On My Radar: Nadiya Hussain’s Cultural Highlights | Culture


Bborn in Luton in 1984, Nadiya Hussain won The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Since then she has presented the BBC’s Culinary Travel Diary The Chronicles of Nadiyaas well as Nadiya’s British Culinary Adventure and culinary series Nadiya’s Family Favorites. Her first cookbook Nadiya’s kitchenwas published in 2016, as was her first novel, The secret life of the Amir sisters. Hussain’s new range of cookware, Nadiya Loves, in collaboration with Prestige, will be available for sale in John Lewis stores and on the Prestige website from March 14.

1. Film

Encanto (Disney+)

Mirabel, the main character of Disney’s Encanto. Photography: Christopher Collection/Alamy

It’s about a magical house that loses its powers, and Mirabel must solve the mystery. What is really interesting is that there is no love story. I have a little girl and it’s good that she grows up watching films where the woman is not always saved, it’s the opposite. When my daughter looked at it, she said, “Oh my God, mom, she looks like you.” She has big curly hair that grows like mine. It was a moment for me, because I very rarely watch anything where someone looks like me.

2. Podcast

On purpose

Jay Shetty: 'a very calming nature.'
Jay Shetty: ‘a very calming nature’. Photography: John Salangsang/Shutterstock

I’ve really started to get into it over the past few months. In each episode, Jay Shetty tackles a particular topic: relationships, manifestation, how to make the most of your 2022. I particularly enjoyed the one on stress and anxiety. He has a very calming nature – he was a monk and he incorporated these teachings into everyday life, which is a wonderful thing. As someone who believes in God, listening to someone like him who basically took the teachings of God to help us help ourselves – that really resonated with me. Everyone should listen to it.

3. Music


'A very special voice': Finneas in concert.
‘A very special voice’: Finneas in concert. Photography: Shutterstock

I didn’t know Finneas, who is Billie Eilish’s brother and collaborator, until someone on America’s Got Talent sang one of his songs. Break My Heart Again is my favorite song from him: he has a very distinctive voice, and the music is pretty stripped down, no frills, so his voice and lyrics really shine. I usually listen to music in the bath – that’s the only time I find myself, although there’s always someone knocking, saying “Can I have that?” or “Do you know where it is?” So if I turn up just loud enough, I can’t hear them and they can’t hear me.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

4. Book

Savage by Glennon Doyle (Vermilion)
I have just finished reading this memoir. It was recommended by Heather, my friend and makeup artist, who got it on Adele’s recommendation. I read the first two pages and it grabbed me right away: it’s a chapter about a cheetah in a cage, and about freedom – is the cheetah used to living in a cage, or is it looking for- he freedom even if he lived in captivity? Each chapter is short, snappy, and engaging, and some stories really stop you in your tracks.

5. Game


Smartphone word game.
Wordle: something for the whole family. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

I think everyone knows now. I’m not a fan of fashions and trends but this one pleases me. At first, I refrained from telling my husband about it, because he’s good at everything – I was like, “You can’t have that, that’s my thing.” Then I put it on our family chat. So now every morning we all do our Wordle, including my 11 year old son, and see who the winner is. It’s really addicting, and a good quick game to play first. It’s nice to have something we all engage with.

6. Food

Chocolate Hotel Cafes

Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate.
Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate. Photography: good_food_angel_/instagram

My husband and I go here all the time. It’s not fancy, but many people probably don’t know that Hotel Chocolat sometimes has cafes. They make the most amazing hot chocolate: it’s like chocolate mousse, and they literally pile it so high you can’t see your face past the whipped chocolate – it’s absolutely delicious. My husband always says, “I don’t want it, because I know you’re going to finish halfway, not being able to finish yours and make me finish.”


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