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Cauli gosh: Yotam Ottolenghi’s cauliflower recipes

Whether it’s roasted, steamed, raw, baked, curried, pureed or boiled, there’s a cauliflower recipe to suit every occasion<p>What with all the campaigning going on right now (and we all know that’s only going to get worse), I’ve decided that after this week I’m going to step down from a cause I’ve long …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?

A growing number of scientists are suggesting that depression is a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system<p>Barely a week goes by without a celebrity “opening up” about their “battle with depression”. This, apparently, is a brave thing to do because, despite all efforts to get rid …

'This is an article by someone with bipolar disorder... by someone just like you.'

BIPOLAR DISORDER or manic-depression – have you ever said it on a public street loud enough for someone else to hear? Try it. Someone will pass a …

Mental Health

“I should be looking forward to Christmas but it seems like a mountain I have to climb”

CHRISTMAS CAN BE a time of joy, generosity and renewed friendships, but can also bring stress, sadness and financial pressures.<p>On a chilly November …

Golden Lane

How to make the perfect eggnog

Is Christmas not Christmas without eggnog, or do you prefer mulled wine – or another festive tipple entirely? Which spirits and spices do you use, and does anyone serve eggnog warm?<p>Victory is mine – after five years of begging, this Christmas I’ve finally been let loose on the eggnog by my doubting …

The Art of Building 2014 competition – in pictures

From a flaming brick kiln in India to a rare look inside the futuristic new Metro in Amsterdam, here are the finalists for the Art of Building 2014 photography competition

Opinion: Some of the everyday struggles people with mental illnesses face in Ireland

WHEN I WAS in my early twenties I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I went to my doctor with a flu and came out with this diagnosis (I was …

Babies are smarter if they spend longer in the mother's womb

Image: CarbonNYC [in SF!]<p>Image: CarbonNYC [in SF!]<p>A NEW STUDY HAS found that babies who are heavier when they are born have an academic edge at …

Pregnancy

One woman's story of 16 years inside a Russian jail

Tatyana Gavrilova was convicted of murder in 1999. On her release from prison she spoke to MediaZona, a partner in the Guardian’s New East network, about ongoing abuse inside the country’s notorious penal system – and her determination to fight for the rights of inmates<p>Read the original in …

Probiotics: myth or miracle?

The market for pills and yoghurts containing ‘friendly’ bacteria is worth $28bn, but do claims for them stack up? Can they really alter our gut flora? And are we healthier if they do? You may find the answers surprising<p>The chances are, you think you are an individual. Within a few social, economic …

A letter to … the girl who accused me of rape when I was 15

The letter you always wanted to write<p>I was 15 and you were 13. Exactly one year and four months apart. But they will say two years because apparently, in months, we are supposed to round up. I had never met you before, even though we went to the same school. After the usual Friday night routine of …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

Physiology

How to cook the perfect Christmas lunch

Jeremy Lee reveals the chef’s secrets to the main Christmas event: delicious turkey and all the trimmings<p>The truly great magic of Christmas is where it falls amid the seasons: the final farewell bid to autumn is made at the close of November swiftly followed by the mighty push through December to …

Turns out that hand dryers can spread bacteria

<b>Updated 12.17pm</b><p>Source: Mark Von Holden<p>IF YOU USE hand dryers because you think they’re the most hygienic choice at a public toilet, you might want to …

200 cases of bowel cancer found through screening

Doctor<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>Doctor<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>ALMOST 200 CASES of bowel cancer have been found to date in people thanks to BowelScreen.<p>The early …

Cancer

Opinion: Develop your ‘mental fitness’ in work to find a sense of well-being

HOW WE FEEL in work can impact directly on our productivity and job satisfaction, and influences our general wellbeing. A recent report published by …

Golden Lane

Bullying: share your experiences

Next week marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week in the UK. Were you bullied at work or school? How did your friends and family support you? Share your stories via GuardianWitness<p>National Anti-Bullying Week runs from 17-21 November with this year’s theme being ‘Let’s stop bullying for all’. After …

User Generated Content

Our Thames Water meter was supposed to save money so why did bill go up?

We are a frugal family and use less water than the national average per person – yet our bill went up 375%<p><b>We have received a staggering water bill for more than £900 for six months from Thames Water. Since switching to a water meter just over two years ago we have been paying about £350 a year,</b> …

Finance

20 best slow food recipes: part 4

Five more delicious dishes that are worth the wait, including lamb tagine and Nigel Slater’s confit of duck, all chosen by Observer Food Monthly<p>Nigel Slater’s confit of duck<p>It looks mean, I know, just one piece of duck per person, but it is really all you need. I eat it two ways, either with …

20 best slow food recipes: part 3

Delicious dishes that are worth the wait, including Nigella Lawson’s chicken and and Bruce Poole’s slow-roast lamb, all selected by Observer Food Monthly • The final part of this series launches tomorrow at 8am<p>April Bloomfield’s green pea and ham soup<p>I’ve eaten split pea and ham soup for as long as …

Mix master: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for cooking with spice mixes

From dukkah and za’atar to ras el hanout and panch phoron, there’s a spice mix out there to suit any eventuality<p>I know there’s a difference between black and white sesame seeds – the black seeds are unhulled and aren’t quite as nutty as the white – but the reason I often sprinkle both on a dish has …

Column: Embrace your inner zombie – eat some pumpkin brains

THE IRISH EXPORTED to America, along with Famine migration, the notion of carving the heads of turnips to make lamps during the Samhain festival. …

Recipes

Rachel Riley: ‘Stop saying that girls aren’t as good at maths’

The Countdown presenter (she of the rude anagrams) on the reaction to a blonde Essex girl with an Oxford masters degree and why she did Strictly Come Dancing<p><b>Every interview with you – by law – has to mention the occasions that you have to spell out rude words in the Countdown letters game. Is that</b> …

Mathematics

Living with Lupus: Attacked by your own immune system

Source: Lupus Group Ireland/YouTube<p>THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE in Ireland suffer from Lupus, but many people know very little about the condition.<p>Lupus Group …

Golden Lane

This government is engineering its own downfall through Irish Water

MOST GOVERNMENTS EVENTUALLY collapse under their own weight. They create too many scandals, govern with too many inconsistencies and lose the trust …

News (Ireland)

Opinion: Stuttering is unforgiving – it never rests – but despite it I've found my true voice

THERE’S A CERTAIN comfort that comes from being in the company of people who have travelled a similar path as you. It’s strange how complete …

News (Ireland)

How's your spine looking? Good enough for a selfie?

Sisters Eva-Marie (7) and Saoirse (10) Carey.<p>Sisters Eva-Marie (7) and Saoirse (10) Carey.<p>IT’S WORLD SPINE day and people are being asked to take a …

Yoga

These handy tips will help develop your child's maths skills (without them knowing it)

Image: learn to count via Shutterstock<p>Image: learn to count via Shutterstock<p><i>Dr Pamela Moffett from Stranmillis University College (a Maths Week</i> …

Mathematics

32,000 pupils to take part in mammoth study on teenagers and sleep

Parents have struggled for years with how to get their teenager out of bed in time for school - now researchers are attempting to discover if a …

News (Ireland)