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The Muddy List: Top things to do, try and see this week

Ready to dive into the week? There's food, films, festivals (ok well one) and more in my curated guide.

MAKE: The Flexible Family Cookbook, Jo Pratt

A brilliant cookbook to suit the whole family’s differing wants and needs, Jo Pratt’s The Flexible Family Cookbook is full of simple and delicious recipes to keep the whole family happy. Originally from Melton Mowbray, Jo’s flexible foodie adaptations include tempting traybakes and one-pot roasts to make life easy and convenient. There’s also scrumptious puds and simple bakes so little ones can get involved too. Covering everything from gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free cooking and veganism, this book’s a lifesaver in the kitchen and a crowd-pleaser at the table. Check out some of the recipes here.

WATCH: Women Who Kill, Alibi Fri 9pm

A thrilling dark new comedy drama from creator Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids) which follows the lives of three women living in three different decades: Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin) – a housewife in the ‘60s, Simone Grove (Lucy Liu) – a socialite in the ‘80s, and Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) – a lawyer today. Props for the cultural diversity here too! Each of them are dealing with infidelity in their marriages and how they are driven to dangerous despair. You’ll also love the fashion from all the eras.

EAT: Hun’s Vegan

Your new vegan foodie hot spot is now located on Welford Road. Hun’s has been around for some time, doing the rounds at various street food events but now, they’ve got a new permanent home. They serve an entirely vegan ‘chick-HUN’ menu – think vegan burgers, loaded fries, BBQ wings and desserts. It may not be the prettiest food but it sure tastes good – minus the bloated feeling you get after eating unhealthy fast food. At the mo they’re only accepting orders for collection by calling 07544 048 411. For delivery try Uber Eats or Owlgetit. ​439a Welford Road, LE2 6BL. Open Thur- Sun.

EXPLORE: Heritage Days

This month, you’ve got the chance to discover some of the county’s hidden places and try out new experiences. Celebrate fantastic architecture and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities. Delve deeper and discover Abbey Pumping Station, City Rooms, Winstanley House, LCB Depot, Belgrave Hall, Leicester Abbey Ruins, churches, memorials and more. Meanwhile in Rutland visit Holy Cross, Burley. Sites are open until 20 Sept.

LISTEN: An Evening with Shappi Khorsandi 

Join the brilliant and hilarious female comedian, Shappi Khorsandi as she chats with Leicester Comedy Festival about her comedy career, her highlights and views on the future of live comedy. As well as being a comedian in huge demand, Shappi is also an acclaimed writer and broadcaster. PWUF and your donation will support Big Difference Company, Leicester Comedy Festival, and live comedy. The purchase of a ticket will give you access to this exclusive content for 24 hours from Thursday 17th September 8pm.

VISIT: Burbage Scarecrow Festival

This weekend 19-20 Sept enjoy an outdoors Scarecrow Fest over in Hinckley. and there is a prize for the best scarecrow. Wander through the local village and see how many you can scarecrows you spot in the front gardens and shop windows. The entire event is outside and spread across the whole of Burbage, so there is no reason for crowds to form but please adhere to social distancing guidelines. Simply turn up, pick up a £3 guide from one of the local shops and enjoy the event.

READ: The Midnight Library By Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice. What if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? That’s what happens to Nora Seed. A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well-lived.

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