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How to keep bananas fresh, spread hard butter, and make perfect pasta: 11 food hacks you need to know

Juicy lemons, soft ice cream, fresh bananas and more – these quick and easy food hacks will make your life easier and mean you spend far less time in the kitchen.<p>Fry your pasta<p>Harold McGee, author of An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture, suggests cooking pasta in pot of boiling …

WhatsApp can quote messages you want to respond to

WhatsApp now has the ability to quote messages you want to reply to, which sounds especially useful for group chats with friends or family. Only problem is, it's unclear if everyone already has access to it. It first came out a day ago or so as an experimental feature for the Android app's beta …

Gardens: how to keep basil alive | James Wong

Supermarket basil is notoriously shortlived. But there are ways to make it last<p>A pot of supermarket basil is an almost universal starting point for timid first timers making an initial foray into horticulture. Coming as modestly priced, ready-grown plants on the shelves of the veg aisle, they seem …

Gardening

Review your entire Google life on this handy new page

Using Google's many services — Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, etc — leaves behind a lot of information about your daily activities. In June 2015, …

13 Bite-Sized Recipes for All Your Summer Dinner Parties

Summer has officially begun! Along with the sun, pool, beaches and vacation come outdoor dinner parties. Whether it’s looking for the best tropical party ideas or coming up with the perfect summery cocktail to serve at your celebration, getting everything together is no easy feat. Make things …

I tried the plant-based meat that Google wanted to buy and I never want to eat a 'real' hamburger again

Environmentalists have described beef consumption as the "new SUV" for its effects on climate change, and I've heard the horror stories about livestock mistreatment.<p>But ... every so often I still find myself caving to the craving for a juicy cheeseburger or beef burrito.<p>That's why Impossible Foods' …

A nautical New York apartment

A prop stylist’s mix of vintage with comfort gives his Alphabet City flat a beach shack vibe, finds Candice Pires<p>It is not unusual for Anthony D’Argenzio to remove a painting from his apartment wall and take it to work with him. He is a prop stylist for photography shoots and creative events, and …

Homes by Famous Architects That You Can Actually Rent

We had the pretty incredible opportunity to take up residence in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed space in San Francisco for our latest goop MRKT—and it …

Sneak Peek: Charmed by the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show (Opens Today)

The show gardens this year are more about rocks and trees than smooth limestone and immaculate turf. Despite tightened security at the 2016 Chelsea …

I'm ready to ditch the iPhone for Android N (and I want Apple to show me why I shouldn't)

The iPhone SE is just a faster version of a phone I'm already bored with.

Mobile Technology

Recipes for disaster: why your dish won't turn out like the one in the cookery book

As an idea, it was a recipe for disaster. Take one much-loved website, thoroughly cleanse it of all useful material, add a liberal dollop of public outrage and 200 000 signatures on a petition, then backtrack furiously.<p>Whatever the motive behind last week's decision to close the BBC Food website, …

Grain man: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for rice suppers

There’s no great skill needed to cook rice properly – other than choosing the right rice for the job in the first place<p>Inever understood why people are intimidated by cooking rice – until I started reading up on it. The more you read, the more you learn how many varieties there are (more than …

Recipes

Think small: architects shrink homes and apartments as house and land prices soar

Australia has the world’s biggest new homes, but will need smaller, smarter, more sustainable and affordable housing for space-constrained future cities<p>Related: Dream on, Sydney: the luxury houses you can buy in other capitals for $1m<p>“Australians need to be more modest in the space they’re taking …

Housing

Swim Through This Spanish Museum

FATHOMLESS<p>Off a Spanish island, Europe's first submerged museum installation has a haunting reminder of the continent’s ongoing human …

Rise and shine: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for home-baked bread

Baking bread from scratch is nowhere near as daunting as it seems<p>In last week’s column, I said that bread baking is a pretty daunting proposition to many people, and that flatbreads were perhaps the ideal gateway to this wonderful art, because they’re often just cooked in a pan and need little or …

Bread

These secret codes have completely changed how I watch Netflix

We've all been there. You sit down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and the next thing you know, you've spent 20 minutes scrolling through shows and movies without finding a single thing you actually want to watch.<p>You feel like you've seen everything before, the recommended choices don't look …

Nigel Slater’s chicken recipes

Poaching a chicken gives you the softest and juiciest flesh, and a week’s worth of tasty soups and risottos<p>The kitchen windows are steamed up. A chicken poaches on the hob in my deepest cast-iron pot, with an onion, a couple of carrots, a little bunch of thyme leaves and bay. There are black …

Food

38 Healthy One-Skillet Meals

There’s a lot that can go wrong when cooking. Maybe you miss an ingredient and now your meal tastes weirdly salty, or you make such a steamy dish …

Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Chorizo and Pomegranate

At his new restaurant, Central Standard, Michael Paley is serving steakhouse-inspired fare with a “California vibe.” This loaded sweet potato is a …

10 Happy Kitchens

Kitchens

Google Pixel C review: the best Android tablet is a viable iPad competitor

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The aluminium shell is smooth, matt and monolithic in look, with a small hint of colour from the light strip at the top.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/f1e054e6ca7f2d3cffcb2b83237bc4db74dfcd5b/0_0_2100_1260/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the …

Android Marshmallow

8 Reasons You Should Try Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

The open shelving kitchen trend has been around for a few years now, but real talk: it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. While …

Storage Ideas

Sticky fingers... my honey and mustard chicken. https://t.co/IzrFyLFbHl

Silky and smooth... Courgette & Ricotta soup. https://t.co/1VRs2A7KBD

New Year's Day lunch, crab and Comté tart revisited... https://t.co/jCma4N1Apr

Tangy Cabbage Slaw Recipe - Chowhound

Ingredients (12)<p>1/2 cup small-dice red onion (about 1/2 medium red onion)<br>• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 medium limes)<br>• 1/4 cup …

Carrot Slaw Recipe - Chowhound

Ingredients (8)<p>2 pounds carrots, peeled and ends trimmed<br>• 5 tablespoons country-style Dijon mustard<br>• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil<br>• 1/4 cup finely chopped …

Brooklynites Have Had Enough Of Park Bridge Closure

In the spring of 2013, the Squibb Park Bridge opened, connecting Squibb Park along the top of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park below. It was a welcome shortcut full of literal bounce (that was part of the point). Then in August of 2014, it closed, supposedly for being too …