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Colombian scrambled eggs with avocado

This is a recipe I picked up in Miami, and it’s now our top-selling breakfast dish.<p>Back in March 2012, when I was working at our sister restaurant Sugarcane, in Midtown Miami, one of the Colombian chefs was making breakfast to aid his tender feeling after quite a heavy night. He told us about a …

Breakfast

This Genetically Engineered Bacteria Can Inhale CO2 And Produce Energy

We really need this.<p>This new genetically engineered bacteria can take CO2 out of the air and convert it into energy. And while it won't fix our …

Harvard

Which bullet blender should you buy?

Over the last year or so, the Nutribullet has quickly become a must-have appliance for kitchens all across the country. It was a best-seller last Christmas - with John Lewis reportedly selling one every 30 seconds - and has even replaced the Nespresso machine as the most popular kitchen …

Gordon Ramsay's 5 Basic Cooking Lessons Involve No Anger, Lots Of Helpful Tips

This is one "hell" of a how-to.<p>Chef Gordon Ramsey may be a devil in his gourmet kitchen, but he's surprisingly helpful when handling raw salmon at home.<p>In the above video posted earlier this spring, the "Hell's Kitchen" star teaches five basic cooking tips to make home meal prep a breeze. We love …

Genetically altered food safe, but not living up to promise, report finds

Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report …

Agriculture

10 facts about black holes

One contender for the smallest thing in the universe is the singularity at the center of a black hole. (Shown here, an artist's drawing of a black hole pulling gas away from a companion star.)NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet<p>Black holes are the only objects in the universe that …

What I want most from Google I/O 2016 is a great camera app

Every Nexus comes with built-in disappointment<p>The Nexus 6P is wonderful. It's a superb Android phone from top to bottom — design, build quality, display, battery life, and camera. But when I say "camera," I mean the image quality that the 6P (and 5X for that matter) can capture. I'm talking about …

A lighter way to enjoy Italian recipes by Anna Jones

Italy’s soothing staples are given a fresh, light touch this week with an onion and nettle cream risotto and ricotta dumplings rolled in a perky, cherry tomato sauce<p>Don’t miss the double-sized Italian issue of Guardian Cook this weekend<p>My cooking life has centered around Italy. I earned my stripes …

Recipes

Yotam Ottolenghi’s aubergine with black garlic recipe

Aubergine pairs beautifully with black garlic<p>Roasted garlic with black pepper, garlic and herbs is a delicious dish<p><b>Yotam Ottolenghi: don't be scared of black garlic</b><p><b>Black garlic brownies recipe</b><p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>3 medium aubergines, sliced into 1.5cm rounds (900g)<br>200ml olive oil<br>8 large or 16 small …

Dressings to sass up your salads

All the dressings are enough for a salad for four, but judge as you pour them on – you don't want to swamp your salad.<p>Anchovy, olive and caper dressing<p>This is good on tomatoes, warm waxy potatoes (with chopped shallots), roast peppers and warm hard-boiled eggs.<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1½ tbsp white-wine vinegar<br>• 2 …

Recipes

Our top chocolate cakes

Everyone loves a wedge of chocolate cake. Here are our all-time favourite recipes, from chefs such as Mark Hix, Diana Henry and Deliciously Ella.<p><b>Chocolate cakes</b><p><b>Mark Hix: Ronnie's chocolate cake</b><p><b>Chocolate cake for a glass of milk</b><p><b>Chocolate blackout cake</b><p><b>Flourless chocolate cake with Irish-coffee</b> …

Raspberry and whisky bread and butter pudding

This is way better than bread-and-butter pudding made with dried fruit; the tartness of the raspberries slices right through the richness.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>400ml (14fl oz) full-fat milk<br>• 400ml (14fl oz) double cream<br>• 1 tsp vanilla extract<br>• 5 whole eggs plus 1 yolk (large)<br>• 150g (5½oz) caster sugar<br>• 250g …

Avocado milkshake recipe

Avocado milkshake is refreshing and great for staving off hunger<p>Add vanilla ice cream to to avocado milkshake make this even more decadent.<p><b>SERVES</b><br>2-4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>Ice cubes<br>2 large avocado, peeled<br>500ml/17floz whole milk<br>6 tbsp caster sugar, plus extra to taste<p>METHOD<br>Half-fill a blender or juicer with ice …

Quick tomato soup

The chilli sauce is optional, but often popular with even small children.<p>SERVES<p>Makes four little cupfuls or two bowlfuls<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 tbsp butter<br>• 1 clove garlic<br>• 400g tin of tomatoes<br>• 1 tbsp tomato purée<br>• A shake of sweet chilli sauce (optional)<br>• Nutmeg (optional)<p>METHOD<p>Melt the butter in a small pan and …

Mary Berry's traditional Victoria sponge cake recipe

A great British classic, the Victoria Sponge was named after Queen Victoria who was widely thought to have enjoyed a slice at afternoon tea.<p>Sandwiched together with raspberry jam and dusted on the top with caster sugar, the cake possibly started out in the nursery, according to English Heritage. In …

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Cherry, apple and chocolate mug crumble

SERVES<p>1<p>TOTAL TIME<p>5 minutes<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the fruit</b><p>1 apple, peeled, cored and diced<br>• 1 tbsp caster sugar<br>• knob of butter<br>• 60g pitted cherries<p><b>For the crumble</b><p>15g butter (1 slice 5mm thick)<br>• 1 tbsp soft brown sugar<br>• 2 heaped tbsp plain flour<br>• 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder<br>• pinch of salt<p>METHOD<p>In a mug, mix the apple …

What to Do with a Few Leftover Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic loves. It loves berries. It love steak. It loves a tangle of creamy, caramelized onions. It loves bread and oil. It loves cheese. It loves even the bitterest greens. Balsamic plays well with others almost anywhere you put it. Pull down your bottle (whether you're someone who reaches for it …

Recipes

Limoncello

How many drinks are this mouthwatering yet powerful, fresh-tasting yet long-lived? Or, indeed, packed with tangy acidity, yet syrupy and thick – and are sipped after dinner as a digestif ?<p>At least, that’s how they drink limoncello in southern Italy, especially along the Amalfi coast and in Sicily. …

Piri piri chicken

Smoky, spicy and slightly sweet, Portuguese piri piri chicken is a perfect family meal<p>Whenever I go to Portugal my first pit stop is the same: a chicken piri piri restaurant that is little more than a shack (there are no real walls, just bits of matting hung on a frame) at the side of a dusty road. …

Braised chicken with olives and pine nuts recipe

This is Sicilian inspired chicken is braised in white wine, with sweet raisins, pine nuts and a lively garlic and orange-zest finish<p>This is Sicilian inspired and can be sweet-sour (in which case add the raisins) or simply savoury (in which case leave them out). Apart from a quick browning on the …

Astronauts Trapped In Isolation Habitat Explore Asteroid In Virtual Reality

A simulated mission visits a simulated asteroid<p>Two NASA crew members came face-to-face with an asteroid yesterday. The astronauts left their vehicle to float above the surface of the asteroid, collecting rock and soil samples. And they did it all without leaving the space habitat mockup at Johnson …

Virtual Reality

From peppermint to oolong: the surprising health benefits of a cup of tea

Us Brits don't really need more of a reason to drink tea - but today (21 April) is National Tea Day, so there's an added incentive to put the kettle on.<p>The recent news that drinking camomile tea may help women live longer has got us thinking about the health benefits of our morning cuppa.<p>Here we …

Houseplants 101: Growing Your Own Chilies Indoors

Even if you’re living in the pokiest of apartments, you can grow your own chili peppers year-round. Houseplants have made a huge comeback lately, and …

Puff pastry red-wine-poached pear tartlets

These are really cute, and very autumnal. The pastry just puffs up round the shape of the pear. You can poach the pears in white wine or cider, or just sugar and water if you prefer.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>300ml water<br>• 300ml fruity red wine (merlot is good)<br>• 175g soft light-brown sugar<br>• 2 broad strips lemon …

The people who refused to leave Chernobyl

It is 30 years since the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Fiona Macdonald explores the work of Andrej Krementschouk, who has documented destruction – and new life – at Chernobyl.

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

5 Books That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Sometimes, all you need is a reminder of where you're headed.<p>I am an avid reader. I read because there is so much incredible material out there to learn from, but I also read to stay inspired. In the same way movies and YouTube montages and podcasts inspire, books can have a tremendous impact on …

Motivation

Authentic guacamole recipe, approved by Wahaca experts

This wonderful guacamole recipe comes from chef Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of Wahaca, the chain of Mexican restaurants.<p>Guacamole is the Aztec for 'avocado’ (guac) and 'sauce’ (mole). The secret is to use ripe avocados, and masses of fresh coriander and lime. Season well and eat, knowing that …