Food & Drink

Vegans, vegetarians and now… reducetarians

For anyone who has tried to cut out meat entirely and failed, there’s a new movement which tries to take a more pragmatic approach Unlike drinking, exercise and home cooking, being vegetarian is seen as a black-and-white deal. You either…

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The 81-year-old woman inspiring a nation to recycle

An 81-year-old who set up an all-woman rubbish collection team in her village in Lebanon now has a stream of visitors asking how she did it. For nine months in 2015 and 2016 rubbish piled up on the streets of…

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How women are changing champagne

One of the most famous brands of champagne bears a woman’s name, but for many years women played little role in the industry. Now that is changing. Juliet Rix met some of the new wave of female tastemakers. I am…

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Cake or biscuit? Why Jaffa Cakes excite philosophers

It’s a delicious structure consisting of a small sponge with a chocolate cap covering a veneer of orange jelly. It is arguably Britain’s greatest invention after the steam engine and the light bulb. But is a Jaffa Cake actually a…

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From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

It’s enough to make you cry over your moules frites. Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated that shellfish lovers are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year. We absorb fewer than 1%, but they…

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Do smoke-free stoves really save lives?

A big clinical trial in Malawi was expected to show children are less likely to die of pneumonia if they live in a home where food is cooked on a smoke-free stove rather than an open fire. Instead it suggests…

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How To Make Sloe Gin

Autumn is the perfect time to begin preparing your sloe gin for the upcoming party season. Now is the time for picking sloes as they are ripe this time of year! Sloe gin is a British classic drink, it seems…

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Sparkling wine sales up as Britons develop a thirst for prosecco and cava

In 2015 there were 37 new wine producers and vineyards that opened in England, reflecting the growing recognition of home-grown produce Britain’s growing thirst for prosecco and cava has created an 80 per cent rise in sparkling wine sales in the past…

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Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume named Britain’s best restaurant for fourth year in a row

The Good Food Guide has revealed its annual list of the best restaurants in Britain and, for the fourth year in a row, Cumbria’s L’Enclume has claimed the coveted top spot after being awarded the full 10 points thanks to the “soaring…

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Where to eat with the locals in Rome

Get the inside track on the world’s top city breaks from the team at Spotted by Locals The Eternal City has no shortage of eating options. Italian culture is well known for its family traditions, that almost always focus on…

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