Nicola Smith

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Pancake recipe: You’re making them wrong but here’s how to get it right

It is Shrove Tuesday. Now I love pancakes but I do think that we get a raw deal here in the UK. In the US, it is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), along the …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

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Understanding The Basics of SLR Photography

Knowing how to use your SLR is not as awkward as it would seem. Imagine that your camera is a box that lets in light. On top of that box is a …

The 10 best lunchbox fillers Banish back-to-school blues with these tantalising treats for your Tupperware. It's lids off ofr DIY pot noodles, sweet and savoury homemade popcorn and cherry chocolate bites ... Photography by Yuki Sugiura for the Guardian http://t.gu.com/opZAY

Barcelona's top museums and galleries

<i>This highlighted list of museums and galleries is taken from Lonely Planet's city guide to</i> <i>Barcelona</i><i>.</i><p>GALLERIES<p>CaixaForum<p><i>Image of CaixaForum by</i> <i>montuno</i><br>Housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this extensive private collection of contemporary art is …

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

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Britain's best bike rides 2013

In an exclusive interview with Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, we find out how a local bike ride inspired his lifelong love affair with the …

Cycling holidays in France: readers' travel tips

WINNING TIP: La Venise Verte, Vendée<p>Part of the Marais Poitevin drained wetlands, La Venise Verte (Green Venice) is laid-back, flat cycling country, …

Harrogate to Ripley, Yorkshire | Britain's best bike rides

<b>Distance</b> 4 miles (one way)<b><br>Classification</b> Easy<b><br>Start</b> Bower Road, Harrogate<b><br>Finish</b> Ripley<b><br>Duration</b> 45 minutes<b><br>Route</b> NCN route 67<b><br>Maps</b> OS Explorer 297 and …

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire | Britain's best bike rides

<b>Distance</b> Between 3 and 11 miles<p><b>Classification</b> Easy to technical, depending on the trail<b><br>Start/finish</b> Pedalabikeaway trail centre and Beechenhurst …

Bakewell, Calton Lees and Edensor circuit, Derbyshire | Britain's best bike rides

<b>Distance</b> 10 miles (circular)<b><br>Classification</b> Moderate<b><br>Start/finish</b> Hassop station<b><br>Duration</b> 1-2 hours<b><br>Maps</b> OS Landranger 119, OS Explorer OL24<p>Route …

Top 10 'secret' beaches in Wales

Presipe, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire<p>Presipe, about 20 minutes' walk from Manorbier, is a true gem. Huge crags of fossil-rich red rock jut forth towards …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Ten great cycling routes: from day-trips to long-distance adventures

Wind in your hair, landscapes whipping by, cruising through peaceful forests: embracing the outdoors on two wheels is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable ways to get around. Here’s our round-up of great cycling routes which offer something for everyone, from multi-day adventures to relaxing …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …