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Lara Lee’s recipes for banana and coconut sugar lumpia and pavlova with caramelised pineapple

It’s hard not to fall in love with coconut sugar, the granulated, dehydrated and boiled nectar produced from coconut palm flowers. Rich, smoky, caramel and earthy, it’s a defining ingredient of south-east Asian sweets, alongside its cousin palm sugar, which is harvested from the sap of palm tree trunks. Coconut sugar is transformative in a […]

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Pickle green beans and enjoy them long after summer – recipe

Air-freighted green beans are a perfect example of our broken food system. They are a prolific and well-adapted local crop, so help reduce industry waste and emissions by enjoying UK-grown beans in season and preserving them for the winter months ahead. To keep green beans fresh, store them whole (with their tops and tails intact) […]

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Gluten-free food costs rise could force makers to change recipes

The premium paid by shoppers for gluten-free versions of staple foods could increase in the coming months as the soaring cost of ingredients such as rice flour casts a shadow over the “free from” aisle in supermarkets. These specialist foods already cost a lot more than mainstream products, making any price rise a source of […]

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Cocktail of the week: Bombay Bustle’s mint chaas – recipe

An easy, refreshing, non-alcoholic Indian cooler to be relished on its own, with a snack or alongside a meal. Make sure the mint and coriander leaves are cold, or straight from the fridge, because otherwise they might turn black due to the heat of the blender blade. Mint chaasServes 1 100g Greek-style yoghurt100ml water½ tsp […]

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A big chance to tackle Britain’s rampant meat consumption has been missed

I’ve spent a long time waiting for the UK to produce a proper and detailed plan to reform its dysfunctional relationship with food. The problems are numerous: we don’t properly count the cost of our poor diets, both to our own health and to our environment, and we have dietary guidelines that basically no one […]

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‘Fashion can be very exploitative’ – Halima Aden on why she quit modelling

Halima Aden, the Muslim model who became a trailblazer for wearing her hijab on the catwalk and in photoshoots, has hit out at the fashion industry and its exploitation of young models. Aden quit the industry in November 2020, citing compromised beliefs and feeling like a “minority within a minority”. In a new interview for […]

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The joy conundrum: why has the US hit peak happiness when the rest of the world is so sad?

Name: Happiness. Age: You know, pretty much for ever. But around 2,500 years, if we’re talking about the psychological and philosophical pursuit of happiness, which began with Confucius, Buddha, Aristotle and Socrates in China, India and Greece, respectively. Happiness, Todd Solondz’s black comedy movie, came out in 1998. Mr Happy is 50 this year. There’s […]