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He also fails at juggling oranges and gets slapped in the face in his new interactive video

Jamie Oliver's "Food Tube" YouTube show is getting relaunched this January, so obviously the marketing team had to promo it a month in advance with an interactive video. The video allows you to click on various items around his kitchen (including Oliver himself, with his face and umm... crotch), which brings the viewers to various parts of the video.

While many of the reactions are fairly predictable, it's still pretty adorable to see the naughty side of Oliver's humor. The majority of the food gets thrown at Oliver, but there are also dropping glasses, unpredictable lamps, and some juggling. Imagine if we could wreak havoc through all of Oliver's demos. It would be fascinating, but probably very dangerous. That knife seems pretty sharp.

The show is relaunching Jan. 21, 2013, and Oliver promises to show plenty of uncut scenes. Check out the trailer below, although you should make sure your annotations are switched on or the video buttons won't work.

Bands Who Are Absolute Nightmares When On Tour

It's a poorly kept secret that rock stars and their bands don't exactly view themselves as normal people. To paraphrase Christopher Walken: Sure, they put their pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us, but once their pants are on they make hit records, rock auditoriums full of people, and dodge mountains of groupies who are all trying to get their pants off again. Just imagine being on tour: Everybody allowed to come into contact with you is there to cater to your every whim, thousands of people show up every night in different cities just to hear you rock, and you get paid obscene amounts of money for this. You could be the Dalai Lama, and that would still go to your head.

This is why, every time one of these artists have come to town, you can bet there was a healthy contingent of people — police, security guards, stagehands, etc. — who hoped against hope that that fleet of tour buses would just rumble on by. Many of them are older acts who engaged in the fine, sadly lost art of trashing hotel rooms, some place insane demands upon the venues and cities lucky enough to be blessed by their presence, and some can't seem to quit antagonizing their own fans — but all of these bands are absolute freaking nightmares on the road.


1983–1984: Early history Edit

Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed in Los Angeles by singer Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Flea, and drummer Jack Irons, classmates at Fairfax High School. [1] Their early names included Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, and their first performance was at the Rhythm Lounge club to a crowd of approximately 30, opening for Gary and Neighbor's Voices. [2] Inspired by punk funk acts like Contortions and Defunkt, they improvised music while Kiedis rapped. [3]

At the time, Slovak and Irons were already committed to another group, What Is This? however, the band was asked to return the following week. [2] The band changed its name to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing several shows at LA venues. Six songs from these initial shows were on the band's first demo tape. [4] In November 1983, manager Lindy Goetz struck a seven-album deal with EMI America and Enigma Records. Two weeks earlier, however, What Is This? had also obtained a record deal with MCA, and in December Slovak and Irons quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers to focus on What Is This?. [5] Flea and Kiedis recruited Weirdos drummer Cliff Martinez and guitarist Jack Sherman. [6]

The band released their debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, in August 1984. Airplay on college radio and MTV helped build a fan base, [7] and the album sold 300,000 copies. Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, who produced the album, pushed the band to play with a cleaner, more radio-friendly sound, [8] and the band was disappointed with the result, finding it over-polished. [9] The album included backing vocals by Gwen Dickey, the singer for the 1970s disco funk group Rose Royce. [10] The band embarked on a gruelling tour, performing 60 shows in 64 days. During the tour, continuing musical and lifestyle tension between Kiedis and Sherman complicated the transition between concert and daily band life. [11] Sherman was fired in February 1985. [12] Hillel Slovak, who had just quit What Is This?, rejoined in early 1985. [13]

1985–1988: Building a following, drug abuse, and Slovak's death Edit

The second Chili Peppers album, Freaky Styley (1985), was produced by funk musician George Clinton, who introduced elements of punk and funk into the band's repertoire. [14] The album featured Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. The band often indulged in heavy heroin use while recording the album, which influenced the lyrics and musical direction. [15] The band had a much better relationship with Clinton than with Gill, [16] but Freaky Styley, released on August 16, 1985, also achieved little success, failing to make an impression on any chart. The subsequent tour was also considered unproductive by the band. [17] [18] [19] Despite the lack of success, the band was satisfied with Freaky Styley Kiedis reflected that "it so surpassed anything we thought we could have done that we were thinking we were on the road to enormity." [20] Around this time, the band appeared in the 1986 films Thrashin', playing the song "Blackeyed Blonde" from Freaky Styley, and Tough Guys, performing "Set It Straight". [21] [ unreliable source? ]

In early 1986, EMI gave the Chili Peppers $5,000 to record a demo tape for their next album. They chose to work with producer Keith Levene from PIL, as he shared their interest in drugs. [22] Levene and Slovak put aside $2,000 of the budget to spend on heroin and cocaine, which created tension between the band members. Martinez's "heart was no longer in the band", but he did not quit, so Kiedis and Flea fired him in April 1986. [23] Irons rejoined the band, to their surprise it marked the first time all four founding members were together since 1983. During the recording and subsequent tour of Freaky Styley, Kiedis and Slovak were dealing with debilitating heroin addictions. Due to his addiction, Kiedis "didn't have the same drive or desire to come up with ideas or lyrics" and appeared at rehearsal "literally asleep". [24]

For their third album, the Chili Peppers attempted to hire Rick Rubin to produce, but he declined due to the band's increasing drug problems. They eventually hired Michael Beinhorn from the art funk project Material, their last choice. [25] The early attempts at recording were halted due to Kiedis' worsening drug problems, and Kiedis was briefly fired. [26] After the band were named "band of the year" by LA Weekly, Kiedis entered drug rehabilitation. [27] The band auditioned new singers, [28] but Kiedis, now sober, rejoined the recording sessions with new enthusiasm. [29] Songs formed quickly, blending the funk feel and rhythms of Freaky Styley with a harder, more immediate approach to punk rock. The album was recorded in the basement of the Capitol Records Building. [30] The recording process was difficult Kiedis would frequently disappear to seek drugs. [31] After fifty days of sobriety, Kiedis decided to take drugs again to celebrate his new music. [30]

The third Red Hot Chili Peppers album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, was released in September 1987. It peaked at No. 148 on the Billboard 200, [32] a significant improvement over their earlier albums. During this period, however, Kiedis and Slovak had both developed serious drug addictions, [33] often disappearing for days on end. Slovak died from a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, soon after the conclusion of the Uplift tour. [34] Kiedis fled the city and did not attend Slovak's funeral. [35] Irons, troubled by the death, left the band following years of depression, he became a member of Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam in 1994. [36]

1988–1989: Frusciante and Smith join Edit

DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, a former member of Parliament-Funkadelic, joined as guitarist, and D. H. Peligro of Dead Kennedys joined as drummer. [ when? ] Kiedis re-entered rehab for 30 days, and visited Slovak's grave as part of his rehabilitation, finally confronting his grief. Three dates into the tour, McKnight was fired for lack of chemistry with the band. [37] McKnight was so unhappy he threatened to burn down Kiedis' house. [38]

Peligro introduced Kiedis and Flea to teenage guitarist and Chili Peppers fan John Frusciante, [39] who brought a darker, more melodic rock style to the band. [40] Frusciante performed his first show with the Chili Peppers in September 1988. The new lineup began writing for the next album and went on a short tour, the Turd Town Tour. In November, Kiedis and Flea fired Peligro due to his drug and alcohol problems. [ citation needed ] Following open auditions, they hired drummer Chad Smith in December 1988, who has remained since. [41] According to Smith, "We started playing, and right away we just hit it off musically." [42]

The Chili Peppers began work on their fourth album in 1989. [43] Unlike the stop-start sessions for The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, preproduction went smoothly. However, the sessions were made tense by Beinhorn's desire to create a hit, frustrating Frusciante and Kiedis. [44] Released on August 16, 1989, Mother's Milk peaked at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard 200. [32] The record failed to chart in the United Kingdom and Europe, but climbed to number 33 in Australia. [45] "Knock Me Down" reached number six on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, whereas "Higher Ground" charted at number eleven [46] and reached number 54 in the UK and 45 in Australia and France. [47] [48] Mother's Milk was certified gold in March 1990 and was the first Chili Peppers album to ship over 500,000 units. [49]

1990–1993: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, fame, and Frusciante's first departure Edit

In 1990, after the success of Mother's Milk, the Chili Peppers left EMI and entered a major-label bidding war. They signed with Warner Bros. Records and hired producer Rick Rubin. Rubin had turned the band down in 1987 because of their drug problems but felt they were now healthier and more focused. He would go on to produce five more of their albums. The writing process was more productive than it had been for Mother's Milk, with Kiedis saying, "[every day], there was new music for me to lyricize". [50] At Rubin's suggestion, they recorded in the Mansion, a studio in a house where magician Harry Houdini once lived. [51]

In September 1991, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released. "Give It Away" was the first single it became one of the band's best known songs, and in 1992 won a Grammy Award for "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal". It became the band's first number-one single on the Modern Rock chart. [46] [52] The ballad "Under the Bridge" was released as a second single, and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [46] As of 2016, it remains the band's highest position on the chart. [46]

Blood Sugar Sex Magik sold over 12 million copies. [53] It was listed at number 310 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and in 1992 it rose to number three on the U.S. album charts, almost a year after its release. The album was accompanied by a documentary, Funky Monks. [54] The band kicked off their Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour, which featured Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins, three of the era's biggest upcoming bands in alternative music, as opening acts. [55]

Frusciante was troubled by fame, and began falling out with Kiedis. He isolated himself from the band and developed a secret heroin addiction. In an appearance on Saturday Night Live, he performed off-key Kiedis believed he wanted to sabotage the performance. [40] Frusciante abruptly quit after a show in Tokyo in May 1992. [40] He returned to Los Angeles and spent years living in squalor, struggling with his addiction. [40] The band contacted guitarist Dave Navarro, who had just split from Jane's Addiction, but Navarro was involved in his own drug problems. After failed auditions with Zander Schloss, Arik Marshall of Los Angeles band Marshall Law was hired, and the Chili Peppers headlined the Lollapalooza festival in 1992. Marshall also appeared in the music videos for "Breaking the Girl" and "If You Have to Ask", as well as the Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled". [56] [ unreliable source? ] In September 1992, the Chili Peppers performed "Give It Away" at the MTV Video Music Awards. They were nominated for seven awards, winning three, including Viewer's Choice. In February 1993, they performed "Give It Away" at the Grammy Awards, and the song won the band their first Grammy later that evening. [57]

The Chili Peppers dismissed Marshall as he was too busy to attend rehearsals. [ citation needed ] They held auditions for new guitarists, including Buckethead, whom Flea felt was not right for the band. [58] Guitarist Jesse Tobias of the Los Angeles band Mother Tongue was briefly hired, but dismissed due to poor chemistry. [59] However, Navarro said he was now ready to join the band. [60] In August 1993, the non-album single "Soul to Squeeze" was released and featured on the soundtrack to the film Coneheads. [61] The song topped the Billboard US Modern Rock chart. [62]

1994–1997: One Hot Minute and Dave Navarro Edit

Navarro first appeared with the band at Woodstock '94, performing early versions of new songs. This was followed by a brief tour, including headlining appearances at Pukkelpop and Reading Festivals as well as two performances as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. [63] The relationship between Navarro and the band began to deteriorate [64] Navarro admitted he did not care for funk music or jamming. Kiedis had relapsed into heroin addiction following a dental procedure in which an addictive sedative, Valium, was used, though the band did not discover this until later. [65]

Without Frusciante, songs were written at a far slower rate. [65] Kiedis said: "John had been a true anomaly when it came to songwriting . I just figured that was how all guitar players were, that you showed them your lyrics and sang a little bit and the next thing you knew you had a song. That didn't happen right off the bat with Dave." [65] With Kiedis often absent from recording due to his drug problems, Flea took a larger role in the writing process, and sang lead on his song, "Pea". [ citation needed ]

One Hot Minute was released in September 1995 after several delays. It departed from the band's previous sound, with Navarro's guitar work incorporating heavy metal riffs and psychedelic rock. [66] The band described the album as a darker, sadder record. [67] Kiedis' lyrics addressed drugs, including the lead single, "Warped", and broken relationships and deaths of loved ones, including "Tearjerker," written about Kurt Cobain. Despite mixed reviews, the album sold eight million copies worldwide [68] and produced the band's third number-one single, "My Friends". [ citation needed ] The band also contributed to soundtracks including Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon and Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, [ citation needed ] and Flea and Navarro contributed to Alanis Morissette's single "You Oughta Know". [69]

The band began the tour for One Hot Minute in Europe in 1995 the US tour was postponed after Smith broke his wrist. In 1997, several shows were cancelled following deteriorating band relations, injuries, and Navarro and Kiedis' drug use. They played their only show of the year at the first Fuji Rock Festival, in Japan. [ citation needed ] In April 1998, the band announced that Navarro had left due to creative differences Kiedis stated that the decision was "mutual". [70] Reports at the time, however, indicated that Navarro's departure came after he attended a band practice under the influence of drugs. [68]

1998–2001: Return of Frusciante and Californication Edit

With no guitarist, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on the verge of breaking up. [71] In the years following Frusciante's departure, his heroin addiction had left him in poverty and near death. [72] Flea convinced Frusciante to admit himself to Las Encinas Drug Rehabilitation Center in January 1998. [73] [74] His addiction left him with scarring on his arms, a restructured nose, and dental implants following an oral infection. [75] [76] In April 1998, Flea visited the recovered Frusciante and asked him to rejoin the band Frusciante began sobbing and said nothing would make him happier. [77] [78]

In June 1999, after more than a year of production, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released Californication, their seventh studio album. It sold over 16 million copies, and remains their most successful album. [79] Californication contained fewer rap songs than its predecessors, instead integrating textured and melodic guitar riffs, vocals and basslines. [80] It produced three number-one modern rock hits, "Scar Tissue", "Otherside" and "Californication". [46] Californication received stronger reviews than One Hot Minute, and was a greater success worldwide. [80] While many critics credited the success of the album to Frusciante's return, they also felt Kiedis' vocals had also improved. [81] It was later listed at number 399 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. [ citation needed ]

Californication was supported with a two-year international world tour, producing the first Chili Peppers concert DVD, Off the Map (2001). [82] In July 1999, the Chili Peppers played the closing show at Woodstock 1999. [1] [83] During the set, a small fire escalated into violence and vandalism, resulting in the intervention of riot control squads. [84] ATMs and several semi-tractor trailers were looted and destroyed. [85] [86] The band was blamed in the media for inciting the riots after performing a cover of the Hendrix song "Fire". In his memoir, Keidis wrote: "It was clear that this situation had nothing to do with Woodstock anymore. It wasn't symbolic of peace and love, but of greed and cashing in." [87]

2001–2004: By the Way Edit

The Chili Peppers began writing their next album in early 2001, immediately following the Californication tour. [88] Frusciante and Kiedis would collaborate for days straight, discussing and sharing guitar progressions and lyrics. [89] For Kiedis, "writing By the Way . was a whole different experience from Californication. John was back to himself and brimming with confidence." [88] The recording was difficult for Flea, who felt his role was being diminished [90] and fought with Frusciante about the musical direction. [90] Flea considered quitting the band after the album, but the two worked out their problems. [91]

By the Way was released in July 2002 and produced four singles "By the Way", "The Zephyr Song", "Can't Stop" and "Universally Speaking". The album was their most subdued to date, focusing on melodic ballads over rap and funk, with layered textures, more keyboards, and string arrangements. [92] The album was followed by an eighteen-month world tour, [93] a concert DVD, Live at Slane Castle, and the band's first live album, Red Hot Chili Peppers Live in Hyde Park. [94] More than 258,000 fans paid over $17,100,000 for tickets over three nights, a 2004 record the event ranked No. 1 on Billboard ' s Top Concert Boxscores of 2004. [95] In November 2003, the Chili Peppers released their Greatest Hits album, which featured new songs "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population". [96]

2005–2007: Stadium Arcadium Edit

In 2006, the Chili Peppers released their ninth album, Stadium Arcadium. Although they initially planned to release a trilogy of albums, [97] they chose to release a 28-track double album. It was their first album to debut at number one on the US charts, where it stayed for two weeks, and debuted at number one in the UK and 25 other countries. Stadium Arcadium sold over seven million units. [98] It won five Grammys: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song ("Dani California"), Best Rock Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocal ("Dani California"), Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, and Best Producer (Rick Rubin). [52]

The first single, "Dani California", was the band's fastest-selling single, debuting on top of the Modern Rock chart in the U.S., peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching number 2 in the UK. "Tell Me Baby", released next, also topped the charts in 2006. "Snow (Hey Oh)" was released in late 2006, breaking multiple records by 2007. The song became their eleventh number-one single, giving the band a cumulative total of 81 weeks at number one. It was also the first time three consecutive singles by the band made it to number one. "Desecration Smile" was released internationally in February 2007 and reached number 27 on the UK charts. "Hump de Bump" was planned to be the next single for the US, Canada, and Australia only, but due to positive feedback from the music video, it was released as a worldwide single in May 2007. [ citation needed ]

The Stadium Arcadium World Tour began in 2006, including several festival dates. Frusciante's friend and frequent musical collaborator Josh Klinghoffer joined the touring band, contributing guitar, backing vocals, and keyboards. The band was the musical guest for Saturday Night Live, which aired in May 2006 with featured host Tom Hanks. [99] [ unreliable source? ]

2008–2009: Klinghoffer replaces Frusciante Edit

Following the last leg of the Stadium Arcadium tour, the Chili Peppers took an extended break. Kiedis attributed this to the band being worn out from their years of nonstop work since Californication (1999). Their only recording during this time was in 2008 with George Clinton on his album George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love accompanied by Kim Manning, they recorded a new version of Shirley and Lee's classic "Let the Good Times Roll". [100]

Kiedis, who had recently become a father, planned to spend the time off taking care of his son and developing a television series based on his autobiography, Spider and Son. [101] Flea began taking music theory classes at the University of Southern California, and revealed plans to release a mainly instrumental solo record guest musicians included Patti Smith and a choir from the Silverlake Conservatory. [102] Frusciante released his album The Empyrean. [103] Smith worked with Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and Michael Anthony in the supergroup Chickenfoot, as well as on his solo project, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. [104] Flea and touring Chili Peppers percussionist Mauro Refosco joined Thom Yorke in the supergroup Atoms for Peace. [105]

In July 2009, Frusciante left the Chili Peppers, though no announcement was made until December 2009. [106] Frusciante explained on his Myspace page that there was no ill feeling about his departure this time, and that he wanted to focus on his solo work. [107] In October 2009, the Chili Peppers entered the studio to begin writing their tenth studio album, with Klinghoffer replacing Frusciante. [106]

2010–2014: I'm with You Edit

In January 2010, the Chili Peppers, with Klinghoffer on guitar, made their live comeback in January 2010, paying tribute to Neil Young with a cover of "A Man Needs a Maid" at MusiCares. In February, after months of speculation, Klinghoffer was confirmed as Frusciante's replacement. [108]

The band began recording their tenth studio album with producer Rick Rubin in September, and finished in March 2011. They decided against releasing another double album, reducing the album to 14 tracks. [109] I'm with You, the tenth Red Hot Chili Peppers album, was released in the US in August 2011. It topped the charts in 18 countries, and received mostly positive reviews. "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie", became the band's 12th number-one single. [110] [111] "Monarchy of Roses", "Look Around" and "Did I Let You Know" (released only in Brazil), and "Brendan's Death Song" were also released as singles. [112]

In July 2011, the Chili Peppers played three invitation-only warm-up shows in California, their first since 2007. [113] [114] They began a month-long promotional tour in August 2011, starting in Asia. The I'm With You World Tour ran from September 2011 until 2013. The North American leg, expected to begin in January 2012, was postponed to March due to a surgery Kiedis required for foot injuries he had sustained during the Stadium Arcadium tour. Following the I'm with You World Tour, the band set out on another small tour, including their first shows in Alaska, Paraguay, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. [ citation needed ] Recordings from the tours were released in 2012 on the free 2011 Live EP. [ citation needed ]

The Chili Peppers were nominated for two MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Rock Band and Best Live Artist [115] and nominated for Best Group at the 2012 People's Choice Awards [116] I'm with You was also nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. [117] In April 2012, the Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. May saw the release of the download-only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP, comprising previously released studio and live covers of artists that had influenced the band. From August 2012, the band began releasing a series of singles as the I'm with You Sessions, which were compiled on the I'm Beside You LP in November 2013 as a Record Store Day exclusive. [ citation needed ]

In February 2014, the Chili Peppers joined Bruno Mars as performers at the Super Bowl XLVIII half-time show, watched by a record 115.3 million viewers. The performance was met with mixed reviews for its use of backing music Flea responded that it was an NFL rule for bands to pre-record music due to time and technical issues, and that they had agreed because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He said Kiedis' vocals were completely live and the band had recorded "Give it Away" during rehearsals. [118] The band began another tour in May 2013, which ended in June 2014. 2012-13 Live EP was released in July 2014 through their website as a free download. [ citation needed ]

2015–2018: The Getaway Edit

The Chili Peppers released Fandemonium in November 2014, a book dedicated to their fans. [119] That December, they began work on their eleventh album, their first without producer Rick Rubin since 1989 [120] it was instead produced by Danger Mouse. [121] Flea broke his arm during a skiing trip, which delayed the recording for several months. [122] "Dark Necessities", the first single from their upcoming album, was released on May 5. Their eleventh album, The Getaway, was released in June. [123] Kiedis said the songs were influenced by a two-year relationship that fell apart. [124] "Dark Necessities" became the band's 25th top-ten single on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, a record they hold over U2. [125] In February 2016, "Circle of the Noose", an unreleased song recorded with Navarro in 1998, was leaked. [126]

In May, the band released "The Getaway". [127] The music video for "Dark Necessities", directed by actress Olivia Wilde, was released in June 2016. [128] The Getaway made its debut at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, behind Drake, who had the number-one album for eight consecutive weeks. The Getaway outsold Drake its opening week with album sales of 108,000 to 33,000 (actually placing him at 4th in sales for the week) though due to album streaming, Drake managed to top the band for the top position in the charts. [129] [130] In July 2016, the Live In Paris EP was released exclusively through the music streaming website Deezer. "Go Robot" was announced as the second single from The Getaway. In the same month, the band members started to post images from the set of the music video. [131] The Getaway was re-issued on limited edition pink vinyl in September, as part of 10 Bands 1 Cause. All money from sales of the re-issue went to Gilda's Club NYC an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner. [132]

The band began the headlining portion of the Getaway World Tour in September with the North American leg, featuring Jack Irons, the band's original drummer, as an opening act, beginning in January 2017. [133] Dave Rat, the band's sound engineer since 1991, announced that following the show of January 22, 2017 he would no longer be working with the band. [134]

The Getaway World Tour concluded in October 2017. The tour consisted of 151 shows lasting a year and almost five months. [135] In December, the band headlined the Band Together 2 Benefit Concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Money raised from the concert went to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund which between 2005 and 2017 raised $150 million to educate, employ, house and support those in need in the Bay Area. [136]

2019–present: Frusciante replaces Klinghoffer Edit

The recording of the next Chili Peppers album was delayed due to the Woolsey Fire they performed a benefit show for fire victims on January 13, 2019. [137] In February, they performed "Dark Necessities" with rapper Post Malone at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. [138] [139] They appeared in Malone's music video for "Wow", released in March 2019. [140]

In February 2019, the Chili Peppers began a month-long tour, featuring their first headlining shows in Australia in twelve years, [141] including their first show in Tasmania, which was briefly halted due to a power outage. [142] On March 15, 2019, they performed in Egypt, becoming one of the few acts allowed to perform at the Pyramids of Giza. [143] The performance was live-streamed on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. [144] On October 26, 2019, photographer David Mushegain announced that a Chili Peppers documentary was in the works. [145]

Klinghoffer released his debut solo album, To Be One With You, on November 22, 2019, featuring Flea and former Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons. [146] On November 2, 2019, the Chili Peppers performed at a charity event at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles it was their final show with Klinghoffer. [147] On December 15, 2019, the Chili Peppers released a statement via Instagram that, after 10 years, they had split with Klinghoffer and that Frusciante had rejoined the band. They wrote that Klinghoffer was "a beautiful musician who we respect and love". [148] In an interview on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Klinghoffer said there was no animosity: "It's absolutely John's place to be in that band . I'm happy that he's back with them." [149]

In January 2020, Smith confirmed that the Chili Peppers had been working on a new album with Frusciante. [150] On February 8, Frusciante performed with the band for the first time in 13 years, at a memorial service held by the Tony Hawk Foundation for late film producer Andrew Burkle, son of billionaire Ronald Burkle. [151] The band's first full shows with Frusciante were scheduled for three festivals in May, including Boston Calling, Hangout and Sonic Temple, [152] but were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [153] In September, Smith said the Chili Peppers had been in talks with Rubin to produce their next album. [154] Frusciante confirmed in October that the band was writing material, but that work had been disrupted by the pandemic. [155] Smith confirmed in May 2021 that the band was working on a new album. [156]

In August 2020, former Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman died, aged 64 the band issued a statement thanking him for "all times good, bad and in between". [157] On April 24, 2021, they announced that they had parted ways Q Prime, their management company for the previous 20 years, and would now be managed by their longtime friend Guy Oseary, founder of Maverick Records. [158] On May 3, 2021, it was reported that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would sell their back catalogue to Hipgnosis Songs Fund for $140-$150 million. [159]

The Chili Peppers' mix of hard rock, funk and hip hop has influenced genres such as funk metal, [160] rap metal, [161] rap rock [162] and nu metal. [163] [161] In a 2002 interview with Penthouse, Kiedis said "We were early in creating the combination of hardcore funk with hip-hop-style vocals", and suggested they had influenced Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and Linkin Park. [164]

In an interview with Jason Tanamor, Smith said, "Certainly Anthony's singing style and voice lends itself to being unique, and nobody sounds like him. The cool thing about it is we can play any style of music whether it's hard and fast, or loud or quiet, slow or medium, whatever it is rock or funk, and it still sounds like us. I'm proud of that because sometimes bands don't have that strong personality where you go, 'Oh, that's boom, right away.'" [165]

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In April 2012. The induction lineup was Kiedis, Flea, Smith, Klinghoffer, Frusciante, Slovak (represented by his brother James), Irons and Martinez Frusciante was invited, but did not attend. [112] Navarro and Sherman were not inducted Sherman said he felt "dishonored". [166] The band performed "By the Way", "Give It Away" and "Higher Ground", which included Irons and Martinez on drums. It was the first time Kiedis and Flea had performed with Irons in 24 years and Martinez in 26 years. [167]

In 2003, Rolling Stone released their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list with Blood Sugar Sex Magik at 310 and Californication at 399. [168] In 2012, a revised list was released with Blood Sugar Sex Magik again at 310 and Californication now at 401. [169] In 2020, Rolling Stone again released a revised version of their list with Blood Sugar Sex Magik now placing at 186 and Californication at 286. [170]

In 1990, the Chili Peppers appeared in PSA ads for Rock the Vote, a non-profit organization in the United States geared toward increasing voter turnout in the United States Presidential Election among voters ages 18 to 24. [171]

The band was invited by the Beastie Boys and the Milarepa Fund to perform at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in June 1996 in San Francisco. They also performed at the June 1998 Washington, D.C. concert as well. The concerts, which were held worldwide, were to support the cause of Tibetan independence. [ citation needed ] In September 2005, the band performed "Under the Bridge" at the ReAct Now: Music & Relief benefit which was held to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The live event raised $30 million. [ citation needed ]

In July 2007, the band performed on behalf of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore who invited the band to perform at the London version of his Live Earth concerts which were held to raise awareness towards global warming and solving the most critical environmental issues of our time. [172] The band performed a free concert in downtown Cleveland, Ohio in April 2012 in support of President Obama's re-election campaign. The requirement for getting into the concert was agreeing to volunteer for the Obama 2012 phone bank. The event quickly met its capacity limit after being announced. [173]

In May 2013, the band performed a concert in Portland, Oregon, for the Dalai Lama as part of the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit. [174] [175] In January 2015, they performed their first show of the new year for the Sean Penn & Friends Help Haiti Home fundraiser in support of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. [176] The band were among over 120 entertainers and celebrities to sign up and announce that they would be voting for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election in September. [177] [178] The band performed at a fundraiser event at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach in the same month. All money was donated to A Reason To Survive (ARTS), Heartbeat Music Academy, San Diego Young Artists Music Academy, and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. [179] In October, Kiedis and Flea hosted the annual benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The band performed a special rare acoustic set. [180]

In February 2016, the band headlined a fundraiser concert in support of Sanders. [181] In April, they performed at a private function on behalf of Facebook and Napster founder Sean Parker for his launch of The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. [182] Smith and Will Ferrell hosted the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera in the same month. The benefit featured a performance by the Chili Peppers along with comedy acts selected by Ferrell and Funny or Die. A portion of the proceeds went to Ferrell's Cancer for College and Smith's Silverlake Conservatory of Music. [183]

In February 2018, Smith once again joined Ferrell at his One Classy Night benefit at the Moore Theater in Seattle to help raise money for Cancer for College. The event raised $300,000 in college scholarship money for students who have survived cancer. [184]

The musical style of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has been characterized as funk rock, [185] [186] [187] [188] alternative rock, [189] [190] [191] funk metal [192] [193] [194] and rap rock, [187] [188] [195] [196] with influences from hard, psychedelic and punk rock. Regarding their genre, Flea stated in a 2006 Guitar World interview, "For all the styles that have come and gone through-out our career, we never really aligned ourselves with any of them we were never part of any movement. At one time, people put us together in a category with Fishbone and Faith No More, but we were always different from those bands, and they were always different from us." [197] The band's influences include Parliament-Funkadelic, Defunkt, Jimi Hendrix, the Misfits, Black Sabbath, Metallica, James Brown, Gang of Four, Bob Marley, Big Boys, Bad Brains, Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, Deep Purple, the Beach Boys, Black Flag, Ornette Coleman, Led Zeppelin, Yes, [198] Fugazi, Fishbone, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Santana, Elvis Costello, the Stooges, [199] the Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, [200] [201] Devo, and Miles Davis. [202]

Kiedis provided multiple vocal styles. His primary approach up to Blood Sugar Sex Magik was spoken verse and rapping, which he complemented with traditional vocals. This helped the band to maintain a consistent style. [203] As the group matured, notably with Californication (1999), they reduced the number of rapped verses. By the Way (2002) contained only two songs with a rap-driven verse and melodic chorus. [204] Kiedis's more recent style was developed through ongoing coaching. [205]

Original guitarist Slovak's style was based in blues and funk. Slovak was primarily influenced by hard-rock artists such as Hendrix, Kiss and Led Zeppelin, [206] while his playing method was based on improvisation common in funk. [207] He was noted for an aggressive playing style he would often play with such force, that his fingers would "come apart". [207] Kiedis observed that his playing evolved during his time away from the group in What Is This?, when Slovak adopted a more fluid style featuring "sultry" elements compared to his earlier hard-rock techniques. [208] On The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987), Slovak experimented with genres outside of traditional funk music including reggae and speed metal. [209] His guitar riffs would often serve as the basis of the group's songs, with the other members writing their parts to complement his guitar work. His melodic riff featured in the song "Behind the Sun" inspired the group to create "pretty" songs with an emphasis on melody. [30] Kiedis describes the song as "pure Hillel inspiration". [210] Slovak also used a talk box on songs such as "Green Heaven" and "Funky Crime", in which he would sing into a tube while playing to create psychedelic effects. [211]

Frusciante's musical style has evolved over the course of his career. His guitar playing employs melody and emotion rather than virtuosity. [ clarification needed ] Although virtuoso influences can be heard throughout his career, he has said that he often minimizes this. [212] Frusciante brought a melodic and textured sound, notably on Californication, By the Way and Stadium Arcadium (2006). This contrasts with his earlier abrasive approach in Mother's Milk, [213] [214] as well as his dry, funky and more docile arrangements on Blood Sugar Sex Magik. On Californication and By the Way, Frusciante derived the technique of creating tonal texture through chord patterns from post-punk guitarist Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column, and bands such as Fugazi and The Cure. [215] [216] [217] On By The Way, he wanted people to be able to sing the lead guitar part, influenced by John McGeoch of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Bernard Sumner of Joy Division. [218] He initially wanted this album to be composed of "these punky, rough songs", drawing inspiration from early punk artists such as The Germs and The Damned. However, this was discouraged by producer Rick Rubin, and he instead built upon Californication ' s melodically driven style. [219] During the recording of Stadium Arcadium (2006), he moved away from his new-wave influences and concentrated on emulating flashier guitar players such as Hendrix and Van Halen. [220]

Navarro brought his own sound to the band during his tenure, with his style based on heavy metal, progressive rock and psychedelia. [221]

Klinghoffer's style employed a wide range of unconventional guitar effects and vocal treatments. In his debut Chili Peppers album, I'm with You (2011), he focused heavily on producing a textured, emotional sound to complement the vocals and atmosphere of each song. He has stated that he is a fan of jazz and funk. [ citation needed ]

Flea's bass guitar style can be considered an amalgamation of funk, psychedelic, punk, and hard rock. [222] The groove-heavy melodies, played through either finger-picking or slapping, contributed to their signature style. While Flea's slap bass style was prominent in earlier albums, albums after Blood Sugar Sex Magik [222] have more melodic and funk-driven bass lines. He has also used double stops on some newer songs. Flea's bass playing has changed considerably throughout the years. When he joined Fear, his technique centered largely around traditional punk-rock bass lines. [223] However, he changed this style when the Red Hot Chili Peppers formed. He began to incorporate a "slap" bass style that drew influence largely from Bootsy Collins. [224] Blood Sugar Sex Magik saw a notable shift in style as it featured none of his signature technique but focused more on traditional and melodic roots. [225] His intellectual beliefs as a musician also shifted: "I was trying to play simply on Blood Sugar Sex Magik because I had been playing too much prior to that, so I thought, 'I've really got to chill out and play half as many notes'. When you play less, it's more exciting—there's more room for everything. If I do play something busy, it stands out, instead of the bass being a constant onslaught of notes. Space is good." [225]

Drummer Smith blends rock with funk, mixing metal and jazz to his beats. Influences include Buddy Rich and John Bonham. [226] He brought a different sound to Mother's Milk, playing tight and fast. In Blood Sugar Sex Magik, he displays greater power. He is recognized for his ghost notes, his beats and his fast right foot. MusicRadar put him in sixth place on their list of the "50 Greatest Drummers Of All Time". [227]

Lyrics and songwriting Edit

Early in the group's career, Kiedis wrote comical songs filled with sexual innuendos and songs inspired by friendship and the band members' personal experiences. However, after the death of his close friend and bandmate Hillel Slovak, Kiedis's lyrics became much more introspective and personal, as exemplified by the Mother's Milk song "Knock Me Down", which was dedicated to Slovak along with the Blood Sugar Sex Magik song "My Lovely Man".

When the band recorded One Hot Minute (1995) Kiedis had turned to drugs once again, which resulted in darker lyrics. [228] He began to write about anguish, and the self-mutilating thoughts he would experience as a result of his heroin and cocaine addiction. [229] [230] The album also featured tributes to close friends the band lost during the recording process including Kurt Cobain on the song "Tearjerker" and River Phoenix on the song "Transcending".

After witnessing Frusciante's recovery from his heroin addiction, Kiedis wrote many songs inspired by rebirth and the meaning of life on Californication. He was also intrigued by the life lessons that the band had learned, [231] including Kiedis's experience with meeting a young mother at the YMCA, who was attempting to battle her crack addiction while living with her infant daughter. [71]

On By the Way, Kiedis was lyrically influenced by love, his girlfriend, and the emotions expressed when one fell in love. [232] Drugs also played an integral part in Kiedis's writings, as he had only been sober since 2000. [233] Tracks like "This Is the Place" and "Don't Forget Me" expressed his intense dislike for narcotics and the harmful physical and emotional effects they caused him. Stadium Arcadium (2006) continued the themes of love and romance Kiedis stated, that "love and women, pregnancies and marriages, relationship struggles—those are real and profound influences on this record. And it's great, because it wasn't just me writing about the fact that I'm in love. It was everybody in the band. We were brimming with energy based on falling in love." [234] I'm with You (2011) again featured Kiedis writing about the loss of a close friend, this time in the song "Brendan's Death Song", a tribute to club owner Brendan Mullen who gave the band some of their earliest shows and showed support to them throughout their career.

Themes within Kiedis's repertoire include love and friendship, [235] [236] teenage angst, good-time aggression, [237] various sexual topics and the link between sex and music, political and social commentary (Native American issues in particular), [238] romance, [235] [239] [240] loneliness, [241] globalization and the cons of fame and Hollywood, [242] poverty, drugs, alcohol, dealing with death, and California. [88]

Kiedis was convicted of indecent exposure and sexual battery in 1989 after he exposed himself to a woman following a show in Virginia. [243] Kiedis has acknowledged having twice committed statutory rape (of a 14-year-old when he was 23), which inspired him to write the song "Catholic School Girls Rule". [244]

In Daytona Beach, Florida, Smith and Flea were arrested after filming an MTV Spring Break performance in 1990. They sexually harassed a 20-year-old woman during their show, after Flea walked into the crowd and carried her away. [245]

In 2016, a former music executive accused two members of the band of sexually harassing her during a business meeting in 1991. [246]

The sauce is essentially a quick and easy Chilli Jam – and it’s lip smackingly delish!

I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say that this really does taste like Spicy Stir Fries you get from modern Asian restaurants. I don’t claim this to be authentic Asian because it probably isn’t an authentic Asian stir fry but every ingredient in the sauce is certainly used in many Asian dishes!


Nutritionist and owner of powdered food supplier, Huel, Julian Hearn, takes a suspicious attitude to packaged foods.

‘Look brands up online,' he advises. 'If you can’t find the nutritional information immediately on the site, it’s highly likely that the brand is trying to hide it.

'Don’t always trust the labels - there’s a reason for small print, and depending where you are in the world will depend on the packaging regulations.'

Here is a list of the foods you could order in a restaurant, a bar, or in your deli - as well as at the supermarket - that contain stealth animal products.

Some brands of ice cream (left) contain capric acid, a fatty acid that’s obtained from animal fats - while white sugar (right) is commonly refined using bone char

Popular snack chains including Dunkin' Donuts use an enzyme called L. Cysteine as a 'dough conditioner' in the U.S.

The source of this substance? Duck feathers and pig trotters although in 2009 a BBC report claimed that it could be made from human hair if sourced from Chinese salons.

A spokesman for the chain's US outlets told MailOnline: 'Some of our Dunkin' Donuts products, including our Chocolate Cake Donuts and Munchkins®, Big 'n Toasted Sandwich, Texas Toast Grilled Cheese, and our Pretzel Twist, contain L-cysteine.

'L-cysteine, which can be derived from avian feathers, is a conditioner used to strengthen dough, and is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.'

However, he confirmed that products sold in Dunkin's UK stores don't contain the preservative - described as E920 on ingredients' lists and in the UK, it's even listed as a safe option by the Vegetarian Society.

Vegetarian friendly option: Sainsbury's Glazed Ring Doughnuts

Vegan friendly option: Co-op Bakery Jam Doughnuts

Many brands of chocolate use whey power which can contain rennet - a commonly used coagulating enzyme extracted from a calf's stomach after slaughter. White and milk chocolate are much more likely to fall into this category.

In May 2014, Cadbury was forced to recall two of its products in Malaysia after traces of pig DNA were found during a routine check.

While most of Cadbury's products are labelled as being suitable for vegetarians, some, like its Dairy Milk Daim bars for example, are not due to using rennet.

McDonald's Hot Chocolate is another product which is confirmed as containing animal rennet.

Vegetarian friendly option: Cadbury's Dairy Milk

Vegan friendly option : Green & Blacks' Hazelnut & Currant

Most brands of chewing gum are not suitable for vegetarians because they commonly contain gelatine

Some brands of ice cream contain capric acid, a fatty acid that’s obtained from animal fats. According to The Vegetarian Resource Group, it's also used in sweets and baked goods.

And if Jamie Oliver is to be believed, some vanilla ice cream contains secretions from 'beaver anal glands'.

The food guru told David Letterman in 2011: 'It is a product called castoreum, it comes from rendered beaver anal gland. It is in cheap strawberry syrups and vanilla ice cream.'

Indeed, in the US, the Food and Drug Administration lists castoreum extract as a 'generally recognised safe food additive'.

Vegetarian friendly option: Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream

Vegan friendly option: Almond Dream Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Many brands of chewing gum - Trident Splash for example - are not suitable for vegetarians because they contain gelatine.

This substance, also used in many sauces and sweets, comes from the skin, tendons, ligaments and bones of pigs and cows which are boiled in water.

And if you see lanolin, stearic acid or glycerin listed on a pack of gum, you may as well chow down on a stick of beef jerky. All of these ingredients are made from animal fat.

According to the Vegan Resource group: 'Most chewing gums innocuously list gum base as one of their ingredients, masking the fact that petroleum, lanolin, glycerin, polyethylene, polyvinyl acetate, petroleum wax, stearic acid, and latex may be among the components.

'Because of standards of identity for items such as gum base and flavouring, manufacturers are not required to list everything in their product.'

Vegetarian friendly option: Wrigley's Airwaves

Vegan friendly option: PUR Spearmint Gum

Figs (left) incorporate the proteins of dead wasps which may have died in them. Gelatine, made from the boiled animal bones, is what gives marshmallows (right) their bouncy shape

As with chewing gum, certain packaged nut products use gelatine as a binding accent.

Planter's Dry Roasted Peanuts are a notable example.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: KP Dry Roasted Peanuts


Gelatine appears in many an ingredient list but what is it actually made of?

According to PETA, gelatine comes from skin, tendons, ligaments and bones of pigs and cows which are boiled in water.

It is rich in collagen and commonly used as a gelling agent in desserts, dips, yogurts, sweets and marshmallows.

Gelatine strikes again - this time in frozen packaged vegetables including Green Giant's Broccoli and Carrot Steamers - only available in the U.S.

In the UK, watch out for vegetable 'steamers' packs which include other ingredients, including Birds Eye's Steamfresh Penne and Broccoli, which contains whey.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Waitrose's Essential Vegetable Mix

Sugar isn’t naturally white, and in order to reach that colour, some manufacturers process it using bone char - often referred to as 'natural carbon'.

According to PETA, supermarket brands obtain their sugar from several different refineries, making it impossible to know whether it has been filtered with bone char.

Vegan friendly option : Tate and Lyle's sugar, as well as all types of beet sugar.

As with chocolate, plenty of crisps contain whey powder which may carry traces of rennet.

Walkers, for example, clearly lists 'whey' in the ingredients list on the back of some of its crisp packets, like its Tomato Ketchup flavour.

Additionally, others are soaked in tallow (fat from membranous tissue in cattle) - a substance that McDonald's used to cook its French Fries with until 1990.

Vegetarian friendly option: Sainsbury's Cheddar & Spring Onion Crisps

Vegan friendly option : Walkers Salt & Vinegar flavour.

Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan (left) is made with animal rennet. Some beers and stouts such as Guinness (right) have particles of fish bladder, known as isinglass, in them

Isinglass or fish bladder is used as part of the filtering process in many wines, as well as some beers and stouts.

A rep for Cloudy Bay told MailOnline: 'The majority of wines are not vegetarian/vegan.'

Because the amount of isinglass used is so minute, the item itself is not listed as part of the ingredients.


Vegetarians do not eat any animals. This includes pigs, chickens, cows, sea animals, and every other animal.

In addition to not consuming any animal flesh, a vegan also doesn’t eat dairy products, eggs, or any other product derived from an animal.

Vegans also avoid using products that have been tested on animals or made from animal skins.

A spokesperson from Guinness told us: 'Isinglass is a by-product of the fishing industry.

'We use Isinglass in the production of Guinness as a fining agent to help remove yeast from the beer.

'While the brewing process removes the vast majority or all of the Isinglass, we accept that some minor traces of Isinglass may remain in the finished product.

'We are currently trying to evaluate the reputational impact of Isinglass on our brand and product and whether investment should be made to remove this element from our brewing process.'

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Calsberg and Budweiser.

Foods which are coloured with a natural red dye will more often than not contain carmine, made from crushed up beetles

While it might contain tofu, a staple in many vegetarians' diet, miso soup, more often than not is made with dashi (water, dried, kelp and fish flakes), the backbone of most Japanese cuisine.

Dashi is what gives miso soup, and most other Japanese soups, its strong umami flavour.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Clearspring Instant Miso Soup

It's a little known fact but Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan, is not considered authentic unless it is made with animal rennet.

This is a strict regulation which denotes that a cheese is actually Parmesan. Calves' rennet also appears in Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano and Gorgonzola.

Other cheeses also contain pepsin, an enzyme from pigs’ stomachs.

Vegetarian friendly option: Organic Valley Parmesan

Vegan friendly option: Violife Prosociano, which has no dairy and is instead based on coconut lipids.

Unless it's specified, never assume that miso soup is vegetarian as the broth can contain fish flakes

A surprising addition to this list. While figs themselves are not meat, they may contain insects such as dead wasps in them.

This happens when a wasp pollinates a fig and gets stuck inside the fruit and dies there.

However, when you do bite into the fig, you won't be able to see the dead wasp contained within as an enzyme in the fruit converts the wasp into protein.

VEGGIE RESOURCES - Lists all the hidden animal ingredients in food

Vegetarian Society - Useful fact sheets on cheese and other products

Barnivore - Comprehensive list on vegetarian and vegan beers, wines and spirits.

Vegan Recipe Club - Curated info on vegan-friendly companies.

Accidentally Vegan - Tumblr account listing foods which are not commercially identified as vegan but safe for non-meat eaters to consume.

Always buy organic as non-organic bananas are sprayed with a pesticide which may contain animal parts.

According to Science Daily, the pesticide Chitosan, which fights bacteria and prevents bananas from over-ripening, is made from shrimp and crab shells.

So although, like figs, the banana itself is still a fruit, the compound used to extend its life is made from animal matter.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Anything organic

These, especially the non-fat versions such as Muller Light, contain gelatine to add a creamier, richer texture.

Vegetarians are advised to read the label carefully before buying a new brand.

A spokesperson from Müller told MailOnline: 'We offer consumers a range of products, from healthier fat free, low-calorie options to thick and creamy, indulgent desserts.

'All of the nutrition information and ingredients, including gelatine, are displayed on the pack so consumers can make the best choice for them.'

Vegetarian friendly option: Rachel's Organic Greek-Style Yogurt

Vegan friendly option: Tesco Free From Natural Yoghurt

Non-organic bananas are sometimes sprayed with a pesticide made from shellfish

Red sweets or any other foods which are coloured with a natural red dye will more often than not contain animal products.

Carmine, which is made from dead crushed up beetles, comes about when the insects are boiled with sodium carbonate or ammonia, which then produces the attractive, bright red dye.

Plenty of other sweets, including Bassett's Jelly Babies and Marks & Spencer's Percy Pigs, contain pork gelatine.

Vegeterian and vegan friendly option: Marks & Spencer's Veggie Percy

A condiment which finds its way into many foods and drinks (Bloody Mary, anyone?) Worcestershire Sauce is made from anchovies.


Dashi is a cooking stock which forms the base of many Japanese soups including miso soup.

It is a light stock made with kombu (dried edible kelp), water, andbonito flakes (fish flakes).

Packed with umami, the stock can also be made without the bonito flakes, but you may need to add seasoning to your food as a good (non-veggie) dashi has so much umami that you won't need to salt your food.

Like the dashi in miso, the fish in the sauce gives it an umami flavour, which is what gives food a more-ish savoury taste.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Biona Worcester Sauce

Any orange juice claiming to be 'heart healthy' is the real culprit here. Those claims often mean the juice contains Omega-3 fatty acids which come from fish oils.

If an orange juice declares that it contains Omega-3s, vegetarians should check where they come from.

Vegeterian and vegan friendly option: Innocent Orange Juice

There are a number of sugar-coated cereals on the market which contain beef gelatine, extracted from the skin, bones and connective tissues of animals.

Kellogg's Frosted Wheats, for instance, has beef gelatine in it to make the sugar stick to the cereal. Pop Tarts are another example

The protein is made from boiling animal parts in water and appears as a binding agent in many products.

Vegetarian friendly option: Weetabix Weetos

Vegan friendly option: Jordan’s Country Crisp


These are sometimes made with lard, rendered pig fat, rather than butter, which is a dairy product, as the former costs considerably less than the latter, and has a longer shelf-life.

Examples include certain brands of Waitrose pastry, including its Schar Shortcrust Pastry, as well as some Bird's Eye puff pastry products.

Vegetarian friendly option: Dorset Pastry

Vegan friendly version: Jus Rol's Shortcrust Pastry Block

Traditionally made with powdered marshmallow root, most commercially manufactured products now used gelatine in their recipes.

The collagen-rich mixture is what gives the sweet its firm and bouncy texture.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Freedom Marshmallows

Sacla Classic Basil Pesto (left) contains cheese made with the stomach lining of calves. Anchovies are in the ingredient list of Worcestershire Sauce (right)

Unless there is a clear 'Vegetarian' symbol on the bottle, pesto, while it may seem like the ideal veggie-friendly product, actually isn't.

The basil and pine nut sauce often contains contains Pecorino Romano and Grana Padano, both which, are made with the stomach lining of calves.

A spokesperson for Sacla told MailOnline: 'Our classic basil pesto contains Grano Padano, a traditional Italian cheese which is made with animal products. The pesto is made using traditional Italian ingredients.

'However we are aware of people who are vegetarian so that’s why we developed two pestos which are suitable for veggies.

'One is our organic pesto, and we recently launched free-from gluten and dairy pesto which hit the shelves in March and that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.'

Vegetarian and vegan friendly option: Sacla Free From No 9 Pesto

PETA concludes: 'People wishing to avoid such nasties should be sure to read the ingredient list on the products they buy.

'And of course, if you factor in the standard practice of killing male chicks who are born in the egg industry and the fact that cows are slaughtered after their bodies are spent from years of being used as milk machines, the only food that is really vegetarian is vegan food.'


PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recently compiled a list of vegan-friendly foods to help vegans navigate the supermarket jungle.

Haribo – Sour Rainbow Strips, Sour Rainbow Twists

Cadbury Bournville Plain Chocolate

Green & Blacks – Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Currant, Ginger, Maya Gold, Espresso, Spiced Chilli, Lemon, Mint

Lindt Excellence – 70%, 85% and 90% Dark Chocolate

Marks and Spencer Veggie Percy in a Twist and Colin the Caterpillar Sour sweets

Walkers – Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour

McCoy’s – Salt & Malt Vinegar, Ultimate Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Ultimate Sizzling BBQ Chicken, Ultimate Chargrilled Steak & Peri Peri

Skips Tingly Prawn Cocktail

Sunbites – Sweet Chilli, Original

Pringles – Original, BBQ, Paprika, Smokey Bacon

Hula Hoops – Original, Salt and Vinegar,

Kettle Chips – Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt & Crushed Black Peppercorns

Tyrrells Veg Crisps (all flavours apart from Crinkly Veg)

Doritos – Lightly Salted, Chili Heatwave

Tesco Bacon Rashers Snacks, Sainsbury’s Bacon Crispies and many other own-brand bacon snacks

Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn – Sweet ‘n Salt, Sea Salt, Wasabi Glaze, Cinema Sweet

Butterkist – Sweet Cinema Style, Sweet & Salted, Microwave Popcorn Salted

Nairn’s Biscuits – Dark Chocolate Chip Oat, Stem Ginger Oat, Mixed Berries Oat, Fruit & Spice Wheat Free

McVitie’s – Ginger Nuts, Fruit Shortcake, Fig Rolls, Hobnobs, Chocolate Chip Hobnobs

Mr Kipling – Apple & Blackcurrant Pies, Jam Tarts, Treacle Tart

Betty Crocker Cake Mix – Super Moist, Devil’s Food, Vanilla, Chocolate Swirl, Carrot Cake

Jus-Rol Bake-It-Fresh Pain au chocolate

Bird’s Traditional Custard Powder

Lotus Smooth Caramelised Biscuit Spread

SunPat Choc-A-Nut Peanut Spread

Tesco Bourbon Biscuit Spread

Hershey’s Reese’s Shell topping

Sainsbury’s Raspberry Jelly

Pot Noodle – Beef & Tomato, Bombay Bad Boy, Sweet & Sour, Brazilian BBQ Steak, Chilli Beef, Chinese Chow Mein, Piri Piri Chicken, Sticky Rib

Small Berry Custards

Conventional berry tarts are made by baking a shell of cookie dough and, when it is cold, filling it with custard, arranging berries on top, and finishing it with a glaze. However, it is easier, faster, and less caloric to make this similar recipe without the dough. The custard is spooned into individual soufflé molds or small glass bowls and topped with berries glazed with seedless raspberry jam. Any small molds with about a 1/2-cup capacity that are pretty enough to serve in the dining room will work here.

Pastry Cream

  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 medium strawberries
  • 1 small container (about 6 ounces) raspberries
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish (optional)
  • Store-bought cookies (optional)

For the pastry cream: Bring the half-and-half and vanilla to a boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl with a whisk. Add the flour to the yolks and mix it in well with the whisk. Pour the hot half-and-half into the yolk mixture and whisk it in. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and bring it to a boil, whisking until it thickens. Boil for 10 seconds longer, remove from the heat, and cool.

When ready to assemble the desserts, divide the cream among four 1/2-cup molds. Cut each strawberry lengthwise into 6 to 8 slices and stand the slices up all around the edge of the molds so the tips extend a little beyond the edge. Arrange a layer of raspberries on top of the cream in each mold inside the strawberry border. Heat the raspberry jam for about 10 seconds in a microwave if it is too firm to use as a glaze and coat the berries with the jam. Garnish with the mint sprigs if using. Serve with cookies, if you like.

Puff pastry

Put the flour and a pinch of salt in the food processor. Turn it on and steadily pour in 150ml of water. When the dough comes together, cover it in cling film and chill for 20 mins.

Lightly flour your surface and roll the dough into a 25cm circle. Put the butter in between two pieces of baking parchment and soften it by tapping it with a rolling pin. Cut the butter in half and repeat the process until the butter is pliable but still cold. Reshape to the size roughly of a postcard.

Put the butter in the centre of the pastry and fold over the right and left sides of the circle, overlapping in the middle. Press the dough with your rolling pin to make it longer and then lightly mark into thirds. Fold the bottom third up to cover the middle third and the top third down. Seal the dough gently by pressing down on the edges with your rolling pin. Give the dough a quarter turn.

Roll the dough out to a long rectangle (roughly 18 x 38cm), keeping the edges square and the sides straight. Mark the dough into thirds again, fold the bottom third up and the top third down. Seal the edges and give the dough a quarter turn. Repeat one more time, cover and chill for 20 mins.

Repeat step four twice more, chilling each time. Chill for one hour before using.
Watch our puff pastry video for a Good Food tutorial.

Joe Diffie

Country music singer Joe Diffie was diagnosed with COVID-19, his publicist, Scott Adkins, told The Associated Press on March 27, 2020. In a statement released to Rolling Stone, the 61-year-old musician revealed: "I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment. My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious, and careful during this pandemic."

However, two days after the announcement, Diffie sadly passed away. "Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19)," a statement posted to his official Instagram read. "His family requests privacy at this time."

According to his Grand Ole Opry profile, in which he was inducted in 1993, Diffie had "four gold and platinum albums, 17 Top 10 hits and more than 6 million in record sales." Diffie, who previously cancelled shows amid the coronavirus outbreak, was best known for a string of '90s hits, including "Pickup Man," "Honky Tonk Attitude," "Third Rock From The Sun," "Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox," and "John Deere Green."

A number of Diffie's peers have since taken to social media to express their condolences. Trace Adkins called Diffie "one of the all-time GREAT vocalists," while Granger Smith wrote, "Here's to you Pickup Man. You inspired an entire generation of country singers and accepted us all with kindness, gratitude and buckets of talent."

Eventually, Chelsea Clinton started to work a little more flair into her wear

In this shot from a tennis match at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Chelsea Clinton was repping a lot more sass with her look than usual, including an arm-baring blouse and knee-length pencil skirt. The real kicker of the ensemble, though, was the rad pair of sunglasses she wore that made the then-student of Stanford University look like the cool college kid that she was at the time.

Growing Bell Peppers

Sweet bell peppers are a tender, warm-season crop and a relative of the tomato. Here’s how to plant and grow bell peppers in your garden!

Peppers resist most garden pests and offer something for everyone: spicy, sweet, or hot and a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. On this page, we focus on growing sweet bell peppers.

Unlike their spicy brethren, bell peppers do not contain capsaicin, which is the compound that gives hot peppers such as jalapeño peppers their pungency and heat.

Common Bell Pepper Questions

Do different-colored peppers come from different plants?

Surprisingly enough, the green and red bell peppers that we commonly see in supermarkets are actually the same pepper the red bell peppers have just been allowed to mature on the plant longer, which changes their color and lets them develop a higher Vitamin C content. More mature peppers also tend to be sweeter than their greener counterparts.

However, there are quite a few varieties of bell peppers out there, including purple, yellow, orange, white, and brown ones.

Are there male and female peppers?

There is a popular myth which states that pepper fruits can be either male or female—the difference between them being that male peppers have 3 bumps on the bottom and are better for cooking, while female peppers have 4 bumps, have more seeds, are sweeter, and are better for eating raw. This is not true! Pepper fruits do not have a gender and any obvious difference between fruits is simply the result of growing conditions or variety.

Quick pasta and chickpeas

Pasta e ceci (pasta and chickpeas) is one of Rome’s most iconic dishes, the only dish so essential that it shows up on both Tuesdays and Fridays on the informal meal calendar.* And while there are no two matching ways to make it (a fine excuse to spend as many weeks in Rome as it takes to try them all, if you ask me), the rough guiding recipe principles are fairly consistent: a sautéed base of garlic, sometimes onion, celery and carrot too, and seasonings to which chickpeas, water or chickpea cooking broth, and pasta are added. Some are a more brothy like soup, some blend some chickpeas for a thicker base, some more herby with rosemary or sage, some are light and others are heavy on tomatoes. And then then came Victoria Granof’s version that took the internet by storm over the last couple years as word of it trickled out from her Chickpeas cookbook (which goes so far beyond hummus in ways that only a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and famous food stylist would think of) in the lovely Short Stack single ingredient cookbook series.

I bet you think this means it will be complicated. It is, in fact, the opposite. Granof’s version has 5 ingredients, I bet every single one is in your pantry right now, and takes 20 minutes, which is why there’s no making it just once. We all need more 20-minute dinner magic in our lives, so it’s not surprising that it’s already made the web rounds from Food52 to Dinner: A Love Story.

It could also be argued that there’s little I can add to it: why mess with perfection? But I found two little things along the way: The first is that the first time I decided I wanted to make it (you know, 5 minutes after reading about it this recipe has that effect on people) I discovered that I didn’t have any small pasta around except for little rings familiar to anyone who ate or wish they got to eat (me!) Spaghetti-Os growing up, the little Os are an official pasta shape called annellini. Did I originally buy them with vague aspirations of reverse engineering the canned stuff? You betcha. But after I saw how quickly my children gobbled this similar-looking dish up (and it’s so great in a thermos for lunch too, so go ahead and double it), I am glad I hadn’t gotten to it yet.

The second thing is a little extra finish that I do when I have a minute or two more to spare. Rather than just drizzling olive oil on top, as is traditional, I love to heat it with some additional chopped garlic, minced rosemary leaves, salt and pepper flakes for a minute for a nutty, flavorful, slightly crispy, and dramatically sizzling finish, and alternative to the usual parmesan or pecorino, which is not unwelcome here, just not nearly as dynamic.

* Please note: 80% of what I know about Roman cooking, and particularly pasta e ceci, I’ve learned from the fantastic Rachel Roddy please do not miss her Guardian column, blog, or books but be warned you might buy tickets to Rome five minutes later, which is essentially what we did in 2013. (The other 10% is from non-Roddy Roman food writers and the remaining 10% was gleaned on that vacation.)

Quick Pasta and Chickpeas / Pasta e Ceci

  • Servings: 2 to 3, petitely 1 to 2, generously
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Source:Adapted, just a little, from Victoria Granof
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper or red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (from one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces or 55 grams) uncooked ditalini pasta (or another small shape I use annelini)
  • 2 cups (475 ml) boiling water (update: actually I just use tap, not boiled, water)
To finish

Make finishing oil: Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil in a small sauce- or frying pan over medium-low heat with remaining clove of garlic, rosemary, a pinch or two of salt and pepper flakes, until sizzling pull it off the heat as soon as the garlic is going to start taking on color. Drizzle this over bowls of pasta e ceci and eat it right away.


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