Mike Semenov

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How to Get a Refund When You're Bumped From First Class

Don't be afraid to speak up (and call back) when you deserve a mile refund.<p><b>Q: I used frequent-flier miles to book US Airways and British Airways flights from Orlando to Charlotte to Newark to London. For the transatlantic leg, I used additional miles— and paid extra taxes and fees—to upgrade to</b> …

Flying

Our 10 best roast dinner centrepiece recipes

<b>The showstopper</b><b>: Porchetta</b><p>Buy the very best pork you can afford – ask your butcher to prepare you a boneless porchetta cut or a rectangular piece of pork belly and a loin. Fennel pollen is traditionally foraged, but expensive to buy. If you can’t find it, use ground fennel seeds instead. Bear in …

BBQ

The 20 best British recipes: part 4

Justin Gellatly’s Victoria sponge<p>Serves 8<b><br>unsalted butter</b> 180g, softened<b><br>caster sugar</b> 180g<b><br>eggs</b> 3<b><br>egg yolk</b> 1<b><br>self-raising flour</b> 180g, sifted<b><br>vanilla extract</b> 1 tsp<p>To serve<b><br>raspberry jam</b> 3-4 tbsp<b><br>icing sugar</b> 1 tbsp<p>Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Lightly grease two 20cm sandwich tins and line the base …

Baking

Top 10 train station restaurants in Europe

The romance and frisson of rail travel are the perfect accompaniments to these superb dining experiences in the continent’s top stations<p>1e Klas, Centraal station, Amsterdam<p>Named after the former first-class waiting room the restaurant now inhabits, the 1er Klas is a wonderful slice of 1880s glam, …

France

The 20 best breakfast recipes: part 2

Fergus Henderson’s kippers<p>A brace of kippers makes the perfect start to the day. Take your kippers and top with large lumps of butter. Bake in the oven at 200C/gas mark 6 for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, have your toast to hand. Eat, washed down with a black velvet.<p>Alternatively, they are the perfect …

Food & Dining

Recipes for self-saucing chocolate pudding and bakewell tart

I spend almost as much time scrubbing whisks, bowls and tins as I do actually baking. While there’s a joy to seeing so many separate elements come together to form a really impressive layer cake or an elaborate dessert, the thrill quickly fades when the time comes to wash up. Here are a couple of …

Dessert

57 Make-Ahead Breakfasts so You Can Sleep in and Eat Well All Week

We're all about the make-ahead breakfast, for those mornings that we just really don't have time.<p><b>As much as we'd love to</b>, we don't have time to make restaurant-ready breakfasts each and every morning for ourselves and our loved ones. That's why we have frittatas, porridges, puddings, bars, and so …

Breakfast

The Best Cake for Breakfast (Because Breakfast Cake Is Amazing)

What's better than cake? Breakfast cake. This one is even (almost) healthy.<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an opportunity to start the day on the right foot. It’s a chance to</i> …

Breakfast

Holiday guide to Puglia, southern Italy: the best towns, restaurants and hotels

Beyond Puglia’s crowded hotspots, there are nature reserves, dramatic caves, medieval quarters and several hundred miles of coastline to enjoy, not to mention the region’s star attraction: fantastic food<p>Readers share their Puglia travel tips<p>Poor Puglia. For centuries rampaging armies used this heel …

Italy

Colourful Mexican recipes for fun and speedy dinners

Quesadillas, tacos, chilli and guacamole, followed by a slice of tres leches cake. What's not to love about Mexican food?<p>Bright and colourful Mexican cuisine is perfect for fun and family-friendly dinners. The DIY style of tacos and burritos are a great way to get the kids involved and eat lots of …

Mexico

27 Sandwich Ideas You Probably Haven't Thought of Yet

Don't waste an inch of that bakery bread—these 27 sandwich ideas will help you eat your way through the entire loaf without getting bored.<p>If you've ever been tempted by a freshly-made loaf of bakery bread during a weekend shopping trip, you know how quickly yeasty, carby nirvana can turn into …

Food

Top 100 restaurants: the ninth best restaurant in London is…

<i>This week we're counting down towards announcing the best restaurant in London on Tuesday August 11. We'll be revealing the top ten one by one each</i> …

The Ultimate Summer Dessert is Made with White Bread

<i>Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52—with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.</i><p><i>Today: Alice literally wrote the book on alternative flours, but in this classic three-ingredient berry dessert, she is adamant about using white bread. Just go with it.</i><p>Summer …

Top 100 restaurants: the eighth best restaurant in London is…

<i>This week we're counting down towards announcing the best restaurant in London on Tuesday August 11. We'll be revealing the top ten one by one each</i> …

Top 100 restaurants: the seventh best restaurant in London is

<i>This week we're counting down towards announcing the best restaurant in London on Tuesday August 11. We'll be revealing the top ten one by one each</i> …

25 Goat Cheese Recipes That Are Tangy & Creamy

Need an excuse to eat more goat cheese? These recipes are here to help.<p><b>There's a reason the beet-and-goat-cheese salad</b> never goes out of style. Goat cheese's unmistakably tang and coat-your-mouth creaminess have turned us into lifelong devotees. So we give you our best goat cheese-heavy recipes, …

Cooking

Pork Shoulder Cutlets with Fennel and Asparagus Salad

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 30 min<p>Opposites attract: This bright, sprightly salad is just the thing to cut through the richness of succulent pan-fried pork.<p>April 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>1¼ pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), fat trimmed to ¼ inch, cut into 4 steaks<p>¾ cup …

Asparagus
Cooking

How to make the perfect tzatziki

Full-fat yoghurt is at the heart of this classic Greek dip, but the additions are up for grabs: should you dice your cucumber or grate it? Is punchy dill or cooling mint the perfect garnish? And how much garlic is too much?<p>This classic dip (pronounced zat-zee-key or chat-chee-kee, according to who …

Greek Food

Walking holidays in Japan: the best mountain hikes to tackle

Japan’s hiking boom has resulted in well-signposted and maintained trails, as well as plentiful mountain hut and campsite accommodation. The views from peaks such as Fuji and Asahi can’t fail to make the effort worthwhile<p>Japan’s reputation as an overcrowded and urban country extends only to the …

Hiking

Heston's pulled-beef sandwich

This tender pulled-beef recipe, made with short rib from Heston Blumenthal, is guaranteed to be a barbecue hit with friends and family this summer<p>Discover more summer recipes »<p>Over the past few years, slow cooking has become a popular way of preparing food. And that’s not surprising – when cooking …

BBQ

Picnic recipes for work lunches

Park benches are suddenly as desirable a piece of real estate as Mayfair on the Monopoly board, with sun-starved workers reduced to fighting over patches of grass the size of a tissue. When you’re sitting in your hard-won spot, pins and needles kicking in, make sure you have something fresh-tasting …

Food

Fresh, zingy, delicious: how to make perfect ceviche

Give your fish some Peruvian pizzazz and try making ceviche. Quick, tasty and elegant, this is the perfect dish to impress friends this summer<p>Cooking doesn’t get simpler than ceviche. Creating this Peruvian dish of seafood bathed in a tangy, broth-like liquid called “tiger’s milk” doesn’t even …

Easy all-in-one cake recipes

These delicious cakes are all made in just one bowl - meaning you won't have to spend ages washing up<p>Everyone loves a slice of cake, but not all of us thrive on the faff that goes into making them.<p>The worst culprits are those recipes which use so many utensils - a bowl for whipping egg whites here, …

The 15 best summer holiday islands in Europe

17 Ways to Cook With Sumac, Your Next New Pantry Obsession

Sumac is the best seasoning you're not using. It's lemony, astringent, and tangy—and we love adding it to these 17 recipes.<p><b>Sumac isn't a pantry staple across America—yet</b>. But with its bright, astringent flavor and use-it-with-everything versatility, this deep red Middle Eastern spice is ready for …

Cooking

17 Recipes to Help You Celebrate Taco Tuesday All Week Long

It's Taco Tuesday! You know what that means…(tacos).<p>Whether <b>you eat tacos every Tuesday</b> or just as often as you can (we're of the latter mindset), you can probably agree: There's nothing in the world like a good taco. Here are 17 great ones.

Cooking

What Is the Point of the Female Orgasm?

A new study examines "orgasmability" to determine whether it serves a purpose or is just an evolutionary accident<p>There may be few questions of human sexuality more rancorous than those about the female orgasm. Scientists agree that women probably started having orgasms as a by-product of men having …

The best sweet and savoury brunch recipes for lazy weekends

A stack of pancakes or creamy avocado toast? A classic omlette or a big bowl of granola? We have a delicious brunch dish to suit everyone<p>Weekends are made for lie-ins and brunch. They're the perfect excuse to sit down with family or friends and enjoy a proper meal in your pyjamas, instead of …

Solar-powered 'treehouse' has 360-degree views, Wi-Fi and beer

The ultimate off-the-grid pad is here and don't worry, it has Wi-Fi, beer and plenty of options for mood lighting.<p>Jono Williams, a plastics engineer …

New Zealand