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The Most Thrilling and Beautiful Vacations to Take If You Love the Outdoors

Heading somewhere to reconnect with nature is the best remedy when you're craving an escape from the daily grind. As much as we love exploring a new …

National Parks

Which are the best Islands to visit in Greece?

<i>Hey Ecophiles, m</i><i>y boyfriend and I planning our first trip to Greece. But there are so many incredible islands to choose from – which are the best</i> …

European Travel

Ask Ecophiles: How to plan a 3-day Paris trip

<b>Hey Ecophiles, I am planning a Paris trip and only have three days to spend in the City of Love. It’s my first time and am very excited but I’ve read</b> …

How to create a classic wardrobe

Curating a wardrobe with longevity is simpler than you might think. The trick is to consider colour, material and shape carefully, so that you end up with items you can re-work again and again. We’ve whittled it down to fifteen tips to help you compile your classic wardrobe.<p>Pick pieces perfect for …

Clothing

Tourist taxes have doubled in Majorca and Ibiza - here are the best alternatives

The Balearic Islands has doubled its tourist tax from this month in an effort to tackle overcrowding. Tourists visiting the islands of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera and Cabrera will be subjected to the fees during the peak season between May and October.<p>The new rates costs from €1 per person …

Green vacations: 10 places that don't cost the Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking to get away safe in the knowledge they've had minimal impact on the planet's resources.<p>With 2017 named as the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the spotlight is even more on …

Costa Rica

The 25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime

Pilaf of aubergine, cauliflower and dates with harissa yogurt

Toss leftover lamb or chicken into this too if you have it, or add chickpeas. You can extend and vary at will.<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>​150g basmati rice<br>• 20g butter<br>• 1 onion, finely chopped<br>• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped<br>• ½ tsp ground cinnamon<br>• 1 tsp ground cumin<br>• ½ tsp ground ginger<br>• 350ml chicken or vegetable …

Cauliflower

The 15 most beautiful Croatian islands

Best for history: Krk

Transylvania

Expert guide to Amsterdam

Essential contacts<p><b>British Embassy</b> (00 31 70 427 0427), Lange Voorhout 10, 2514 ED, The Hague<p><b>British Consulate-General</b> (0031 20 676 4343), Koningslaan 44, 1075 AE, Amsterdam<p><b>Emergency services:</b> dial 112. For non-emergency police matters dial 0900 8844<p><b>Tourist office and information:</b> the Tourist Office …

White bean soup with spinach

A lovely soup made from cans and bought stock. If you want to add a little more to the soup, sauté some chopped chorizo in oil, and top each portion with that instead of the paprika oil.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>3 tbsp olive oil<br>• 1 onion, roughly chopped<br>• 1 stick celery, diced<br>• 2 small carrots, diced<br>• 3 garlic …

Doing Veganuary? Try these vegan recipes

You can't get away from veganism this month. January has been re-branded 'Veganuary' and thousands are giving up all animal products for the month, for both ethical and health reasons<p>But if you're giving up meat and dairy for the first time, it can be difficult at first to know what to cook. …

Spiced potatoes with cashews, fennel, coriander and cardamom

SERVES<p>3-4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>60g cashew nuts<br>• 18-20 small new potatoes, peeled<br>• 3 tbsp vegetable oil<br>• 200g Greek yogurt, lightly whisked<br>• 1½ tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or mild paprika)<br>• 1 tsp fennel powder<br>• ½ tsp cumin powder<br>• 1 medium white onion, finely chopped<br>• 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br>• 2.5cm piece of ginger, …

Stuffed butternut squash with tomatoes and feta

<b>SERVES</b> <br>4<p><b>TOTAL TIME</b> <br>15 minutes<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>2 small butternut squash, 700g (1lb 9oz) each, halved and seeded<br>• 2 red peppers, halved and seeded<br>• 3 tbsp olive oil<br>• 75g (3¾oz) quinoa<br>• 1 red onion, finely chopped<br>• 1 green chilli, seeded and finely chopped<br>• 300g (10½oz) tomatoes, peeled and chopped<br>• 2 garlic cloves, …

Butternut

10-minute chocolate and hazelnut no-bake cheesecake

In this video, expert baker Harpreet Baura shows you how to make a no-bake chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake, the perfect quick treat to impress family and friends.<p>This is the fifth video in a new series showcasing a range of desserts that you can whip up in just 10 minutes.<p>Last week we shared a …

Dessert

The 10 best places to visit in England - and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton.<p><b>1. Yorkshire</b><p>Visitors …

Where to go in Croatia

Choosing where to go in Croatia can be tricky, given its endless list of attractions. But draw up a quick list of your priorities and you'll soon be …

30 recipes you should master by the age of 30

If your student days are over but you still haven't progressed from beans on toast or ready meals, improve your repertoire with one of these simple recipes - 30 dishes worth mastering, from bung-it-in-the-oven baked fish to a crowd-pleasing shepherd's pie, before you hit 30.<p>30 recipes every cook …

The New Baker: Vegan and gluten-free chocolate pumpkin cake

A pumpkin and chocolate sponge with a rich chocolate-avocado icing<p><b>SERVES</b><p>8-10<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For the cake</b><p>240ml (9fl oz) plain, unsweetened almond milk<br>• 2 tsp balsamic vinegar<br>• 225g (8oz) tinned pumpkin purée<br>• 300g (10½oz) granulated sugar<br>• 120ml (4fl oz) melted and cooled coconut oil<br>• 1 tbsp vanilla extract<br>• 2 tsp …

Breakfast salad of chickpea, courgette, spinach and beetroot

SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the hummus:</b><p>1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and liquid reserved<br>• 4 tbsp tahini<br>• 2 garlic cloves, crushed<br>• The juice of 1 lemon<br>• ½ tsp paprika<br>• ½ tsp chilli powder<br>• 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil<p><b>For the salad:</b><p>1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained<br>• 2 tsp paprika<br>• Extra-virgin olive oil<br>• 1 tbsp Japanese …

The only 10 curry recipes you'll ever need

<b>National Curry Week</b> begins today with events taking place across the country to celebrate one of <b>Britain's most popular dishes</b>.<p>In order to inspire us, the chef and food writer <b></b><b>Maunika Gowardhan</b> has shared her top 10 recipes for the perfect Indian feast. She has included classics such as Tandoori and …

Amelia Freer's chickpea and aubergine salad

Chickpeas are an excellent source of fibre, protein and iron, and perfect for keeping us going on busy days.<p>SERVES<p>4 as a side or 2 as a meal<p>INGREDIENTS<p>½ small red onion, finely sliced<br>• 1 large aubergine, halved lengthways, sliced into thin half moons<br>• Good glug of extra virgin olive oil<br>• Juice and zest …

Gluten-free double chocolate mousse cake

A rich, decadent chocolate cake that also happens to be flour-free<p>Rachel Allen comes up with this recipe for “a rich, flour-free chocolate mousse cake covered with a thick blanket of rich chocolate mousse. This is a no-holds-barred onslaught of chocolate deliciousness.”<p><b>SERVES</b><br>Eight to</b> …