooth.


    Pop into small serving dishes – espresso cups are ideal, and put in the fridge to chill for around two hours.


    If desired decorate with edible glitter, desiccated coconut or fresh berries.


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