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Fall Stir-Fry

Whisk the brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the soy sauce in a bowl. Toss the pork in the mixture. Marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.<p>Mix together the …

Soysauce

Easy (and fabulous) Chinese recipes to make at home

The new Chinese year, The Year of the Monkey, begins on Monday 8 February 2016, with festivities kicking off the day before New Year and continuing until the 15th day, when the Lantern Festival takes place.<p>Plenty of time, then, to get together with friends and family and celebrate by making great …

Eating the 5:2 way: healthy and delicious recipes for fasting days

More easy brunch, lunch and dinner dishes under 360 calories to pep up your fast days<p>5:2 is the most flexible approach to weight control and health you'll ever find.<p>On two days a week you cut your calorie consumption to around 25 per cent of what your body needs, and the rest of the time you eat …

Gut Gastronomy: recipes to heal your digestive system

Done the 5:2 diet? Try this restorative regime to improve digestion, perk up skin, hair and nails - and lose weight<p>In a world that increasingly questions where food comes from, and how it is grown or reared, there’s never been a more important time to take an interest in what you put in your …

Wellness

Greece on a budget: locals' tips on where to stay and eat

Still in the midst of its debt crisis, the notion of UK travellers on a budget in Greece might induce some black humour from locals, but tourists can help the economy – and save a few euros themselves<p>Greece’s debt crisis rumbles on, making it harder for locals to go on holiday. But with 27 million …

Travel

France on a budget: an expert guide to holidaying like the French

A few weeks’ vacances in countryside, coast or mountains are regarded as a universal right in France, and the French are expert at it. Here are some tips on copying them<p>They’re our closest neighbours, and experts at holidaying in their own country, but the French themselves can’t always afford …

France

City breaks with kids: Amsterdam

Continuing our series on family-friendly city holidays, we head to popular Amsterdam for bikes and boats, pancakes and play parks<p>More in this series: Berlin | Paris | Barcelona | Rome<p><b>I’m bored!</b><p>Amsterdam East, the “Brooklyn of Amsterdam”, offers a pleasant alternative to the usual tourist jaunts. …

European Travel

13 reasons why Brittany is better than Cornwall

Picture a Friday night when you pack the kids in the car and drive to Cornwall. It would take you a similar amount of time and effort to head across the Channel to Brittany, the north-western corner of France that juts out into the wild Atlantic just as its West Country cousin does.<p>Brittany’s …

Deliciously Ella's pear and vanilla smoothie

It’s taken me a while to create a banana free smoothie that I love, but this one is such a winner and I think you’ll all love it too. The mix of almond milk, almond butter, pear, spinach and oats work really well – it’s so creamy that you really don’t miss the texture that banana normally gives and …

Roast yogurt-marinated chicken recipe

A golden roast spatchcocked chicken, served with coriander, red onion and pomegranate salad<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>1.6kg (3lb 8oz) chicken<br>250ml (9fl oz) plain natural yogurt<br>juice of ½ lemon<br>3 tbsp olive oil<br>4 garlic cloves, crushed<br>1 tsp ground cayenne<p><b>for the dressing</b><br>1 small garlic clove, crushed<br>1 red …

The 10 best beach holidays in Italy for 2018

For more general advice on booking a break in Italy, see our Italy summer holidays guide. Our complete guide features expert recommendations for city, beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p>1. Puglia, Italy<p>Some of the best beaches in mainland Italy are in Puglia – particularly …

Tomato and mozzarella fusilli pasta jar salad

Easy to transport and simple to make, our new jar salads series showcases a variety of recipes that are both pretty and practical.<p>In this video, learn how to make a tasty fusilli and mozzarella jar salad with a tangy lemon and honey mustard dressing, perfect for lunch on the go.<p>Previously we shared …

Mezze recipes

A mezze platter is such a delightfully sociable way to eat. These small dishes, intended for sharing and often accompanied by flatbread, are part of …

Deliciously Ella's creamy vegan carbonara

Growing up, I was obsessed with cheesy pasta and I missed it so much when I changed my diet, so I’ve spent the past two years trying to replicate the same creamy, comforting dish but with a nourishing element.<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>For the sauce<p>150g cashews<br>• ⅓ butternut squash (200g)<br>• 2 tsp nutritional …

Mushrooms

Raw cacao, avocado and raspberry cake recipe

The chef and nutritionist behind The Detox Kitchen have the perfect recipe for a gluten-free, creamy chocolate cake<p>Created by one of our very talented chefs, Virginia, this is everything a chocolate cake should be: rich, creamy and intensely chocolatey. There is no baking involved, and the sweet …

South Indian style turkey stir fry with curried yoghurt recipe

Vivek Singh, Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Club restaurants, turns his turkey into a fragrant curried stir fry.<p>SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>Approx 500g leftover cooked turkey<br>• ½ teaspoon salt<br>• 2 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil<br>• 1inch piece of ginger, cut into thin strips<br>• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br>• 2 green …

Chili Beef Nachos

Step 1<p>Brown The Meat<p>Dice the bacon into small lardons and fry in a large deep saucepan for a few minutes until it crisps up. Spoon the bacon pieces …

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Dessert

Caravan's baked eggs and chorizo with tomato ragout recipe

Spice up your breakfast eggs with a tomato and pepper ragout<p>Serves 4<p>I first had baked eggs when I worked in a restaurant 12 years ago. The pastry chef was Israeli and he used to talk about this guy, called Dr Shakshuka, who would go to the food market in Tel Aviv, set up his pan and fry peppers, …

Magic intense chocolate cake

Use a 20cm square cake tin, silicone or greased with butter and lined with baking parchment.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>4 eggs, separated<br>• 80g caster sugar<br>• 70g brown sugar<br>• 1 tbsp water<br>• 125g butter<br>• 70g plain flour<br>• pinch of salt<br>• 40g unsweetened cocoa powder<br>• 500ml milk, at room temperature<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to …

The Not-for-Tourists Guide to Santorini

The typical traveler probably has a postcard image of Santorini in their mind. It’s a scene filled with blue domed houses perched on steep cliffs, rocky beaches, and romantic, dimly lit restaurants overlooking the Aegean. And it’s all very true, but that’s also the honeymooner, tourist-favorite …

Michel Roux’s marquise au chocolat dessert

This almost forgotten French classic is a wonderful layered construction of biscuit and flavoured ganache. It’s perfect for a special occasion as you can make it in advance and keep it in the fridge ready to slice when you want.<p>There are many variations but this recipe, with the retro touch of …

Goan prawn curry with coconut, chilli and coriander

SERVES<p>3-4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>400g raw king prawns, deveined, with tails on<br>• ½ tsp turmeric powder<br>• 1 tbsp Goan vinegar or malt vinegar<br>• Pinch of salt<br>• 1 tbsp vegetable oil<br>• 90g onion, finely chopped<br>• 80g tomato, finely chopped<br>• 3 cloves garlic, pounded to a paste<br>• 2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger, pounded to a paste<br>• 400ml …

Onion tart

This is delicious with a parsley sauce – quickly blanch a bunch of parsley then blend with a little cooking water to a smooth, thick sauce. Whizz in a knob of butter and, if you like, a drop of truffle oil, and season to taste.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the pastry</b><p>125g salted butter, cold and diced<br>• 250g …

Greece's secret islands

Think the Greek islands are swarming with tourists? Well, think again! Just don't tell everyone about these beautiful islands...<p>Kímolos<p>North of …

Stephen Harris' triple chocolate brownies

These are very dark, gooey, flourless brownies which must be allowed to cool before being cut.<p>MAKES<p>about 24<p>INGREDIENTS<p>250g butter, softened<br>• 300g muscovado sugar<br>• 4 eggs<br>• 1 level tsp baking powder<br>• 200g chocolate, 70 per cent cocoa, melted<br>• 50g chocolate bits (I blitz chocolate buttons in a processor)<br>• 120g …

The ultimate UK bucket list: 29 things to do before you die

Singapore’s Best-Kept Secrets: 10 Must-Visit Under the Radar Spots

There are the obvious things to do when you get to Singapore: the zoo, a stopover at Sentosa island, shopping on Orchard Road; but if you dig just a bit deeper, there are an abundance of off-the-beaten-track experiences that are truly the best way to experience this melting pot of cultures, trends, …

Know Before You Go: Maldives

It's easier than ever to get to the Maldives. Here are the details you need to plan a trip to this stunning destination.<p>White-sand beaches, world-class surf breaks, stunning reefs, diverse marine life, and a plethora of luxury resorts with drool-worthy overwater bungalows—the Maldives loom large in …

10 great train journeys you've (probably) never heard of

From cheap chugs and remote hill stations to mini palaces on rails. These are the lesser-known rides you need to hop aboard...<p>Coastal Pacific<p><b>South</b> …

Trains