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old estate

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Forests

Brazilian spicy barbecued chicken recipe

Try this Brazilian spicy chicken recipe next time you have a barbecue.<p><i>Serves six</i><p><b>Equipment</b><p>Long metal skewers<p>1.5kg chicken, spatchcocked<p><b>Marinade</b><p>6 red chillies, halved lengthways and deseeded<p>3 garlic cloves<p>4 plum tomatoes, halved<p>1 tbsp thyme leaves<p>Olive oil<p>1 tsp dried oregano<p>2 tsp red chilli flakes<p>4 …

Recipes

Classic caipirinha recipe

it's no wonder that the refreshing caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil.<p>You can substitute vodka for cachaça, but if you do then you should call the result a “caipiroska”. Victoria Moore has tested several cachaças – you can find her tasting notes here. But one of her favourites was Velho …

Recipes

Gluten-free baci di donna (lady’s kisses) biscuit recipe

Baci di donna are wonderful Italian biscuits that also happen to be gluten-free.<p><i>Makes approx 20</i><p>140g/5oz hazelnuts, toasted and skinned<p>140g/5oz rice flour<p>100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened<p>100g/3½oz sugar<p>55g/1.9oz 70 per cent cocoa dark chocolate, chopped<p>Place the hazelnuts in a food processor and …

Crab and peas with pasta recipe

You can use any shaped pasta for this summery crab supper.<p>For a richer dish, add 3 tbsp of cream to the crab before you toss it with the pasta. If you're watching your saturated fats, replace the butter with a further 2 tbsp olive oil. The brown crab meat intensifies the flavour, even if it does …

Recipes

My favourite dish: Ghillie James's Vietnamese beef salad

Ghillie James loves this zingy mix of beef, papaya and wild rice.<p>“I’m a big fan of sharing food,” says the food writer Ghillie James, whose latest collection of recipes, Amazing Grains, couldn’t be more sharing-friendly. “My favourite way of entertaining is to put a big platter of food in the …

Recipes

The new vegetarian: asparagus cheesecake with rocket salad

A light and summery ricotta and asparagus cheesecake with dressed rocket leaves.<p>A feather-light cheesecake that's easy to make<p><i>Serves four</i><p>85g (3oz) butter, plus extra for greasing<br>120g (4oz) oatcake biscuits<br>2 tbsp sesame seeds<br>50g (1¾oz) vegetarian Emmental (such as Président), grated<br>250g (9oz) green …

Ginger chicken with smashed Japanese cucumber recipe

Diana Henry's roast chicken, marinated in a hot, sweet sauce, to serve with chunks of ice-cold cucumber<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>50ml (2fl oz) soy sauce<br>• 3 tbsp sake or dry sherry<br>• 3 tbsp soft dark-brown sugar<br>• ½ tbsp brown miso<br>• 60g (2oz) ginger, peeled and finely grated<br>• 4 cloves garlic, finely grated<br>• 1 tsp …

Recipes

Barbecued romano peppers with goat’s cheese recipe

These peppers topped with goat's cheese cook beautifully on a barbecue.<p><i>Serves 6</i><p>3 romano peppers<p>100g soft goat’s cheese<p>A handful fresh basil leaves, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to garnish<p>2 tbsp rapeseed oil<p>Slice the peppers in half lengthways and remove the seeds and membranes. Mix together …

My favourite dish: Richard O'Connell's seared tuna loin

Richard O'Connell likes to serve seared tuna with pickled vegetables and wasabi mayonnaise.<p>“I love featuring this dish on our menu at the Jugged Hare,” says Richard O’Connell, whose smart Clerkenwell pub specialises in fantastic fish, British game and spit-roast meats. “It’s nice and light, and …

Three milk cake (pastel de tres leches) recipe

Three types of milk are used in this rich yet fluffy cake, traditionally served at Mexican celebrations<p>Pastel de tres leches is made using three types of milk – sweetened condensed, evaporated and whole milk. The cake is an intriguing creation, managing to be both rich and light at the same time. …

Dessert

Caramelized apple burrito (burrito de manzana) recipe

Forget meat burritos: nothing goes better in a crispy casing than stewed apples with cinnamon and vanilla ice cream<p>I love this dish for its simplicity. My time living in the US taught me a love for apple pie and this takes the same simple principle that stewed, spiced apples in a crispy casing are …

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Broad bean falafel sandwich with tahini sauce

Broad beans make a slightly lighter falafel than chick peas, perfect for this sandwich.<p>If you can’t get hold of this quantity of broad beans, just mix them with tinned chickpeas.<p><i>Serves six</i><p><i>Falafels</i><p>500g/1lb fresh broad beans, removed from the pod<p>1 tsp baking powder<p>1 small red onion, chopped<p>1 garlic …

Recipes

Sensational strawberry recipes

Strawberry season is upon us. We asked chefs and food writers from Lorraine Pascale to Paul Rankin for their favourite recipes<p>There's no taste that evokes the English summer better than a delicious home-grown strawberry, preferably still warm from the sun.<p>The best English strawberries really need …

Healthy Eating

Crab club sandwiches with dulse mayonnaise recipe

The sea vegetable dulse pairs expertly with crab<p>Makes 4<p>Dulse, Mara assures, is best with smoky foods and fish, so I have added it to mayonnaise for a luxurious club sandwich made with crab and smoked bacon, a filling starter or an ideal lunch. The recipe suggests that you season the mayonnaise with …

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Fig and goat’s-cheese pizza recipe

Sweet figs balance sharp goat's cheese, tender golden onions and balsamic vinegar in this scrumptious pizza<p><i>Serves two to four (depending on appetite)</i><p>I have given instructions on how to make your own dough, but if you’d rather not, Marks & Spencer now does ready-made fresh pizza dough that is very …

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Speedy weeknight suppers: fig, prosciutto and gorgonzola croutes

Carmalised figs and prosciutto make for an easy but stylish Italian meal<p>This recipe, given to me by a good friend and fellow cook, Bella Thomas-Ferrand, sings of indulgent Italian eating both with its classic flavours and ease of preparation. A friendly greengrocer will find you figs but failing …

Recipes

How O. J. Simpson Killed Popular Culture

Two decades after America dropped whatever it was doing to watch a white Bronco cruise down the San Diego Freeway, the O. J. Simpson case remains unparalleled as noir mystery, soap opera, and (though no one knew it at the time) TV’s first reality show. Examining how the cast—Kato Kaelin, Marcia …

What Are the Best Phone Apps for My Summer Camping Trip?

<i>A:</i><p>Before you go off the grid camping and hiking, tap the latest apps that will help you plan your trip, your trails, and where to pitch your tent. Even if you don’t have service, many of these apps will remain handy.<p>AllTrails<p>(AllTrails, Inc.)<p>A catalog of hiking routes in the U.S. and Canada, …

National Parks

Defender of Texting and Driving Can't Be Serious

While driving down the 405 the other day, I read a dumb article on my smart phone. An <i>LA Weekly</i> blogger boasted that even though it's illegal, he texts and drives and isn't sorry about it. The piece was accompanied by a photo of a very cool-looking dude in the driver's seat of a car with his left …

Text Messaging

Three Disco Greats on Larry Levan's Life and Legacy

Francois K, Joey Llanos and David Depino share memories from their days at the Paradise Garage<p>When the Paradise Garage opened in 1977, it became — to …

Soul Music

The Arsenio Hall Show | Hulu

The Arsenio Hall Show is currently unavailable to stream on-demand, but may be available on Hulu with Live TV depending on regional availability. Try …

How to Make an Incredible Burger, According to 6 Meat-Masters

Have you ever gone to a restaurant, had an amazing burger, and then tried to replicate it at home only to have disastrous results? That's what you get for trying. But in the spirit of spreading knowledge and leveling the playing field for meat aficionados everywhere, we consulted six burger experts …

Burgers

Lunch al Desko: Upgrade Your Midday Meal

With a few strategies, a bit of planning, and a little sea salt in your cubicle, weekday lunch can be as delicious and exciting as any meal of the week. Here’s how to rethink the way you brown-bag it<p><i>Imagine an office meal you’re actually excited to break for (no hard feelings, turkey</i> …

Healthy Eating

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …