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Japan dos and don'ts: etiquette tips for first-time travellers

Japan is warm and welcoming to travellers, but its unique culture can be as inscrutable as it is intriguing for the first-time visitor. To help create a faux-pas-free journey, arm yourself with a few of these handy etiquette tips before your trip: from when to bow and take your shoes off, to when …

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The Food That Fights Cravings

Adding some of THIS to your breakfast can help you feel more satisfied all day long<p>You know that eating breakfast is key for keeping your appetite under control throughout the day. But <i>what</i> you eat in the a.m. may be just as important as whether you eat at all: Adding peanuts or peanut butter to …

5 Moves for Toned Arms and Shoulders

Five moves to firm your upper bod<p>It may not feel that way just yet, but spring is right around the corner—and that means short sleeves, bathing suits, and generally showing off those glorious shoulders of yours. This five-move circuit contours your arm and shoulder muscles for a sexy …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

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China declares war on pollution

Aggressive legislation raises hopes that Beijing is finally getting serious about the environment<p>China's explosive growth has wreaked havoc on its environment, and for decades, the government paid it little more than lip service. But the ruling Communist Party has changed its tune in recent months, …

Videos capturing ferry's final moments fuel fresh outrage over ship's fate

In one video, the captain of the sinking South Korean ferry scrambles to safety. In another, stranded passengers panic.<p>"Wow, it's tilting a lot. We're tilting to this side. Can't move," one says.<p>"You think I'm really going to die?" another cries.<p>The two recordings fueled fresh outrage Monday over …

Chinese Noodles 101: How to Make Chow Mein With Four Vegetables

From crispy pan-fried noodles to a bowl of wonton noodle soup, fresh Chinese egg noodles are one of the most common noodles you'll find at Chinese restaurants. Just like Italian pasta or ramen, when cooked properly, they should have a firm bite and springy texture, and the wide variation in …

6 Common Mistakes People Make when Baking Brownies

Is there anything worst than a bad batch of brownies? Here are the biggest mistakes people make when baking brownies—plus how to avoid them.<p>When it comes to comfort food and our favorite desserts, brownies rank way up there. They're rich, decadent, sweet, and come with the added bonus of nostalgia. …

Baked Ziti

Before I begin with this recipe tutorial, I must make an important disclosure:<p><i>I did not use ziti to make this Baked Ziti.</i><p>I used Mostaciolli.<p>I’m truly …

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Swiss Chard and Mushroom Galette

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 1 min<p>Total Time: 3 min<p>Selling skeptics on the idea of a vegetarian dinner is easy when it’s in pie form. Maitake mushrooms add heft.<p>April 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>whole wheat dough<p>1 cup all-purpose flour<p>1 cup whole wheat flour<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>¾ cup (1½ sticks) chilled …

Nigeria child bride 'poisons husband' twice her age and his friends

A 14-year-old girl forced into an arranged marriage has admitted to killing her husband and three of his friends by putting rat poison in their meal, …

Winter Minestrone

I know it is a cliché, but this soup really can be made in less than an hour and tastes like it simmered all day. Minestrone lends itself to …

Baked cheesecake recipe

Everybody should have a recipe for a classic cheesecake in their repertoire<p>Serves 12<p>650g ricotta<p>250g low-fat cream cheese<p>280g low-fat yogurt<p>1 tbsp cornflour<p>80ml lemon juice<p>1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind<p>1 tsp vanilla extract<p>3 eggs<p>220g caster sugar<p>Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3.<p>Mix the ricotta, …

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Rice Bowl with Fried Egg and Avocado

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 5 min<p>Total Time: 10 min<p>Brown rice—higher in fiber and other nutrients than its white counterpart—is the perfect vehicle for this quick, protein-heavy lunch.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 scallions, thinly sliced<p>2 cups cooked brown rice<p>1 teaspoon red wine vinegar<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground …

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In praise of Earl Grey, the tea that could tackle heart disease

It's not just that the main ingredient in Earl Grey, Bergamot, could help battle illness, this tea tastes good too.<p>‘Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.’ Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the educated, sophisticated and diplomatic Starfleet Captain, knows a thing or two about perfect inter-galactic refreshment. Not only …

Buttermilk tart with blueberry sauce recipe

The tangy taste of buttermilk makes a delicious contrast to the crisp sweet pastry<p><i>Serves eight</i><p><b>For the pastry:</b><br>170g (6oz) plain flour<br>100g (3½oz) unsalted butter<br>55g (1¾oz) icing sugar<br>1 tbsp double cream<br>1 egg yolk<p><b>For the filling:</b><br>200g (7oz) caster sugar<br>2 tbsp plain flour<br>420ml (15fl oz) buttermilk<br>3 …

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15 Gorgeous Birthday Cakes for Anyone's Big Day

We've rounded up 15 decadent, celebration-worthy cakes, from double banana to chocolate-caramel.<p><b>From mint chip ice cream cakes</b> to a decadent, towering double banana cake, these confections are epic enough for a birthday celebration.

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Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Apricot and Candied Fennel

8 Servings<p>Buttermilk lightens the traditional all-cream panna cotta base—without sacrificing lusciousness.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin (about 2½ tsp.)<p>2 ¾ cups heavy cream, divided<p>⅔ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar<p>3 cups buttermilk<p>¾ cup dried apricots, preferably …

How to Make Matcha, Japanese Green Tea, Step by Step

The ritual of making this fine-powdered green tea is a calming way to get your caffeine fix. Here's how to do it, with step-by-step instructions<p><b>Matcha</b>: The Japanese green tea that packs a considerable amount of caffeine <i>and</i> offers a calming sense of ritual. You don't steep this tea—it's <i>gyokuro</i> green …

Fish with turmeric, dill and coconut recipe

Bright, vivid tastes of ginger, chilli and spices are softened by rich coconut cream<p>This is inspired by a classic Vietnamese dish. I was intrigued by the combination of turmeric and dill. Dill is rarely used in Asian cooking but is surprisingly good with coconut.<p><i>Serves four</i><p>150g (5½ oz) onions (2 …

Speedy weeknight suppers: smoked haddock and chive hash recipe

Smoked haddock hash - a delicious five-ingredient supper, on the table in no time at all<p>With only five ingredients, this hardly merits a basket when you run into the shops after work. It’s filling, warming and after a bit of chopping, needs no more attention than the odd stir with a wooden spoon. A …

Actress in anti-Islam film seeks sanctions against Google

The actress who won a controversial decision last month that ordered Google to remove an anti-Islamic film from YouTube is now seeking sanctions, saying the Web giant has failed to remove the video from servers in a timely fashion.<p>Cindy Lee Garcia, who appeared in the controversial "Innocence of …

CARROT AND GREEN BEANS THORAN

• Carrot- Chopped- 1 medium<br>• Green beans- chopped-10 to 12 nos<br>• Onion -chopped-1/2 nos<br>• Green chili -chopped- 1 or 2 nos<br>• Cumin powder-1/4 tsp<br>• Turmeric …

KUZHI PANIYARAM WITH COCONUT CHUTNEY

Ingredients<p>Idli Batter- 1 & 1/2 cup<br>• Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp<br>• Shallots chopped- 1//8 cup<br>• Curry leaves chopped- 1 tbsp<br>• Green chillies( chopped)-2 tsp<br>• Grated …