Mirka O'Connor

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Waitrose: Lemon and blueberry cake recipe

Silvana Franco shows you how to bake this lovely caraway-flavoured lemon & blueberry cake<p><b>Video by Waitrose</b><p><b>Preparation time: 15 minutes</b><p><b>Cooking time: 1 hour</b><p><b>Serves: Cuts into 16 slices</b><p><b>Ingredients</b><p><i>175g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing</i><p><i>175g caster sugar</i><p><i>Grated zest and juice ½ lemon</i><p><i>3</i> …

Scrumptious summer ice cream recipes from Justin Gellatly

Star baker Justin Gellatly is better known for his doughnuts, but he's a dab hand at ice creams too<p>Blackberry and crème fraîche ice cream<p>This is a good one for all you urban foragers – get out there and pick your own wild blackberries. You get a wonderful vibrant purple fruitiness from the …

Roasted Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet

6 Servings<p>For the record: Sherbets may contain some dairy, unlike sorbets, which do not.<p>July 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 cups strawberries (about 1 pound), hulled, halved or quartered if large<p>1 cup sugar<p>1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise<p>1 1/2 cups buttermilk<p>1/3 cup sour cream<p>Pinch of kosher salt<p>Special …

The New Baker: courgette, pistachio and lime cake with white chocolate ganache

This moist courgette and basil sponge cake is drizzled with lemon thyme syrup and topped with white chocolate ganache<p>SERVES<p>Makes one 20cm (8in) cake<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the cake</b><p>45g (1½oz) sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing<br>• 60g (2oz) pistachio nuts<br>• 150g (5½oz) plain flour<br>• 1 ½ tsp baking-powder<br>• 105g (3½oz) …

Carrot Pancakes with Salted Yogurt

4 Servings<p>With a texture somewhere between a latke and a pancake, these vegetarian fritters are also gluten-free. (Thanks, chickpea flour!)<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 large eggs, beaten to blend<p>1 pound carrots (about 8 medium), peeled, coarsely grated<p>⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro<p>¼ cup chickpea …

Romantic London: where to take your date at any time of day

Paris might hold the crown of most romantic city in the popular imagination, but London isn't short of sensational spots for a smooch at any time of the day.<p>Hellbent on a romance during your time in London? This advice will help you forgo a predictable date night in favour of a more amorous …

London: the world's most expensive city for a date

The capital topped the latest <i>Cheap Date Index</i>, compiled by Deutsche Bank, which compares the price (in US dollars) of a "simple date", including the cost of burgers from McDonald’s, soft drinks, a pair of cinema tickets, a round of beers and cab fares, across 32 cities around the world.<p>With the …

How to Make Our Very Favorite Restaurant Burger at Home

Diner in Williamsburg is making one of Brooklyn's best burgers....and its not even on the menu.<p><i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of the people and relationships that built and sustain Andrew Tarlow’s Brooklyn restaurant mini-empire.</i><p>At Diner, the <b>Andrew Tarlow</b> restaurant that …

Brazil: easy escapes from Rio de Janeiro

For many visitors to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the main draw, as it will be during June and July’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Marvellous and disturbing, it’s a city that demands your energy.<p>If you want to wind down a bit after Rio, however, there’s no need to take another flight within this …

Cheat Day | Chocolate-Avocado Vegan Cupcakes

There are two interesting (OK, a little off-putting) things about this recipe: 1) It doesn't contain butter (ah!) and 2) one of its main ingredients is avocado.Was I really about to embark on making a guacamole cupcake? Absolutely. I couldn't deny that Joy Wilson's picture of her beautiful cupcakes …

High camp: India's untrodden Himalayas

At first I wasn't sure anything was happening; a second later I knew this would be a sight I'd never forget. Within 10 seconds the tiny almost-glow at the top of the mountain had grown to cover the whole face of Kanchenjunga, third-highest mountain in the world. And within two minutes all five …

Hidden gems in Madrid: readers' travel tips

A market in a museum, an arthouse cinema, great eateries, rooftop bars, a hidden spa, and even a bilingual pub quiz. There's lots of great ways to enjoy Madrid like a local<p>• To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a £200 hotels.com voucher, go to Guardian Witness<p>You wouldn't …

Lime, clove and coconut Mexican wedding cake

These are actually more like biscuits: melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookies with lime and coconut<p>These were named Mexico's 'state cookie' in the 20th century, though similar biscuits, known as Russian tea cakes, were part of tea ceremonies in 18th century Russia.<p>SERVES<p>Makes approx 30 …