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"Noir Et Blanc" is a groundbreaking album described by the UK & US press as "Fela Kuti-meets-Kraftwerk -on-the-dancefloor" and "in the same class as Byrne and Eno's BUSH OF GHOSTS". Resulting from a torrid encounter between Zairean singer Bony Bikaye, Algerian-born French composer Hector Zazou and mad scientists CY1, it also features wild guitars by Fred Frith and by Kinono No1 producer Vincent Kenis, who also mixed the album alongside Gilles Martin and Crammed founder Marc Hollander.
From his Oxfordshire kitchen, Raymond Blanc prepares his recipes for the biggest meal of the year. This Christmas, he creates a feast for friends and family, full of Gallic flavour but generously dusted with a frosting of British tradition. Golden goose takes centre stage, served with perfectly ruffled roast potatoes, chestnut stuffing and an intense orange sauce. A simple but elegant seafood chowder and a spectacular platter of Cornish shellfish with homemade mayonnaise would certainly grace the finest tables of France. And to finish, Raymond shares a true French tradition in a galette des rois - layers of puff pastry, almond cream, caramelised pears and a little surprise - a great dessert throughout the festive season.