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Nigel Slater’s vegetarian spring recipes

This time of year can feel like winter, spring or even early summer. One minute you’re happy with a fistful of asparagus spears and a perfect white egg of burrata, the next you would kill for simple but warming stew ladled into a deep bowl. This month’s collection offers a sample of each, something …

Italian Food

From Venice into the mountains: fizzing around on the prosecco trail

Prosecco is more popular than ever and from the bacaros of La Serenissima into the Veneto its qualities are being celebrated – and visiting its producers makes for a great wine holiday, too<p>Few cities are more intimately acquainted with a drink than Venice is with prosecco. Produced mainly in the …

Italy

How to Fix Your Tight IT Band

If your hips hurt or feel tight, it could be your IT band acting up.<p>If you've ever felt pain right outside your knee, you may have assumed that you have a knee injury. But it's also possible that you have a tight IT band.<p>So what is an IT band? "The iliotibial (IT) band is a dense band of fibrous …

Workouts

Great Glute Mini Band Moves

The butt…<p>It is an area that most women want to work on. Whether they want to make theirs bigger or smaller, rounder or firmer, most women want to …

Traditional Indian sweet snacks: a recipe for jalebi

Indian sweets are the Marmite of the pudding world: either you can’t stand their intense sweetness or you would happily sit chomping them all afternoon. Jalebi were my favourite as a child – golden, almost iridescent swirls of crisp batter soaked in a spiced sugar syrup. Traditionally, the batter …

Dessert

Anna Jones’s chocolate cake recipes

My insatiable sweet tooth knows almost no bounds, so cake is something I take seriously. There are three that I make on rotation at home. One: a banana buttermilk loaf from my friend and soon-to-be royal-wedding-cake-maker, Claire Ptak. And then there are these two: a dense, gooey (and incidentally …

Dessert

How to make the perfect chocolate souffle

Regardless of religion, the one thing that unites us as nation at Easter is our boundless appetite for chocolate eggs – we spend £220m a year on the things. If you’re out to impress, however, turn those eggs into a chocolate souffle instead: richly flavoured, yet featherlight, it’s the perfect end …

Dessert

The hard truth about back pain: don’t rely on drugs, scans or quick fixes

Most treatment is wasteful, wanton and wrong, says the Lancet. The key is to try to keep walking and working<p>Back pain is the biggest cause of disability globally, and most of us will have at least one nasty bout of it. But treatment is often wasteful, wanton and wrong, according to a series of …

Painkillers

Sculpt Legs and Core With 1 Move — All While Rehabbing Your Knees and Back

Pilates is an incredible style of exercise for a number of reasons, especially because you can completely transform your body while rehabilitating injuries. But the all time <i>best</i> Pilates move ever? According to Andrea Speir, founder of SPEIR Pilates in Los Angeles, it's Knees Off — and you don't …

Yoga
Literature

Tamal Ray’s recipe for lemon and ginger friands

There’s something liberating about the simplicity of a friand. To take a bite of one is to be reminded of the very reason we love cake. Key to its beauty is the browned butter. Take care when doing this, however: perfect brown is achieved only a few seconds short of unappetising, charred black. If …

Dessert

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

Six of the best pho recipes

<b>Vegan pho (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>30 min</b><br>Cook <b>1 hr 10 min</b><br>Serves <b>6</b><p>For the broth<b><br>1 white onion</b>, peeled, topped and tailed, to create flat surfaces for the griddle<b><br>2 large thumbs ginger</b>, peeledandhalvedlengthways<b><br>½ daikon</b>, peeled<b><br>3.5 litres water</b> <b><br>1kg mixed root veg</b> (carrot, swede, turnip, celeriac, parsnip)<b><br>250g</b> …

Onions

Route 66 might be iconic, but the real story — one of American Indians — has been lost along the way

<i>Beloved destinations often have overlooked histories. Mic dives into how the past shapes what travelers see today.</i><p>When Route 66 opened in 1926, …

The Best Notebooks for All Types of Travelers

Photo by oxana v/Unsplash<p>Which notebook fits your travel style?<p>Whether you're a bullet-journaler, a sketch artist, or a completely different kind of …

7 Exercises for Reducing Chronic Pain

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects approximately 100 million U.S. adults and costs $560 to $635 billion per …

Anna Jones’s recipes for peanut noodles and double ginger soba

I don’t often eat alone in restaurants. When I do, it is always satisfying a need for the same thing: the salvation of a bowl of noodles. There is something private about the comfort of noodles; they are not suited to being served family style; a bowl of noodles – especially a noodle soup – tends …

Onions

Gluten-Free Treat: Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)<p>Calories 111<p>Fat 7g<p>Carbs 11g<p>Protein 3g<p>Nutrition Facts<p>Servings: 24 (1 cookie each)<p>Amount per serving<p>Calories<p>111<p>% …

Simple asparagus or sweet corn: 20 best soup recipes – part 4

Simon Hopkinson’s asparagus soup<p>This is an extravagant indulgence. Although I have tried (and succeeded) to make asparagus soup with all the trimmings, peelings and off-cuts, it always ends up tasting a little bit like tinned soup. (I can only presume that this is because that is exactly what the …

Food Preservation

Seven ways ... to cope with pain

Acute pain is a necessary evil, an essential response to danger and a natural part of the healing process. Too much of it, and for too long, can be serious – but there are ways to manage it<p>Embrace it<p>Acute (short term) pain is an essential response to danger and we should be grateful for it; a rare …

Painkillers

Alice Hart's pear and parmesan tarte tatin with thyme pastry recipe

It’s a rare recipe than works as a starter, main or cheese course. Served as a starter or main, a rocket (arugula) side salad wouldn’t go amiss. As a dessert or cheese course, the tart will stand alone or can be accompanied by a little crème fraîche. Figs and hard goat’s cheese also work extremely …

Baking

Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for milk cakes with raspberry and rose curd

You haven’t really known cake until you’ve had it steamed. There’s a Chinese restaurant in Sheffield where you can get hulking portions of Malaysian steamed sponge cake: firm, featherweight, cakey and moist, all at once. These milk cakes are a riff on that; raspberry curd adds sharp-sweetness and …

Dessert

Work Your Core With Standing Balance Yoga Poses

Standing balances are difficult because they require leg strength and upper body flexibility in addition to the ability to balance on one leg. This …

Japanese “forest medicine” is the art of using nature to heal yourself—wherever you are

The fountain of youth is a forest. Trees cast off years and grant health and cheer, or so transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed in his 1836 essay “Nature.” “In the woods,” he wrote, “I feel that nothing can befall me [. . .] which nature cannot repair.”<p>Indeed, research shows that trees …

Santa Cruz

6 yoga pants to shop after you toss that "New York Times" op-ed in the trash

Long live yoga pants. They’re comfortable, they’re flattering… and did we mention they’re comfortable? Whether in workout class, lounging on the …

Blood orange and polenta cakes recipe

Little did I know when I wrote this recipe that polenta and citrus cakes are all the rage in coffee shops around the country. Well, the heart wants what the heart wants, and seemingly many hearts want this. It’s not hard to see why: polenta, or ground corn, makes for a deliciously dense cake, which …

Dessert

Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for cherry blondies with bay cream

Usually I like to take a recipe straight to its basest form: opera cake? Make that a chocolate sponge. Towering croquembouche? Serve ‘em a nice eclair instead. These blondies are unusual for me, then, because for once I’ve taken something a bit saccharine and naff and made it classier. Brought to …

Dessert

Six of the best pancake recipes

<b>Ricotta pancakes with sour cherries, clotted cream and honey (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>10-15 mi</b><b>n</b><br>Cook <b>2 min per pancake</b><br>Makes <b>18</b><p><b>100g dried and sweetened sour cherries</b> (or cranberries), whole or roughly chopped<b><br>6 tbsp water</b><b><br>2 tbsp caster sugar</b><b><br>A few knobs of butter</b><b><br>1 large egg</b><b><br>150g self-raising flour</b><b><br>250ml milk</b><b><br>1</b> …

Baking

Four easy winter lunch recipes for busy people

<b>Quinoa salad with comté, parsley and pumpkin seeds (pictured above)</b><p>Cook 100g quinoa with a bay leaf in 250ml salted boiling water until puffed but al dente. Spread the quinoa over a plate to cool, and squeeze over the juice of ½ lemon. In a bowl, mix 1 apple, 2 celery sticks and 1 leek, all finely …

Gruyere

This Is Exactly How a Nutritionist Uses Turmeric For Health, So You Can Do the Same

Ever since kale was revealed to be the most super of all leafy greens, health-savvy eaters have been keeping an eye out for the next big thing in nutritious eating. Avocados were the leader in the category for some time, but there's a new hero in the superfood sect that's been around for centuries …

Alternative Medicine