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Pancake Day: 10 things you didn't know about pancakes

<b>1:</b> The largest pancake in the world was cooked up in Rochdale in 1994, weighing in at 6,614 lbs (that's three tonnes!) and measuring 49 ft and 3in long.<p><b>2:</b> If you feel guilty about using readymade pancake mix, don't worry - people have been doing it forever. Aunt Jemimas was invented in St Joseph, …

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Scots want Labour government dependent on SNP, says Sturgeon

Scotland’s first minister wants nationalist MPs to be ‘a constructive and progressive force’ at Westminster’<p>Scottish voters want a Labour government at Westminster dependent on SNP support, according to Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.<p>Having a minority Labour government reliant on SNP …

British army to be replaced by 'home defence force' if Greens win power in May

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens, also said she wanted to take down immigration controls<p>The British army would be replaced with a new “home defence force” and immigration controls dismantled if the Green party wins power in May.<p>Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens, also said illegal …

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David Cameron: I don't understand why everyone is interested in Kim Kardashian

David Cameron says he would rather watch reality show Love and Hip Hop than Keeping up with the Kardashians or Big Brother<p>David Cameron has said that he does not understand “why everyone is interested” in Kim Kardashian and her family.<p>The Prime Minister suggested that he remains mystified by the …

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7 Trends From 2014 That Aren't Going Away

We're wishing these 2014 trends a long and happy life.<p>We're wishing these 2014 trends a long and happy life. This article originally appeared on ELLEDecor.com.

Make the Mac and Cheese of Your Dreams by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Homemade macaroni and cheese is way better than the boxed stuff—here's how to make the perfect batch.<p>Boxed macaroni and cheese is easy. But so is whipping up a pan of the homemade version—and it tastes about 1,000 times better. But before you preheat that oven, hear us out: There are a few common …

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A digital detox in Umbria, Italy

Sarah Phillips breaks her Wi-Fi habit at the Eremito, an Italian eco-hotel that mixes an aesthetic design with an ascetic lifestyle<p>It is my birthday and I am in a candlelit, monastic-feeling dining room with 11 strangers, eating in silence. For 45 minutes, over a four-course meal and, thankfully, …

The foodie traveller … on the spread of raw cuisine

The raw food movement is gathering momentum in Europe, and thriving in Scandinavia, particularly in Iceland<p>Raw food cuisine is losing its “how many ways can you peel a banana?” aura and, rightfully, moving into the spotlight as a dynamic, varied and flavoursome way of eating. A good raw chef brings …

How to feed four for £10, in one pot

Lamb curry, pisto, pot au feu, couscous, stir-fried noodles: seven of our favourite cooks create delicious dishes on a budget<p>Seven dishes that feed four for £10, all cooked in one pot. When calculating the costs we didn’t count common storecupboard ingredients such as salt, pepper, garlic, olive …

The best pancake recipes

There's no need to wait until Shrove Tuesday to get your pancake fix - these recipes make the perfect weekend brunch.<p>Pancakes are quick, easy and always a crowd-pleaser for breakfast (and lunch, and dinner).<p>Here, we have compiled our our favourite pancake recipes. There really is something for …