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San Sebastián, Spain

Whether you're looking to relax in nature or indulge your inner history buff, check out our editors' list of ten incredible locations to see this season.<p><b>PERFECT FOR:</b> Foodies<p><b>WHY:</b> San Sebastián (or Donostia in Basque), the unofficial Basque culinary capital, is a European Capital of Culture 2016 …

Barcelona

Gardening calendar: what to do in February

What to do in the garden this week<p>Tidy up<p>Houseplants hate winter, but spring offers more light and fresh air. They respond to these small mercies with tentative new growth. Tidy them up them a little, pull off dead stuff, and start giving them a little more water.<p>Sow turnips<p>When turnips are picked …

Gardening

COCONUT-BRAISED BEEF

From NYTimes Diners Journal

Beef

Cascades of Colour with Aubrieta

Aubrieta has been a very popular garden plant for hundreds of years. With global warming in mind, it is likely to be popular for the foreseeable …

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

When I received my assignment for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. post I was thrilled–I got Lisa’s blog. If you’ve been visiting me for some time then …

Recipes

How to prune an apple tree in five simple steps

Apple trees are left in a sorry state by heavy-handed pruning and rampant re-growth, but this guide will leave your fruit tree happy and healthy<p>A lustrous green dome and branches heavy with rosy red fruit — that’s how an apple tree should look in August, but most garden trees fall well short of …

Gardening

Pad Thai with Chicken and a Tamarind Sauce

To make the sauce, add the tamarind paste, water, fish sauce, palm sugar and garlic chili paste to a bowl. Whisk it up till its all mixed well and …

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Winter is in full swing now and the colder temperatures have descended upon us.<br>There’s snow, ice, blizzards, and windchill.<br>Don’t you love it?<br>No, …

Recipes

Visiting the village of Frigiliana, Costa del Sol

The village of Frigiliana is situated six-kilometres north of Nerja and just over fifty kilometres from Málaga. Villages on the Costa del Sol don’t …

European Travel

The definitive Nerja beach guide

Nerja is one of the most sought after destinations on the Costa del Sol. Its appeal is easy to understand, being one of the few booming holiday …

Central America

John Kramer

The Via Ferratas in Comares, Malaga by John Kramer - Oct 21, 2015<br>The village of Comares in the Axarquia is home to three fantastic via ferratas and …

Santa Ana

The 50 Recipes Every Cheese Lover Needs

There aren't many occasions in life that encourage you to eat a whole wheel of brie cheese without feeling shame. Except for today. Today, you can down that brie, follow it with mozzarella sticks and <i>own it</i>. Because today, January 20, is National Cheese Lovers Day.<p>Every other day of the year, us …

Lily beetle

What is red lily beetle?<p>Lily beetle and its larvae are leaf-eating insects of lilies and fritillaries. The adult beetles are very occasionally found …

The Riz, Margate, Kent – restaurant review

‘I love the names so much: idli, puttu, varuval, idiappam… It’s like a lullaby sung by Tinky Winky’<p>So Farage has Thanet in his beady sights, dividing the isle as efficiently as a Japanese-bladed knife. With his usual clammy bonhomie, he promises to sprinkle fairydust over an area that contains some …

How to grow hydrangeas – shrubs for late summer colour

Hydrangea conjures images of great mounds of shrubs smothered with mops of pink, purple, blue and white, perhaps under the shade of trees surrounding …

Chelsea Flower Show

When is it time to refresh a garden?

Keeping borders under control and casting out lost plant causes is easier said than done<p>And so… to Essex, to talk to the Plant Heritage group about the development of my former two-acre garden and subsequent tricky transfer to a smaller one seven years ago. In the aftermath of my talk I was pleased …

Top 10 winter camping and glamping breaks in the UK

From cosy cabins and yurts to campervans and huts with character and mod-cons, winter camping can be cool, rather than just chilly, in these beautiful UK settings<p>Great Langdale, Cumbria<p>Winner of the Great Outdoors accommodation of the year award 2014, this campsite at the head of a valley is a …

Great little ski resorts: Morillon, France

Away from the hubbub of Chamonix, the French Alps has another piste-perfect resort in Morillon, a pretty, family-friendly village close to charming shops – and bags of snow-related fun<p><b>Er, where?</b><p>Morillon, just 50 minutes’ drive from Geneva, lies in the Haut-Giffre valley in France’s Haute Savoie …

Running a hotel in Dordogne

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 12:45 12 September 2014<p>Archant<p>Having dreamed of owning a hotel one day, Arjan and Marije Capelle tell <b>Alice Broeksma</b> how a Dutch couple …

France

Why France is better than Britain

First, a deep breath. Then… “The British are fat, idle and incompetent. Their cities are squalid, their industry a joke and their food unspeakable. If I were you, I wouldn’t go near the country – and, if you’re already there, get out immediately.” Now, that’s not very nice, is it? If, say, some …

New way to keep up with French property prices

A real-time property index has been launched that will help Britons planning to buy in France get a better idea of prices<p>The <i>Prix de l'Immobilier</i> index of prices across France, which recently went live at vendre.seloger.com, will be published on a weekly basis.<p>It takes data from a variety of sources …

France

French tax on rental properties

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 11:29 22 October 2014 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 11:29 22 October 2014<p>Dreamstime<p><b>Alex Romaine</b> explains the tax implications of running a holiday let in …

Retirement

Top 5 hidden locations for French property

Monday, January 29, 2018<p>Earlier this year, writer Mark Sampson recounted his journey so far in gaining French citizenship. Now officially a French …

Mark Sampson

How to grow echinacea, those lazy, crazy daisies of summer

Not known for its staying power, the seductive yet fickle echinacea inspires many experiments<p>We all love a daisy. Something about that shape, like the rays of the sun in a child’s drawing. Anything with a daisy shape seems to sell and, in the case of echinaceas, the daisy is big, the plant is …

Gardening

Pad Thai

This pad Thai recipe is not the dish from the neighborhood take-out joint. "It ain't made with chicken," says Ricker, whose traditional take—pleasantly funky with fish sauce and preserved radish and a touch sour from tamarind—is meant to be eaten in the evening as a stand-alone dish.<p>Ingredients<p>5 …

Cheesy Stuffed Mexican Peppers With Red Chili Sauce Recipe

These Mexican-flavored peppers sport a cheesy, creamy beef-and-rice filling that's spiked with chili powder and cumin. It's topped with an enchilada-style sauce and gets its depth from ancho chili and unsweetened cocoa powders and its aromatics from cumin and lightly floral Mexican oregano.<p><b>Why this</b> …

Linguine With Zucchini, Tomato, and Crab Recipe

This light, summery pasta is packed with tender zucchini, plump burst tomatoes, and a decadent touch of fresh crabmeat.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Fresh, ripe tomatoes quickly burst to become a flavorful sauce that will coat the noodles.<br>• Finishing the pasta in vegetable stock adds tons of flavor, all …

My favourite dish: Ghillie James's Vietnamese beef salad

Ghillie James loves this zingy mix of beef, papaya and wild rice.<p>“I’m a big fan of sharing food,” says the food writer Ghillie James, whose latest collection of recipes, Amazing Grains, couldn’t be more sharing-friendly. “My favourite way of entertaining is to put a big platter of food in the …

Recipes