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Summer rolls: the Vietnamese treat that we're all addicted to

A far cry from deep-fried beansprout-heavy Chinese spring rolls, Vietnamese summer rolls are refreshing, healthy and definitely worth making yourself<p>Sometimes, for a treat, in the early 1980s my mother bought us an exotic Chinese takeaway for lunch. In practice this meant a couple of spring rolls …

Food & Dining

15 Recipes that Taste Better Thanks to Anchovies

These 15 anchovy recipes just make your dinner taste that much better<p><b>We get that anchovies can be a little scary.</b> But put them in some butter or olive oil and watch them melt into the pan, creating a beautiful and flavorful sauce. Try out these anchovy-heavy recipes—you'll be a convert (if you …

5 Veggie Recipes to Make in the Dead of Winter

Winter vegetables get a whole new look with these five healthy recipes.<p><b>What ingredients really excites us?</b> Vegetables. They offer tastiness, texture, and countless preparation possibilities. Plus, they're healthy! There's always room on our table for one of these five fresh, winter dishes.<p>Check out …

Healthy Eating

78 of Our Favorite Potato Recipes Ever

Mashed, roasted, fried, or stewed, we'll happily eat potatoes every night of the week.<p>When it comes to potatoes, we don't discriminate. Mashed, roasted, fried, or stewed, we'll happily eat 'em every night of the week. Here are 48 of our favorite comforting potatoes recipes to add to your next meal.


Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Christmas Stuffing wrapped in Bacon How to make recipe

30 Ways to Eat All of the Quinoa!

Yes, it is entirely acceptable to eat quinoa for every meal—these recipes are proof (there are cookies).<p>This little seed is super versatile. Simmer it with coconut milk for breakfast or pack it into a veggie burger for dinner—with this collection of recipes, it's impossible to get bored of quinoa.

Healthy Eating

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Apricot and Candied Fennel

8 Servings<p>Buttermilk lightens the traditional all-cream panna cotta base—without sacrificing lusciousness.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin (about 2½ tsp.)<p>2 ¾ cups heavy cream, divided<p>⅔ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar<p>3 cups buttermilk<p>¾ cup dried apricots, preferably …


Christmas on a budget: the Skint Foodie’s six-week plan

Christmas can be a bit of an issue if you’re frazzled of mind, hard up and by yourself. But I’ve spent the last eight of them alone and on benefits and, apart from last year when I was unwell, each one has been a blessed and tranquil respite, albeit a brief one, from a scary and troubling world. …