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10 of the best cookery apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

From soups and stews to roasts, vegetarian and vegan meals – here are some of the most helpful apps to get you cooking<p>The recent rumpus about the BBC’s plans for its recipes websites showed how many of us are turning to digital sources rather than traditional books when cooking. Inevitably, there …

Apps

Readers' travel photography competition: May – in pictures

From the Yorkshire moors to a New Zealand glacier, landscapes dominate this month’s competition. Scroll to see the poignant winning shot, judged by Mick Ryan of fotovue.com. All monthly winners will be displayed at the year-end exhibition at the Guardian’s London HQ; the overall winner gets a …

Travel Photography

Classic, Everyday Ingredients Get Taken to New Levels in the Home Cooked Cookbook

Anya Fernald’s new cookbook, Home Cooked, is here to rescue any home cook looking for new inspiration for classic, familiar ingredients. Fernald’s …

Yogurt cake with poached figs

This beautifully light pudding is delicious lukewarm or chilled. In Tabriz, in the north-east of Iran, yogurt cakes are popular served with all kinds of refreshing fruit on the side, from pomegranates to peaches.<p>I love the sweet poached figs here, which offset the lemony sharpness of the yogurt …

Photographer turns old food scraps into new pieces of art

Lauren Purnell has a real talent for playing with food.<p>On her blog Culinary Canvas, Purnell turns leftover food scraps into small collages.<p>Purnell …

Culinary Arts

How to MAKE a Bow for Your Holiday Gifts

‘Tis the season for gift giving! This year we are all about adding delightful details and bright finishing touches to our gift wrapped packages, mixing and matching different colored wrapping paper, ribbons and gift toppers to make a cheerful assortment of gifts under our Christmas tree. Learn how …

Chemicals

Photographer Captures Stunning South Korean Landscapes Reflected in Mirror-Like Lakes

South Korean photographer Jaewoon U has gathered quite the following on 500px, and rightly so. His majestic landscape shots of his home country are nothing if not magical, overflowing with colors and rich details. The Seoul-based artist is particularly skilled at capturing beautiful outdoor scenery …

Photography

This Moroccan City Is Completely Covered in Ethereal Blue Paint

Chefchaouen is the stuff of dreams — but it's real.<p>As people who love color, we're always looking out for rooms that employ vibrant decor. But entire cities that embrace our love of saturated hues? Now you've got us excited.<p>Chefchaouen is a town in northwest Morocco that is best known for its …

15th century

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

3 ingredient cotton cheesecake: why all the hype?

We put the infamous Japanese three-ingredient white chocolate cheesecake recipe to the test<p>Amidst our fascination with <b>The Great British Bake Off</b>, its biscuit boxes, <b>Spanische Windtortes</b> and <b>3D bread sculptures</b>, there is something about an easy recipe that none of us can ignore.<p>YouTuber, <b>Ochikeron</b>, has …

Dessert

Gyotaku: The Traditional Japanese Art of Painting Marine Life with Actual Fish

In her nature-inspired works of art, Heather Fortner not only depicts the forms of fish, but does so using the actual bodies of the fish. The technique is called <i>gyotaku</i> (? gyo “fish” + ? taku “rubbing”), a traditional Japanese method of fish printing that originated in the mid-19th century as a way …

Japanese Art

Gorgeous Landscapes Reveal the Idyllic Tranquility of Japan

Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki has captured the idyllic landscapes of Japan in a remarkably tranquil light. Between the quiet foggy rivers, peaceful rice fields, and twilight at Mt. Fuji, there's something for everyone who's looking for a visually relaxing utopia. "My photographs are like Japanese …

Japan

Chocolate Ice Cream

Makes about 4 cups<p>June 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>7 ounces dark chocolate (70% to 75% cacao), finely chopped<p>2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole milk<p>1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>6 large egg yolks<p>13 tablespoons sugar, divided<p>1/4 cup heavy whipping cream<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Place chocolate in a medium metal …

Dessert

25 Japanese Gardens All Nature Lovers Need to Visit ASAP

Manicured landscapes, wildflower fields, and Zen rock gardens define these historic retreats.<p>Each Japanese garden has its own fascinating history — some of the beautiful scenes here go back as far as the 17th century, while others were originally commissioned for wealthy actors and businessmen but …

A Look Back at Presidential China Patterns

The Obamas just revealed their official design, but they follow in the footsteps of many administrations before them.<p>Not every president had official state china, but the dinnerware that does exist offers a unique peek into life at the White House.

9 Dreamy Paper Flower DIYs to Swoon Over

These impressive blooms give fresh-cut stems a run for their money.<p>These impressive blooms give fresh-cut stems a run for their money — and last way longer.

Never Mess Up a Pie Crust Again

Never mess up pie dough again.<p><i>We all make cooking mistakes. Which is why digital food editor Dawn Perry is here to help. Welcome to Effed It Up</i>.<p>Recently we asked on Facebook, "Hey, what have you effed up in the kitchen lately?" The good news is you're all messing up the same stuff: rice, eggs of …

Baking

13 Sweet Lemon Treats for Your Springtime Celebrations

Craving a little citrus? Whip up one of these tasty recipes.<p><b>1. Lemon Bars with Olive Oil & Sea Salt</b><p>Lemon and sea salt may not be a common combination, but we're so glad someone thought of adding sea salt to lemon bars. To find the recipe for these delicious (and healthy!) bars, go to Bites Out of …

The Sneaky Places Mosquitoes Hide in Your Yard

Bugs be gone!<p>For these pesky flying creatures, prevention is the best form of control, and it's time to get working. Once temperatures hit above 50 degrees consistently in your area, any stagnant water in your yard is a ticking time bomb full of mosquito larvae waiting to buzz. Keep tabs on these …

Mosquitoes

John Besh's Stuffed French Toast

Make this delicious breakfast treat.<p>"Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread in a jar, created in Italy in the 1940s, and when my wife and I were living in Europe, we became hooked on it. But the truth is, I'll stuff French toast with anything, from peanut butter and honey to apricot preserves, and …

10+ Gorgeous Green Living Rooms

In colors ranging from lime to mint, these gathering spaces are for green lovers.<p>In colors ranging from lime to mint, see pictures of 10 of our favorite green living room designs.

20 Indoor Plants for the Small-Space Gardener

All of these beauties are easy to keep alive.<p>If your home wasn't blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn't mean you can't flex your green thumb. All of these plants take up minimal space, require little sun (a <i>must</i> when you only have a few windows to work with), and are basically made for …

This Designer Has Carved a Spoon Every Day For a Year - Dwell

The Norwegian designer, who has interned with Tom Dixon and shown work around the world, settled on the project to explore the organic qualities of wood and improve his skill. He told us why he picked spoons as a subject, what it’s like to come up with 365 different designs for such a simple …

Woodworking

The Sneaky Ways Your House Is Making You Cranky (And How To Fix It!)

Feeling a bit off lately? The way you've decorated your home might be the culprit.<p><b>1. There's not a potted plant in sight.</b>Bright green leaves breathe life (literally) into your home — houseplants can purify the air indoors, which can be five times more polluted that outdoor air, reports the EPA. …

Family of Crafters Crochet Adorably Tiny Animals That Fit on Your Fingers

Su Ami is a family of five crafters living in Vietnam, and together they create adorable miniature animals that'll fit on your finger tips. They run an Etsy shop under the same name and stock it with sweet creatures of all kinds – both real and imaginary. Tiny turtles, whales, owls, and unicorns …

Yarn

Magnificent Faucet Swirls Water into Elegant Patterns

A London student recently designed this conservation-friendly faucet that swirls your water into captivating geometric patterns as soon as you turn on the tap. The faucet weaves small jets of water into intricate, cross-hatched designs that look like they belong on delicate crystal glassware. The …

Water

16 Delicious Desserts Proving Raspberries and Chocolate Belong Together

Looking for an elegant dessert for your next dinner party? Here's 16 perfect raspberry-chocolate dishes.<p><b>1. Glazed Dark Chocolate Donuts</b><p>These donuts are truly decadent: Blogger Deliciously Yum glazed simple cake donuts with a combination of chocolate and raspberries — best served warm so the icing …

Dessert

Photographer Travels the World to Capture the Diversity of Beauty in 37 Different Countries

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is on a mission to capture portraits of women from every country in the world in order to shed light on the beauty that exists everywhere. A little over two years ago, at the age of 27, Noroc quit her job, withdrew all her life savings, and embarked on an …

South America

Brothers Grimm-Inspired Photos Reveal Haunting Fairytale Worlds

German photographer Kilian Schnberger transports viewers to magical, mysterious worlds through his fairytale-inspired series <i>Brothers Grimm's Wanderings</i>. A sequel to his previous series <i>Brothers Grimm's Homeland</i>, this collection of atmospheric photographs shot throughout Central Europe evokes the …

Framing