Strength in Numbers

Someone once told me that the physical shape of a theatre building reflects the work that happens in it and the people who engage with it.

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The Markle Sparkle – Royal Wedding tipples with Gemma Wade

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll know that this weekend THE wedding of the year is taking place at Windsor Castle. Millions of people are expected to tune in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed and we don’t know about you, but we’re very excited!

Thank goodness for Gemma Wade, who has created a bespoke Manchester gin cocktail, the perfect accompaniment to the day’s events.

What’s a wedding without the food right? Don’t worry, Gemma’s previous post is full of wedding day nibbles, from sausage rolls to coronation chicken tacos, she’s got it covered.

The Palace have confirmed they’ve chosen ‘a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.’

When I saw the flavours of the Violet Bakery wedding cake, I immediately thought of this cocktail. California trees groan with citrus, and gin and elderflower couldn’t be more English. So they marry together as perfectly as the royal couple.

If you need any more excuses to make this cocktail, you can turn to the fantastic health benefits of the ingredients:

Grapefruit – full of vitamin C it helps to strengthen the immune system, boost metabolism and reduce stress

Elderflower – contains anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which help to fight coughs & colds, skin irritations and stress.

Kombucha – A rich source of probiotics, it provides your gut with healthy bacteria which can help to combat inflammation, improve digestion and aid weight loss.

Keep it stress-free by making the cocktail ahead, keep it in the fridge in a jug or bottle and top up with soda water or Kombucha as you serve it – letting your guests choose how much they want to water it down.

markle cocktail

Ingredients to make one drink (to make more, just remember – equal parts of all the liquids)

1 length of grapefruit rind – I use a potato peeler to get mine

60ml (2 oz) fresh grapefruit juice (around half a grapefruit)

60ml (2 oz) St Germain or any elderflower liqueur

60ml (2 oz) Manchester Gin OR Seedlip

60ml (2 oz) sparkling water, Cava OR Kombucha

To make:

  1. Peel the grapefruit with a vegetable peeler to get a long length of zest. Put the zest in a chilled glass.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except the soda water in a jug with a large cube of ice, taste and adjust. If you want more sweetness add more elderflower.
  3. Serve and top up with sparkling water, Cava or Kombucha.

Gemma Wade photo

Gemma’s website hosts a whole range of delicious, speedy recipes, as well as offering online tutorials, tricks and tips into fitting family cooking around a busy lifestyle.



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Twitter: @Yousaytomato_


Bringing together the best of California and Britain for the Royal Wedding party

We recently spoke with Gemma Wade, the mastermind behind,  You Say Tomato’, who since 2011 has had more than 5000 people attend her cooking classes, on both sides of the Atlantic; now that’s a pretty big deal.

Just in time for the impending nuptials this weekend, Gemma has written a guide on how to throw a party that embraces Meghan’s California side as well as Harry’s Britishness with recipes that you can create with ease at home; the perfect fuel for THE Wedding of the year.

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Community Matters: A Small Good Thing

A Small Good Thing, a community greengrocers with a focus on seasonal, organic produce and waste reduction, is the product of a long term friendship originally forged 11 years ago in a pub in Bolton, where Lisa and Emily, founders of the business, were brought together by a shared love of Joni Mitchell…

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Getting to Know: Jane Haigh

Few people have quite the career portfolio of Jane Haigh. Originally from Leeds, the Freelance Designer, Stylist and Consultant, has travelled the world, worked for the likes of Topshop, Debenhams, Phase Eight and Monsoon, and has recently moved back up north, setting up her own Personal Stylist business which aims to help women define their style and grow their confidence.

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Thinking outside the (cardboard) box

In 2013, Hannah Saunders founded Big Fish Little Fish to hold monthly music-oriented events uniquely suitable for the whole family. Top of the list of priorities was to offer a safe and welcoming environment for families of all sizes, and to combine the unmissable atmosphere and vibrancy of traditionally adult-focused music events with child-friendly activities such as face-painting and arts and crafts, providing enough variety to keep even the smallest party-goers happy and engaged. The result was a monthly rave that prioritised good fun and great music.

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Tyni song to make big change for music industry

“Blood stains; the deepest cut. Heartache and we’ve had enough. Shoot us down and we get back up” sings Tyni, a 22 year old singer from Sheffield. The lyrics mark the beginning of a collaboration between Tyni and the leading independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK).

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