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Good morning. Only six more advent calendar doors to open before
Christmas Day so, to celebrate,we have the British/Irish all boy pop
group who have performed alongside Justin Bieber and Britney Spears.
They are The Wanted. And completing a musical line up for us today is
the 20 year-old who Turned It Up and is now Young, Foolish and Happy
- chart topper Pixie Lott. They're here for Christmas cooking,
cocktails, chat and to take a look at the best of the festive telly.
We did where Christmas jumpers. Welcome to Smash hits! Welcome to
Something For The Weekend. Smash hits, can you remember that? It was
great. Of course I can, I am that told. Simon came up with a good
idea to wear our Christmas jumpers. He knew in his locker he had a nice
fashionable stylish design. Louise also has a stylish fashionable
Christmas jumper. I think mine is quite Christmassy. I had to go and
buy one, and this is horrible. Yours just looks like you are going
skiing. It has Christmas trees, snow, and skiing people. It is
Scandinavian. You should have really gone for report, with ties,
and Rudolf. This is traditional Christmas Chelsea blue. You have
rarely entered into the spirit of it, well done. It is a bit rubbish,
isn't it? Am are going to carry on wearing it through the show? Yes,
you are. It was Strictly Come Dancing last night's. Is it called
Strictly Come Dancing, have I made that up? People just call it
Strictly. It was the final with Harry, Jason Donovan and Chelsee
Healey. That law is sprung loaded. You us, it is called a sprung floor,
which is great as a dancer to dance on. Is that the Tower Ballroom at
Blackpool? I have seen gigs there. There was a lot of glitter and fun
and festivity. Here is the result. Oh. Here is the result for you!
Harry Judd! A clean sweep this year. Have you seen on the tour they have
to do it behind closed doors now because of the pitch invasion for
the band. Next year, we are going for a clean sweep for Something For
The Weekend. We are going to win X- factor next year with owl erasure
Act. -- our Erasure act. What am I doing? You are doing the jungle.
worries. It will be a clean sweep. We are going to do all of them.
Since 2009, Pixie Lott has sold a million albums. She has had three
number-one singles, been nominated for three BRIT Awards, plus had a
sell-out UK tour. She will be telling us about her plans to crack
America. On her new album, did you know she has Stevie wonder
performing on it? And John legend. I am a big fan of both. The Wanted
will be telling stories about touring with Britney Spears and
Justin Bieber, also talking about their album and single, also about
having an army of screaming fans. If you have a question for either
of our guests, or who you think won the Christmas jumpers. I think I
won, but mine is too small for me. I wanted it to look like my little
brother's jumper. They didn't make a lot of these, bizarrely! This is
a one-off. Discomfort is the best part of it. You look absolutely
roasting. I am going to get a sweaty top lip by the end of the
show, always attractive on a woman. It is our last show before
Christmas, what will you be cooking? We will be starting with
tequila cured salmon. We all like a bit of cured meat at Christmas, so
curing it in tequila and sugar is delicious. It is nice.
intrigued by that. It has a nice flavour, nice texture. Texture is a
big thing when you are during things. It doesn't sound nice.
it not? I think anything with tequila sounds nice. It is lovely,
you will like it. You will be the main course, venison loin
Wellington. Look at that beast. Venice and, pate, mushrooms, gravy,
vegetables, what is not to like? For dessert, a traditional Danish
rice pudding. The story behind it, I will tell you when we do it with
The Wanted boys. Finally, leftovers today - sprouts are always left
over in my house. I love them. you not like them? We were saying
how much we like to brussel sprout. How and they are not just for
Christmas. Does anybody still do bubble and squeak? I like bubble
and squeak. I like it, but I don't think people do it. They eat their
food, don't they? They buy to eat. You can go to the website to follow
the recipes. Here is what Som the rest of the show today. -- what is
on the rest of the show. Who are you calling a little? You are quite
small. At the universe is explained in Brian Cox's Night With The Stars.
They behave more like waves and water. Gillian Anderson stars in
Great expectations. All of me is cold. Will your cocktails be making
us slightly more Christmassy today? I haven't got a Christmas jumper. I
have got this. That doesn't help you. You do look good today. I have
nice celebratory drinks for Christmas and New Year, bottled
they can't which has been much during in the fridge. -- bottled
eggnog. Did you see on X-factor last week, one of the contestants
had a shirt with no tie. Gary Barlow was really excited, wasn't
he? Worse than me! Let's Cook. Morning, Gary. We know that he
watches the show. He doesn't need to get up early in the morning!
Smash hits today! Come on, Gary. then we have tequila, soft brown
sugar and salt, chilly, mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Whatever
tequila you have got in the cupboard. Go on, in one! Come on,
it's Christmas. It is been drinking time. By the way, it is putting
stress and strain on our services, don't do it. Do your homework, tidy
your bedrooms. First things first, I am going to toast the cumin seeds,
the mustard seeds. Ideally, into a cold pan, let it warm gently. Tim,
the first job for you, we will have some lime zest and some chopping.
Louise, in the meantime, if you would like to combine the tequila,
sugar and salt, and makes that together. We are trying to impart
flavour. Literally just put it in like that? That is a lot of sugar.
Yes, you want to cover the salmon with all these flavours. The longer
you leave this, the better. Ideally, you would want to leave it for
about 48 hours. If you can do it even longer, that is nicer. This is
really potent. How much would you like? The zest
of all three, ideally. Thanks very much! That was a real reaction.
the girls are like that. I feel really told off. I forgot I was on
television then! What?! As my fashion correspondent, I have a
question to ask. I am shopping, am I? We don't need the juices. I went
shopping for my daughter's the other day, I won't mention a brand,
but everything is pink in the shops. My kids hate pink. Was it a real
bright pink? No, for orchids, little girls. They assume my
children are Katie Price. They are not! And they don't want to wear
pink. With boys, it is so different. Football shirt. Yes, literally. I
know it is hard if you have little girls who don't like pink because
everything comes in pink under a certain age. Did you buy things?
because they won't wear it. I buy my boys' school clothes and all
they want is football kits. -- cool clothes. Jot that, the line goes in
there. All of that in here? Yes, pretty much, a fine job. That is
beautiful. We have lime zest, the toasted spices, so now you get the
delicious flavour. It smells like a proper restaurant smell. That is
praise indeed. Press that on to the surface of the delicious salmon.
really should have done this a bit finer. Yes, but you get the idea.
It is about flavour because this gets wiped off at the end of the
day. That goes on, press that down, then we spooned all this lovely
mixed on to there. If you don't like tequila, you could do this
with vodka as well. It is the same principle. The alcohol starts to
cook the salmon slightly. It is just going to cut in the alcohol?
Yes, and all that happens now, the salt and sugar... I am so intrigued
by this. It is very clever. The alcohol is cooking? Yes, the
acidity is working here. Keep doing it, Little by Little. Obviously it
will still be wet. You then wrap it up really tightly. The tin foil
round, then we put another tray on top, and weigh it down. Why do you
have to do that? We want to press it down so we are squeezing moister
talking nonsense. I'm not sure you can put flavour in whilst getting
moisture out. I'm not sure of the science. If we compact it we are
changing the structure. I think it makes sense. The more it is pressed
down, the more the alcohol is seeping into it and it is curing.
But as he is saying that, the moisture is coming out at the same
time. I'm not having it, I'm sorry. Now combine the yoghurt and the
goat's cheese... Tim, get Professor Brian Cox on the phone right now.
That can't work. Now, chop some mint. Stop questioning everything,
Lovejoy. I'm not questioning everything, I just don't believe
the logic. Chop that and put into it the goat's cheese and yoghurt
mix. Here is our 12.5 kilo weight on top. I wondered what those
weights were this morning. I thought they were door thingies.
What else could you use to do that? Two house bricks. Get Jamie to
stand on it. Look what happens. the flavour's gone in and all the
moisture has gone out. That's exactly what's happened Tim.
believe you, Simon. Add the lime juice. How many? Just the one will
do. Here is this beautiful piece of salmon. What we do, we take it out.
It's compacted. Oh look, all the moisture has come out! Feel this
now. It's hard. And why is that? Because all the moisture has come
out. Thank you! LAUGHTER But Simon, all the flavour's gone in. LAUGHTER
Who needs to watch that Brian Cox show? We've got you doing it.
love Brian Cox. So do I, but I don't understand a word he says.
you like me go ych, yep, no, no, and then white noise? I start
thinking about his haircut and what a nice jacket he's wearing. That's
so me, what you just said that. I thought it was only me who watched
nice, intelligent programmes and after ten minutes think, what is
this actually about? See how lovely and dry this is. This is beautiful.
That does look amazing. Look at that, that's glorious. Are we
coming round here now? We are. Lovely slices of this. I do love it
when it is so far over. It's brilliant. And then we have our
lovely bits of salmon. And the goat's cheese, which works
brilliantly with it. Did you taste that? I don't really like goat's
cheese, so it's wasted on me. like goat's cheese. That's really
good. I'm going to try a bit of goat's cheese. Actually, that's
alright. It is a time commitment, you need look it -- leave it for a
couple of days. But that's better than salmon from the supermarket.
And the main course? The venison Wellington. That is really good.
You can follow our recipes on our website -
bbc.co.uk/somethingfortheweekend. It's time for a Christmas
adaptation of a classic story, starring Stephen Fry and Victoria
Wood, amongst others. This is one for the whole family. This is The
I can't believe she was right. My own little person. Who are you
calling little? Well, you are quite small. No I'm not. It is you who
are too big. You are a great big overgrown giant. We are just the
right size. There's more of you? didn't say that. Get back! Ow! I
was only going to help you out. aren't going to eat me? Eat you?
What would be the point? My name's James. Harietti.
Do you want a hand? Yes, please. If that was supposed to be funny...
Serves you right for stealing my gun. We don't staerblgs we borrow.
So -- We don't steal, we borrow. there are more of you? What's that?
How about I show you? What exactly does this thing do...
Are you alright? Look, I'm so sorry. You can enter the world of The
Borrowers on Boxing Day at 7.30 on BBC One. Our first guest readily
admit to being a manufactured boy band, but the auditions worked,
because in two years they've built a huge fan base in the UK and
abroad, plus turned out hit after hit, including these.
# I'm in pieces # It seems like this is the only
thing I've never known # How do you get it from an all-
# The sun goes down # The stars come out
# The universe will never be the same
# I'm glad you came, I'm glad you came #
. With we are glad you came. Welcome to The Wanted. You are
cheating, where are your dance routines? Has no-one tried to get
you to do dance routines? Back in the day we did try but we are so
bad we thought it's better not to ruin the singing. It is hard when
you are singing live and you've got loads of routine. You get out of
breath and can't sing properly. Louise said earlier you are a
manufactured band. Where are you all from? Bolton. Gloucester.
Nottingham. Dublin. Where were the auditions advertised? I Googled for
auditions. Doingle the answer. that a joke? I Googled auditions.
And someone said to me that the thing they had on the website was
Wanted, male singers" and then Nathan decided to call us The
Wanted. Do you all write? Did you all write beforehand? Yes. I saw
you at the Jingle Bell Ball. I did see instruments going on there.
it true, Max, that you had a chance to sign for Preston North End?
used to play football a lot when I was younger. I played a couple of
Games for England schoolboys. I love football. What position but
play? I was the smaller of the two forwards. But it didn't work out.
read that you had to make the decision. It was either the
drinking or football. Is it a good life? Are you enjoying it, the last
two years? It is amazing. You see things you never thought you would
see and go places you never thought you would go. It's quite busy.
never get to be home very much, which is the downside. But we've
been to Brazil, America, Australia, Asia. It's been a mad year. And the
second album you guys were much more involved in the writing. You
played a big part, which people don't realise takes up a huge
amount of time. What was the album structure? Did you all write on the
album? On the first album we contributed. But the record company
had an idea and helped us make that. But the second time it was
controlling. We don't like this track. Did you set out with a set
idea of what you wanted to do Manchester Unitedically? All the,
it was different to the stuff we did on the first album. When we
first heard it... We were used to catering for the younger market.
Boy bands are everywhere now. We'll probably maybe have more longevity
if we try to write stuff that everyone would like. It is hard,
because you have to always think of doing something different. There've
been so many bands before you and will come after, so it is
identifying your sound and your look and getting your own fan base.
Is that something you think about? These boys, the new single... I
mean, they incorporated a bit of dubstep. I'm a massive fan of
dubstep. It's become really big in the last year or so. To incorporate
dubstep in a boy band in general is a risk. A piano ballad! I think
we've got a clip of that single. # I know, I just gotta let it go
# I, I, I should have known # I gotta let you say goodbye now
# I through my armour down # I'm leaving the battleground for
the final time now # I, I, I know I'm running from a
war zone # So you are releasing that on Boxing
Day? Yes. You are not going for the Christmas Day number one? No, the
Boxing Day sales. Is the Christmas Day number one a write-off because
of X Factor? I think so. Because X Factor sets the standard, only
crazy songs with a story normally make it. Army Wifes are doing it
this year... Military Wives. They are saying that is going to win.
And nirvana have reached the anti-X Factor song as well. There is
always going to be a certain spin with that to go with that. You've
got a bit of time off over Christmas. It is eur last day today
and we are off for Christmas. We go away from a bit of a holiday over
new year. And then you are off to the States. How is it going there?
We are doing it anonymously I think. We went over, released the song...
That's not the way to celebrate! we go out there and say, we were a
boy band, a lot of people say no. Kiss FM in New York took it
straight away. We are so grateful for that. It's had really good
feed-back. You have to literally go everywhere to be successful
everywhere. It is quite nice, because we are going back to the
start again. We traipsed around schools and clubs and pubs for
three or four months. When we go to America we are doing the Rock and
Roll Hotel in Denver. It's going be a trek. It is maidsing that you see
parts of the world you will sever see... Like Denver! Make sure you
get your questions in for them. Tweet us at @SFTW or e-mail via the
website - bbc.co.uk/somethingfortheweekend.
We've got some pretty un- Christmassy headlines but a really
Christmassy song and film to help you guess the year in today's Deja
View. # Baby, all I want for Christmas is
Matt Busby was and remains an unsullied public figure, which
explains the loss of his death which goes far beyond the world of
football. Television screens are dominated by the court case with
the American footballer OJ Simpson. The President of the European
Commission Jack delor is disappointed that Norway voted
against joining the European Union. He said the door is open if it
changed its mind later in the decade.
# Make my wish come true # All I want for Christmas is you #
You are a very good Santa Claus. Your beard's stuck on real tight.
Usually the store's Santa Claus whiskers are a bit loose. Your as
realistic. That's because they are real. You give them a tug. I've
never seen that film. You? East 17 is the best one. The po Box
always win, that one is probably the best. What came next? It was
good, bizarrely. Who came third? East 17? Am I losing my credibility
for sticking up for East 17? Tim. 1993? 1994? I haven't got a
clue. Christmas songs all fade into one. What did you go for? Now 1994.
I will go with 1992. Cocking, what have we done this week? Christmas
jumper time. This is not as good as yours. He made the roulade, the
second attempt they have to walk all the way to his house. It is a
nice time, romance at Christmas. bended knee. Let us know. De do get
on bended knee when you propose? not with my knees. My knees, my
Achilles. I drew a picture of myself on my knees! You have got to
go on one knee, or otherwise for the rest of your life you're wife
will say you didn't go down on one knee. A couple engaged in my
restaurant this week. He did go down on one knee and it was very
romantic. This is probably one of the best pictures we have ever had.
This couple are from Liverpool originally, they are currently in
Uganda, and still found time to make the chocolate roulade. Finally,
Lucy and Victoria from Skipton, again they have made the roulade.
They are going to see The Wanted in Sheffield. They are not playing in
Sheffield in February? Must be wrong. Whatever you cook over
Christmas, do send in your pictures. This, Tim... This is exciting.
you want to do something exciting over the Christmas period, we are
going to do a venison Wellington. We have venison, field mushrooms.
So you sealed it first? The problem with venison is it is very easy to
overcook it. Season it in the pan until you get some colour, take it
out and then let it go cold. When you put it in the pastry and in the
oven. That's fine, we have protection now. As long as you only
like, but we have pate and pastry in the fridge. The first job for
you, Tim, is too finely chop some mushrooms. This is a duxelles of
mushrooms, which means finely chopped. Put them into the food
processor, pulsing them until they get to be fine. The other thing
about venison, it is quite rich meat. You need a good gravy or
something, don't you? A good reduction or something. We have a
rich stock gravy, we have port. In the gravy, a bit of Madeira is nice
for something like venison. In here, we have cooked some shallots, some
butter goes into there, then the finely chopped mushrooms go into
their as well. Let them start cookout a little bit. I went for a
fitness test this week because I am going to do the bike ride. This is
with Mark Cavendish, isn't it? but he's not cycling, he is the
ambassador for it. I have to cycle for three days, 100 miles a day.
That doesn't sound like a lot but I am assuming it is a lot, I don't
know. I went to do this fitness thing and this man said a brilliant
word - he said abs are created in the kitchen. So do have a dietary
plan? No, I haven't. Have you started cycling? No, I haven't.
good start! I was cheating because we have got to finish it. We have
got to sit them, until they squeak. Lots of water in there, then put
the port into there. Port really goes with venison, doesn't it? Or a
rich red wine. Anything that fortified. Even Cherie is good
because you want the rich flavour. Let this bubble down to pretty much
nothing, and you end up with this. Venison is very lean, isn't it?
There are your abdominal muscles in that. Now, with Wellington so
victor often we wrap them in pancakes. I am wrapping them in
streaky bacon, you could use Parma ham. We spread this duxelles a
cross here. Is that what this is for? I got one of these were the
set of knives once. For this one is blunt! We're really looking for a
platform to sit the venison on. That is beautiful. There is a lot
of flavour in that. Then we have the field mushrooms, the shallots,
so that is a delicious flavour in its own right. The venison we have
sealed, now we are going to sneer pate all over it. -- smear. We have
folded the venison in half so we have a fat joint. If you work your
hands, it might be easier to do but we are pressing it round. Do you
want a thick layer? It depends how much you like it. If you don't like
pate, you could leave it off. This is chicken liver pate, but it could
be anything you fancy. Stick that in the middle. Wild you wash your
hands, I will wrap this. We rolled it around on this side. It is a bit
of a faff, but the end result is worth it. I did one of these once,
didn't I? I did the Beef Wellington. Wrap it up, put it in the fridge,
and chill it. Then we end up with this here. That has been in the
fridge for about 20 minutes, an hour, two hours. It is nice and
solid now so we have a beautiful flavour. Next we stick the venison
on there, then we roll it around until it just over laps. It is
important you get a good contact with it. You wanted to be really
tight around it. This is one of those things that you know will be
beautiful. You don't want to have loads of pastry around here because
you don't want it to be soggy. tight. That's what we want, to him.
Then we want a nice neat end so we can be pretty as it can be. Like a
parcel? Yes, imagine it is a present, like all those presents
you bought yesterday. I have been struggling with my Christmas
shopping. All I have got to do is buy a present for my wife, then I
have a few bits and pieces for my kids. Most things I have fought
online, I will be honest. Use it this on to the board, then let this
chilled after you have a washed it. Let it Cheal, then a wash it again
so that is really glossy. -- chill, then eggwash it. A big fat piece of
that. We have our roast potatoes. This, on Christmas Day. Then a
little bit of rich gravy goes on there. Go for it. We will stand at
the back and watch. We are all right. The pastry is crispy. That
is absolutely awesome. What is for dessert? Danish rice pudding!
is still stirring. You can find Brian Cox is trying to make sure
our brains don't turn to mush over the festive period so he has filled
a lecture theatre with celebrities. Here, he is trying to explain
electrons to Sarah Millican in his Night With The Stars. A place where
there is no waves, then some waves, then no waves. You see that pattern.
If you were to draw a detector along there, you would see that.
Here you would see nothing, no waves, no electrons, here we have
waves and electrons. So what can week in For? Have you not done your
homework today? This is just the experimental data. This was done in
the 1920s and it was a shock, but the inference is...? That looks
like... This could be a long game! GCSE grade C remember. This pattern
here. What do you think? Just tell us. The electrons are behaving more
like the waves in the tank, water waves. That is a classic pattern
you see when you get waves passing through. This is what you might
have expected electrons to do, but they don't behave like sound. They
behave more like waves and water. Oh, that's me! Merry Christmas.
What were you thinking? I was thinking I am really hot. Yes, you
are. Ouch! You can learn from Brian Cox with Night With The Stars on
BBC Two tonight. With 1 million albums sold, three number-one
singles, over 100 weeks in the charts, a UK sell-out tour, are
next guest is one of UK's brightest # You'll have to cry me out
# You'll have to cry me out # # What would my Mama Do
# All the boys and the girls got it # Don't think I can take any more
# Don't know what you think I'm after
# What are do you take me for # Welcome back to Something for the
Weekend Lott lot. Will you be singing a song for us in a minute.
Ben will be standing by there, who you take everywhere, Christmas
shopping, the lot. Before that we'll talk to you about other stuff.
Let's go back to the beginning, you went to the same school as Louise?
I did, yes. Italia Conti. Did we have some of the same teachers?
D, ne? Rest in peace. Quick! Go to an ad break! LAUGHTER I went to a
Saturday school? Chislehurst, so I saw him not too long ago. He was
still exactly the same. It feels funny to go back. A great school
though. A great place. You can always tell a Conti girl. When you
go to a school like that you obviously do acting and singing.
Louise said she always wanted a pop career. Was that the same with you?
I went there because he heard of Italia Conti as being a school
where you could do dance, singing and acting as well as your school
work. Soy wanted to go there. We trained in musical theatre. I
always knew I wanted to be a recording artist. I did this
separate to school. Do you think it gives awe good grounding, when you
do musical theatre. I think it helps when you become an artist
100% it helps. I do shows but I don't feel too nervous, because
it's second nature. Just growing up in an environment where everyone is
into the same thing. It gives you confidence and gets you used to it
a bit. You have a very successful album. Your new album features some
legends, as in John Legend and Stevie Wonder. That's amazing. How
did it come? It happened naturally. I was in the right place at the
right time. I was just very lucky. With the Stevie Wonder thing it
happened because I was in a restaurants in LA. Just before I
left I bumped into an old friend. I didn't realise he knew Stevie and
was meeting him for dinner. Before we left he said, "Don't leave yet,
I've got a friend I want you to meet." I thought it was a random
guy. An old guy. Stevie walked in and it was such a moment for me. Oh,
my gosh. I was caught off guard. And the John Legend thing, we have
a mutual friend. Was you in the studio together or did you do it
separately? We met first of alls and looked at our schedules. We
were in New York for two hours on a Sunday, so we got into the studio.
He was on the piano and we came out with it really quick and recorded
the vocal. So John Legend plays the piano on the track? And sings.
Stevie Wonder plays the harmonica? Yes. But spend much time in the
States? Yes, I spent two months there with writers and producers.
But in London there is great people I work with here, so it is a
mixture between the two. We are going to get tow sing for us now.
Ben, would you like to come in? The Wanted are here as well to listen
to you. Hi, Ben. Have you got a mic? I have, yes. How are you?
pretty good. What song are you going to do? I'm going to do the
one that I wrote with John Legend. World Trade Center piano on the
recording, but Ben's playing the guitar. No pressure for you then,
Ben! # I don't get caught up
# Always have the upper hand # I'm the one who knows
# Even when I'm in love # I never give it all to one man
# But you came into this # I'm facing my first defeat
# I said I would never be a silly fool
# But look what you've done to me # Said I will never lose
# But you came in and changed the rules
# You win # I love you
# I don't care any more # Because who's keeping score - you
# I love it and my heart is surprised
# It's yours every time - you win # It's yours every time - you win #
APPLAUSE Lovely. Definitely a John Legend
vibe there. Well done. Are you going on tour soon? Next year I
think I will be touring. Probably next year. We haven't got any dates
but I'm excited about it. Are you taking Ben with you on tour?
Definitely. Ben Wes been with us from the beginning. Sam says what
are your plans for the 21st next month? It is on 12th January and
I'm having a massive party. I've looked at some venues but not
picked anything yet. I've got to get organised for. This boys, feel
free to come down. They'll be there like a shot. That's it from Pixie
for now but she will be cooking with Simon later. If you still want
to ask her anything, tweet us at @SFTW or go to our website -
bbc.co.uk/somethingfortheweekend. This is still to come:
If you like Dickens you can have Great Expectations. I am expected.
He is. You're not. Simon's final Christmassy dish is
sprout and potato quiche. And the girls are back looking Ab Fab.
whole house is alarmed now. Go! Go! It is our last show before
Christmas, so our gadget expert Lucy has some crackers, including
an iPhone dock that looks like a gramophone, a modern update on a
retro camera, and a radio- controlled stunt Buggy. She will be
here later to explain all. How does she change so quickly? Maybe I just
said it really quick. We are joined in the kitchen by two guys from The
Wanted. Tom and Max. How are you? Hello.
Did you cook? I love it. That surprises me. I'm not quite to the
venison standard yet. A bit of rice pudding. We should be able to nail
that. This is Danish rice pudding that. This is Danish rice pudding
with almonds. Have you done Denmark yet? We have,
yes. If you are there at Christmas. Instead of Christmas pudding they
do rice pudding. In olden days when we put sixpences in our Christmas
pud, finding the almonds in your rice pud is said to be good luck in
Denmark. You have a massive Christmas dinner and then you have
to neck this rice pudding to find the almond. I'm not sure how much
fun that would be. Our milk is coming to the boil. So we add sugar
and our pudding rice. What do you boys cook? I like chili con carne.
Mexican. I like Mexican. That's quite impressive. Spanish as well
bit of tapas. My mum taught me when I was younger. That's good when
mums teach their kids. I would like my boys to be able to cook when
they are older. Can you cook? this is the problem I'm facing at
the moment. They must be fantastic already, Lou, because with you it
is non- stop cooking in Redknapp Towers! They know what to order.
cook this slowly. It is a bit of a pain in the backside that you have
to stir it all the time. Rice pud. That on its own is lovely. Max,
what we are going to do now is set it, so the gelatine, we've soaked
it in water. Squeeze the moisture out of that and pop the gelatine
into that and beat it. It is quite weird to handle, gelatine. Squeeze
as much moisture out as you can. This isn't very vegetarian friendly
then? Jay, you are out of luck, mate. You could use a agar and
white still set. Beat that. It goes in when it is hot. That starts to
break down. A quick question from Rachel. Who did you prefer touring
with, Bieber or Britney Spears? think Britney Spears. That's a
surprise. You grow up can people like that. And she is pretty
amazing, what she's achieved. was new audience, an older audience.
Was she lovely? A really nice girl. She's done this a long time. She
was so nice. Cool. OK. We let that set. Tom, oh to you. This now
becomes our set one. That's quite solid. What we are going to do is
beat in this cream. So little by little, a spoonful of that goes in.
Start beating that in. The first bit, you are almost breaking it
down rather than trying to beat it in. Bizarrely we have set it and
now you want to soften it. This means it is holding together really
well. Now that you are engaged to Michelle Keegan, now you are going
to be the next celebrity couple are you taking over from the next
Redknapps? You think you are so funny, Simon! My girlfriend fancies
Jamie. He likes hearing autumn that. Does he? Of course! Are you aware
of the fact that as a couple it must put extra pressure on you? But
find that when you first started going out together? You don't think
like that. It is nice to just keep, sometimes you sound a bit hard work,
but keep as much of it out of the limelight as you confirm no matter
who you are, when you go home and shut the door, you are normal and
there is no rock 'n' roll. Well, there isn't in my house. There
might be in yours. But in our house there is no rock 'n' roll. We're
norm. That's what important. Like you say, she just sees me as Max.
She sometimes finds it weird watching me at gigs. And she does
her own thing as well, which helps. I find it weird that she is on
Corrie. I used to watch it as a kid. I go on the set quite a lot and I
feel a bit funny. Do you guys live in London or up north? The boys
live here but I still live many Manchester. So you get to see each
other. You are not struggling. lot of the time we are away, so
whenever I'm in England I'm in Manchester. If not I'm on Nathan's
sofa. My daughter did an acting class with Michelle last week and
said how brilliant she was, and normal. She went back to her old
acting schooling to help out. She loved it. The kids were really nice.
Yours included. There you go. that was fantastic. Beautiful. Now,
here's where, what you need to do is half fill each of those.
looks very creamy. It's a really creamy pud. Imagine you've had your
big Christmas dinner. Half fill each one to start with, Tom.
that it? Did you think it would be thing. One almonds goes in the
middle of these. You are all sitting round on Christmas Day,
really fall. Whoever gets the almonds will be lucky for the rest
of the year. This is where you can get creative. It is a bit messy,
sorry about that. You have put your own touched on it, it is safe to
say. Have I got time for one more e-mail? If you weren't sinners,
what would you be doing now? would be a chef. Probably not, from
this effort! My dad will be gutted. When I said we were making rice
pudding, he said remember to use nutmeg. We are using cinnamon. You
could use nutmeg. Maybe we can spoon a few out, or do we not need
to? Of course, only one of them has almonds in it.
Everyone grabbed the spoon, have a go. I missed the bit - why is it
Danish? It is traditional. Whoever gets the almonds gets good luck for
the rest of the year. What are we making next? Sprout quiche.
favourite. Anyone found the almonds in it? I have found gelatin.
Christmas cocktails next, but now your last chance to guess the year
Matt Busby was and remains an one solid public figure. The sense of
loss around his death goes much further than football.
OJ Simpson stands accused of murdering his ex-wife and her
friend. They President of the European Commission has said he is
disappointed that Norway voted against China in the European Union.
He said the doorway remained open if they changed their mind later in
the decade. # Make my wish come true.
# All I Want For Christmas Is You. There is no doubt about it, he is
real. Susan? What? What else did you ask him for? A baby brother.
Goodbye! Mariah Carey first bell to doubt her Christmas Classic this
year, but which year? 96. I am going to go with 1995. A bit you
have just tuned in by the way, I am wearing this because... Because
that is his taste in clothes. very next season. Simon decided we
should wear Christmas jumpers but he knew he had won in his Christmas
wardrobe, a nice taste for one, and Louise is obviously looking good in
hers. You didn't wear one because you didn't have one. So you are
going to make cocktails. I am going to do a really nice bottled egg nog.
It goes back to medieval traditions, Anglo-Saxon. When it came over to
the Atlantic, it was shortened to Beat the eggs, get them nice and
fluffy. Is it OK to drink raw eggs? Yes, because alcohol perverse and
Cox the eggs. The might get ill but you will be drunk and you won't
realise. That is a question that people do think about. It is just
not if you are pregnant, I would imagine. In which case you
shouldn't be drinking anyway! We have fresh eggs with the lion mark,
it is very slim chance you will get is to serve six people by the way.
You can make this before Christmas Eve, you could give it to your
family as a gift. We have golden rum Cognac, traditional, that goes
in and helped to preserve the eggs. You can put it in the fridge, ready
to go. You don't like the idea of raw eggs? When you watch what goes
into it, it is quite creamy. will taste like a very well-known
creamy liqueur when you taste it. Bay leaves, they have a nice earth
the herbal flavour. He said this aside, cover it with clingfilm.
Leave it overnight and it has a nice Christmassy smile. -- smell.
We have made this, this is not something we are adding. If you
want to serve its warm, you can put it in a pan and heat it up. This is
lovely fresh Christmassy drink. bit of nutmeg on top. Yes, and nice
drinking straw for the wheeze here. Have a drink of that, it is lovely.
-- for Louise. It is very strong, weighing.
That is really nice, very good. This one is called Prosperity. If
you have people at your house over the Christmas season, or on
Christmassy... This goes with my Christmas jumper. This has Ginn,
creme de cassis. When people come to your house, you shake this up,
it has a lovely warm colour. It is a lovely way of serving it and
changing the simple champagne into a more elegant, sophisticated drink.
More elegant and sophisticated?! nice Christmassy colour. Cheers.
Making gorgeous cocktails all year, you are a star. That's nice. You
can track down those cocktails on He was said to be the man who
invented modern Christmas so what better way to spend the holidays
than watching a bit of Charles Dickens starring Julian Anderson
and Ray Winstone. This is greater One day to you, Hannah. Tradesmen's
is round the back, as you well know. I am expected. Heat is, you are not.
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 44 seconds
You are pip from the Ford? Yes, madam. I am not Madam, I am not
married. You can call me Miss Haversham. Sorry, Miss. Are your
feet not cold, Miss? All of meat is cold. -- me. There begins on
Tuesday 27th December at 9pm on BBC One. Our gadget expert is here,
along with Siva and Jay from The Wanted. Have you done your
Christmas shopping? The S, a little bit. I have got a lot of nieces and
nephews to buy presents for. Do you like a good trip? Siva is very into
gadgets. When you go on the road? Yes, we have I pads. We have our
headphones on. The swan is not suitable for a tour bus because it
is pretty heavy. No, this is a Trumstand, basically a glorified
iPod. It is not exactly portable, you will not be carting it from
room to room. This horn stand is crafted from brass, plated in
nickel. I love about this, there are no electronics. It is natural
Acoustics, so play this. Old school. Very old school. I don't know if
you can hear that at home but the sound is odd, isn't it? You us, it
is designed to replicate the gramophone sound. It is a nice bit
of art, the acoustics are not necessarily what you would expect
from something that costs �1,500. Oh! For once I can agree with you
this gadget is expensive. It is more of an ornament, isn't it?
is for people with deep pockets or people who don't mind eating from
tins! Let's move on to the next one, this will be great for you guys.
This is a retro camera that has been reinvented for the 21st
century. We all know that Polaroid cameras are famous for instant
snaps. Press this button here and take a picture. Three models
together! That takes about a minute to come through. This is a 40 mega
pixel digital camera in one sense. Where has the picture gone? It will
take about a minute. There is the photo. Can you hear it printing? On
the one hand you can take the digital photos, but you can also
This is great. That's really good quality. Really good. This one has
that Polaroid look. Yes. That is a good picture there. You can add
borders. You can edit your photos, it's got red eye correction. You
can trim them. We've got some borders here. It is really clever.
Let's have a look. It looks like a night out. It is really cool. A
retro camera with a modern twist. Very nice. We'll sell that for
dental students. How much is that? �230. Expensive but it is good.
think that's well justified. Guys, grab a controller. I've got one of
these. The GX Buggy. Awesome. going to hold this one up. Go on,
Lewisy. This is the fastest acrobatic stunt car in the world
acrobatic stunt car in the world right now. Put it on the floor.
Driving skills don't come in the box. So if you are not very good,
don't worry. Whether you perform a good trick or a bad stunt it's got
this plastic roll wing, which means it will land on its feet every time.
OK. Do you like those, guys? You do, you liked it so much you bought one.
They are really fast. Jay? I love it. Brilliant. Thank you to Lucy,
Siva and Jay. For more information on the gadgets, e-mail us via the
website - bbc.co.uk/somethingfortheweekend.
There's been lots of talk about the return of Eddy, Patsy and Co. This
You're late. I am not late. Anyway, darling, you've got work to do when
I'm gone. You've got to update my website. My weapon site is me. It
must be fresh and happening. Vitamin B. Drink up. Alright
darling. Now, more blog, more flog. I want, "I met Ulrika at a party...
My favourite cheese" Shall I Twitter that? Yes, Twitter it. City
here and don't let my mother in. It's alright. I'm here already,
dear. Well, howdy stranger. It looks as though your jeans have
exploded. It's a skirt! It's a skirt. What are you doing here? I
haven't got time. You stay here and make sure she is not ever left
alone, and frisk her before she leaves. The whole house is alarmed
now. Go! Go! Go! And you can see Absolutely Fabulous on Christmas
Day at ten on BBC One. Pixie is with us now. I won't ask how your
cooking is. Last time you were on it was terrible. What were you
cooking? It was something toad with cooking? It was something toad with
a lemon. Something wasn't working. This is not my forte. Have you done
any cooking since? I'm really good at Heinz tomato soup. There are
other brands out there which are also good. This is leftover time,
so we are going to make a sprout and potato quiche. We've got
tarragon, old spice, sprouts, peas, lemon, eggs, cream, cabbage and
mayo. And a pastry case we've cooked already. Do you like
Brussels sprouts? I eat them when they are on my plate at Christmas
but they are not my first... you don't hate them? I don't hate
them E I kind of just eat them. Crack two eggs into that bowl.
this bowl? That in that bowl, yes. The pressure's on. One, two,
three... LAUGHTER It's good. There's no shell in there! That's a
different way of doing it but I like it. There's a bit of shell in
there. The key to that, if it goes in, you
can use the eggshell to get it back out. One, two, three... That was
good. It's a different technique that. Might catch on. It only looks
a bit mangled because it fell on this. Otherwise it would look
perfect. Whisk that together. You can be quite aggressive with it,
like you were with the egg. Is this cream? Cream in there. Salt and
pepper. We are adding old spice for flavour. Put the zest of the lemon
in there. This way? Yes. So you've learnt. Brilliant. I learnt this
from last time, this skill. Perfectly done. You've mastered it.
Are you left or right-handed? hand. That doesn't feel natural
that way either. Slowly by surely I'm getting somewhere. What you are
making there, Pixie, is all the custard, the bit that will set
around it. I'm chopping all the other things. The lemon will give
freshness. The potatoes that are cooked, I'm just crushing those.
Herb-wise we've got tarragon, for the aniseedy flavour going on in
there. Then we've got our sprouts. Is that enough? That's fine. Those
all go in. We've got peas. Why have you chosen this combination? What
are you likely to have left over after Christmas? Sprouts, spuds. If
you've got sausages left over you can chop them and put those in.
could just bungning in there? Absolutely. Slice the sprouts in
half and chuck those in as well. What is likely to be most left over
at the end of the day? Even if you had a bit of... I'm not sure I can
watch this. I'm quite impressed. When I did
some cooking at my little boy's school, who is five. What they
taught him to do with the knife is they said, "You make a little
tunnel and the train tunnel, the knife, goes through the middle." So
you don't cut your fingers. Make a tunnel. Through the tunnel. That
was right wasn't it? But that finger was so hit to being hit by
the train! Let's forget about that one! LAUGHTER I'm feeling stressed
now. We mix that together and pour that into there. That all goes in
there. Tell us something about Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder,
amazing. He is one of my idols. People say you shouldn't meet your
idols. But he was just as I expected. Was he genuinely
interested in you? Was he just fantastic? I hope so. He was just
lovely. He had so much time for everyone. Really gentle and humble.
Someone can so much success and was just really lovely. And charisma. I
love that. He certainly has that. It must be stressful to sing in
front of him. I was saying before, to sit on the sofa with a team and
a crew there, that must be stressful. But to sing in front of
your idols... But he wasn't in the same room. He would lay down his
bit and it is added afterwards. it was done at a different time.
I've slice ed a bit of onion. Carve a V. Like you are carving a pum
kin? Yes. It's stuck. What we do is we cut that in half down the middle.
With the we do is chop... Oh, no. am getting better at this stuff. I
might try this when I get home. I've got onion in there. We've got
our carrot as well. That's alright isn't it? I'm just worried about my
thumb. I chopped my thumb doing that. It was that this year or
last? I think that might have been this year. I don't know. I cut
myself on the show once as well. It was one of those moments when you
don't concentrate and you nick it. There was blood everywhere. We've
got carrot, chestnuts, onion. Pixie, put all of that cabbage into there.
Shove it all in? Yes. Our mayo goes into this as well. We squeeze a bit
of lemon again, just to freshen it up. Then we add plenty of pepper, a
bit of salt. Just give that a good mix. It looks at the moment when
you do it that you need more mayonnaise, but you don't. People
tend to put way too much mayo in a coleslaw. Then it settles. The
moisture comes out and it ends up being really sloppy and greasy.
What you want is just enough mayonnaise to coat the ingredients.
Where are you spending Christmas, Pixie? I'm going back to my mum ace
on Christmas Eve. I've got a big family on my dad's side, a big
family party, lots of food and drink. I won't be cooking. Then I'm
going on holiday, somewhere really nice. Cool. We've got to remember
it is Pixie's birthday as well. thought you meant we were going the
sing the Erase your thing. -- Eraser thing. Will you do a
rendition for me now? No, he is Andy Bell. Will you perform at my
birthday? What are we going to do, catering or singing? We could do a
bit of both. There are singing tenors at charitys do, we could do
singing Erasuee and be chefs. while you plate that up we can
cross to Louise, who has the answer cross to Louise, who has the answer
to the Deja View. The year when Matt Busby died and Mariah Carey
sang this number and the film Miracle On 34th Street was released,
what year was it, Tom? 1994. Anyone got it right? I'm going to do a
quick tweet The Wanted from Daniel. Is it true that you are working
with Rihanna on new songs? It is true. Example is our new song,
coming out some time next year. date planned! That's good. The
Wanted from Chloe Fisher. What do you think of One Direction? Are you
raising your game? Is there a lot of competition between you boys?
The boy band thing is back. We met them on the Extra Factor when we
were guests. They were really nice. We are happy they did well. They
weren't idiots. And we've met them again and they have stayed that way.
Don't you think there should be more competition, that you should
have a pop at eech other? -- each other? Maybe a few years ago.
That and East 17. What side were you on? I was East 17. I was Take
That. I absconded. You didn't get involved? No. Pixie, are you
playing Top Of The Pops. Has it been done? We've done it already.
Christmas top of the pops back. Christmas Top Of The Pops. On
Christmas Day. Did you not think they should bring back Top Of The
Pops 2? Everybody says that. get to see everything. It was great
institution. That's it. Time's up. Thanks to Pixie. Is that good?
Beautiful. And thanks to The Wanted. That's it for 2011. We'll be back