The great heatwave of 2018 feels like a true thing of the past, and as mornings get colder and the commute home gets darker, we’re turning our thoughts towards Christmas. The first thing to organise? Presents, of course. Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean we need to neglect our favourite refreshing G&T. Boozy gifts are always a hit, and the gin craze shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In fact what better time than the festive season to branch out into some new fancy gins to spice up our Christmas cocktail recipes. We, very selflessly, tried some of the fanciest and quirkiest gins on the market to find the perfect gift for the gin lover in your life. Kew Organic Gin: £29, Waitrose & Partners An easy winner of IndyBest, everything about the Kew Organic Gin is special. With a decidedly London theme, this gin was distilled at Tower Bridge and features 42 botanicals including seasonal flora harvested … [Read more...] about The best gins to buy as presents this Christmas
Preserved natural rose petals
Picture: AFP By Robert Gebelhoff As genetic engineering continues to advance, playing God has never seemed so easy. And yet humans have never seemed so powerless. Consider the blue rose. For centuries, blue roses were considered genetically impossible. Countless scientists have tried to hybridize roses with other bluish or indigo flowers, resulting in, at best, a purplish mauve. And so the blue rose has been a literary symbol for the unattainable — the concept of immortality, or an unrequited love. “Because other people are not such wonderful people,” Jim tells Laura in Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie.” “. . . They’re common as weeds, but you, well, you’re Blue Roses!” Science, however, has no regard for such poetry. Researchers from Tianjin University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently announced they had done the impossible: By engineering a bacteria that can tweak the DNA of plants, … [Read more...] about Now we can create blue roses. But our real talent is destruction.
Should you ever revisit the past? Should you go back to somewhere you loved more than thirty years ago and risk shattering the dream? I backpacked around Thailand when I was a university student and have wanted to return ever since. Then I stayed in basic guesthouses or A-frame huts on beaches, showers were saucepans dipped into oil drums full of rainwater and poured over my head. My budget was £3 a day and that had to cover food, accommodation and travel. Thailand was a revelation to me; the landscapes, the culture, the food and the people. After decades of procrastination I decided to return but this time with my husband and two teenage children, Sam and Mia. With the internet making even the most exotic places seem familiar, now that you can find a Thai restaurant in most towns, would they experience the same culture shock I did? Would I fall in love all over again? The first thing that hit me as I walked down the plane steps at Bangkok airport was the air - like a … [Read more...] about Fiona Bruce returns to Thailand after 30 years – can she fall in love all over again?
By Laman Ismayilova Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. It helps you break overnight fast and gives you energy to start a new day. Researchers found out that people who made breakfast their largest meal were less likely to be overweight compared to those who ate their largest meal at lunch or dinner. The traditional Azerbaijani breakfast consists of sweet butter, various types of white cheese, cream, honey, tandir and kuku or scrambled egg with herbs. Bread is considered a sacred food in Azerbaijan. It is a symbol of abundance, prosperity. Azerbaijani people can’t really imagine their breakfast without homemade bread, including tandir, lavash, and shirinchorek. Each of them is different in shape, size, taste and smell. ‘Tandir’ bread cooks in the inside of the hollow which has been plastered in surroundings. Bread is cooked by attaching on walls of tandir oven. The bread is also prepared like … [Read more...] about Taste of traditional breakfast [PHOTO]
PUBLISHED: 14:25 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 16 May 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Beccles Food Festival. Layla Rous and George Bennett from Southwold. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Archant Norfolk 2016 Eat to your heart’s content at this festival in the Waveney Valley on May 26. What a great way to kick off the late May Bank Holiday! On Saturday, May 26, more than 50 artisanal food and drink producers from Suffolk and Norfolk will descend on the pretty town on the cusp of the Broads waterways, bringing a flavour of their wares to the streets. Running from 10am to 4pm, the event is a wonderful opportunity for gourmands to chat to the people behind the products, and (essentially) to try before they buy – be that real ale, award-winning pies, moreish cakes, or cheeses. Stalls will be set around the town centre, in and around St Michael’s Church and in the Public Hall, where there’ll be a cookery theatre hosted by East Coast College. Entertainment for children will … [Read more...] about Lots of treats in store at Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2018