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Which Kitchen Tools Are Worth Splurging On?

Is that 17-piece knife set worth the $$$? What about a Cuisinart? The BA test kitchen looks at which tools should--or shouldn't--cost you a fortune.<p>When it comes to kitchen tools and gadgets, it can be hard to decipher which are worth the splurge and which are good on the cheap—especially if you're …

Aubergines with ginger, spring onions and red chilli recipe

Spice up your aubergines with ginger and chilli.<p>SERVES<p><i>4</i><p>INGREDIENTS<p>200ml mirin (sweetened rice wine)<br>• 50ml light soy sauce<br>• 1 large knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated<br>• 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped<br>• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br>• 1 tbsp sesame oil<br>• 2 red chillies, deseeded and …

Carnivore craziness: our new obsession with meat

Suddenly we cannot move for meat, with (m)eateries, cookbooks and now festivals dedicated to carnivores.<p>When did you last stand in line for food? To disgruntled middle-aged types like me it conjures up images of Soviet-era Russia or Depression-bound America. Hardly the way I’d choose to spend a …

The best countries in the world for vegetarians

Glasgow has been heralded as the best city in the world for vegans, but where are the best nations for travellers on a meat-free diet?<p>So now that we've established – or at least Peta has – that Glasgow is the most vegetarian/vegan-friendly place in the UK the next question is, which the best …

Idyllic island life off the coast of Italy

Often overlooked in favour of glitzier neighbours Capri and Positano, tiny Procida is the kind of tradition-bound Mediterranean escape that is increasingly hard to find.

A magical, fire-breathing timekeeper in France

Forget cuckoos – when the clock of a seemingly normal building hits 12, six golden dragon heads emerge from the windows, spewing smoke and roaring at the crowds below.<p>For about five minutes, the imposing heads – each measuring 7m long – cock their heads in all directions and move to eerie music and …

Rose Prince's Baking Club: hedgerow crumble cake

Our weekly column shows you the way to beautiful bread and delectable dough. Today: Hedgerow crumble cake.<p>It has been a while since I went to a harvest festival. I remember the scene at the last one: a congregation struggling to reach the high notes of We Plough the Fields and Scatter before an …

How to win at travel: 50 simple ways to save money on your holiday

The cost of overseas package holidays is on the up, according to the Office of National Statistics, with rising prices pushing inflation up to 2.9 per cent in May – the highest level since June 2013.<p>Combined with the recent fall in the value of the pound, it means saving money on holiday has never …

Why Productive People Take Better Notes

If you can’t recall what you had for lunch, why do you think you’ll remember what your mentor just said?<p>In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-author Ben Casnocha relayed this reality check: that as Mark Zuckerberg was sharing lessons from Facebook’s rise to a room full of hard-hustling Silicon Valley …

Productivity

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel