Vegetables. Not a word which immediately conjures up joy, celebration, and a great day out. But across England, towns and villages hold annual fairs - or often "fayres" - in honour of the humble onion, the delicate asparagus and peppery watercress. England's festivals in celebration of both fruit and vegetables may not have the exuberance of Spain's Tomatina - where participants hurl tomatoes at each other in a frenzy of delight - but English stiff upper lips unfurl enough to sing the praises of peas, rhapsodise over rhubarb, and cheer about cherries.And while not the foodie heaven of France, it is worth taking a tour around England's green and pleasant land to enjoy the delights of the edible and the eccentric.Moved to tearsNewent Onion Fayre, GloucestershireIn the 13th Century, drovers from Wales would pass through the village of Newent and stock up on onions at the onion fayre. The market survived until the beginning of the 20th Century, when it dwindled through the war years.But … [Read more...] about Eccentric and edible: England’s attachment to vegetables
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When it comes to sweet things, I love the balance of sweet and sharp: lemon drizzle cake, margaritas, rhubarb crumble. Normally, I reach for a lemon, but this week, with the first of the clementines, mandarins and tangerines around, I’ve gone for those instead. Today’s cake is my version of the classic Claudia Roden boiled orange cake – which, don’t get me wrong, can’t be bettered – but I was craving more acidity and some crunch, too, so I added a lemon to the pan with the oranges and finished the cake with a deeply untraditional streusel topping. I made a curd, too, which felt right in this weather and brought a blast of sunny citrus to my toast. Clementine and almond cake (pictured above) I welcome the crunch, but you can skip the streusel topping if you want to keep this more traditional. Prep 30 min2½ hr10-12 3 unwaxed clementines, unpeeled1 unwaxed lemon, for greasing4 tbsp demerara sugar For the streusel topping25g plain or white spelt … [Read more...] about Anna Jones’ clementine recipes
We all know celebrities have a long list of demands when they go on tour, but Justin Bieber has taken it to the next level.A music journalist in India has claimed to have received a list of the singer's demands, which he posted on Twitter.It's a pretty extensive list, but then again, Justin has a pretty extensive entourage of 120 people to look after.And, to be fair, most stars pay for the things they request, so he is the one footing the bill for the many demands.Its authenticity hasn't been verified by Bieber's team, but oh how we hope it's accurate.Clothing sizes wildly varyIn every dressing room, Justin needs white crew-neck T-shirts, tank tops and some socks.All fairly normal right items of clothing right? Well, yes, but the sizes he's requested are a bit odd.Let's take the socks. JB only wants sizes available in XS (extra small) and L (large).Now, this suggests to us that he's got one foot significantly bigger than the other.Either that or his crew is made up of only very large … [Read more...] about Justin Bieber: 5 things we learned from his random tour demands
Every Sunday, Simone Harbinson spends at least two hours in the kitchen preparing a week's worth of meals for just $1.90 per serve. It's a cooking ritual the super-organised mother, from Melbourne, has followed through for more than two years. For the next seven days, all the healthy ready-to-go meals are on hand - and she doesn't have to worry about cooking again until the weekend rolls around. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the 32-year-old revealed her budget meal prep secrets - and the ingredients she avoids using so her food stays fresh for longer. Every Sunday, Simone Harbinson (pictured) spends at least two hours in the kitchen preparing a week's worth of meals for just $1.90 per serve For the next seven days, all the healthy ready-to-go meals are on hand - and she doesn't have to worry about cooking until the weekend rolls around The 32-year-old revealed her her budget meal prep secrets 'If I cook an egg based meals such as frittatas or quiches I tend to try and eat … [Read more...] about How to cook a week’s worth of meals for just $1.90 per serve: Mother, 32, reveals her budget meal prep secrets – including the ingredients she avoids using so her food stays fresh for longer
That morning latte, the after dinner cheese board, ice-cream — for many of us the prospect of giving up dairy is too daunting a prospect to countenance. But dairy has become the latest dietary bogeyman, having been linked to myriad diseases and health complaints, from bloating and eczema to asthma and weight gain. Is giving it up another food fad or could going dairy-free really give you a svelte figure, fantastic skin and help prevent disease? Dairy has become the latest dietary bogeyman, having been linked to myriad diseases and health complaints, from bloating and eczema to asthma and weight gain Celebrities such as actress Megan Fox have credited their super-slim figures to going dairy-free, while Victoria Beckham is said to have got rid of her bad skin this way. For those following the latest trendy vegan and Paleo diets — where you emulate the eating habits of prehistoric people, relying on a lot of meat and green veg — dairy is also banned. Even … [Read more...] about As even David Cameron jumps on the latest food fad…Should YOU ditch dairy?