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Wars of Words – Ten Must-Read Memoirs from the First World War

First-hand accounts of the First World War became a distinct literary genre in the years following the 1918 Armistice. We asked one Great War blogger …

World History

HP printer? Over 100 inkjet models have two critical bugs so patch now, warns HP

HP has patches for two severe flaws affecting over 166 consumer models and multifunction business printers.<p><i>Video -- Business security: Printers are</i> …

Information Security

'They put us in a little box': how racial tensions shape modern soul music

Leon Bridges remembers the exact moment he realized something had gone wrong. It was June of 2016, and Bridges was performing a headlining set in front of a mixed crowd at the Roots music festival in Philadelphia when he noticed a visible disconnect with the black fans in his audience. As Bridges …

Smashed Cucumbers

Smashed cucumbers, or <i>pai huang gua</i>, is a Sichuan dish that is typically served with rich, spicy food. We started with English cucumbers, which are …

Make These Easy Salt & Vinegar Cucumbers All Summer Long

When you're in need of something crisp and refreshing alongside whatever you're serving — be it grilled shrimp or a roast chicken — let this be your …

Recipes

The Panchatantra: The ancient ‘viral memes’ still with us

A Persian scholar travelled to India in search of the Elixir of Life. According to legend the Elixir was not a potion but this book, writes Nilanjana S Roy.<p>In the first millennium, roughly 1,500 years ago, a pair of jackals began travelling around the world. They were known in India as Karataka and …

Literature

The Bodyweight Workout for Big Guys

Conditioning and Athleticism for Monsters<p>Fitness Challenges: By Little Guys for Little Guys<p>Many of the "challenges" that exist in the world of …

The 5 Best Exercises For Burning Belly Fat

A flat belly is a badge of honour. It’s an outward sign that you keep fit and watch what you eat.<p>And beyond the vanity aspects, a more chiseled torso …

Workouts

Great movies about faith are hard to come by. Enter Blue Velvet.

David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece treats sin and grace more seriously than most explicitly Christian films do.<p>The past few weeks have seen a spate of spiritually focused films. From <i>I Can Only Imagine</i> (about a Christian music group) to <i>God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness</i> (about a church struggling to …

Here's How to Wear Boots as the Weather Warms Up

Retire your snowboots for something a little lighter.<p>Though all but a necessity in the colder months, boots can serve you all year round. And as the cold weather gives way to spring and summer, you (and your wardrobe) could benefit from a few lightweight boots to keep your style on point. Whether …

Tale of 2 ricotta pies — one sweet, one savory — for Italian Easter feast

Pasqua — Easter — is considered the second most important religious event of the year in Italy. Bring this joyful celebration of the end of winter and nature’s rebirth to the table with torta pasqualina, a ricotta, sausage and artichoke stuffed pie, and pastiera napoletana, a Neapolitan pie made …

The 10 loafers you need to own now

It's a fact: you can never own too many shoes. Treat yourself to a loafer this season, timeless, classic and chic that tick all the …

Sun Salutation Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions

Sun salutations are a key part of any vinyasa flow style yoga practice. You may not even realize you are doing them, but many teachers use them as a …

The Garlic Broth Recipe That Brought Me Back to Health

This soup has just three other ingredients, but garlic is the one that matters.<p><i>This story is part of the Healthyish Guide to Feeling Better Already, a collection of recipes, remedies, and distractions to get you back on your feet.</i><p>Before there was this garlic broth, my sick-day cooking was pretty …

Recipes

Italian Easter Pie

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Prepare the crust: Combine flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined, 3 to 4 times. Add …

Saffron Rice with Partridges and Amontillado Sherry (Arroz con Perdiz)

In Jerez, a sherry maker and a criminologist have embarked on a quest to find the oldest, most potent casks of amontillado (and discover why it just …

Poem of the week: The Housewife by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

At the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act that paved the way for universal suffrage, this ringing, turn-of-the-century denunciation of domestic servitude has not lost its bite<p><b>The Housewife</b><br>Here is the House to hold me – cradle of all the race;<br>Here is my lord and my love, here are …

Literature

I Just Made Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts, and I Might Never Order Takeout Again

These crispy, spicy Brussels sprouts are crazy addictive—and easy to make at home.<p>Though I’ll eat pretty much any vegetable tossed in oil, seasoned …

Recipes

After 400 years lost, 'cursed' novel of Spain's imperial age is finally published

Previous workers on Golden Age manuscript The Orphan’s Story died, leading to rumours of curse<p>Four hundred years after it was written, a lost and supposedly cursed Golden Age novel chronicling the splendour, adventure and violence of Spain’s imperial zenith has been published for the first …

Beef Braciola

This impressive roast comes together quickly with a no-cook stuffing, then braises gently in the oven, becoming meltingly tender. The best part? The …

It's Poe's birthday, so here's Neil Gaiman reading The Raven

Neil Gaiman says Edgar Allan Poe should be read aloud, and he's right: he recorded this video of him reading "The Raven" in 2016 as part of Pat …

Smoked Salmon and Leek Tart | America's Test Kitchen

You will need a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom for this recipe. Buy smoked salmon that looks bright and glossy and avoid salmon that …

Pasteles de Masa – A Traditional Puerto Rican Christmas Dish

pasteles There are three things you must have on the table for a proper Puerto Rican Christmas pernil, arroz con gandules, and pasteles! This post is …

Christmas Eve

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson review – a new cultural landmark

The first version of Homer’s groundbreaking work by a woman will change our understanding of it for ever<p>Homer’s <i>Odyssey</i>, probably composed around 700BC, is one of the oldest poems in the western tradition, with a concomitantly long history of translation. The first into Latin was in the third …

Literature

Alain Gilles' Different Take on Cabinetry

The Frame Sideboard is designed to "create a dialogue" between materials<p>Interesting furniture design from a man with an interesting background: Alain …

17 Stuffed Squash Recipes That Are Full of the Good Stuff

Squash is an undeniable fall favorite. Full of fiber, flavor, and comforting as can be, it’s one of those ingredients that complements almost every …

Healthy Eating

Spicy Mussels with Chorizo and Wine

Yotam Ottolenghi’s lentil recipes

Need help to get through the run-up to Christmas? You could do a lot worse than turn to lentils, a safe haven from everything the season can throw at you<p>A day after Black Friday and with just a month to go until Christmas, now is a time I turn to lentils. Lentils are, for me, the culinary …

Cheese

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• 8 chicken thighs<br>• 1 tablespoon olive oil<br>• 1 tablespoon butter<br>• 4 cups chestnut or button mushrooms<br>• 3 shallots<br>• 2 cloves of garlic<br>• 1 teaspoon tomato puree<br>• 1 cup chicken or veal stock<br>• 1 cup dry white wine<br>• 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes<br>• 2 bay leaves<br>• 2 thyme sprigs<br>• 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley<br>• 1/2 cup cream<p>Season the …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

A fully loaded guide to the ultimate cooking recipes. Providing quick and easy cooking methods based on the Mediterranean culinary culture, Your Food …