Mary-Jane McDonnell

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Don't Leave Hawaii Without Trying These Island Must-Do's

Feel the power of the thundering Akaka Falls while hiking through the park. (Photo: Alamy)<p>If you’re planning a visit to Hawaii for the first time, it …

Macaroni Pie Is the Scottish Mash-up Dreams Are Made Of

It took me a couple of weeks of living in Scotland before I first went up Arthur’s Seat. For the uninitiated, Arthur’s Seat is the dormant volcano that dominates the centre of Edinburgh, “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design,” according to one of the city’s most decorated …

7 Dishes That Get Their Killer Flavor From the Spice Rack

OK, so you’re bored with all your go-to meals. It’s not the protein that you’re sick of; it’s the same ol’ flavors you’ve used for years. Instead of …

Small Towns in Big Sky Country: 11 Wide-Open Spaces for You to Roam

Big Sky Country's picturesque small towns put you on the very soil of the American frontier. These were the places where Lewis and Clark cut a swath …

The Poole’s Diner Mac and Cheese Recipe

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole’s Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina<p>“Macaroni au gratin is, of course, a fancy name for mac and cheese. In this case though, it really is so much more than your run-of-the-mill mac. This dish is one of our most …

Mezze recipes

A mezze platter is such a delightfully sociable way to eat. These small dishes, intended for sharing and often accompanied by flatbread, are part of …

Food

World boutique hotel awards: The sexiest bedroom and best pool with a view

Hotels just for sleeping in? Not quite. The fourth annual Mr & Mrs Smith Awards, run by the boutique and luxury hotels website, proved that at the …

National Parks

Anna Victoria's 9-Move HIIT Workout Will Tone Your Entire Body

In this video, Anna Victoria guides you through three different HIIT circuits for the lower body, upper body, and core in just six minutes. Watch as …

10 plant based meals that actually look totally delicious *and* filling

No matter why you’re choosing to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, it can be pretty difficult to find recipes that are both delicious, and …

Food

There are some serious party animals behind these savoury dips, crisps, crackers, pastries and biscuits<p><b>Take part! Scroll to the bottom to find out how...</b><p>The rules for a good drinks nibble are simple and finite: no plates, no crumbs, and a combo of fat, salt and spice so addictive that you can’t …

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Yosemite: Picture Perfect Landscapes

2016 marked the National Park Service's 100th anniversary and Nat Geo photographer Jonathan Irish celebrated by visiting every U.S. national park throughout the year. Follow his travels as he visited 59 parks in 52 weeks.<p><i>Jonathan Irish traveled to Yosemite National Park from May 16, 2016, to May</i> …

National Parks

Demand for women-only breaks is growing. These activity trips include yoga, surfing, boot camps, and dog-sledding, from Kent to Kilimanjaro<p>Desperately Seeking Adventure runs active trips for small groups of women of all ages – the oldest participant so far was 72. There are two via ferrata trips to …

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This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she's cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.<p>On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective "solar leaves" design to create energy. In …

Master Blind-Baked Pie Crust With These 6 Simple Tips

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>If you've never blind-baked a crust, the term itself is a little confusing, but it's just another way of describing a prebaked crust. It's a technique that's primarily reserved for meringue and custard pies that don't bake long or hot enough to develop a crisp and …

Avocado Sweet Potato Toast

Step 1<p>Roast The Tomatoes<p>Preheat the oven to 240ºC. Put the tomatoes onto a tray and drizzle over some olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper. …

From Rick Stein’s moules marinières to Giorgio Locatelli’s risotto, great seasonal dishes selected by Observer Food Monthly<p>• 20 best autumn recipes: part 1<br>• 20 best autumn recipes: part 3<p>This is my partner’s favourite dish (and the first thing I ever cooked for him) so it’s quite special to me. …

Seasonal Food

The Breakfast Burritos That'll Get You Out Of Bed

Because breakfast should be big.<p>Breakfast burritos are simple to make: you just take all the breakfast foods you love and roll them into a tortilla. You don’t really <i>need</i> a recipe to start on your journey of making morning burritos. But recipes, like the ones we have for you below, will help you …

Groundbreaking New Study Uncovers How Cats First Spread Around The World

Wikimedia CommonsNorse goddess Freyja riding in her cat-pulled wagon.While the house cat is all but ubiquitous today, the question of how …

Why We’re Putting Sherry Vinegar In Everything

A drop of sherry vinegar makes every dish better—find out why we're obsessed with it right now.<p><i>In Pantry Obsession, Bon Appétit editor at large Christine Muhlke shares the things from her (ever-increasing) pantry that she can’t cook without. Literally.</i><p>Forget sunscreen. <b>There was no way I could have</b> …

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Eggs Florentine Recipe - Great British Chefs

This stunning Eggs Florentine recipe will help you to master this classic breakfast dish. A heavenly combination of fluffy English muffins, spinach, …

Everything you need to know about golden mylk, the turmeric drink that's taking over

Move over matcha, Golden Mylk is the newest beverage that has both healthy eating devotees and Instagrammers excited. Referred to as golden tea, …

16 Iconic Sites in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has been touted by many to be among the most beautiful places in the world. In the world. That is a very tall measure! With such a claim it's impossible not to ponder: 'how beautiful can it really be?' Driving into the valley we were eager for it to show itself, to reveal its …

How the sugar industry has distorted health science for more than 50 years

The sugar industry has a long history of shaping nutrition policy in the United States, working to mask the potential risks of consuming too much of the sweet stuff.<p>It wasn’t until this year, for instance, that the US Dietary Guidelines finally recommended people keep their consumption of added …

25 Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Whipping up a hot breakfast from scratch in the morning — be it on leisurely weekends or busy weekdays — always sounds like a good idea, but …

10 great food holidays for solo travellers

1. Cookery and culture in Spain<p>On Solos Holidays' six-day Discover the Flavours of Spain tour to Andalusia (0844 371 8860; solosholidays.co.uk), travellers will learn about cooking classic Spanish dishes and tapas, take part in wine tasting in a vineyard and try local ham in the whitewashed <i>pueblos</i> …

HRT scare leads to fall in ovarian cancer death rate

The number of British women dying from ovarian cancer has been reduced by over a fifth in ten years following a global scare over HRT.<p>A new study shows that mortality rates for the disease fell by 22 per cent between 2002 and 2012.<p>Scientists said the fall was linked to changes in use of …

Cancer

These charming B&Bs, guesthouses and gîtes offer comfortable pitstops on a French adventure, but with their mouth-watering regional food and wine they may prove hard to leave<p>Strawberries, squash, lemon verbena and lettuce come from Françoise Maynier’s immaculately kept gardens just inland from …

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