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A Double-Chocolate Cake That's Also Light As Air

Chiffon cake was invented in 1927 by Henry Baker, a Hollywood insurance salesman who catered cakes for private parties on the side. His innovative recipe—using vegetable oil rather than butter or shortening—produced a tall, airy cake that was richer and less sweet than angel food and moister than …

Dessert

The 17 best icebreakers to use at a holiday party where you don't know anyone

Maybe you're interested in making a new professional contact, or perhaps you simply want to make a good impression on a friend of a friend.<p>Whatever the reason, busting out the clichés upon the first introduction is never a good idea.<p>To mix the conversation up a bit, try using one of these 17 …

Comedy Central

6 things you should absolutely know how to do in Excel

You have people who absolutely love it and will sing the praises of spreadsheets all day. And, then you have the people who absolutely detest it. They'd rather lock themselves in a phone booth full of mosquitos than have to go cross-eyed looking at all of those columns and rows.<p>Admittedly, I used …

Analytics

Here's exactly how to write an email with negative feedback, without ruffling feathers

Sometimes you have to write harsh emails.<p>You need to share feedback with someone in a different office, or disagree with a stakeholder, or tell someone they messed up — and setting up a call or in-person meeting would be an overreaction (and risk making the situation an even bigger deal).<p>That said, …

Doing Veganuary? Try these vegan recipes

You can't get away from veganism this month. January has been re-branded 'Veganuary' and thousands are giving up all animal products for the month, for both ethical and health reasons<p>But if you're giving up meat and dairy for the first time, it can be difficult at first to know what to cook. …

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Miso-marinated mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms might seem like a tired choice for long-term vegans but may I urge you to slather on this rich marinade and give them yet another whirl? This marinade is also sensational with roasted aubergines, on tofu and even as a coating on roughly chopped roasted …

Vegan

Deliciously Ella's pea and cauliflower bowl

Pea and cauliflower bowl This feels so nourishing and comforting but it’s nice and light at the same time. It also contains four portions of veggies, which is awesome, especially if you feel you’ve been lacking goodness in your other meals.<p>SERVES<p>1<p>INGREDIENTS<p>⅓ head of cauliflower<br>• ⅓ tsp ground …

Gluten-Free

Tandoori chicken tikka

SERVES<p>3-4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>2.5cm piece ginger, peeled<br>• 4 cloves garlic, peeled<br>• 1 green chilli, destalked<br>• 2 tbsp thick natural yogurt or Greek yogurt<br>• 2 tsp chickpea flour (gram flour)<br>• 1 tsp mild paprika<br>• ½ tsp chilli powder (or a little more if you’d like it spicy)<br>• ½ tsp garam masala powder<br>• 1 tsp coriander …

Spices

12 things successful married couples do with their money

While there's no magic formula for a successful marriage, there <i>are</i> steps any couple can take to increase their chances of a long and happy life together, starting with their finances.<p>Business Insider spoke with multiple financial experts about what successful married couples do with their money. …

This essay helped one student get into Harvard Business School — here's why it works

While it's only one part of the application — and a mediocre essay <i>might</i> suffice if you're an otherwise ideal candidate — a superb essay can be the game-changer that pushes you into "yes" territory.<p>These essays give prospective students an opportunity to show administrators their true motives and …

13 ways to get better at small talk

Apparently, the guests were all the happier for it — and the authors conclude in their headline that "small talk should be banned."<p>Whether this sounds to you like a great idea or a terrifying prospect, the fact is that most event organizers won't go so far as to prohibit small talk — so you'd best …

How to Be More Assertive, According to Research

You don’t want to fight. You don’t want to be hassled. You don’t want to disappoint them. It’s easier to just nod and give them what they want.<p>But …

A psychologist explains the strategy for programming your brain to achieve any goal

But sometimes it's the most accurate: If you plug in the right information, you'll see the desired results. At least, that's what the psychologist Robert Cialdini suggests in "Pre-Suasion," a new book that's partly about getting others to do what you want and partly about getting <i>you</i> to do what you …

Persian rice with dill and broad beans

This is cooked the Persian way, with butter and oil creating a crusty bottom in the pan. It's good with chicken and lamb but especially lovely with fish.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1.5kg broad beans in their pods<br>• 435g basmati rice<br>• 40g butter<br>• 50ml olive oil<br>• 160g chopped dill and flat-leaf parsley (two-thirds dill …

Food Preservation

5:2 diet recipe: mushroom and green bean korma

A deliciously creamy vegetarian korma for only 173 calories? Perfect for a 5:2 Fast Day<p>I love all kinds of curry, but have a very soft spot for korma. The richness of the sauce seemed to make it a no-no for Fast Days, until I decided to try using almond milk in place of cream and full-fat yogurt. …

Food

Áine Carlin: vegan, happy, and definitely not preachy

'Turning vegan was as much of a shock for me as it was for all my friends’, says Áine Carlin, who six years ago was settling down to a new life with her husband in Chicago, devouring Reuben sandwiches (the cult corned beef and melted cheese toastie), crab cakes, and local steakhouse specialities on …

Deliciously Ella: I want to get people excited about veg

A change of diet rescued Ella Woodward from a dangerous illness. Meet one of our food columnists: the 23-year-old who is converting the world to healthy eating<p>It’s becoming hard to match the gravity of Ella Woodward’s words with the cheerful way she delivers them. “I couldn’t have guaranteed to …

Healthy Eating

My 5 go-to dishes when I only had $150 a month to spend on food

Living in New York required me to quickly adapt to several big changes at the same time: the lack of living space, noise, and the subway system that always seems to break down when you can't afford a delay.<p>One of the biggest adjustments I had to make, however, was around money.<p>Naturally, my …

Dairy-free chocolate espresso cheesecake squares

INGREDIENTS<p>Olive oil, for greasing<p><b>For the base</b><p>100g whole blanched almonds<br>• 25g unsweetened cocoa powder<br>• 150g Medjool dates, pitted<br>• Seeds of 1 vanilla pod<p><b>For the filling</b><p>3 ripe avocados, peeled and de-stoned<br>• 3 ripe bananas, peeled and roughly broken up<br>• 100g unsweetened cocoa powder<br>• 2 tbsp instant coffee …

Dessert

Healthy foods that could help stop dementia - Telegraph

Holistic Medicine

Hangover cures and simple recipes: Raymond Blanc's Student Survival Course

"Ignorance is out! Knowledge is in!” declares Raymond Blanc to the startled teenage students at his cookery school in Oxfordshire. In a young adult’s world where it is often uncool to express enthusiasm, Raymond’s noisy arrival is as electrifying as a cattle prod.<p>The great French chef thumps the …

5 Perfect-For-Packing Lunch Salads

Stuck in a lunch rut? Mix up your midday meal with one of these healthy and delicious salads. From Asian chicken noodle salad to French lentil salad with goat cheese, all of these recipes are perfect to make-and-take -- and they won't get soggy.<p><b>1. Asian Chicken Noodle Salad</b><p>This main-dish-salad is …

The best ever breakfast recipes

"Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper," goes the old saying - and here at Telegraph Food, we very much agree.<p>Too often, in today's busy world, a proper breakfast is neglected in favour of a quick cup of coffee, a sugar-filled energy bar, or nothing at all.<p>A good …

Breakfast

Celebrate Summer With These 17 Corn Recipes

Smart cooks take advantage of seasonal produce, reaching for the veggies and fruits they know will be at their best at a certain time — and Summer is all about corn! Fresh ears of the juicy, crunchy, and sweet kernels will be at every farmers market and on sale at your favorite supermarket all the …

An Illustrated Guide to Seattle's Coolest Ice Cream

Whether or not the sun is shining, the season demands ice cream. Of course, Eater has a map of Seattle's coolest ice cream shops, and now illustrator Lori Bailey is putting her own unique spin on some of the city's finest frozen treats.<p>At the time of publishing, the map has 19 points while the …

Five Sauces for the Modern Cook

Without apology or even a trace of sheepishness, Travis Lett confessed to being a thief.<p>Of course, the only person this pensive chef ever steals from is himself. At Gjelina, his Los Angeles restaurant with a large, ever-changing menu, “We’re constantly appropriating elements from dishes we’ve done …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

17 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend a new acquaintance or become a better friend to existing pals.<p>To help you out on that front, we scoured the psychological research to find science-backed strategies to get people to like you.<p>Read on to find out how to develop better …

Impossible burger: New York's latest food craze is a veggie burger that bleeds

There was no blood at the worldwide debut of the Impossible Burger, a fake meat startup’s $80m investment to see if a meat-free burger substitute could convince meat eaters to choose plants over animals.<p>The burger is not meant for vegetarians like me. It is meant to sway carnivores towards a more …

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