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Carrot sticks over butter and bread for dieting hill-climbers

Cyclists are notoriously strict with what they can and can’t eat, and for hill-climbers it can even mean missing a meal with their partner.<p>Autumn is …

Fitness

Nigel Slater’s aubergine and chickpea recipes

The aubergine and the chickpea are old friends, going hand in hand throughout the Mediterranean. They turn up together in mezes, often whipped to a purée with olive oil, and in garlic-scented stews, in the company of tomato, lamb, mint, lemon and, of course, olive oil.<p>In a food sense I am in …

Onions

Raw cacao, avocado and raspberry cake recipe

The chef and nutritionist behind The Detox Kitchen have the perfect recipe for a gluten-free, creamy chocolate cake<p>Created by one of our very talented chefs, Virginia, this is everything a chocolate cake should be: rich, creamy and intensely chocolatey. There is no baking involved, and the sweet …

Food

Healthy sugar-free pistachio flapjack recipe

If you're trying to stick to a sugar-free diet, try these healthy flapjacks created by The Detox Kitchen<p>A healthy snack to keep you on track! The key to sticking to a healthy eating plan is to always have a tasty, healthy little snack on you at all times. This is one of my favorite treats as its …

Food

Pasta recipes: the best quick and satisfying dishes

Pasta is the ultimate storecupboard staple. With just a handful of ingredients and a bag of pasta, you can whip up a simple, satisfying and delicious meal in minutes.<p>These recipes will inspire you to get a little more creative with pasta, whether it's to impress a crowd or for a cosy TV dinner for …

Recipes

Pasta bake recipe with spinach, porcini and ricotta

The baked rigatoni recipe is really simple but over-delivers on the flavour front<p>This takes a few moments to assemble but looks brilliant. Use a vegetarian Parmesan to make this suitable for veggies.<p><b>SERVES</b><p>6-8<p><b>For the tomato sauce</b><p>3 tbsp olive oil<br>• 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced<br>• 2 x 400g/14oz tins plum …

Five novels every runner should read

Why do we run? In his book on the subject<i>,</i> Mark Rowlands complains that most books about running reframe this question in terms of what use it has. We run because it keeps us healthy, reduces stress or brings us joy. We run for the satisfaction of a personal best or for the thrill of the race. We …

Books

Workout of the Week: Sarah Brown’s Hammer Intervals

Sarah Brown is one of America's top middle-distance runners. Photo: PhotoRun.netAt last Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic, 28-year-old Sarah Brown …

Marathons

Top 10 craft beer bars in Budapest

10 of the best budget hotels in Budapest<p>Read more<p>Budapest has long been one of Europe’s top party cities, with its famous ruin pubs and late-night bars where a pint, shot or glass of wine often costs less than a pound. Right now, the city is undergoing a craft beer revolution; not just bars devoted …

Beer

The weekend cook: Thomasina Miers makes the most of early summer veg

What a great time of year for vegetables – I could happily munch my body weight in asparagus, beans and peas every day, especially if I had a wedge of pecorino or parmesan, some good olive oil and lots of lemon. They are so versatile and, being bang in season, relatively cheap, it’s well worth …

Spices

Readers’ Recipe Swap: halloumi

This week’s recipes were particularly difficult for me to judge. As a committed fan of the squeaky Greek-Cypriot cheese, I was inclined to judge every recipe the winner, so I enlisted some friends to help out and cooked up a big halloumi-based feast ...<p>First up, a rhubarb, fennel, pomegranate and …

Cheese

21 Terms Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

The most important whisky jargon, from cooperage to small-batch, defined.<p><b>1. BEER</b><p>Whiskey is made from beer. Boring, sometimes weird beer, but beer nonetheless.<p><b>2. CASK STRENGTH</b><p>Whiskey bottled at the (high) proof at which it came out of the barrel. More expensive, ounce for ounce, but if you're …

Flavors

Bob Dylan, Shadows in The Night, review: 'extraordinary'

Shadows in the Wind is the sound of an old man picking over memories and it is quite gorgeous, says Neil McCormick<p>Dylan sings Sinatra? It shouldn’t work but Shadows In The Night is quite gorgeous, the sound of an old man picking over memories, lost loves, regrets, triumphs and fading hopes amid an …