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Stop What You're Doing and Watch the #QueenOfTumbling Defy Science and Logic

Seventeen-year-old Angel Rice, known to some (aka the world) as "Queen Rice" or #QueenOfTumbling, pulled a gravity-defying move at her gymnastics competition last week. Don't watch this if you have vertigo, but also do, because it's worth it.<p>Seriously, how is this girl real? What is that move …

World Records

Slow-cooked, earthy dal: the ultimate Indian comfort food

We’ve really taken ownership of the comfort foods of other cultures. Chicken soup, mashed potato and (whisper it) Heinz tomato soup are the meals that are offered – and sought – during illnesses in my house. But what did my other half ask for recently when he was ill? ‘Could you make me some dal?’ …

Sloe gin recipe (and the best bottles to buy)

Now is exactly the right moment to make sloe gin, as the dusty, purple-black fruits of the blackthorn have had the cold blasts of a few nights to loosen their tannins and release their crimson juice.<p>The sloe 'drupes' (cousins of the plum) should be soused in junipery spirit for at least six to …

Lemon Juice

Apple upside-down cake with caramel and spicy walnuts

Using apple juice to make caramel adds an extra-fruity punch to this weekend treat.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the caramel</b><p>850ml cloudy apple juice<br>• 30g unsalted butter<br>• 2 tbsp apple brandy (optional)<p><b>For the cake</b><p>155g unsalted butter<br>• 250g light soft brown sugar<br>• 2 eggs<br>• 1½ tsp vanilla extract<br>• 260g plain flour<br>• ½ tsp …

Dessert
Alcohol

Revive Stale Bread With This Life-Changing Trick

Stop! Don't throw out that stale loaf of bread. This life-changing (seriously) tip from our test kitchen will revive even the toughest baguette.<p>If you've ever let a loaf of bread get so stale that it won't even make decent croutons, you know that shameful feeling that comes with throwing it out. Be …

Bread
Cooking
Cooking

Your Breakfast Called, and It Wants to Be This Smoothie Bowl

If you're drinking your morning smoothie out of a glass, you're doing it wrong.<p>It's a scientific fact: Food just tastes better in bowls (just ask us about our favorite lunchtime staple). But even we bowl enthusiasts were skeptical of smoothie bowls—we love smoothies, and we love bowls, so why mess …

Breakfast

Shakshuka Up Your Morning Routine With Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Shakshuka only looks complicated—these eggs poached in tomato sauce are perfect for a weekday breakfast.<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an opportunity to start the day on the</i> …

Breakfast

River Cottage recipes: Store-cupboard fishcakes

Try Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's cheap, easy and simple recipe for homemade fishcakes<p>These tasty little fishcakes rely on the kind of ingredients I usually have to hand, including potatoes, tinned fish and capers.<p>Serves 2, or 4 as a starter<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>250g cold, cooked potato (about 2 baking …

Spices

After GBBO: 10 shortcuts in the kitchen

The Great British Bake Off has suggested aspiring chefs should zap their bread in the microwave to help it rise. Here we look at other shortcuts for cooks in the kitchen<p><b>1. Proofing bread in the microwave</b><p>Proofing bread dough refers to the time the dough is given to rest and rise before being baked. …

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

Things here in Suffolk are beginning to get distinctly autumnal - the neighbours have been having bonfires and the leaves on the silver birches are …

Tomatoes

Eat shoots and small leaves: how to grow microgreens in winter

Our Vertical Veg man explains how to grow salad leaves throughout winter, even without any outdoor space<p>If you can find room for a few seed trays by a bright window inside your home you can enjoy shoots and microgreens throughout the winter. Microgreen is the buzzword for leaves harvested small. …

Indian Spiced Chicken Stew

Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place skin side down in to the pan. Cook until …

How Daniel Boulud, America's Greatest French Chef, Grills a Hot Dog

Fourth of July hot dog grilling tips from Daniel Boulud, America's greatest French chef<p><b>We're always looking for ways to make our hot dogs even better.</b> So we caught up with America's greatest French chef, <b>Daniel Boulud</b>, at his sausage-centric DBGB in New York City, to see how he does his dogs. We …

Cooking

How to get the most out of your barbecue

Summer is here (give or take the odd downpour), so reach for your barbecue and let Christian Stevenson - aka DJ BBQ - guide you through the best techniques and recipes<p>Men love to sit around a live fire. They bring that kind of primal, caveman feralness to it. There’s nothing better than poking …

BBQ

Grilled Lamb Kefta

6 Servings<p>Lamb and yogurt is a classic combination. You'll be scraping the plate with pita.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 teaspoon fennel seed<p>1 teaspoon cumin seed<p>1 medium onion, chopped<p>4 garlic cloves, chopped<p>1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves<p>1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, plus more for serving<p>…

Grilling

Roast lamb with potato dauphinoise recipe

Jason Atherton's roast lamb with dauphinoise potatoes makes a spectacular Sunday lunch<p>This is an impressive way to present a Sunday roast, particularly if you are offering a leg of lamb. Trim off the woody skins around the base of the broccoli stalks and you’ll end up with a lovely, sweet and …

Keep it cordial, it’s elderflower season

Don't buy expensive elderflower drink this month - get outdoors and start making your own, says Rob Cowen<p>These hot June days can be difficult to deal with. Muggy, stuff commutes, long days spent enclosed in roasting offices with windows that don’t open, then finally arriving home sweaty and …

Victorian strangeness: The 3,000-mile drunken escapade

<b>Binge drinking is in decline, according to new research. It was recognised as a problem in Victorian times, as is demonstrated by the 1878 case of a man who drank himself all the way from London to Ohio without noticing, writes Jeremy Clay.</b><p>With his skull pounding, John Wren lay in bed, grieving for …

Victorian Era

Marcus Klingberg: the spy who knew too much

In 1985, Observer journalist Peter Pringle travelled to Israel to interview scientist Marcus Klingberg about a new chemical weapon. But he had disappeared. Now, 28 years later, he finally catches up with the 95-year-old KGB master spy to find out why<p>The Paris address I had been given was on the …