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Taste Beyond The Tongue

17 Delicious Ways to Eat Butternut Squash

It seems like every time I walk into a grocery store from the months of September to January, I end up with a butternut squash in my cart whether …

Vegan

You Can Now See the Most Beautiful Sights in Canada With This $397 Train Trip

Thanks to its massive windows, you can fall asleep under the stars.<p>After you've checked this $213 scenic train trip from San Francisco to New York off your bucket list, the next voyage you should book is this inexpensive locomotive adventure across our neighbor to the north, Canada.<p>The four-night, …

Trains

Avocado milkshake recipe

Avocado milkshake is refreshing and great for staving off hunger<p>Add vanilla ice cream to to avocado milkshake make this even more decadent.<p><b>SERVES</b><br>2-4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>Ice cubes<br>2 large avocado, peeled<br>500ml/17floz whole milk<br>6 tbsp caster sugar, plus extra to taste<p>METHOD<br>Half-fill a blender or juicer with ice …

Healthy Eating

PlansMatter Will Make Sure Your Vacation Rental Has Stunning Interiors And Historic Architecture

Design lovers won't book with another site again.<p>Vacation rentals can really be a toss up, especially if you're a design aficionado looking for a memorable place to stay. If you prioritize stylish interiors when you're planning a trip, PlansMatter makes the process of finding beautifully-designed …

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Amelia Freer's roasted peppers with baked eggs

SERVES<p>1<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 large fresh pepper, washed, halved, seeds removed<br>• olive oil, for drizzling<br>• 8 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped<br>• 2 tsp harissa paste<br>• handful (approx 20g) fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped<br>• 2 eggs, preferably free-range or organic<br>• small handful of fresh basil leaves, finely …

Eggs

The Restaurant-Quality Veggie Salad You Can Make at Home

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.<p>Place the cauliflower and chickpeas on …

Feta Cheese

15 Must-Make Cakes to Bake Before Summer Ends

You know how some people have a summer bucket list? Picnic on the beach, run the full loop around the park, eat at least one whole tomato per day (grape tomatoes excluded), read a book a week, catch a sunrise or two?<p>I have that, too... only <b>my list consists exclusively of the cakes I want to bake</b> …

Dessert

Flora Shedden's ice-cream sandwiches: cool it, with a gift from the freezer gods

What a heatwave we have had. And not just in the South. All too often when the weatherman appears on our screens we hear of bright sunshine and blue skies for London, light breezes further north, and ­Baltic conditions with gale-force winds over the border. But this week it was scorching all over. …

Dessert

Flora Shedden: how to bake galettes, the easy free-form tarts

When I learnt to make tarts, my biggest downfall came when transferring the pastry into the tin and then pressing into the fluted edges.<p>The shortcrust would break mid-roll, or tear apart in my hands when I attempted to move it. I was no more successful at trimming the edges, often destroying half …

Baking

Deliciously Ella's creamy mango and banana overnight oats

Blitzing mango and banana with ground flaxseed and a splash of almond milk is a delicious way to incorporate fruit into an oaty breakfast<p><b>SERVES</b><br>2<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b> <b><br>For the mango puree:</b><br>1 mango<br>2 ripe bananas<br>1 tbsp ground flaxseed<br>a splash of almond milk (enough to make it blend)<p><b>For the oat mix:</b><br>1 ripe banana<br>⅔ …

Breakfast

My Formula for the Easiest, Most Luxurious Weeknight Soup

There are times when only a steaming bowl of slow-simmered soup will do, and then there are more realistic times when a meal needs to come together</i> …

Mushroom and pepper biryani recipe

With mushrooms, green beans, peppers, and peas, this biryani is bursting with vitamin C<p>For a healthy vegetarian curry, try this simple recipe<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>350g long-grain rice<br>2 tbsp vegetable oil<br>250g closed-cup mushrooms, sliced<br>1 onion, finely chopped<br>1 clove of garlic, crushed<br>1 red pepper, …

Biryani

Jeremy Lee’s recipe for poached pear and hazelnut galette

Don’t get me wrong: I love spring and its brilliant burgeoning of young green shoots, leaves and other delights. They brighten the menu and gladden the soul. However, when it comes to puddings, the dearth of beautiful fresh fruit is clearly obvious. There is still quite a wait for the great summer …

Baking

One pot Parmesan roast chicken and cauliflower

Serves<p>4<p>Ingredients<p>8 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on<br>• 350g baby waxy potatoes, halved but not peeled<br>• 1 head cauliflower, broken into good-sized florets<br>• 2 medium onions, cut<br>• into wedges<br>• 8 sprigs thyme<br>• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil<br>• 30g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated<p>Method<p>Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark …

Onions

Coddled eggs with spinach and mushrooms, with Marmite soldiers

Coddled eggs are cooked in special little pots within a bain-marie until soft and creamy. Not many people have the pots at home, myself included, so I use ramekins. I love how the egg breaks into the sauce for a truly luscious dish.<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>50g butter<p>100g chestnut mushrooms (button are …

Breakfast

Best ever leek recipes

Try one of our 30 easy leek recipes to make the most of this seasonal vegetable. Grow your own or buy from the greengrocers for comforting soups and …

Cooking

What to Do When a Wild Seal Hops On Your Kayak

A young seal’s playful behavior points to a broader issue: how should we interact with wild animals?<p>Let’s get one thing straight right away: seals are adorable.<p>Even scientists agree. “Pretty much anything they do is cute,” admits Leanna Matthews, a seal biologist at the University of Syracuse.<p>So …

Seals

Mystery of how the turtle's neck evolved may be solved by 150m-year-old fossil

It sounds like a tale worthy of Kipling, but how the turtle got its neck is a mystery that might have been solved by science.<p>Researchers say fresh examination of a fossilised turtle, thought to have lived around 150 million years ago, suggests that ability of turtles to withdraw their neck and head …

Paleontology

NASA Needs Your Help to Find Planet 9

Comb through the backlog of data and you just might discover something amazing.<p>Many scientists believe that somewhere past Pluto sits an unidentified planet, called Planet 9. Indirect evidence suggests it's out there, but so far astronomers have been unable to find it themselves, which is why NASA …

9 Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes

<b>Move over, chocolate</b><p>BY DELIA MOONEY<p>1/9/17<p><i>Photos: Tasting Table</i><p>If you're eating fruit, you're being healthy. Even if it's a delicious rhubarb pound cake. That's what we like to tell ourselves, anyway . . .<p>Fruit-based desserts are the perfect treat, because they can be enjoyed anytime of year. No one …

Perk up your porridge: the best oat recipes for a healthy breakfast

Gone are the days of gruel. Porridge is not just a sachet of Quaker Oats any more, nor a half-filled pot of watery oaty soup, but instead, a chance to get inventive and experimental.<p>And oats aren't just delicious, but even better for us than previously thought. A large bowl of porridge each day may …

Breakfast

Medlar sticky toffee pudding

SERVES<p>6<p>INGREDIENTS<p>For the sauce<p>125g unsalted butter<br>• 70g golden caster sugar<br>• 50g dark muscovado sugar<br>• 150ml double cream<p>For the sponge<p>200g medlar pulp<br>• 60g unsalted butter, softened<br>• 85g golden caster sugar<br>• 70g dark muscovado sugar<br>• 2 eggs<br>• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda<br>• 180g plain flour<br>• 1 tsp baking powder<br>• 1 tsp …

Baking

The best healthy restaurants in London

Healthy eating is all the rage these days, and we’ve no issue with that. But being on a diet, detox or health kick (or maybe you need …

Food

How to make your child a healthy breakfast that they'll actually like

You probably knew that a bowl of cereal in the morning isn't the best way for you or your children to start the day – but did you realise that a single serving of some popular brands contain up to nine cubes of sugar?<p>Yesterday, health officials warned that children are consuming half of their …

Chia Seeds

Honey and lavender ice cream

It’s worth mastering this for the summer. It is perfect served with raspberries, or baked apricots or peaches.<p>MAKES<p>750ml<p>INGREDIENTS<p>500ml whipping cream<br>• 1 sprig lavender<br>• 4 egg yolks<br>• 175g lavender honey<p>METHOD<p>Heat the cream with the lavender in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until it comes to just under the …

Ice Cream

18 All-Star Cookie Swap Recipes

Cookie swaps: The perfect excuse to party with friends and sample copious amounts of cookies. Whether you prefer the classics or want to try something new, these cookies are all tested, perfected, and family-approved.<p><b>1. Holiday Cut-Out Butter Cookies</b><p>Buttery with a thin layer of glaze that adds just …

London's most unusual brunches

Fancy quinoa waffles, bacon naan or unlimited milkshakes for breakfast? We reveal London's quirkiest - and best - brunch spots. Come hungry...<p>Whether you're tucking into towers of pancakes, lashings of Hollandaise sauce or trusty fry-up, there’s nothing a good brunch can’t solve. If you’re bored of …

England

Huevos rancheros with avocado black bean salsa. For salsa: Combine 1/2 avocado diced, 1/2 cup rinsed black beans, 1/4 red onion minced, 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, the juice from 1/4 lime, a pinch ground cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. For the huevos, you'll have to wait for #AManAPanAPlan