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Los Angeles

6 Innovative Bike Locks

Keeping your bicycle safe has never been easier—or more fun

Zackees LED Turn Signal Gloves

Created by a Google Engineer, these Turn Signal Gloves are one of the best ways to increase your visibility and communicate your turning intentions …

Crowd Funding

Bookman Curve Front Bike Light

Founded by a group of friends drawn together by a pure passion for cycling, Stockholm-based Bookman has become a key player in the bike accessories market since their first products hit shelves three years ago. From sleek, utility-focused USB-rechargeable lights to making the morning pedal-powered …

Cycling

Soups, broths and chowder recipes

Hearty packed lunches of chowders, soups and broths are what is needed if the cold weather is testing your health-conscious resolve<p>For many of us, in spite of the moody, cold weather outside, January’s lunches were an odd assortment of sushi and salads in an attempt to offset December’s inevitable …

Homemade cheap and healthy snacks to keep at work

Chocolate dipped oranges and seasoned popcorn are perfect for when the urge to snack rises – and you don’t want to rely on the vending machine<p>The short winter days may be gradually lengthening as sunset creeps forward, but we still find ourselves looking forward to a mid-afternoon snack to lift the …

Recipes

Beetroot hummus and cavolo nero dips

Food waste campaigner and chef Tom Huntwas asked to create a pop-up banquet using only surplus food, his cooking philosophy changed forever<p>Several years ago, Tristram Stuart’s food waste campaign (now called Feedback) asked me to create a pop-up banquet using surplus food. They wanted me to cater …

A good beef stew should be in every cook’s repertoire

Select a fatty cut of meat, cook it slowly and pad it out with root veg and hearty dumplings for a thrifty and unbeatably satisfying winter meal – whatever country you’re from<p>A good beef stew should be in every cook’s repertoire. It is warming, inexpensive (when bulked out with root vegetables), …

Bone broth: the trend everyone's raging about

To some it’s just a souped up stock, but advocates say there’s more skill involved – and, given that we’ve been eating it for centuries, is there something special about it?<p>The perfect winter health food isn’t cold, green or slimy. Move over kale smoothies and juice cleanses, because the elixir …

Jack White’s guacamole recipe: perfect for the avocado obsessive

The White Stripes frontman’s rider is so specific it even provides a guacamole recipe. Chef Martin Morales gives his approval<p>Holy mole. News that Jack White’s rider specifies EXACTLY how he likes his guacamole – and helpfully provides venues with a recipe – doesn’t surprise me. Before I became a …

Nigel Slater’s hasselback potatoes, baked cheese and ham recipe

A hot and crispy, salty and satisfying easy meal<p>The recipe<p>Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Peel two medium-sized baking potatoes, cut in half lengthways and place them cut-side down on a chopping board.<p>Using a kitchen knife, make thin slices across each potato, but only cutting three quarters of …

How to bake buttermilk, cheddar and chive bread

A magic trio of ingredients allows you to get a loaf of fresh bread on the table in under an hour. It is delicious hot and buttered, or cold and smeared with Marmite<p>I make a lot of bread. My children love it in all shapes and sizes. And while I enjoy the gentle prove of a dough made with yeast, …

Our 10 best blue cheese recipes

Tangy, ripe and deeply savoury, blue cheese brings depth to lasagnes, spruces up soups and makes a handsome dressing for chips. We dare you to try the stilton custard ...<p>Bruschetta with stichelton, purple sprouting broccoli and capers<p>Cheese on toast gets an upgrade with this broccoli, stichelton …

Great Australian white wines

White wines from Down Under took a hammering when punters turned their noses up at the oak-filled chardonnays, but since then the Aussie white has reinvented itself and is now well worth a revisit<p><b>Innocent Bystander Willing Participant Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2012 (£11.99,</b> …

The truth about ‘miracle foods’ – from chia seeds to coconut oil

Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dandruff… can these things really be cured, or at least prevented, by what we eat?<p>As books that give answers go, there’s one classic that often gets overlooked – the dictionary. So next time you’re wondering whether a £10 tub of the latest miracle food can really …

Nigel Slater’s rhubarb recipes

Rhubarb’s slender pink stalks are one of the few bright points of this time of year. Cook them with pork or cream for a tinglingly delicious sweet-and-sour supper<p>It comes as no surprise that rhubarb, so blisteringly good in a crumble, is less popular than it could be. It is a fruit (or vegetable to …

Nigel Slater’s spiced turnips with spinach

A delicious and wholesome vegetarian recipe with a touch of emerald green<p>The recipe<p>Peel 1kg of mixed small turnips and swede and cut them into large pieces. Cook the turnip and swede either in boiling, lightly salted water, or in a steamer, until tender.<p>In a shallow pan, fry a peeled and roughly …

Our 10 best offal recipes

Nose-to-tail eating is both economic and sustainable, which is why we’re showcasing this array of bold culinary possibilities, including a cheeky pie and a modern twist on oxtail soup<p>Braised ox-cheek pie<p>Cheek has a punchy flavour and, if treated with low heat and a bit of liquid, it’ll break down …

The new Spanish red wines

The rapid rise of the Spanish red grape variety mencía has taken Britain by storm<p><b>Pizarras de Otero Bierzo, Spain 2013 (£9.99, or £6.66 if you buy two bottles,</b> <b>Majestic</b><b>)</b> It’s rare for a grape variety to break through to the mainstream as rapidly as Spanish red grape mencía has. Just five years ago it …

The 10 best Australian wines for under $20

You can show up at the fanciest dinner party clutching these bottles and you won’t be shunned<p>You don’t have to spend big to get a quality drop of wine.<p>These are our top picks of Australian wine, widely available for under $20. They are the sort of wines you can bring to a dinner party and not be …

20 best chicken recipes: part 1

From Britain to the Middle East and Vietnam, great dishes from top chefs chosen by Observer Food Monthly • 20 best chicken recipes: part 2<p>Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham’s roast chicken<p>Serves 4<b><br>good butter</b> 110g, at room temperature<b><br>free-range chicken</b> 1.8 kg<b><br>salt and pepper</b><b><br>lemon</b> 1<b><br>thyme or tarragon</b> …

20 best chicken recipes: part 3

Great recipes from Nigel Slater, Madhur Jaffrey, Tom Kerridge and more • The final part of this series launches on Thursday<p>Madhur Jaffrey and Zahda Saeed’s chicken biryani<p>If you cannot get the egg yellow food colouring, use any other yellow colouring to get a strong saffron colour. The amount you …

How to make the perfect baklava

The sultan of sweets or a sugar bomb not worth the risk of diabetes? Which is your favourite filling – and where makes the best version?<p>I have a baklava problem. Many recipes caution that, since the sweet Middle Eastern pastry “is very rich and sweet”, in the words of the great Claudia Roden, …

20 best chocolate recipes: part 4

Brilliant recipes including Peter Gordon’s chocolate lamingtons and Justin Gellatly’s brownie, selected by Observer Food Monthly<p>James Clarke’s Balthazar boulangerie pain au chocolat<p>Makes roughly 20<b><br>salt</b> 4 level tsp<b><br>caster sugar</b> 100g<b><br>water</b> 275ml<b><br>organic full fat milk</b> 275ml<b><br>fresh yeast</b> 45g (30g dried …

Rose and cardamom rice pudding – dairy-free recipe

A simple, gorgeously fragrant rice pudding made with coconut milk<p>A simple, stovetop rice pudding made with coconut milk, studded with pistachios and gorgeously fragrant with rose and cardamom. Dairy-free nerd fact: rice pudding is synonymous with dairy now, but did you know that in medieval times …

Recipes

Q&A: Can Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help You Lose Weight?

Stars like Megan Fox and Miranda Kerr reportedly swear by it—so should you give it a try?<p><b>The question:</b> Miranda Kerr reportedly uses apple cider vinegar on her salads to stay slim, while Megan Fox mixes it with water to "clean out her system," according to <i>The Daily Mail</i>. So can apple cider vinegar …

How to Have Your Longest Orgasm Ever

OOOOOooooooooooOOOOOOoooooooooo<p>You’ve heard about mindful eating, but what about mindful sex? That’s the idea behind Tantric sex, and even Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle publication <i>Goop</i> is talking about it these days. Tantra, which means "to weave energy" between two lovers in Sanskrit, is meant to …

The Top Foods People Who've Lost More Than 10 Pounds Eat for Breakfast

Add them to your a.m. meal to start your own slimdown.<p>Trying to drop a few pounds? Before you totally overhaul your eating habits, take a cue from people who've already successfully slimmed down: We tapped into the data from MyFitnessPal's more than 65 million users (the app lets people track their …

What Your Exercise Cramps Are Trying to Tell You About Your Body

The five most common workout aches, explained<p>You're running, cycling, or burpee-ing along, just minding your own business, when all of the sudden—BAM—a cramp hits you square in your muscles and makes you curse the fact that you put on your gym shoes in the first place.<p>When one hits, pay attention! …

Exactly What to Eat for Dinner to Lose the Most Weight

Nutritionists share the formula for slim-down success.<p><i>This article was written by Jenny Sugar and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Want to know how the last meal of the day can help you drop pounds? We've enlisted the expertise of two nutritionists—Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow …