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Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for the perfect picnic

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There are two ways to do picnics, I think. You can do the supermarket sweep, of course, but that runs the risk of everyone bringing the same thing and you ending up with four quiches and a kilo of carrot sticks. The o...

The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers review – rollicking crop-circle folk tale

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“Without fields – no us. Without us – no fields,” wrote the great nature writer Tim Dee in his 2013 book Four Fields. He had a caveat: “These acres of shaped growing earth, telling our shared story over and over, are ...

‘Perfect for a caipirinha and sunset’: readers’ favourite beaches of Portugal

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Every time I emerge from the dunes and see the endless expanse of sand along the winding river my heart sings. Praia da Amoreira sits on the Algarve’s wilder, western coastline, near the town of Aljezur but, unlike th...

How to make gado-gado – recipe

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Gado is the Indonesian word for “mix”, so this much-loved salad’s name literally translates as “mix mix”, though, in truth, it’s so hearty, it feels a disservice to label it a mere “salad” – as Surabaya native Pepy Na...

How to make the perfect petits pois à la française – recipe

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Once the name of this dish is translated – “young peas in the French style” – it has a rather starchy sound to it, when, in fact, it ought to be the opposite. It’s a joyous celebration of spring produce, rendered luxu...

‘It’s the most perfect place for hiking, camping and wildlife sightings’: six reasons a north Londoner fell in love with Ontario

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As she balanced a canoe upside down on her shoulders, crossing from one stretch of water to the next with her eyes just about able to peek under the bow, Camara Chambers knew what it meant to be supremely happy. In th...

How to make the pasta con le sarde – recipe

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“One of the greatest combinations of pasta and fish,” according to (the also great) Anna del Conte, the flavours of this Sicilian speciality reflect the turbulent history of Italy’s south. In her book Two Kitchens, Ra...

Talking Horses: New London can maintain perfect start in Chester Vase

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Aidan O’Brien has won nine of the past 14 runnings of the Chester Vase and a sole runner from his Ballydoyle stable in a four-runner field would have been the obvious favourite for this Group Three Derby trial for muc...

Shining Girls review – Elisabeth Moss is perfect for this time-hopping thriller

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I understand, entirely, if you are a bit done with murderers – serial, one-offs, opportunistic, take your pick from the array forever before us on our screens. Or simple terrorisers of women. But I would urge, even if...

How to cook the perfect torta pasqualina – recipe

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While the British, in recent years at least, have tended towards meat for Easter, in Italy, torta pasqualina, or Easter cake, seeks to make the most of new season’s greens … which, after all, is what most of us are cr...

How to make the perfect cardamom buns – recipe

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Outside cardamom’s native Asia, the biggest markets for this headily aromatic spice are the Arab world, where the crushed pods are commonly used to flavour coffee, and Scandinavia, where their contents flavour treats ...

How to make the perfect nasi lemak – recipe

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Described by the Malay Mail as the country’s “undisputed national dish”, nasi lemak (which literally translates as “rich rice”) is so beloved in its homeland that one in two people questioned in a recent survey chose ...

Anfield and Salah are a perfect match – but Liverpool could cope without their hero

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The immediate thought is that it cannot happen. Mohamed Salah, the embodiment of this glorious period of Liverpool’s history, cannot be allowed to leave: the club have to give him whatever he wants. Just make sure he ...

How to make the perfect oatmeal cookies

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Oatmeal cookies have always carried with them the unattractive whiff of the “healthy option” for me. They seemed like the kind of thing you’d get in your packed lunch instead of a Penguin. Those raisins, which so easi...

No tears, blather or preaching: how to make the perfect awards ceremony speech

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It’s that time of year when we are about to be subjected to a huge number of speeches. It’s awards season. This evening will see the Bafta winners take to the stage and breathlessly say their heartfelt thank yous. It’...

To those who wish to penalise poor people, cold and hunger are signs of a perfect system

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Two things are about to happen in Britain. Next month ministers will increase the value of benefits by just 3.1% – the equivalent of a real-terms cut in light of soaring inflation. At the same time, household costs wi...

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